Pope to Offer Support for Turkey’s Beleaguered Orthodox

c. 2006 Religion News Service ISTANBUL, Turkey _ Fifteen hundred years ago, Constantinople was home to the world’s largest church and one of the five original patriarchates, or spiritual centers, of Christianity. Today the patriarchate is still there, but Constantinople is now Istanbul, the church is a museum and the patriarch, Bartholomew I, is at […]

East Will Meet West in Pope’s Delicate Visit to Turkey

c. 2006 Religion News Service ISTANBUL, Turkey _ In the courtyard of the Church of the Holy Spirit here, a bronze statue stands in honor of a Roman Catholic pontiff by the name of Benedict: “The benefactor of all people, irrespective of nationality or religion,” a placard near the statue reads. Apart from the name, […]

COMMENTARY: Glimpses of the Emerging Center

c. 2006 Religion News Service RICHMOND, Va. _ “Your generation will have to die before we can move on,” a 20-something told a 60-something at a national church convention last summer. “He could be right,” the 60-something said last week, but maybe not. Veterans of religious wars are highly invested in seeking control of the […]

GUEST COMMENTARY: Who Will Judge the Judges?

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Once upon a time, Monsignor Charles M. Kavanagh was the sort of New York priest who performed weddings between a Tiffany employee and a Lehman Brothers mortgage analyst in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. That was then, when he was pastor of a large Bronx parish and […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Massachusetts Bishops Critical of Legislators’ Moves on Gay Marriage SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) Massachusetts’ Catholic bishops, who opposed lawmakers’ decision to avoid taking up a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, say the legislators’ action was “deeply disturbing” and violated the people’s right to be heard. “The effort to silence the people […]

From Fire Came Forgiveness, and a New Sikh Temple

c. 2006 Religion News Service PALERMO, N.Y. _ When their leader in India gave them cryptic instructions to find a new spiritual home, a community of Sikhs in central New York followed their faith to a farmhouse. There, on the back roads of Palermo, they found the simple wooden dwelling they would make into a […]

Jews Create New Torah Scroll, One Letter at a Time

c. 2006 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ Jeanne Moss put her tentative hand to the quill pen, just above the surer hand of Neil Yerman. Then Yerman gently guided her as she wrote the Hebrew letter resch _ her contribution to a new Torah. “OK now, to the right, gently,” Yerman said, as […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Lutherans Apologize for Persecution of Anabaptists (RNS) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has expressed “deep and abiding sorrow” for the persecution of Anabaptists nearly five centuries ago in Europe. The ELCA’s church council, which issued the apology at its biennial meeting Nov. 11-13, hopes it will soothe relations between […]

Sudanese Christians Find `Promised Land’ in America

c. 2006 Religion News Service WYOMING Mich. _ The worship at Sudanese Christ Lutheran Church looks a lot like many other Sunday services, but when a rhythmic beat drums out on a laar, the praise starts to sound different. Then, the Word is spoken: in Arabic, in English and, mostly, in Dinka. The Apostles’ Creed, […]

COMMENTARY: Breaking Up Is the Right Thing to Do

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In the wake of the midterm elections, here’s one American who’s ready for a divorce. Not for myself, but for the modern-day alliance between politics and religion. As with a couple who never belonged together in the first place, it’s past time these two separated. It’s hard to pinpoint […]