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c. 2007 Religion News Service Irish Bishops: Put Down `The Drink’ During Lent LONDON (RNS) Roman Catholic bishops in Ireland have branded their country’s abuse of alcohol a “national tragedy” and urged citizens to cut alcohol consumption by one-third during Lent. The bishops’ pastoral letter, titled “Alcohol: The Challenge of Moderation,” was announced ahead of […]

Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson

Quote of the Day: Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson “Oh my God, I have to just take this moment in. I cannot believe this. Look what God can do. I didn’t think I was going to win.” -Jennifer Hudson, reacting to her Oscar win for best supporting actress in “Dreamgirls” on Sunday (Feb. 25) in Los […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Gay Bishop Says U.S. Church Should Reject Anglican Ultimatum (RNS) The openly gay Episcopal bishop at the center of the Anglican debate over homosexuality said his church should reject demands to ban any more gay bishops and same-sex unions even if it leads to a break with the worldwide Anglican […]

Hartford Mosque Mirrors Evolution of American Islam

c. 2007 Religion News Service HARTFORD, Conn. _ More than a half century ago, Malcolm X traveled regularly through the Northeast while working for the New Haven Railroad, using his trips to plant temples for the Nation of Islam. As he passed though Hartford during the 1950s, he saw the African-American community as fertile ground […]

Second-Generation Black Muslims Face New Challenges

c. 2007 Religion News Service BOSTON _ As the tribute to Malcolm X wound down, Aaliyah Turner surveyed the scene at Roxbury Community College and gave herself a mixed review. The crowd was diverse _ black Muslims, Jewish peaceniks, white leftists, Arab Muslims, Harvard students, even a representative from the Nation of Islam. But Turner, […]

COMMENTARY: The Unnoticed Heroes of Faith

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Last summer, a neighbor and I watched a woman back her boat and trailer into a ditch. We went over immediately to help. My neighbor is a retired firefighter. He diagnosed the problem, identified a solution, and initiated a response. “That’s what I did for a living,” he said […]

Some N.J. Catholics Conflicted Over New Civil Unions Law

c. 2007 Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. _ Helen Guididas is a devout Catholic, but when it comes to same-sex civil unions, the 84-year-old is conflicted. Just before attending Mass Sunday morning (Feb. 25) at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield, Guididas said she couldn’t fully support the state’s new law that gives same-sex […]

Lenten Fish Snacker

Quote of the Day: A KFC Press Release “KFC’s new Fish Snacker Sandwich, a tender, flaky filet of 100 percent Alaskan Pollack topped with tangy tartar sauce and served on a warm sesame bun, extends KFC’s popular Snacker line-up and is ideal for American Catholics who want to observe Lenten season traditions while still leading […]

Groups Use Wilberforce Film to Combat Modern Slavery

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Slavery is not dead, and neither is the campaign to kill it. A new generation of abolitionists hopes that a sweeping historical epic now in theaters will help boost their ranks. The U.S. State Department estimates that 17,500 new slaves are brought to the United States every year. Worldwide, […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Farrakhan Uses Last Major Speech to Call for Unity (RNS) Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, used what was billed as possibly his last major address to urge followers to unite and cooperate with other faiths, but also used it to reshape the organization’s theology. “My […]