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c. 2007 Religion News Service Vatican Appeals To Stop Execution of Georgia Man (RNS) The Vatican is appealing to U.S. officials to commute the death sentence of a Georgia man convicted of killing a police officer in 1989. Saying that a number of key witnesses have recanted their testimonies, the Vatican embassy in Washington sent […]

Asian Christians Take Scriptural Themes to Art

c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ If Nalini Jayasuriya, Sawai Chinnawong, Nyoman Darsane, He Qi and Wisnu Sasongko are not household names in the Western art world, they are still better known in the West than in their own countries. These five contemporary Asian artists are all Christians, working as members of a […]

Islamic Banking Bilks the Pious, Critics Say

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Rizwan Kadir liked working in finance, but when he read a verse in the Quran that said engaging in usury was the same as “waging war” against God and Islam’s prophet Muhammad, fear struck him. “When you come across an aya (verse) like this, it makes you start wondering […]

COMMENTARY: Learning to Live Small in the Big City

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) My adjustment to being a resident of New York City, as opposed to a frequent visitor, began with donning the New York Yankees cap my eldest son gave me at a welcome lunch. That wasn’t a small adjustment for a longtime Boston Red Sox fan. Next adjustments were picnicking […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Government of El Salvador Supports Beatification of Murdered Archbishop (RNS) The government of El Salvador said it will ask the Vatican to beatify Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, but that it’s not responsible for his assassination. David Morales, a Salvadoran church representative, said the government’s support is a “smoke screen” intended […]

`Saving Grace’ Blends Sacred and Profane

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Is the world ready for an R-rated drama about angels? For a gritty crime drama that’s one part “NYPD Blue” for every part “Touched by an Angel”? In “Saving Grace” a new television drama which was to begin broadcasting Monday on TNT, a troubled Oklahoma City cop played by […]

Tammy Faye Messner, Ex-Wife of Fallen Televangelist, Dies at 65

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Tammy Faye Messner, the ex-wife of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker whose heavy makeup and emotive personality became prominent features on the face of their televised Christian ministry, died Friday (July 20) at her home near Kansas City, Mo. Messner was 65. “She died peacefully in her home,” said a […]

Actor Plays Divine Role for More than 35 Years

c. 2007 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly VIENNA, Va. _ Ted Neeley has played the title role in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” stage for 36 years. That’s longer than Jesus’ own life on earth, according to many scholars. “Don’t anyone believe that I am Jesus Christ,” Neeley says. “I am a rock and roll drummer from Texas […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Sees Membership Decline (RNS) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America saw a slight drop in membership in 2006, continuing a trend of decline of more than a decade. The total of baptized members at the end of 2006 was 4,774,203, a 1.6 percent decrease from […]

The Great Commission 2.0: Online Children’s Ministry

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For kids these days, Internet security is hard to come by. But for kids concerned about eternal security, the Net’s precisely the place to be. Dozens of Christian groups are rethinking flannel graphs and 10 a.m. Sunday school classes, finding that there may be a bigger, better way to […]