Church Helps Woman Rebuild Heart and Home After Katrina

c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ In the two years since Hurricane Katrina roared ashore along the Gulf Coast, countless thousands of people have been assisted by churches and other religious groups. This is the story of one of them. X X X Twice that day last spring, Barbara Duplessis rounded the block […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Update: Billy Graham Released from Hospital (RNS) Evangelist Billy Graham, who had been hospitalized for episodes of intestinal bleeding, went home Thursday (Aug. 30), his staff announced. Graham, 88, entered Mission Health & Hospitals in Asheville, N.C., on Aug. 18 and underwent a colonoscopy four days later. The procedure revealed […]

Muslims Hope New Show Breaks Cultural Barriers

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Raja Musharaff is a Pakistani Muslim exchange student coming to America this fall. He’s not coming to join a terrorist cell, open a kabob shop or become a taxi driver. On the contrary, as one of the lead roles on “Aliens in America,” which premiers Oct. 1 on the […]

COMMENTARY: A New Year, a New Prayer

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A cynical seminary professor once told me that prayers said during the “dog days” of summer don’t really count; prayers only become serious in the autumn during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. He was joking, of course, but I often think about his remark as we approach the biblically […]

What To Do With a Closed Church Building?

New Uses Can Breathe New Life Into Old Churches David Briggs looks at new uses for closed churches in this week’s full text article, linked above. Quote: Continuing the legacy of a building that for decades served as a spiritual beacon is important, particularly for people grieving the loss of their church, religious leaders say. […]

COMMENTARY: Why Must College Students Party Till They Drop?

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Why are college students drinking and drugging themselves to death? Truth be told, it’s not just college-age folks who think they need to be anesthetized to face reality. Some students in high school and even grade school “experiment” to the point of unconsciousness or death. I don’t need to […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Gordon College Triples Endowment With $60 Million Gift BOSTON (RNS) An evangelical college on Boston’s North Shore is about to become nearly three times richer, thanks to a $60 million gift from a California couple whose two grandchildren attend the school. The gift to Gordon College from real estate developer […]

Book Uncovers a Lonely, Spiritually Desolate Mother Teresa

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Ten years after her death, a new book of Mother Teresa’s personal letters illustrates a profound and private spiritual struggle _ much of it unknown to the world that would come to embrace her as a living saint. “Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light,” to be released Sept. 4, […]

10 Minutes With … Aidan Delgado

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Nineteen-year-old Aidan Delgado had just signed the papers that made him an Army reservist when he heard the news that two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center. In 2003, he found himself deployed at Abu Ghraib, just as the notorious prison’s abuse scandal was erupting around the […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Council Sets Dates for Ramadan, But Not Everyone Agrees (RNS) A council of Islamic legal scholars in North America has revised a fatwa from last year that determines when Muslims mark major holidays and other important dates such as the start of Ramadan. According to the new changes made by […]