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c. 2007 Religion News Service Graham Undergoes Colonoscopy to Treat Bleeding (RNS) After three episodes of intestinal bleeding, evangelist Billy Graham underwent a colonoscopy Wednesday (Aug. 22) to address his ailment. His doctor found an area of active bleeding and treated it with cauterization, officials at Mission Health & Hospitals in Asheville, N.C., said in […]

Two Years Later, Trumpeter Searches for `God’s Will’ in Katrina

c. 2007 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly WASHINGTON _ Two years after Hurricane Katrina, it may be that one of the most searching spiritual responses to the deluge and disaster has come not from a theologian but an acclaimed jazz musician. Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Terence Blanchard’s new CD, “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem […]


RELIGION BEST-SELLERS (Editor’s note: This August list is compiled by Publishers Weekly magazine from data received from general independent bookstores, chain stores and wholesalers within the month of July. Copyright 2007 Publishers Weekly. Distributed by Religion News Service.) HARDCOVER 1. “God Is Not Great,” by Christopher Hitchens. (Twelve, $24.99) 2. “Reposition Yourself,” by T.D. Jakes. […]

COMMENTARY: When the Silver Screen Is a Mirror on Faith

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) This e-mail popped into my inbox this week: “Saw a movie I really, really enjoyed the other night. It’s an independent called `Once’ that was shot in just 17 days so it’s a little tough to find a theater. But it was worth the drive to Chicago for me […]

New Uses Can Breathe New Life Into Old Churches

c. 2007 Religion News Service CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio Dozens of children chattered with excitement in a space where the faithful of the former Heights United Presbyterian Church once raised their voices in worship. The pews were gone, and the sanctuary had become the Heights Youth Club basketball court. Overseeing the gathering was not a preacher […]

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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 […]

GUEST COMMENTARY: God Isn’t My Co-pilot; He’s My Running Mate

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) We are experiencing a peculiar sort of religious awakening in America. If the various Republican and Democratic candidates have not had recent conversion experiences, they have at least been moved to talk about faith. And they are doing so in ways we have not seen this early, this prominently […]

10 Minutes With … George Foreman

c. 2007 Beliefnet (UNDATED) After losing a 1977 boxing match to Jimmy Young, George Foreman returned to the locker room and entered a dark place _ a place so dark he wouldn’t wish it on his greatest enemy _ where only the grace of God could save him. Not long after, he gave his life […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service WCC Proposes `Six Church’ Meeting to Parallel Korean Talks (RNS) The World Council of Churches has proposed a “six church” meeting to parallel and monitor the “six party” talks on nuclear and other issues affecting the Korean peninsula. The church meeting would involve religious leaders from North and South Korea […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Vatican Starts Low-Cost Flight Service for Pilgrims VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has its own bank, its own postal system, its own pharmacy and its own soccer tournament _ but until now, no official state-sponsored airline. That will change when the Holy See teams up with a small Italian charter […]