Evangelicals pleasantly surprised with McCain’s VP

Adelle M. Banks |

Though stunned like everyone else, evangelicals are praising Sen. John McCain’s pick for vice presidential nominee as a woman who agrees with their anti-abortion views. Introducing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at an Ohio rally Friday (Aug. 29), McCain called her “someone with strong principles, a fighting spirit and deep compassion.” Palin, a conservative Christian, has […]

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Israel authorities begin digital conservation of Dead Sea Scrolls

Michele Chabin |

JERUSALEM-Sixty years after the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Israeli authorities have begun the process of conserving the precious pieces of ancient parchment through digital technology.

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Update: Dalai Lama is in good health

Daniel Burke |

The Dalai Lama is in good health, said doctors in Mumbai, India, according to the exiled Tibetan leader’s office.

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Danny Glover seeks prayers for Louisiana

Bruce Alpert |

DENVER-Actor Danny Glover spoke to Louisiana’s Democratic National Convention delegates Thursday (Aug. 29), leading them in a prayer that New Orleans be spared from Tropical Storm Gustav’s fury.

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Evangelicals pleasantly surprised with McCain’s VP choice

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Pleasantly surprised evangelicals are praising Sen. John McCain’s pick for vice presidential nominee as a woman who embodies their values _ particularly on abortion. Introducing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at an Ohio rally Friday (Aug. 29), McCain said she is “someone with strong principles, a fighting spirit and deep […]

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COMMENTARY: Pelosi flat out wrong on abortion

Mary Ann Walsh |

People will use practically anything for politics, but when they use their religion it’s a bit breathtaking. Nancy Pelosi left a lot of Catholics gasping Sunday morning (Aug. 24), when she skewed Catholic teaching on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and erroneously suggested the church did not always oppose abortion. The House Speaker went well beyond […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service UpDATE: Dalai Lama is in good health (RNS) The Dalai Lama is in good health, said doctors in Mumbai, India, according to the exiled Tibetan leader’s office. “The doctors attending on him have given assurances that there is absolutely no cause for concern,” the Dalai Lama’s office said in a […]

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September Ramadan means long days of fasting

Jeff Diamant |

c. 2008 Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. _ Fasting from sunrise to sunset for 30 days, as Muslims begin doing early next week to mark the Islamic month of Ramadan, is never easy. But some years are harder than others. That’s because Islam’s lunar calendar guarantees that, over a 33-year cycle, Ramadan will occur in […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Pelosi flat out wrong on abortion

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) People will use practically anything for politics, but when they use their religion it’s a bit breathtaking. Nancy Pelosi left a lot of Catholics gasping Sunday morning (Aug. 24) when she skewed Catholic teaching on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and erroneously suggested the church did not always oppose abortion. […]

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Praying in a multicultural world

As the election season continues to unfold, there are new ways of giving benedictions in our multicultural world. Florida megachurch pastor Joel Hunter broke the mold by interrupting the final benediction of the Democratic National Convention to request that all who prayed with him “close this prayer in the way your faith tradition would close […]