Christianity

Jewish Congress Chief Meets With Pope

October 8, 2007

Author: NICOLE WINFIELD

Source: The Associated Press

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gPP2fFZeWbgrtj1sxY3wth8S8neAD8S52J280

Top officials from the World Jewish Congress met Monday with Pope Benedict XVI to voice concern about Iran but also to encourage pursuing a dialogue with moderate Muslims, participants said.

WJC President Ronald Lauder and the group's new secretary general, Michael Schneider, met with Benedict in...

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Evangelists Attacked in Karnataka, India, by Hindu Radicals

October 7, 2007

Author: James Varghese

Source: Jouranl Chretien/Assist News Service

http://www.spcm.org/Journal/spip.php?breve1985

Two evangelists were beaten up by Hindu attackers in a church in Mangalawadi village in the Hassan District of Karnataka on Thursday, October 4.

This news was carried by Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) on their website [->www.persecution.in].

According to their report, the evangelists, Sudhakar and Issac, who...

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'Elders' in Landmark Darfur Visit

October 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7023413.stm

A delegation of influential elder statesmen led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been visiting Darfur to try to find solutions to the conflict.

The "Elders" have been talking to local community leaders and to displaced people living in camps.

The visit comes three days after an attack on the African Union base in southern Darfur left 10...

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Judges Weigh Whether City's Emblem Religious

October 2, 2007

Author: Felisa Cardona

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_7056577

Three Latin crosses displayed on the official city emblem of Las Cruces, N.M., are the subject of a legal battle over the U.S. Constitution's treatment of religion and its proper place in government.

The fight made its way to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday as a three-judge panel heard arguments from lawyers representing the city and Paul...

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Supreme Court Opens Term by Rejecting Appeals in Two Religion Cases

October 2, 2007

Author: David G. Savage

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/nation/story/2BB94E9C62F026F2862573680012F720?OpenDocument

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to expand the rights of church groups, turning down appeals in a pair of cases.

In the first, the justices rejected a free speech claim from an evangelical minister...

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Episcopal Leaders Act to Avert a Schism

September 26, 2007

Author: Michael Paulson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/09/26/episcopal_leaders_act_to_avert_a_schism/?p1=email_to_a_friend

The Episcopal bishops of the United States, attempting to head off a schism over gay rights and biblical interpretation, yesterday promised to "exercise restraint" by not approving more gay bishops and not authorizing a formal...

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Welcome or Not, Orthodoxy Is Back in Russia’s Public Schools

September 23, 2007

Author: CLIFFORD J. LEVY

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/23/world/europe/23russia.html

One of the most discordant debates in Russian society is playing out in public schools like those in this city not far from Moscow, where the other day a teacher named Irina Donshina set aside her textbooks, strode before her second graders and, as if speaking from a pulpit, posed a simple question:

“Whom should we...

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Program Lets Fugitives Surrender Safely in Church

September 23, 2007

Author: Ann Belser

Source: Pittsburg Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07266/819566-85.stm

Over the last two years, thousands of fugitives in four states have lined up outside of churches, waiting for a chance to turn themselves in.

The program is called Fugitive Safe Surrender. For four days, a local church is turned into a full-fledged court, complete with judges, public defenders, prosecutors and identification equipment such as...

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The World Comes to Georgia, and an Old Church Adapts

September 22, 2007

Author: WARREN ST. JOHN

Source: NY Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/22/us/22church.html

When the Rev. Phil Kitchin steps into the pulpit of the Clarkston International Bible Church on Sunday mornings, he stands eye to eye with the changing face of America. In the pews before him, alongside white-haired Southern women in their Sunday best, sit immigrants from the Philippines and Togo, refugees from war-scarred Liberia, Ethiopia and Sudan, even a...

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Monarch Faith Role 'Should Stay'

September 15, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6996112.stm

Prince Charles should not become defender of all faiths rather than just Christianity when he becomes King, the Archbishop of Canterbury has insisted.

Dr Rowan Williams also said his coronation should be a Christian rather than a multi-faith service.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Telegraph he described Britain as a "broken society" and said urgent...

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Most Think Founders Wanted Christian USA

September 13, 2007

Author: Andrea Stone

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-09-11-amendment_N.htm?csp=34

Most Americans believe the nation's founders wrote Christianity into the Constitution, and people are less likely to say freedom to worship covers religious groups they consider extreme, a poll out today finds.

The survey measuring attitudes toward freedom of religion, speech and the press found that 55% believe...

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