Christianity

Relations Thaw Between China and the Vatican

June 25, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-fg-church25jun25,1,5467341.story?coll=la-news-religion

On June 25, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "In recent months, relations between the Vatican and Beijing have thawed, with some seeing the death of Pope John Paul II as a catalyst. Rome, with its worldwide flock of 1 billion, and the Chinese Communist Party, overseeing a nation of 1.3 billion,...

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Study Suggests Need for a More Active Role of Women in Religious Leadership

June 24, 2005

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/3240146

On June 24, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "While the 'moral values' debate has focused on abortion and gay marriage, many women involved with religious groups define moral issues to include economic justice and poverty, fairness and building strong communities, a private study says. Women should take a more active role in...

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Interfaith March Against Poverty Planned for Nairobi

June 24, 2005

Source: All Africa.com/Catholic Information Service for Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200506240693.html

On June 24, 2005 the Catholic Information Service for Africa reported, "The civil society in Kenya is urging people to participate in an interfaith march geared seeking immediate cancellation of debts and campaigning for transparent and accountable governance in African countries.

The Interfaith and Civil Society Organization Campaign to End Global Poverty...

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The Interfaith Alliance Offers Apology Following Controversial Remarks About Focus on the Family

June 24, 2005

Source: The Daily Sentinel

http://www.gjsentinel.com/hp/content/news/stories/2005/06/24/6_24_apology_to_Dobson_WWW.html

On June 24, 2005 The Daily Sentinel reported, "A religious group apologized Thursday to James Dobson for remarks made six weeks earlier that compared him and his Colorado Springs-based ministry to the Gestapo and Taliban. The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado condemned Focus on the Family last month for...

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Skepticism Expressed Over AFA Report, Citing Yale Divinity School's Previous Study

June 24, 2005

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/state/article/0,1299,DRMN_21_3879019,00.html

On June 24, 2005 the Rocky Mountain News reported, "A House Armed Services subcommittee will hold a hearing Tuesday on religious tolerance at the Air Force Academy, and one scheduled witness is not impressed by a Pentagon report on the issue. 'I think that what they're saying is that everything that has happened (at the academy) has been...

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Update: Protests Over Biblical Creation Exhibit at Tulsa Zoo Continue

June 24, 2005

Source: ChannelOklahoma.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.channeloklahoma.com/news/4649589/detail.html

On June 24, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A recently formed group has started circulating a petition asking [Tulsa's] Park and Recreation Board to reverse its June 7 decision authorizing a biblical creation story exhibit at the Tulsa zoo.

Friends of Religion and Science passed out copies of the petition during a...

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Christian Pastor May Face Jail After Refusing Order to Apologize to Muslims

June 23, 2005

Source: Herald Sun

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,15698406%255E2862,00.html

On June 23, 2005 the Herald Sun reported, "A Christian pastor ordered to apologise for vilifying Muslims says he will go to prison rather than say sorry.

In a landmark ruling, Catch the Fire Ministries pastors Danny Nalliah and Daniel Scot were yesterday ordered to publish apology statements in newspapers, their church...

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Christian Alliance for Progress Offers New Voice of the "Religious Left"

June 23, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4124418.stm

On June 23, 2005 BBC News reported, "A group of progressive Christians in the US have launched a new political movement to counter what they describe as the power of the religious right. The Christian Alliance for Progress aims to 'reclaim Christianity' and influence the political agenda. 'We can no longer stand by and watch people speak hatred, division, war and greed in the name of our faith...

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Minister Tells Court that Interfaith Event Ended with Death Threat

June 23, 2005

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald/AAP

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/interfaith-forum-ended-with-death-threat-court-told/2005/06/22/1119321795460.html?on

On June 23, 2005 the Australian Associated Press reported, "A Presbyterian minister has sought a permanent personal protection order, claiming his and his family's safety is at risk, after an interfaith meeting that was meant to promote...

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ADL Welcomes Report, Recommendations in Response to Religious Intolerance

June 22, 2005

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/DiRaB_41/4740_41.htm

On June 22, 2005 the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement in support of the recommendations made by the U.S. Air Force regarding religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy. The statement reads, "The task force's report is encouraging because it clearly recognizes that a 'religious climate' and 'perception of religious intolerance' exist at the academy, and that this climate has...

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Three Practitioners Reflect on "Demanding Miracle" of Christian-Jewish Dialogue

June 22, 2005

Source: World Council of Churches Press Release

http://www2.wcc-coe.org/pressreleasesen.nsf/index/Feat-05-33.html

On June 22, 2005 a World Council of Churches Press Release reported, "Given the history of their relationships, interreligious dialogue between Christians and Jews may be seen as a 'miracle,' but it's also a complex and demanding endeavour. In the following article, three practitioners of interreligious dialogue - two Jewish and one Christian...

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Department of Defense Issues Report on Religious Climate at U.S. Air Force Academy

June 22, 2005

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/2005/tr20050622-3104.html

On June 22, 2005 the U.S. Department of Defense issued a transcript of the press conference held on the same day "to discuss the findings and recommendations of an Air Force report on the religious climate at the Air Force Academy."... In May this year, [Lieutenant General Brady, the deputy chief of staff for Personnel] visited the Air Force Academy and led...

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