Christianity

American-Born Christian Minister Addresses Social Action Through Faith

May 4, 2004

Source: The Japan Times

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?fl20040501a1.htm

On May 4, 2004 The Japan Times ran a feature article on the Rev. Claudia Genung, pastor of West Tokyo Union Church in Mitaka: "From the San Francisco Bay area, Claudia first came to Japan in 1976 right after high school on an International Christian Youth Exchange...The couple [Genung and her Japanese-born husband, Toshi Yamamoto] studied for their masters of...

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Archbishop: Muslims' Request to Pray in Spanish Church is Not Permissible

May 2, 2004

Source: Zenit

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On May 2, 2004 Zenit reported, "Is it permissible to allow Muslims to worship in a Catholic church? The answer is no, according to Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The question, asked by a Spanish Muslim, had sparked a national debate in that country, as followers of Islam in Spain wish to be able to worship in the cathedral of Cordoba, a former mosque. In statements to AsiaNews,...

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Under Pressure, City Removes Cross from Official Seal

May 2, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=13266

On May 2, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "A Southern California city has agreed to remove a cross from its official seal under pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union.

For nearly 40 years, a shimmering cross hovering over a church steeple has been emblazoned on the seal of Redlands, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles. It was to be removed by April...

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Hospital Chaplaincy Has Multi-Faith Approach

May 2, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3604775.stm

On May 2, 2004 the BBC News ran a feature article on Chris Johnson, a hospital chaplain, and the multi-faith approach of the chaplaincy. The article reported, "When Jackie Hill was forced to spend long periods of time as an in-patient at Bradford Royal Infirmary the last thing she thought she needed was spiritual counseling from a man of the cloth. Jackie, like many people, took the view that a visit...

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Kerry's "Controversial" Catholicism Looks Much Like America's

May 2, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-na-kerrycath2may02,1,5020196.story?coll=la-news-religion

On May 2, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "One point was largely overlooked in the news reports and talk-show discussions about whether Sen. John F. Kerry should take part in the central rituals of his faith: The former altar boy is Roman Catholic the way many Americans are Roman Catholic. He...

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Rise in Anti-Semitism in Delaware Town Blamed on Gibson's "The Passion"

May 1, 2004

Source: The News Journal

http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2004/05/01groupssaypassio.html

On May 1, 2004 The News Journal reported, "A series of antisemitic acts in the Rehoboth Beach area since the release of the film 'The Passion of the Christ' on Feb. 25 have prompted members of the Christian and Jewish communities to come together to talk about how to prevent further incidents.

Members of Seaside Jewish Community...

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Two Voices on the Role of Religion in Democracy

May 1, 2004

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/living/religion/8560007.htm

On May 1, 2004 The Kansas City Star published responses by a Buddhist monk and a Baptist Reverend to the question: "Should religion play a part in our democratic system of government?" The Rev. Tony Cobbins, pastor of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, said: "I personally feel that religion should definitely play a role in the democratic process......

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Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Severs Ties With Greek Orthodox Church

May 1, 2004

Source: CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/04/30/religion.orthodox.ap/index.html

On May 1, 2004 CNN.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, "The spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians has suspended relations with the head of Greece's Orthodox Church -- a move that could lead to severed ties between the two churches. The decision by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I followed a dispute over control of...

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Through Abraham's Sacrifice, Faith Leaders Find Healing

May 1, 2004

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/lifestyle/story/9118323p-10043947c.html

On May 1, 2004 The Sacramento Bee reported, "Sunday, Sacramento area faith leaders will discuss Abraham's sacrifice and what it means at a special program sponsored by the Children of Abraham. 'We'll each talk about his sacrifice, but let's face it, we're not going to resolve the issue,' says Imam Metwalli Amer, chairman of SALAM, the Sacramento Area...

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Congressman Reprimanded for Omitting "Under God" in the Pledge

April 30, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13261

On April 30, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "In an unusual public reprimand, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi chastised Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington for omitting the words 'under God' while leading the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. It is unusual for the leader of a political party to publicly chastise a member of the party's rank-...

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Pre-World Parliament of Religions Meeting in Jerusalem Addresses Religion and Violence

April 30, 2004

Source: National Catholic Reporter

On April 30, 2004 the National Catholic Reporter reported, "We had gathered here March 2 and 3 at the Rachem Rachel Hotel on the outskirts of Jerusalem at the invitation of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. The parliament will hold a major convocation in July in Barcelona, Spain, expected to draw upwards of 10,000 people. One of the focuses of the event is religious violence, and the participants in Jerusalem, mostly Jewish and Muslim but also Christian, Buddhist and Hindu, were modeling an...

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