Christianity

In Buffalo, Empty Churches Fuel Religious Diversity

April 11, 2004

Source: The Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20040411/1047114.asp

On April 11, 2004 The Buffalo News reported, "A former Polish National Catholic cathedral at Sycamore and Sobieski streets was recently converted into a mosque. The Islamic crescent moon symbol graces the tops of the various steeples. Buddhists worship in a converted Buffalo police station on Fillmore Avenue. Many faiths have converted various buildings around Buffalo into houses...

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Eastern and Western Christians Celebrate Easter and Pascha

April 10, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/041004dnrelorthodox.37932.html

On April 10, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "A thousand years ago, Christians in the East and West went their separate ways, divided by disputes over doctrine and the pope. But here's something they agree on. On Sunday, they'll celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. It's known as Easter to...

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Evangelical Christians Seek Respectful Dialogue With Muslims

April 10, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A171-2004Apr9.html

On April 10, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Nearly a year ago, evangelical Christian leaders gathered in Washington to try to moderate their rhetoric toward Islam and begin a more respectful, positive dialogue with Muslims around the world. This week, a handful of evangelical ministers announced the first fruit of that effort, a plan to put on a Christian music...

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Councillor Objects to Statement of "Tolerance for the Integrity of All Faiths"

April 9, 2004

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/08/1081326872661.html

On April 9, 2004 The Age reported, "A call for immigrants to 'leave their foreign gods at the door' has sparked a heated debate in Victoria's most diverse multicultural municipality. In a leaked email obtained by The Age, Greater Dandenong councillor Paul Donovan also called for the words 'tolerance for the integrity of all faiths' to be removed from the council's recently...

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In Zoning Battle, Amish Man Told He Can't Keep Horse

April 9, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13155

On April 9, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "A Centre County judge yesterday rejected an Amish man's appeal of a zoning ordinance that has barred him from keeping a horse on his property. But the judge also called the zoning rule "arbitrary" and "unreasonable" and urged a second Amish appellant to seek an exemption. Judge David E. Grine rejected a request...

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Government Statistics Show Rise in Muslims and Orthodox Christians

April 8, 2004

Source: online.ie

http://www.online.ie/news/viewer.adp?article=3102332

On April 8, 2004 online.ie reported, "The Central Statistics Office has reported a massive in rease in the number of Muslims and Orthodox Christians in Ireland between 1991 and 2002. The CSO said there were more than 10,000 Muslims in Ireland at the time of the 2002 census, compared to less than 400 in 1991. The number of Orthodox Christians in the country also quadrupled to 19,000 in the same...

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Christians Pull Out of Peace Talks With Muslims After Waves of Violence

April 8, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/144/story_14421_1.html

On April 8, 2004 Beliefnet.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, "Saidu Dogo, an official of the Christian Association of Nigeria, an umbrella body representing Nigeria's 60 million Christians, claimed that religious violence had killed more than 1,000 Christians and animists in the northern states of Plateau, Kaduna and Jigawa since Jan. 1. The violence has entailed...

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Out of Dialogue Emerges a New Passion Play

April 8, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/articles/2004/04/08/an_act_of_faith/

On April 8, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "After Palm Sunday services at First Congregational Church, during which the blue-robed choir led 'All Glory, Laud and Honor,' 10 men resumed the task of transforming the chancel into a replica of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Come tomorrow, Good Friday, this church will debut 'Jesus and the...

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Boston Archbishop Calls American Culture Hostile to Catholicism

April 7, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/144/story_14411_1.html

On April 7, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley said American culture is inhospitable to Roman Catholic teaching and likened preaching in the United States to a form of martyrdom. 'Today, our challenge is simple: to resist the temptation to conform to the culture of death, to consumerism, hedonism, individualism,' O'Malley told about 500 priests and 600 parishioners on Tuesday...

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Conference on Muslim-Catholic Dialogue Held in CA

April 7, 2004

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://www.nccbuscc.org/comm/archives/2004/04-064.htm

On April 7, 2004 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reported, "Thirteen Catholic bishops participated in a specially designed three-day program for bishops on Islam and Catholic-Muslim relations, March 15-18, 2004. The second of three such institutes, sponsored by the Subcommittee on Interreligious Dialogue of the United States Conference of Catholic...

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Georgia Bishop Bans Women from Foot Washing Ceremony

April 7, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/07/national/07FEET.html

On April 7, 2004 The New York Times reported, "Women will not be allowed to participate in Maundy Thursday foot-washing rituals at Roman Catholic churches here. In a March 19 letter to the archdiocese's priests, Archbishop John Donoghue said each parish should choose just 12 men for the ritual, which represents Jesus washing his disciples' feet at the Last Supper. Archbishop Donoghue...

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Illinois Officials Apologize to Mormons for Murder of Joseph Smith

April 7, 2004

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/24hour/nation/story/1272402p-8359116c.html

On April 7, 2004 The Sacramento Bee reported, "A delegation of Illinois officials apologized to leaders of the Mormon Church on Wednesday for the 1844 murder of the church's founder and the expulsion of Mormons from Illinois. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and others made the trip to Utah a week after the Illinois House approved a resolution expressing regret for violence...

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Court Rules: Cincinnati Cannot Ban Religious Displays

April 6, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13142

On April 6, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "City officials cannot bar religious displays on a downtown plaza during the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

In Chabad of Southern Ohio v. City of Cincinnati, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that allowed a Jewish organization...

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