Christianity

Controversy May Prohibit Kerry from Taking Communion

April 6, 2004

Source: CBS News

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On April 6, 2004 CBS News reported, "It is unclear if pressure from the Boston archbishop will prevent Sen. John Kerry from taking communion this Easter Sunday in his home city because of the Democratic nominee's support for abortion. Amid questions of how Catholic leadership will respond to the pro-choice senator, Kerry's archbishop -- Boston's own Sean O'Malley -- has refused to clarify a statement last summer that pro-choice Catholics are in a...

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Interfaith Marriages Challenge Passover Rituals

April 6, 2004

Source: The Standard Times

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On April 6, 2004 The Standard Times reported, "For Jewish families, it is a time of family gatherings and lavish meals called seders. And with its special foods, songs and customs, the seder is the focal point of the Passover observance. But the increase in interfaith marriages can present challenges for modern families... According to Roger Fritts at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Md., the percentage of Jews marrying...

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At Low Point in Christian-Jewish Relations, Jewish Official Promotes Conversation

April 4, 2004

Source: Newsday.com

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On April 4, 2004 Newsday.com reported, "As the Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown Monday and Christians observe Holy Week, leaders of both religions say more must be done to build connections between them. 'The ongoing work has slowed down tremendously,' said...

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Christians, Jews Celebrate Easter, Passover in Detroit

April 4, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

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On April 4, 2004 The Detroit News ran a feature article on Holy Week and Passover celebrations being held by the Christians and Jews of the community. The article reported, "Lynn Betker and Lisa Lis adhere to different faiths but both will begin observing a Holy Week with their respective Christian and Jewish communities. Today, Metro Detroit Christians will celebrate Palm Sunday and the beginning of their holiest week that ends on Easter. At...

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At Interfaith Gathering, Religious Figures Pray for Success of Elections

April 4, 2004

Source: Antara

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On April 4, 2004 Antara reported, "Six religious figures representing Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confuciounism, conducted prayers in their respective ways for the success of the 2004 general elections. These figures on behalf of the Indonesian Committee for Religions and Peace chaired by Din Syamsuddin performed their prayers at Borobudur Hotel`s National Tabulation Center on Sunday. Also present at the occasion were Susongko,...

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Rabbi Joins Protest Against Moscow ISKCON Temple

April 3, 2004

Source: The Hindustan Times

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On April 3, 2004 The Hindustan Times ran a Press Trust of India article that reported, "One of the leaders of Russia's Jewish community, rabbi Adolf Shayevich has joined the Orthodox Christians in protesting against building of a huge Hindu temple in Moscow by the local chapter of International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Last week more than one thousand Orthodox Christians protested against building of the temple of Lord...

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Travelling Secretary of Scripture Union Praises Peaceful Co-Existence of Christians and Muslims

April 2, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

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On April 2, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted an article from The Independent that reported, "Deacon Jah, the travelling secretary of the Scripture Union has expressed satisfaction over the religious tolerance that prevails in the country. Speaking at a Bible quiz competition held recently at Saint Augustine's Senior Secondary School, Jah stated that the manner Christians and Muslims live with each other is worth commending. 'It shows that The Gambia is a...

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"Faithful Democracy" Stresses Civil Participation Rooted in Religious Values

April 2, 2004

Source: Episcopal News Service

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On April 2, 2004 the Episcopal News Service reported, "During an election year, the importance of casting informed votes and underlining how each and every ballot makes a difference cannot be emphasized enough, according to Faithful Democracy, a coalition of religious organizations which is committed to promoting faithful engagement in the democratic process. A press conference in Judiciary Square, Washington, D.C., drew representatives from...

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Canadian Amish Man Sues U.S. Govt Over ID Photo Requirements

April 2, 2004

Source: CNews

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On April 2, 2004 CNews reported, "A Canadian Amish man said the U.S. government violated his rights by denying him residency and barring him from re-entering the country because he refused to be photographed on religious grounds. The man is a Canadian citizen from Kitchener, Ont., and a member of the Old Order Amish, a sect that takes literally the Bible's prohibition of graven images. The man's wife, who is also Amish, is a U.S. citizen. The lawsuit...

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Government To Continue to Promote Peace Among Religions

April 2, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

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On April 2, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted a Vanguard article that reported, "Government will continue to promote the peaceful coexistence which exists amongst the various religious groups in the country,' Vice President Atiku Abubakar said yesterday in Abuja. Speaking yesterday when the President, Ibrahim Niyasse University, Dakar, Senegal, Sheikh Imam Hassan Cisse led a 4-man delegation to his office,...

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Poll Finds Rise in Percentage of Americans Who Blame Jews for Jesus' Death

April 2, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

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On April 2, 2004 Beliefnet.com posted a Religion News Service article that reported, "More than one-third of Americans who have seen Mel Gibson's blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ" say Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus, according to a new Pew Research Center poll released Friday. The portion of Americans in general who hold Jews responsible has risen from 19 percent in...

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