Christianity

In Long Island, Muslims, Jews and Christians Share Sacred Space

December 21, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/21/nyregion/21LONG.html

On December 21, 2003 The New York Times reported on Protestant churches on Long Island that have opened their doors to Jewish congregations. The Times notes that "for Protestant congregations burdened with high costs of maintaining churches, renting out space - to other faiths, or, more commonly, to other Protestant denominations - has become crucial to making ends meet... But the...

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New Law Mandates All Catholic Public School Students Take Catholic Dogma Class

December 20, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/21/international/europe/21RELI.html

On December 20, 2003 The New York Times reported, "While President Jacques Chirac of France has called for a ban on religious symbols in public schools, the conservative administration of the Spanish prime minister, José María Aznar, who favors a mention of Christianity in a future European constitution, has passed a law to strengthen the presence of the Roman...

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Although Catholics Still Large Majority, Religious Diversity Growing

December 19, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/stories/122003dnrelguadalajara.2715.html

On December 19, 2003 The Dallas Morning News ran an article on the changing religious demographics of Mexico. The article reported, "In the last 10 years, the number of Mexicans who consider themselves Catholics has fallen from 89 percent to about 81 percent. The number who consider themselves Protestants rose from about 4 percent to about...

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Christians and Non-Christians Reflect on Christmas Traditions

December 19, 2003

Source: Maclean's

http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/life/article.jsp?content=20031222_71973_71973

On December 19, 2003 Maclean's ran a feature section on how different faiths celebrate or recognize Christmas in Canada. Stories included an article from a woman reflecting on her attempt to explain what Santa Claus has to do with the birth of Jesus ("my six-year-old daughter is still trying to sort out some relationship issues. To wit: if Santa...

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Palm Beach Women Sue Over Nativity Scene

December 18, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=12368

On December 18, 2003 The Associated Press reported, "Two women are seeking a federal court order to overrule a town's refusal to allow a Nativity scene to be displayed alongside a Christmas tree and menorah in a town park. Maureen Donnell and Fern deNarvaez filed a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach, arguing the town's policy violates their rights to...

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Akron Interfaith Group Promotes Tolerance

December 18, 2003

Source: Akron Leader

http://www.akron.com/20031218/FPAGE/spread.htm

On December 18, 2003 the Akron Leader reported on the Akron Area Interfaith Council (AAIC), an organization of leaders and lay people representing 20 houses of worship that promotes understanding and religious tolerance.Christians from Unitarian Universalist, Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Baptist churches are represented, as are members of Islamic, Jewish and Buddhist houses...

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School Board Director Says OK to Recognize Christmas in Schools

December 17, 2003

Source: The Brampton Guardian

http://www.thebramptonguardian.com/br/news/story/1569699p-1843317c.html

On December 17, 2003 The Brampton Guardian reported, "Local public schools are being encouraged to recognize Christmas and other religious holidays without fear of being politically incorrect. In a recent letter to all principals, Peel District School Board Education Director Jim Grieve gave the board's blessing to recognize and celebrate the...

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Muslims Attend Christmas Mass in Kosovo

December 16, 2003

Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Inc.

http://www.rferl.org/nca/features/2003/12/16122003165720.asp

On December 16, 2003 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Inc. reported, "In Kosovo this year, thousands of Muslim Kosovar Albanians will again be attending midnight Mass along with their Christian neighbors...[Dom Nosh Gjolaj, a priest at St. Ndou Roman Catholic Church] says he does not know how or precisely when the custom of interfaith visitation began in...

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Pope Advises Catholics in Sudan to Uphold Religious Pluralism

December 15, 2003

Source: Zenit News Agency

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=46236

On December 15, 2003 Zenit News Agency reported, "John Paul II urged Sudan's bishops and Catholic faithful to make their contribution and respond to their country's urgent social needs. The Pope encouraged the Church's growth in the war-torn country when he received the Sudanese Catholic bishops in audience today, at the end of their five-yearly visit to Rome...'A tentative opening on...

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Falwell Instructs Christians on How to Navigate the December Dilemma

December 15, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/136/story_13673_1.html

On December 15, 2003 Beliefnet published an editorial by Jerry Falwell on the "December Dilemma" that plagues educators and organizations deciding on how to legally celebrate the holiday season in a pluralistic society. Falwell writes that Christmas has become "a dirty word" for groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who "...

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"Festival of Festivals" Promotes Peace Between Christians, Jews and Muslims in Haifa

December 14, 2003

Source: Cleveland Jewish News

http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/articles/2003/12/22/news/israel/rparty1215.txt

On December 14, 2003 Cleveland Jewish News reported, "Thousands of Jews and Arabs fill the winding stone alleyways of a Haifa neighborhood sampling latkes, roasted chestnuts and pastries dripping in honey at a coexistence festival to mark the holidays of Chanukah, Christmas and Ramadan...Now in its 10th year, The Festival of...

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