Christianity

Catholics Try to Draw Potential Priests, Nuns, and Monks through Ad Campaigns

January 13, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On January 13, 2001, The New York Times reported that an emerging trend in Catholicism is to reach "out through advertising to men and women who might feel led toward a life of religious service. This is a response to...the continuing decline in the ranks of priests, nuns and brothers. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, the number of diocesan priests in the United States declined from 1965 to 2000 by 15 percent, to 30,607, and the number of nuns and brothers by more than...

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Some Concerned that Ashcroft Cannot Balance Religious Views and Political Duties

January 13, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On January 13, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that President-elect George W. Bush's transition office released a speech given by John Ashcroft when he received an honorary degree from Bob Jones University in 1999. Democrats requested the release of the speech, "looking for incendiary quotes that could damage Ashcroft's nomination to be attorney general." Ashcroft's remarks "could fuel concern expressed by some senators that Ashcroft's religious convictions might supersede his enforcement of laws on subjects...

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Armenian Church Celebrates Anniversary, Faces Loss of Faith

January 13, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 13, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "this week, Armenians worldwide kicked off a yearlong celebration of the 1,700-year anniversary of their homeland's conversion" to Christianity. Legend has it that in the year 301 St. Gregory the Illuminator "healed then-King Tiridat of madness, converted him to Christianity and made Armenia the first nation in the world to officially embrace the light of Christ...In the Southland, the central event [of the celebration] involved the distribution of a flame, symbolizing...

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Armenian Church Celebrates Anniversary, Faces Loss of Faith

January 13, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

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On January 13, 2001, the St. Petersburg Times reported on the celebration of the 1700-year anniversary of the conversion of Armenia's King Tiridates III to Christianity by St. Gregory the Illuminator. "A sacred flame commemorating the event is making its way to Armenian Orthodox churches around the world." The flame comes from Khor Virab...

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Filipino Congregation Granted Variance to Establish Church

January 11, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On January 11, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "The Rev. Jose Soriano keeps everything he needs to preach the word of God in the back of his van. There's a bag of candles. A box of Bibles and hymnals. A cross, the communion. Even a small pad that he unrolls when his parishioners need to kneel. Every Sunday for the past nine years, he has unloaded the contents of his van into one elementary school gymnasium after another. He and the 90 members of the First Filipino Evangelical Methodist Church have...

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Mormons Volunteer Time to Spread Understanding of their Faith

January 11, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On January 11, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "while many denominations make an effort to win lost souls, the Mormon church is run completely by lay clergy who maintain careers and volunteer enormous amounts of time and resources for the 11-million-member organization. The church has more than 60,000 volunteer missionaries in 162 countries, and the effort seems to be working. Since the Mormon church built its $ 16 million temple on Stoneybrook Drive in Kensington in 1974, Mormon leaders say, membership in area...

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Full Gospel Church N.Y. Loses First Level Zoning Decision

January 10, 2001

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/2001-01-10/News_and_Views/City_Beat/a-95252.asp

On January 10, 2001, the New York Daily News reported that "Community Board 7 shot down [The Full Gospel N.Y. Church's] request for approval of a plan to expand, but the city will have the final say." The Church wants to expand to hold up to 1,500 worshippers and construct a large gym, but "citing traffic and other concerns, Board 7...

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Catholic Congregation Celebrates Diversity

January 8, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On January 8, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "voices in a multitude of languages joined in prayer Sunday for unity and cultural tolerance at the annual observance of National Migration Week at St.Pius V Church." 500 to 600 worshippers heard multiple languages in celebration of National Migration Week, which was "established by the National Council of Catholic Bishops to recognize the contribution every individual and every culture makes to the community." Rev. Mike Lydon, priest at St. Pius, said the...

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Archbishop reaches out to immigrant parishioners

January 8, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On January 8, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "newly installed Roman Catholic Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick delivered a message of inclusion yesterday to a congregation jammed with immigrants -- and asked for their prayers as a newcomer himself." McCarrick was the archbishop of Newark for 14 years, where he worked for social justice and especially to welcome immigrants. He is now serving the Archdiocese of Washington, replacing Cardinal James A. Hickey, who had worked for 20 years to support immigrants and the poor...

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Religious Groups Support Mormon Temple Plans

January 8, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 8, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Catholics, Protestants, and Jews yesterday welcomed a Supreme Court decision upholding the right of Mormons to build a giant temple in Belmont, saying the decision guarantees continued freedom for religious groups in Massachusetts." Many religious groups were watching the case, in which neighbors asked to have the temple bulldozed, arguing that allowing the temple "violated a constitutional prohibition against the government establishment of religion."

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Pilgrims Seek Cure for Ailments in Church's Sacred Dirt

January 7, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On January 7, 2001, the Star Tribune reported on the Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico, which has begun to attract "the devout, and the merely curious" from all over the globe. Sometimes called the American Lourdes, a town in France which is known as a place of healing, this 200-year-old adobe church's dirt is considered sacred because it "was expressly built on land where a crucifix mysteriously appeared nearly 200 years ago." Within lies "a small, shallow pit called 'el posito,' or Little Healing Well." Pilgrims wait in lines for...

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Armenian Americans Christians Celebrate Christmas in Armenian Tradition

January 7, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 7, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported the celebration of Christmas by thousands of Armenian Christians in southern California on January 6. They "and some other Eastern churches recognize Jan. 6, not Dec. 25, as Christ's birthday." There are an "estimated 300,000 to 400,000 Southern California Armenians," most of whom "welcomed Saturday as a chance to reconnect with their church, culture and motherland." Armenian Christianity has most of the elements of its Western counterpart, but "the traditions are practiced in...

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Episcopalians and Lutherans Celebrate New Alliance

January 7, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On January 7, 2001, The New York Times reported that, "after more than three decades of debate, the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America inaugurated an alliance...that will allow them to share clergy members, churches and missionary work." Each "church will retain its own structure and worship style," but the contract, "Called to Common Mission," "brings together two denominations that have long been separated by fundamental differences over the role and authority of bishops." The alliance was celebrated...

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Growing Numbers of Hispanic Converts to Islam

January 7, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On January 7, 2001, The Washington Post reported the conversion of thousands of Latinos nationwide to Islam. Hispanics are "the country's fastest-growing ethnic group," and Islam is "the nation's fastest-growing religion." There are 1 billion Muslims worldwide, and "the Muslim population in the United States is estimated at more than 4 million, nearly six times the number in 1970." The American Muslim Council, an advocacy group in Washington, estimates that 25,000 of these are Hispanic. "The largest communities are in New York...

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Crowds Expected for Celebration of Epiphany

January 6, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

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On January 6, 2001, the St. Petersburg Times reported on this year's celebration of Epiphany, "one of the holiest days of the year in the Greek Orthodox Church." Because it falls on a Saturday, as many as 30,000 people, about twice the usual number, are expected in Tarpon Springs, FL. The ceremony at Spring Bayou is "the largest of its kind in the Western hemisphere" and "commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ...

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