Christianity

St. Louis Africans Give Thanks and Celebrate Unity

November 26, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On November 26, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "what was likely the largest, most diverse group of African refugees ever to congregate in St. Louis met Saturday for food, song and dance at St. Pius V Catholic Church. The event was organized by the African Refugee Service, a 3-month-old agency that attempts to support people fleeing violence and persecution in African countries. The vast majority of the 175 people who attended the Thanksgiving-themed event have come through enormous stress, said one of the...

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Los Angeles Church Awaits Reconstruction After Damage from Arson

November 23, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 23, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Worshipers at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church often shudder during the early morning Masses delivered by Father Ignatius M. Kissel. The message of God's love is inspiring, but it's the biting chill in the air that gets to them the most these days. 'It's cold,' said Dorothy Flowers, a 20-year member of the parish, 'particularly when it's 42 degrees outside. I don't know how long we can stand it.'The Fullerton church lost its sanctuary in August, when someone intentionally...

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Immigrants in America Give Thanks for Freedom

November 22, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On November 22, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "as religious persecution expands around the world, according to experts, America remains a relatively rare haven of religious tolerance. Around the globe, attacks on religious freedom are "absolutely on the upswing," says the Rev. Steven Snyder, president of International Christian Concern, a Maryland-based Christian human rights group. Religious liberty is 'deteriorating,' and today only one-quarter of the world's people enjoy broad religious freedom....

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North Amityville Churches Struggle Over Zoning Codes

November 19, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On November 19, 2000, The New York Times reported that "THEY have names like The Revelation Church of God in Christ, Ephesus Church and Living Waters Evangelistic. They are scattered about North Amityville like seeds sown by the wind...Wherever they are, the neighbors who wake up one morning to find that they are living next to a church often find it anything but a blessing. Peter Casserly, Babylon's commissioner of planning and development, said that neighbors often called the town to complain of increased traffic and noise,...

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U.S. Catholic Bishops Discuss Abortion and Academic Freedom

November 18, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On November 18, 2000, the St. Louis Dispatch reported that "Roman Catholic bishops who gathered in Washington this week issued some of their most dramatic rhetoric yet on abortion and struggled with a request from the pope to take more responsibility for what is taught in the theology departments of Catholic universities...Each morning, the bishops confronted stacks of heavily footnoted studies, resolutions and background material, prepared by various committees with the assistance of the professional staff of the United...

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Catholic Bishop Speaks of the Value of New Immigrants

November 18, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On November 18, 2000, the New York Times reported that a "vast wave of new immigrants -- from Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe -- has been altering the face of parishes from coast to coast, a trend that began three decades ago. It is a demographic transformation such as Catholics have not seen since many thousands of Germans, Irish, Italians, Poles and other Europeans poured into the United States a century ago. 'You're increasing by 25 percent the size of the church in one generation,' said Bishop...

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UCLA Establishes Nation's First Scholarly Program in Korean Christianity

November 17, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 17, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "The dynamic tradition of Korean Christianity, which is reshaping both the Los Angeles religious landscape and the broader Christian world, came of age in academia Thursday as UCLA announced the establishment of the nation's first scholarly program in the field. A four-year grant of $ 504,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation will enable UCLA, one of the leading centers of Korean scholarship in the nation, to probe such questions as why so many Koreans have defied Asia's...

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Religious Clergy Call for Strengthening Institution of Marriage

November 15, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On November 15, 2000, the Washington Post reported that "Leaders of several major Christian organizations called on churches yesterday to do more to strengthen marriage, 'God's first institution,' by developing programs that help keep couples together. Citing the 'alarming' effect of a high divorce rate on American society, the religious leaders said the nation is threatened by 'a high divorce rate, a rise in cohabitation, a rise in non-marital births, a decline in the marriage rate, and a diminishing interest in and readiness...

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Regulation Curbing Creche in Boston Sparks Debate

November 15, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 15, 2000, the Boston Globe reported that "A Knights of Columbus council is suing the town of Lexington for refusing to allow it to put a Nativity scene on the town's historic Battle Green. In a suit scheduled to be filed today in federal court, the Catholic religious group accuses the town of unconstitutionally limiting religious expression by preventing a creche from being placed in a public area...Jeanne Krieger, chairwoman of Lexington's Board of Selectmen, said the new regulation was passed only to preserve the...

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Catholic and Muslim Unity Celebrated at Interfaith Gathering

November 11, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On November 11, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that "For years, Roman Catholic leaders have forged warm and friendly ties with Imam W. Deen Mohammed, leader of the Chicago-based Muslim American Society, the nation's largest body of African-American Muslims. Mohammed has become a friend of Baltimore Cardinal William H. Keeler, who in 1996 escorted the son of the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad to Rome to meet Pope John Paul II. The next year, Mohammed invited Chiara Lubich, founder of Focolare, a worldwide lay...

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Florida's Saint Leo Abbey Hosts Vocational Fair

November 11, 2000

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On November 11, 2000, the St. Petersburg Times reported that "Saint Leo Abbey's Fall Festival featured games and food while promoting vocational awareness. Hundreds of people spent this past Saturday playing carnival games, eating and listening to bands, as monks and nuns intermingled with families...'Saint Leo Abbey is one of Florida's best kept secrets and we wanted people to come out and see for themselves,' said Father Paul Romfh. The Saint Leo Jubilee Year Fall Festival was held to promote vocational awareness. Father...

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Alabama Church Honors Its Paintings and Heritage

November 11, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On November 11, 2000, The Plain Dealer reported that "in the dome of Malbis' Greek Orthodox Church, the Almighty is the same yesterday, today and for the foreseeable future, thanks to the family of Jason Malbis. The story of Jason Malbis is only a century old, but the Byzantine sanctuary built in his memory appears a relic of generations past. On a steamy summer afternoon, an air-conditioner hums inside the ornate chapel. Massive pillars of claret and cream rise high above, supporting a star-studded plaster canopy. Glass tinted red...

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Central Ohio Muslims, Christians and Jews Gather for the First Time

November 10, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On November 10, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "Mazhar Jalil, Norman Hosansky and Monsignor Stephan Moloney...are members of a committee that has organized the 'Building Religious Tolerance' conference Nov. 19 at the Fawcett Center at Ohio State University." This is the first time that Central Ohio Muslims, Christians, and Jews have met all together. The representatives say that the initiative is due partly to the increasing number of Muslism in the area. In response to growing diversity, the community wants to...

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