Christianity

Passover and Easter

April 16, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On April 16, 2000, The Boston Herald published an article entitled, "Interfaith Households Face Challenge at Holidays: Finding Common Ground Can Ease Celebration of Passover, Easter."

A Call to Celebrate Easter on the Same Date

April 1, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 1, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that a panel representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and U.S. Eastern Orthodox churches have endorsed a call for all Christians to celebrate Easter on the same date. Currently, both Western and Eastern Christianity observe Easter on the Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, but Eastern and Western churches use different calendars, so they mark the equinox on different days. The panel said that consideration should be given to the Orthodox view...

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"Cleveland-Area Orthodox Christians Worship In Unity"

March 20, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On March 20, 2000, The Plain Dealer reported that "more than 2,000 Eastern Orthodox Christians set aside ethnic and national differences yesterday to commemorate the annual Sunday of Orthodoxy with the Cleveland area's first unified Divine Liturgy in decades...These shared celebrations are viewed as an important step toward the dream of an independend church in the United States that would unify Greek, Romanina, Russina, Antiochian, Albanian and other Orthodox Christians under one administration." Unity would potentially...

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Cardinal Law's Apology

March 14, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 14, 2000, The Boston Globe reported that the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC), an umbrella organization for many local and statewide groups, wrote to Cardinal Bernard Law about the apology he offered on March 11th for sins committed by Catholics. The letter, written by Donald Siegel, president, and Nancy K. Kaufman, executive director of the JCRC, praised Law and pledged to move forward in their joint fight against discrimination: "Jews and Catholic together know much needs to be done to fulfill...

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Pope's Apology - U.S. Response

March 13, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On March 13, 2000, The Boston Herald published an article on the reactions of greater Boston Catholics to Pope John Paul II's apology. Richard Buttermore, of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Carver, MA, stated: "I'm impressed with the pope as we are taught as Catholics to recognize our shortcomings...The pope is saying Catholics are human and he is setting an example we should follow." Rev. Richard Ganung, Protestant chaplain at Milton Academy, was on hand at Holy Cross Cathedral to see his 15-year-old daughter, Elisabeth, convert to...

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Pope's Apology - U.S. Response

March 13, 2000

Source: New York Daily News

On March 13, 2000, the Daily News of New York reported the reactions of several Holocaust survivors to the Papal apology. Saul Klausner, who lost dozens of family members in the Holocaust, stated: "What he did is noble. It's an acknowledgment...But he left out an important segment." Nellie Schreiber of Brooklyn, NY whose parents and 13 siblings died in Polish concentration camps, stated: "He should have apologized a long time ago...But the apology is accepted. It is never too late." Schreiber continued: "It makes me feel better...

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Pope's Apology - U.S. Response

March 13, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 13, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that Pope John Paul II asked for God's forgiveness for sins committed or condoned by Catholics over the last 2,000 years in a homily on Sunday, March 12th from St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The Pope divided the sins into seven broad categories: sins "in the service of truth", sins against Christian unity, sins against Jews, sins against other religions and cultures, sins against women and the unity of the human race, sins against individual rights, and sins in general. In...

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Lent

March 5, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On March 5, 2000, The Denver Post published an article on the Christian season of Lent, which is the introspective, somber 40-day period before Easter that emphasizes penance. Lent will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 8th, for Roman Catholics (Orthodox Christians follow a different calendar, starting Lent on March 13th.) in a ceremony where ashes are placed on the forehead to symbolize sinfulness and the need for penance. Sister Moira Debono, director of the office of liturgy for the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver, stated: "Lent is...

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New Orthodox Christian Congregation in Palm Harbor, Florida

February 7, 2000

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On February 7, 2000, the St. Petersburg Times reported that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has given its blessing to the formation of a new congregation in Palm Harbor, FL to meet the growing demands of Orthodox migration to the Northern Pinellas region. The new St. Raphael, St. Nicholas and St. Irene Hellenic Orthodox Church celebrated its first liturgy on Sunday, February 6th at its temporary home in the Palm Harbor Library. Members of the new congregation specifically left the word "Greek" out of the church's name...

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Relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux Attract Over One Million Viewers

January 29, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On January 29, 2000, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. tour of the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux drew to a close in Honolulu on Saturday, January 28th. Therese, a French Carmelite nun nicknamed "Little Flower" who died in 1897 at age 24, was canonized in 1925 and is best known for her writings of the "Little Way," her method to achieving spiritual fulfillment in the world. The tour included 140 stops in 50 cities and 25 states, drawing in over one million viewers. Rev. Donald Kinney, an Oregon-based Carmelite...

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Serbian Orthodox Center to be Built in Northeast Ohio

January 22, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On January 22, 2000, The Plain Dealer reported that a Serbian Orthodox religious center will be built in Richfield Township, Ohio. There is currently only a small religious center in the area, the Chapel of the Holy Archangel Gabriel, at the Serbian Orthodox Monastery Marcha in Summit County. The monastery is run by two nuns, Mother Ana and Sister Anastasia, who are two of only eight Serbian Christian Orthodox nuns in the United States. The two women support themselves financially through candle making, baking, and contributions...

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