Christianity

US Atheist Group Calls On Bush to Rescind Half-Mast Flag Order for Pope's Funeral

April 4, 2005

Source: PHXNews.com

http://www.phxnews.com/fullstory.php?article=19967

On April 4, 2005 PHXNews.com reported, "President Bush is being asked to rescind an order for all U.S. flags to be flown at half staff this Friday to commemorate the funeral of Pope John Paul II. 'It's inappropriate for the American flag to be lowered as a salute to a foreign religious leader,' said Ellen Johnson, President of American Atheists. 'There is no secular purpose for this, and Americans...

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Women’s Group Issues Statement on Feminist Future in Wake of Pope's Death

April 4, 2005

Source: The Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)

http://www.his.com/~mhunt/Pope's%20Death.htm

On April 4, 2005 The Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) reported, "The death of Pope John Paul II brings to a close an era in the Catholic Church, inviting people of good will to observe, imagine, and create a new future. WATER joins billions of people who take this opportunity to express gratitude for the Pope’s contributions and to...

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Jewish Community Relations Council Statement on the Passing of Pope John Paul II

April 4, 2005

Source: The Jewish Community Relations Council

http://www.jcrcboston.org/news.htm#JCRC%20Extends%20Its%20Condolences%20On%20The%20Passing%20Of%20Pope%20John%20Paul%20II

On April 4, 2005 The Jewish Community Relations Council reported, "The Jewish Community Relations Council, the public affairs arm of the Greater Boston Jewish Community today released a statement offering condolences to the Roman...

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Muslims Mourn Pope, Hope for Successor with Similar Interfaith Commitment

April 3, 2005

Source: xtramsn

Wire Service: Reuters

http://xtramsn.co.nz/news/0,,11965-4252901,00.html

On April 3, 2005 Reuters reported, "For centuries, Catholic-Muslim relations were dominated by distrust and resentment born of painful memories of a history of mutual repression. But Pope John Paul spearheaded a campaign in the past two decades that helped turn conflict into cooperation between the 1.1 billion-strong Catholic Church and the world's 1...

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Mourners the World Over Grieve Pope’s Death

April 3, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4405669.stm

On April 3, 2005 BBC News reported, "Italian officials and Vatican clerics have been paying their respects to Pope John Paul II, whose body is lying in state in the Vatican. Mourners, including Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, filed past the Pope shown on television dressed in a crimson robe and a white mitre. Earlier, tens of thousands of mourners in St Peter's Square in Rome attended an...

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Americans of All Faiths Mourn Loss of Pope

April 3, 2005

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/nation/story/ACB7F74B6ED57A8386256FD80055B588?OpenDocument

On April 3, 2005 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, "Quietly at home, or with heads bowed in church, Americans marked the death Saturday of Pope John Paul II, recalling him as a great leader who combined warmth with moral power, a call to care for the poor with an emphasis...

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The Pontiff’s Legacy Includes Advances in Interfaith Dialogue

April 2, 2005

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/na/chi-pope-faith,1,973041.story?coll=chi-news-hed

On April 2, 2005 the Chicago Tribune reported, " When John Paul II stepped across the threshold of the Great Synagogue of Rome on April 13, 1986, it marked a milestone analogous to Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon. If not quite 'a giant leap for mankind,' it certainly was for the two faiths...

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Muslims, Christians Build Bridges after Indonesian Earthquake

March 31, 2005

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.sltrib.com/nationworld/ci_2631668

On March 31, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Unlike other places in Indonesia, islanders on mostly Roman Catholic Nias have always lived in peace, an example of religious tolerance in a nation better known for interfaith clashes than harmony. Elsewhere on this sprawling archipelago - the world’s most populous Muslim nation - religious violence...

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Religion Finds a Place in Some History Classes

March 27, 2005

Source: The Bradenton Herald

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/11240629.htm

On March 27, 2005 The Bradenton Herald reported, "Jesus can be found in the classrooms and curriculum of Manatee County's public schools. He's in the textbooks, activity sheets and study guides of high school history and social studies courses, along with other important historical figures from other major religions such as Moses, Muhammad and Siddartha Gautama, more...

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Many Schools Changing from BC to BCE

March 25, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.wnbc.com/education/4317801/detail.html

On March 25, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "in a growing number of schools, educators are changing B.C. -- which stands for Before Christ -- to B.C.E. for Before Common Era. A.D. (anno Domini, Latin for year of the Lord) is becoming C.E., for Common Era. Some historians and college instructors started using the new forms in the 1980s and now it's found in some school texts... The change...

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Black Democrats Speak More Openly on Matters of Faith

March 25, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20050325-122833-6550r.htm

On March 25, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "Black Democratic leaders are openly talking about the importance of faith, opening the door to pro-life Democrats, and changing the culture of violence in hip-hop music, indicating a more open posture toward conservative values among the party's most loyal voting bloc. 'I think there is a resurgence of a...

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