NEWS SIDEBAR: Behind the Scenes at a Billy Graham Crusade

c. 2000 Religion News Service JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ On a recent evening just after evangelist Billy Graham spoke, Judy Wolfensperger sat at a computer terminal in a lounge of Alltel Stadium, marveling at the range of people who had responded to his crusade message. One of 60 people gathered for data-entry duties, the Presbyterian woman rejoiced at the 73-year-old woman and teen-aged girl who had filled out the follow-up cards whose data she was typing on her keyboard. “Billy Graham isn’t just here for tonight,” said Wolfensperger, 53, who works as a secretary for a general contractor.

NEWS STORY: Palestinian Christians Becoming Embroiled in Mideast Conflict

c. 2000 Religion News Service JERUSALEM _ Cedar Duaybis, a grandmother of five, always swore that she would never flee again. In 1948, as a child, her Palestinian Christian family left the Mediterranean city of Haifa amid fighting between Arab forces and the newly declared state of Israel, winding up as refugees in the West Bank city of Ramallah. But recently, Duaybis fled again, as Israeli helicopter gunships were poised to attack the Ramallah headquarters of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, just some 100 yards from her home, in reprisal for the Palestinian killing of two Israeli reserve soldiers. She grabbed her granddaughter and a number of her friends and ran to Ramallah’s Anglican Church compound to spend the night.

NEWS STORY: Palestinian Christians Becoming Embroiled in Mideast Conflict

c. 2000 Religion News Service JERUSALEM _ Cedar Duaybis, a grandmother of five, always swore that she would never flee again. In 1948, as a child, her Palestinian Christian family left the Mediterranean city of Haifa amid fighting between Arab forces and the newly declared state of Israel, winding up as refugees in the West Bank city of Ramallah. But recently, Duaybis fled again, as Israeli helicopter gunships were poised to attack the Ramallah headquarters of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, just some 100 yards from her home, in reprisal for the Palestinian killing of two Israeli reserve soldiers. She grabbed her granddaughter and a number of her friends and ran to Ramallah’s Anglican Church compound to spend the night.

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2000 Religion News Service Farrakhan Hospitalized (RNS) Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan is in stable condition at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., after undergoing surgery Wednesday (Nov. 1) to treat complications related to radiation therapy he received while being treated for prostate cancer, the Associated Press reported. Farrakhan, 67, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991. In April of 1999 he underwent minor surgery and more than a week of treatment at the hospital to treat rectal inflammation also linked to radiation treatments.

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2000 Religion News Service Farrakhan Hospitalized (RNS) Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan is in stable condition at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., after undergoing surgery Wednesday (Nov. 1) to treat complications related to radiation therapy he received while being treated for prostate cancer, the Associated Press reported. Farrakhan, 67, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991. In April of 1999 he underwent minor surgery and more than a week of treatment at the hospital to treat rectal inflammation also linked to radiation treatments.