NEWS ANALYSIS: Religious Leaders Focus on Poverty

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) On Jan. 19, Roman Catholic Archbishop Harry Flynn of St. Paul-Minneapolis, and Bishop Peter Rogness of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America made a series of appearances on St. Paul’s West Side in an effort to bring poverty in the city into focus.

NEWS ANALYSIS: Religious Leaders Focus on Poverty

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) On Jan. 19, Roman Catholic Archbishop Harry Flynn of St. Paul-Minneapolis, and Bishop Peter Rogness of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America made a series of appearances on St. Paul’s West Side in an effort to bring poverty in the city into focus.

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c. 2005 Religion News Service U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Take Case of Brain-Damaged Woman WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday (Jan. 24) declined to review a case involving Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman whose right to life has been at the center of a 15-year legal battle. A Florida Supreme Court decision had denied Florida Gov. Jeb Bush the power to block a court ruling that Schiavo’s life support be stopped. Her parents had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review that decision.

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c. 2005 Religion News Service U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Take Case of Brain-Damaged Woman WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday (Jan. 24) declined to review a case involving Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman whose right to life has been at the center of a 15-year legal battle. A Florida Supreme Court decision had denied Florida Gov. Jeb Bush the power to block a court ruling that Schiavo’s life support be stopped. Her parents had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review that decision.

NEWS STORY: Young Activists Energize Anti-Abortion March

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Young people were some of the most vocal participants in the 32nd annual March for Life on Monday (Jan. 24). “A lot of teenagers have to face this choice later in life, so they decide now what they want to do,” said Cassie Feller, 15, of Parsippany, N.J. She carried a sign saying “Rock for Life,” with a logo of a fetus playing an electric guitar. From the snow-covered Ellipse, the expanse of lawn across the street from the White House, to the multiple tiers of the MCI Center arena, teens and college-aged youth protested the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

NEWS STORY: Young Activists Energize Anti-Abortion March

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Young people were some of the most vocal participants in the 32nd annual March for Life on Monday (Jan. 24). “A lot of teenagers have to face this choice later in life, so they decide now what they want to do,” said Cassie Feller, 15, of Parsippany, N.J. She carried a sign saying “Rock for Life,” with a logo of a fetus playing an electric guitar. From the snow-covered Ellipse, the expanse of lawn across the street from the White House, to the multiple tiers of the MCI Center arena, teens and college-aged youth protested the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

NEWS FEATURE: Shortage of Kosher Hot Dogs and Other Meats Is Nothing to Relish

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Call it the Case of the Missing Hot Dog. For the past 21/2 months, a severe shortage of Hebrew National franks and other kosher meats such as corned beef and salami has plagued delicatessens and supermarkets throughout the nation. “It’s terrible and it came at the worst possible time _ the holiday season, when there are a lot of parties,” said Ken Lavroff, whose family has owned Deli King in Clark, N.J., for 22 years. “We’re forced to substitute with an inferior product.

NEWS FEATURE: Shortage of Kosher Hot Dogs and Other Meats Is Nothing to Relish

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Call it the Case of the Missing Hot Dog. For the past 21/2 months, a severe shortage of Hebrew National franks and other kosher meats such as corned beef and salami has plagued delicatessens and supermarkets throughout the nation. “It’s terrible and it came at the worst possible time _ the holiday season, when there are a lot of parties,” said Ken Lavroff, whose family has owned Deli King in Clark, N.J., for 22 years. “We’re forced to substitute with an inferior product.

NEWS STORY: Bush Begins First Day of Second Term at Cathedral Prayer Service

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ President Bush started the first full day of his second term in church, gathering with religious leaders on Friday (Jan. 21) at the Washington National Cathedral for an interfaith prayer service steeped in spiritual guidance and songs of praise. Evangelist Billy Graham offered the opening prayer of the service and was followed by other Christian and Jewish clergy. In his sermon, the Rev. Mark Craig of Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas _ where Bush remains a member _ spoke of America as a nation of faith.

NEWS ANALYSIS: Bush Inaugural Address Links Freedom With God

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) At the heart of George Bush’s energetic second inaugural promise Thursday (Jan. 20) to spread liberty around the world were two motives: because it will make America safer and because it is a God-given right of people everywhere. That second motive was one friends and critics listened for carefully. The 2004 elections exposed deep divisions in the ways Americans view the relationship of faith to policy.

NEWS FEATURE: Psychologists Say Rich Get Richer, But Not Happier

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Will you be happier if you make more money? Psychologists say probably not _ assuming you aren’t poor, in which case a change in wealth can have a big impact on well-being. After attaining a certain earnings level _ some theorize that’s around $40,000 now in the United States, about double the government-defined poverty level for a family of four _ increased affluence hardly affects happiness, according to social scientists who have examined how they are linked. “I would describe happiness as a certain level of inner peace and feeling satisfaction with the family and friends that you have,” said certified financial planner Elisabeth Plax.

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c. 2005 Religion News Service In Bulgaria: No Tax on Sale of Church Candles (RNS) Patriarch Maxim, head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, has persuaded the government to see the light _ he’s won agreement to exempt the sale of church candles from the country’s Value Added Tax. The sale of candles is a lucrative business for the church in a country and culture where the burning of candles every day is part of Orthodox rites. Ecumenical News International, the Geneva-based religious news service, said the agreement to snuff the tax on candles was reached during a meeting between Maxim and Bulgarian Finance Minister Milen Velchev in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, on Jan. 13.

COMMENTARY: Prince Harry’s Nazi Costume Insults Those Who Died in Holocaust

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) On Jan. 27, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous German Nazi death camp in Poland. The two sites, located three kilometers apart, have entered into the world’s lexicon as icons of radical evil and the Holocaust. More than 1.5 million Jews were murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau, many in gas chambers maliciously labeled “showers.” The asphyxiated bodies were burned in crematoria the retreating Germans unsuccessfully attempted to destroy before the Soviet forces arrived.