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Christa Brown

Christa Brown is an author at Religion News Service.

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NEWS STORY: Serb Priest Aids Embattled Villagers in Resisting Pressure to Leave

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service ORAHOVAC, Yugoslavia _ Two weeks ago, a 75-year-old Serbian man took his three goats to a nearby hillside for an evening graze. That night, the goats returned alone. All that was found of the elderly man was his cap and walking stick, said Ljubisa Vitoshevich, assigned here by the Organization […]

NEWS STORY: Pope’s Proposed Ukraine Visit Rankles Orthodox

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ While a first-ever papal visit next summer to Ukraine’s long persecuted Roman Catholic Church will boost local believers’ morale, officials with the dominant Russian Orthodox Church say the pontiff’s presence will worsen already strained relations between the two faiths. The Russian Orthodox Church, the largest and most powerful […]

NEWS FEATURE: Long Lines for Matzo Suggest Vibrant Jewish Life in Moscow

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ Long lines, once a caricatured staple of Russian existence, are largely a thing of the past in today’s free-market Moscow. But, in the unusually warm days leading up to this year’s Passover, residents of one Moscow neighborhood have been treated to the nostalgic sight of a jovial, sometimes […]

NEWS STORY: Hasty Election of Chief Rabbi Reveals Rifts in Russian Judaism

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ Russia’s Jewish community, the world’s fourth largest, is in the midst of a vicious, public power struggle with deep implications for the future of Russia’s religious Jews and possible connections to the recent arrest of a top Jewish leader and media mogul. The widening rift became international news […]

NEWS STORY: Russian Election Carries Uncertain Meaning for Religious Minorities

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ Vladimir Putin’s slender win Sunday (March 26) of a four-year term as Russia’s second president is unlikely to mean any immediate changes in the religious landscape of the world’s largest country, analysts and religious leaders here say. Although Putin is a practicing member of the dominant Russian Orthodox […]

NEWS STORY: Russian Religion Law Deadline Extended

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ Thousands of religious organizations faced with possible “liquidation” under a controversial religion law now have until the end of the year to re-register with Russia’s Justice Ministry. The one-year extension of the Dec. 31 1999, deadline became law March 30 after easily clearing both houses of Russia’s parliament […]

NEWS FEATURE: Kosovo’s Minute Jewish Community Roiled Over Who Speakes For It

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service PRISTINA, Yugoslavia _ There are two men here who claim to be working to save Kosovo’s miniscule Jewish community. They don’t get along. “He does more harm than good,” says Eli Eliezri about Myrteza Studenica. “He is not even Jewish. He is a Muslim.” Eliezri, 65, an Israeli, is the […]

NEWS STORY: Catholic Church, Finding Freedom, Growing in Kosovo

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service PRIZREN, Yugoslavia _ Throughout Kosovo, there are two major kinds of churches, Roman Catholic and Serbian Orthodox. It is easy to tell the difference. The Serbian Orthodox churches are notable for the NATO tanks parked outside, for the rows of coiled razor wire, for the sandbagged guardposts and for the […]

NEWS STORY: Catholic Church, Finding Freedom, Growing in Kosovo

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service PRIZREN, Yugoslavia _ Throughout Kosovo, there are two major kinds of churches, Roman Catholic and Serbian Orthodox. It is easy to tell the difference. The Serbian Orthodox churches are notable for the NATO tanks parked outside, for the rows of coiled razor wire, for the sandbagged guardposts and for the […]

NEWS STORY: Muslims Rebuilding Mosques, Building Faith in Kosovo

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service PRISTINA, Yugoslavia _ Kosovo’s Muslim leaders here are tackling the enormous task of repairing nearly half the region’s mosques and educating an Islamic public largely ignorant of its faith. If the leaders of Kosovo’s overwhelmingly dominant faith succeed, they may well create what one religion expert here believes will be […]

NEWS STORY: Serb Priest Aids Embattled Villagers in Resisting Pressure to Leave

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service ORAHOVAC, Yugoslavia _ Two weeks ago, a 75-year-old Serbian man took his three goats to a nearby hillside for an evening graze. That night, the goats returned alone. All that was found of the elderly man was his cap and walking stick, said Ljubisa Vitoshevich, assigned here by the Organization […]

NEWS STORY: Hasty Election of Chief Rabbi Reveals Rifts in Russian Judaism

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ Russia’s Jewish community, the world’s fourth largest, is in the midst of a vicious, public power struggle with deep implications for the future of Russia’s religious Jews and possible connections to the recent arrest of a top Jewish leader and media mogul. The widening rift became international news […]

NEWS STORY: Russian Election Carries Uncertain Meaning for Religious Minorities

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ Vladimir Putin’s slender win Sunday (March 26) of a four-year term as Russia’s second president is unlikely to mean any immediate changes in the religious landscape of the world’s largest country, analysts and religious leaders here say. Although Putin is a practicing member of the dominant Russian Orthodox […]

NEWS STORY: Pope’s Proposed Ukraine Visit Rankles Orthodox

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ While a first-ever papal visit next summer to Ukraine’s long persecuted Roman Catholic Church will boost local believers’ morale, officials with the dominant Russian Orthodox Church say the pontiff’s presence will worsen already strained relations between the two faiths. The Russian Orthodox Church, the largest and most powerful […]

NEWS FEATURE: Kosovo’s Gypsies _ Forgotten Victims of War

By Christa Brown — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service KRAGUJEVAC, Yugoslavia _ Among the 4,000 Roma (Gypsies) homeless from Kosovo living in this destitute, jobless city, there is a feeling of abandonment by the Yugoslav government, by Serbian charities and by the Western powers whose bombing turned Kosovo upside down but left the Yugoslav president in place. “The mistake […]
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