Monthly Archives: November 2009

Day of Sacrifice remembers Abraham in Mecca

Today is the most important holiday of the year for Muslims. Eid al-Adha concludes the observance of hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in modern-day Saudi Arabia, where an estimated 2.5 million Muslims were expected this week. Eid commemorates Abraham’s … Continue reading

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Word of the day: Eleemosynary

Many families, congregations, charities and others will extend a hand to those in need today, offering a free meal, a warm blanket, even a hug. Get in on it! The York Rescue Mission is hosting a Thanksgiving service and meal … Continue reading

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No, really. Wish me a Merry Christmas.

Tis the season: A Christian group fighting the “War Against Christmas” is selling buttons and car magnets to tell retailers, “It’s OK. Wish Me a Merry Christmas.” Campaigners lament that stores have largely removed the symbols and language of Christmas … Continue reading

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Bishop will travel to Israel, West Bank

The Rev. B. Penrose Hoover, bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will travel to Israel and the West Bank later this month with eight other Lutheran bishops on a mission to promote peace … Continue reading

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Muslims debate serving in non-Muslim armies

In the wake of this month’s mass shooting at Fort Hood, a number of leading Muslim-American soldiers and scholars are — in addition to condemning the heinous crimes — discussing the alleged gunman’s belief that serving in the U.S. military … Continue reading

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Bishops elect Rhoades to committee chairmanship

At their fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. Catholic bishops this morning elected Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Harrisburg to head a key standing committee. The 145-93 vote favored the moderate Rhoades — newly appointed to the … Continue reading

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Sightings: Arguing over Juvenile Life Without Parole Cases

In an edition of Sightings from last week, a federal judge from Illinois dissects a legal brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court from a diverse group of religious organizations arguing a moral case for why the should stop the … Continue reading

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Nurse volunteering at Tanzanian hospital

Several Yorkers were among a group of midstate Lutherans who left last week for a trip to the Konde Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania in eastern Africa. They’ll attend the diocesan assembly there, where a bishop will … Continue reading

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Bishop Rhoades bound for South Bend

After just five years as the Catholic bishop in Harrisburg, the Rt. Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades is being transferred to the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese. The Fort Bend diocese is smaller than Harrisburg’s geographically and in its number of Catholics, … Continue reading

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Another Pa. county to tax closed churches

Next year, Luzerne County officials are likely to remove the property-tax exemption from closed churches and religious schools, according to this report. Pennsylvania’s tax code allows exemptions only for “actual places of regularly stated religious worship.” The county’s assessment director … Continue reading

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