As more than 250 bishops filed into St. Peter’s Square for the late October mass that concluded the first synod of Pope Benedict XVI’s reign, there were few signs of the lively debate that shook up the assembly’s launch.
A Christian missionary group being expelled from Venezuela vehemently denounced charges by President Hugo Chavez that it is involved with the CIA. Chavez announced in a nationally televised address on October 12 that he wants to oust New Tribes Mission, a U.S.-based group specializing in evangelism among indigenous people. The move is an attempt to purge Venezuela of U.S.
Grant derived from donations made by foreign governments
Nov 15, 2005
For a post-Katrina counseling program, the United Methodist Committee on Relief will receive a $66 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that was derived from donations made by foreign governments, the New York Times has reported.
Mikey Weinstein, an Air Force Academy graduate who has been a sharp critic of the school, has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the air force from encouraging what he considers to be unconstitutional evangelistic practices. Weinstein filed the complaint October 6 in a federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico.