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2007-03-30 09:00:20

LAS VEGAS, March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In what may be the largest live webcast in terms of viewers of a religious service, DigitalFX International, Inc., (BULLETIN BOARD: DFXN) , said today it will host via the web the funeral services in Memphis of Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson, one of the world's most respected Christian leaders and head of the Church of God in Christ with close to seven million members. It is the second largest African-American church with members in 57 countries...

2006-06-20 18:47:09

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - The largest U.S. Presbyterian Church body approved a measure on Tuesday that would open the way for the ordination of gays and lesbians under certain circumstances. The new policy was approved on a vote of 57-43 percent among 500 church representatives at the biennial meeting of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. It gives local church organizations more leeway in deciding if gays can be ordained as lay deacons and elders as well as clergy,...

2006-06-20 17:44:42

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - The largest U.S. Presbyterian Church body approved a measure on Tuesday that would open the way for the ordination of gays and lesbians under certain circumstances. The new policy was approved on a vote of 57-43 percent among 500 church representatives at the biennial meeting of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. It gives local church organizations more leeway in deciding if gays can be ordained as lay deacons and elders as well as clergy,...

2006-05-06 11:33:58

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After atheistic Communists seized power in Russia in 1917, exiles set up the Russian Orthodox church abroad, waiting for the day that worshipers could freely practice their faith back in the motherland. Now for only the fourth time since then, the exile church was set to open an All-Diaspora Council on Saturday to discuss whether the time has come, 15 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, to reunify with the Moscow-based church that...

2005-10-22 07:37:18

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The first synod of Pope Benedict's reign ended on Saturday, acknowledging Catholicism faced great difficulties from a severe shortage of priests but decided married priests were not the answer. The working sessions closed with 50 propositions and a message to the world from the more than 250 bishops. Overall, the synod's decisions have dashed the hopes of some liberal Catholics for movement on issues such as married priests, celibacy and...

2005-08-22 09:09:14

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Roman Catholic church has for the first time allowed a former Anglican minister who is married with two children to be ordained as a priest. David Evans, 65, from Zimbabwe has converted to Catholicism and the Vatican has approved his ordination, the Tenerife Diocese, where Fr. Evans has been assigned, said on Monday. "Of course, David Evans will continue to be married to his wife, Patricia, after his ordination as a priest," the diocese added in a...

2005-07-11 13:53:28

LONDON (Reuters) - The Church of England voted on Monday to move toward ordaining women bishops, a step which could provoke an exodus of conservative clergy and deepen the widening splits within the worldwide Anglican Communion. A synod meeting in the city of York voted to "remove legal obstacles" in Church law to women bishops, a process Church officials say could take about four years to complete. All three houses of the synod -- the church's parliament -- voted in favor. The most senior...