Faith & Religion

A Sudan solution?

Sudan Developments | "Very surprised" State Department officials plan to look into cases reported in WORLD of Sudanese refugees stranded in Syria; senator tells human-rights protesters in Washington that a new deal is struck in Congress for passage of the long-awaited Sudan
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/28/02, 12:00 am

After learning about Sudanese refugees trapped in the Middle East, officials at the State Department contacted the U.S. embassy in Damascus to request a review of the cases cited in WORLD's Sept. 21 cover story ("The road to Damascus"). At the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, officials were "very surprised," one officer told WORLD, to learn that the United Nations is processing only about one in 10 Sudanese for political asylum.

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Battling bishops

Religion | Theological dispute raises questions of authority in the Episcopal Church
by Edward E. Plowman
Posted 9/21/02, 12:00 am

A long and bitter dispute between a liberal bishop and a traditionalist priest in the Philadelphia-area diocese of the Episcopal Church plunged the entire 2.3-million-member denomination into a constitutional crisis this month and sent shockwaves throughout the 70-million-member worldwide Anglican Communion.

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Here they stand

Religion | A year later, controversy over a post-9/11 "interfaith" service still threatens to split Missouri-Synod Lutherans
by Edward E. Plowman
Posted 9/07/02, 12:00 am

ONE OF THE INDIRECT 9/11 casualties was a conservative denomination that is still, a year later, struggling to regain its balance: the 2.6-million-member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

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