The Adventist Review shares the following world news from Religion News Service as a service to readers. Opinions expressed in these reports do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Review or the Seventh-day Adventist Church. -- Editors

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December 27, 2010

Ministers Get Tax Reduction For 2011
Minister’s Social Security tax will fall from 12.4 percent to 10.4 percent.

Lutheran World Federation Seeks Communion Agreement With Pope
An agreement would make communion bilateral for Catholics and Lutherans.

Religious Tradition Losing Importance in Christmas
Poll finds family at heart of Christmas.

40 Percent of Americans Believe Creationism
The number is down from 44 percent in 2008.

Church Parking "Fee" Spurs Lawsuit in Kansas Town
Alliance Defense Fund says Mission, Kansas, is wrong to tax churches.

December 20, 2010

Recession Catches up to U.S. Churches
Poll shows three years of lower offerings.
Fewer ‘Middle Americans’ Married, Attending Worship
High school grads make up 58 percent of U.S. population.
U.S. Jews, Evangelicals Help Israel Rebuild After Fires
Wildfires killed 43 people in December.
Oregon Releases Policy For Religious Clothing at Schools      
The new law takes affect July 1, 2011.

December 13, 2010

Christian “Hemorrhage” Increases in Iraq
More than half the Christians have fled since 2003.

German Christians Fight For Right to Home-school
Home schooling is illegal in Germany.

Prop 8 Case Spurs Rally of Faith Groups
Prop 8 goes to federal appeals court.

Former Anglican Head Bemoans Attempt to ‘Air-brush Christianity
George Carey says society is re-branding Christmas as a secular holiday.

December 6, 2010

Blasphemy Resolution Passes U.N. Committee
Critics say support for measure continues to weaken.

Catholic School Enrollments Worry Church Leaders
Enrollment dropped 20 percent in 10 years.

Church of England OKs Anglican Covenant
Supporters say the measure offers a road map to reconciliation.

Evangelist Gives Away Cars, Wins One
Ronnie Hill won a 2011 Infiniti.

November 29, 2010

Anglican Leader: Women Priests Shouldn't Prevent a Union with Rome
Archbishop of Canterbury reaffirms the Anglican Communion's relations with Catholics.

Israel Finds Common Cause with Evangelicals
American Jewish groups are giving less money to Israel.

Clinton Details Religious Freedom Issues
The U.S. State Dept. secretary shares religious freedom reports with Senate panel.

Bread for the World Seeks Progress on Global Malnutrition

The groups calls on U.S. congress to address poverty through legislation.

November 22, 2010

U.S. Hunger Stats Remain High
Hunger was more present in urban centers than rural areas.

UK Churches Warn Government on Forced Employment
New plan would reduce workless households.

Pope Outlines Scope of Irish Abuse Probe
Four investigations reveal widespread child abuse.

Study Calls for Sensitivity in Muslims' Medical Care
Modesty and interaction with opposite sex are major issues for Muslim women.

November 15, 2010

Supreme Court Wrestles Over Religious Scholarship Program
Questions arise from Arizona's tuition tax credit.

Prop 19 Was Only Start of Marijuana Debate
The battle could last for years.

Israel to Allow Civil Marriages
The new law helps a few couples.

Pope Named World's 5th Powerful Figure
China President Hu Jintao tops the list.

November 8, 2010

Iranian Pastor Faces Death Sentence
Youcef Nadarkhani was charged with committing apostasy.

Church Arsonist Sentence to Nine Years
Benjamin Haskell is the first of three men charged in the arson fire.

Air Force Academy Cites Progress in Tackling Religious Intolerance
More than 2,000 cadets participated in the research.

Gallup: Most Religious Americans Have high Level sof Well-being
More than 550,000 people were surveyed.

November 1, 2010

Prop 19/Marijuana Proposal Now a Toss-up
Latest polls give mixed messages.

ACLU Questions Sunday Voting at Churches
Two Iowa churches conduct voting during worship services.

Don't Ask Don't Tell Reinstated by Appeals Court
The temporary stay reverses a lower court suspension order.

Study: More Link Christian Faith to Being American
More Americans believe that being a Christian is a key part of being "truly American."

Pope Cautions Priests on Lay Movements
Critics see some movements as Catholic “Sects.”

October 25, 2010

Crystal Cathedral Files for Chapter 11
Church owes creditors $7.5 million.

Military Suicides on the Rise
More than 1,000 troops have killed themselves in the past five years.

Some Religious Charities Recieve More Despite Overall Drop
Several of the largest religious charities saw increased giving.

Study: Faith May Help Balck Women Keep Fit
The participants included Seventh-day Adventist women.

October 18, 2010

2 Chilean Miners Accept Christ While Trapped Underground
Prayer services were conducted 2,300 below the earth's surface.

Report Finds Strong Growth in U.S. Orthodox Churches
U.S. churches grew 16 percent in a decade.

9/11 Famileis 'Shocked' After High Court Rejects Burial Appeal
The families believe debris from ground zero contains remains of loved ones.

Zacchaeus' Tree Now a Top Tourist Destination
The sycamore tree is the centerpiece of Jericho's marketing campaign.

October 11, 2010

Buddhist Bhutan Bans Clergy From Voting in Elections
About 75 percent of Bhutanese are Buddhist.

Pope, in Sicily, Denounces Mafia
He urges citizens to persevere in their struggle against organized crime.

Mormon President Says Church Needs More Missionaries
The missionary force has by 10,000 since the mid-1990s.

Judge Rejects Suit Against Religious Language at U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
The suit was initiated by the Freedom From Religion Foundation

October 4, 2010

California Voters to Decide Marijuana Legalization
Supporters see Prop 19 as a way to raise taxes.

Land-use Disputes Often Involve Religious Minorities
Religious minorities are particularly vulnerable to discriminatory zoning actions.

RNA Honors Top Religion Reporting
The Washington Post and New York Times took top honors.

September 27, 2010

Italian Court Freezes Vatican Bank Funds
Officials are investigatin money-laundering charges

Russia's Prisons Look to Faiths to Bring Moral Guidance
Prisoners will have access to a variety of faith groups.

Poll: Most Americans OK Student Religious Speech
Students should be free to express their fiath in public schools, respondents say.

Senate Blocks Repeal Attempt of 'Don't Ask, Dont' Tell'

Supporters say overturning DADT threatens military readiness and cohesion.

September 20, 2010

Senate to Vote on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
The repeal will be attached to a defense appropriations bill.

Army Chaplain First to Die in Combat Since Vietnam
Dale Goetz died in a roadside bombing in Afganistan.

Report: U.S. Ties for Fifth in Global Giving
Australia and New Zealand were ranked as the most charitable.

Georgia Church Named Fastest-growing in U.S.
Some 8,000 churches were surveyed.

September 13, 2010

Faith Leaders Denounce Islamophobia
The group included Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders.

UK Anglican Priest Gets Four Years In Prison For Sham Marriages
The weddings dodged Britain’s immigration laws.

Court: University of Wisconsin Should Have Funded Student Group’s Worship
The court declared that the constitutional rights of students should be recognized.

September 6, 2010

Conservative Lutherans Form New Church
New body to promote the authority of the Bible.

Poll: U.S. Split on Whether Islam Promotes Violence
Most Americans have little knowledge about Islam.

Conservative Groups Push Back on Proposed Faith-based Hiring Law
New bill would strip away religious hiring rights.

Man Sues Mormon Church Over Baptism Back Injuries

His back was injured while conducting 200 proxy baptisms.

August 30, 2010

First U.S. Muslim College Opens
Zaytuna College opened August 24 in Berkeley, California.

World Vision Wins Right to Hire, Fire Based on Religion
The federal appeals court handed down the decision on August 23.

Relief Workers Risk Lives in Pakistan Floods
An estimated eight million need humanitarian assistance.

Conservatives Claim Victory as Judge Halts Stem Cell Funding

Obama had lifted restrictions on funding of stem cell research in march 2009.

August 23, 2010

More Than 1,000 Accept Christ During Sturgis Biker Rally
Some 600,000 bikers attended the South Dakota rally.

Religious Leaders Blast N.Y. Mosque Opponents
The project gives opportunity to raise interreligious understanding, leaders say.

Study says Religious Hospitals More Efficient, Provide Better Care
Researchers compared 255 health care systems.

Study Finds Prayer Aids Relationships

But scholars say religious may not always help couples.

August 16, 2010

Focus on the Family Announces 110 Job Cuts
The cuts were spurred by reduced financian support.

Anglicans Reject move to 'Separate' U.S. Church
Anglican communion represents 77 million members.

Study Finds Strong Amish Growth
Population has increased nearly 10 percent.

ELCA, Augsburg Fortress Locked in Pension Dispute

Some 500 employees have lost their pensions.

August 4, 2010

Louisiana Governor Signs Guns-in-Churches Bill
Opponents say that churches should remain free of guns.

Vatican Reports $5.2 Million Deficit for 2009
Deficit came despite increased donations.

Germany’s First Female Lutheran Bishop Resigns Over Handling of Abuse Cases
Allegations arose that cases were mishandled.

Conservative Insurgency Topples Missouri Synod President
Former president had been criticized by traditionalists.

June 21, 2010

Southern Baptists Try to Combat Stagnation
Officials report a major drop in teen baptisms.

Va. Supreme Court Sides With Episcopal Church
The courts will decide who owns church property.

New Anglican Church Faces Fiscal Challenges
The group now has 800 congregations.

Report: Religious Groups See Slight Drop in Giving

Congregations produce 33 percent of all contributions.

June 14, 2010

Churches Race to Support Members Impacted by Oil Spill
Parishes provide food, money, and support.

Episcopalians Removed From Anglican Dialogues
Episcopalians will not take part in doctrinal discussions.

Judge Rules Against Public School Graduation in a Church
The ruling follows three years of complaints.

Louisiana Lawmaker Wants to Refine Bill on Guns in Churches

The bill would prohibit guns in churches on college campuses.

June 7, 2010

Clergy Tax Case Moves Forward
Plaintiffs are challenging IRS code's housing tax breaks for clergy.

Report: 37 Catholic Missionaries, Priests Killed in 2009
It's the highest death toll in 10 years.

Congress Rejects Amendment on Chaplains' Prayers
The measure would-have allowed faith-specific prayers.

Anglican Head Wants Reduced Role for Episcopalians

Archbishop of Canterbury notes painful divisions among Anglicans.

May 31, 2010

Budget Gaps Lead States to Gambling
Some states are also relaxing Sunday blue laws.

Churches Tread Carefully on Arizona Boycott
Immigration issue has united churches.

Georgia Repeals Kosher Labeling Law
New rules broaden certification standards.

Vatican, Courts Wrestle Over Who Controls Bishops

Legal questions are raised on papal authority and the bishop's autonomy.

May 24, 2010

Convicted Baptist Missionary Returns From Haiti
Haitian court convicts Laura Silsby on charges of kidnapping.

Most Americans Say Moral Values in Decline
Only 14 percent say that moral values are improving.

L.A. Gang Ministry Cuts 330 Workers
Mounting deficits bring staff reductions.

Study Links Abortion, Substance Abuse

Mental disorders also linked to abortion.

May 17, 2010

Churches Report Major Clergy Glut
Reports show two ministers for every church.

Christians Defy Judge's Ruling, Mark National Day of Prayer
Capitol Hill celebration takes on air of defiance.

Tanzania Lutherans Reject Aid From 'Pro-gay Marriage' Churches
Homosexuality will likely be discussed at the World Lutheran Federation meeting.

La. House Shoots Down Church Gun Bill

The measure needed eight more votes for passage.

May 10, 2010

Southern Baptists to Tackle Plummeting Baptisms
Leaders call for new approaches to evangelism.

Louisiana Moves to Allow Concealed Weapons in Church
Legislature introduces new measure.

Catholic Bishops Slam Arizona Law
Immigration law called "draconian"

UK Street Preacher Arrested for Saying Homosexuality a Sin

The Baptist preacher will stand trial.

May 3, 2010

Federal Court Says Church Bells are Constitutional
Phoenix, Arizona, authorities contended that the bells violated a noise ordinations.

Faith Leaders Decry Arizona Immigration Law
Religious leaders plan legal action, civil disobedience.

White House to Appeal Day of Prayer Ruling
Several congressmen urged the W.H. to appeal.

Court Rejects Unemployment Pay for Jehovah's Witness

Her work conflicted with her beliefs against celebrating birthdays.

April 26, 2010

Federal Judge Rules National Day of Prayer Unconstitutional
The law creating the national observance dates back to 1952.

Study: Africa the Most Religious Part of the World
Christians in Africa total 470 million.

Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Ban on Adoption by Unmarried Couples
The ban targets a "politically unpopular group," the judge says.

Alabama Gov. Overrules Attorney General on Gambling

The men, both Southern Baptists, are at odds over electronic bingo machines.

April 19, 2010

Foot Washing Lands Louisiana Official in Hot Water
Parish president offers employees the Ordinance of Humility.

Vatican Issues New Guidelines For Handling Sex Abuse Cases
The guide stresses cooperation with civil authorities.

Faith Leaders Weigh in on Stevens' Legacy
The Supreme Court justice was an advocate for church-state separation.

TSA Rolls Back Airport Security Screenings

Muslims, Sikhs welcome the change.

April 12, 2010

Obama Bares His Soul for Easter Event
President shares personal spirituality with nearly 90 pastors, activists, and bishops.

Churches Wrestle with Drop in Donations

Megachurches, those with more than 2,000 members, are hardest hit.

Groups Press for Religious Freedom Envoy
Open letter urges president to fill vacant religious liberty openings.

April 5, 2010

Will the Pope resign? Can He?
Only one pope has retired of his own volition.

S.C. Episcopal Diocese Declares Itself 'Sovereign'
The diocese consists of 47 parishes.

Survey Reveals Church Support For Immigration Reform
A nation-wide poll questioned 1, 201 registered voters.

New Orleans Catholic Diocese Must Open Bids on Katrina Reconstruction

The church must stop using preferred contractors to rebuild parochial schools.

March 29, 2010

Sexual Abuse Allegations Plunge in 2009
Catholic leaders note a 30 percent drop.

Alabama Gambling Debate Heats Up
Baptist politicians at center of debate.

Court: No Overtime Pay for Seminarians
Churches ruled exempt from Washington's Minimum Wage Act.

Clergy, White House Strategize on Immigration Reform
Several Christian leaders see immigration as a faith issue.

March 22, 2010

Salvation Army Logs Record Donations Despite Bad Economy
Kettle drive brought $139 million.

Catholic Bishops, Hospitals Split on Health Care
Clerics sour on abortion protections.

U.S. State Dept. Highlights Religious Freedom Violations
The report covered 194 countries.

Survey: Less Than Half Link Easter to the Resurrection

The survey included 1,005 respondents.

March 15, 2010

500 Christians Killed in Nigeria
About 75 houses burned.

Reform Rabbis Say Yes to Mixed Marriages
Half of American Jews marry outside their faith.

Supreme Court to Weigh Limits of Kansas Church's Hate Speech
The cases will test the boundaries of the Constitution.

Jail Sentence Sends Warning to Faith-healing Church

Couple gets 16 months for neglect.

March 8, 2010

'Son of Hamas' Was Israeli Informer
Masab Yousef, who became a Christian, says he worked with Israel to save lives.

Proposed Louisiana Bill Would Permit Guns in Church
Louisiana's legislature convenes March 29.

White House Panel Adopts Faith-based Recommendations
The council wants reforms to protect religious liberty rights.

Abuse Allegations Shame German Catholic Bishops

Some 150 allegations have surfaced.

March 1, 2010

Only 5 of Top  25 U.S. Churches Report Membership Gains
The largest Protestant churches show continued decline.

Texas: Arrests Made in Arsons
Ten churches arsons occurred in January.

New Lutheran Church Unveiled
The new denomination will launch in August.

Offerings Plunge in Sour Economy

Three in 10 Americans say they're giving less this year.

February 22, 2010

UK Methodists Ready to Join Anglicans
The churches have been seperated for more than 200 years.

Pope Denounces Clergy Sexual Abuse
He urges bishops to bring healing to victims.

Young Catholics Anti-abortion, Pro-pluralism
New poll shows diverse attitudes.

Oregon to End Ban on Teachers' Religious Garb

Oregon is the 48th sate to end the prohibition.

February 15, 2010

Vatican Calls for 'Ecumenical Catechism'
New document would promote common beliefs of Catholics and major protestant churches.

Pastors Challenge Hate-crimes Law
The law was expanded last year to include sexual orientation.

No Consensus for Obama Advisors on Tricky Church-state Issues
The council wants churchs to form corporations for federally-funded social services.

Charities Push Back on Plan to Limit Tax Deductions

A proposed limitation is included in the 2011 budget.

February 8, 2010

Church of England Loses $78 Million
The loss represents less than one percent of the church's assets.

Judge Grants Political Asylum to German Home-schoolers
The ruling came January 26.

Pope Tells Church Judges to Limit Annulments
The pope is encouraging couples to stay together.

Grahap Tops List of Most Influential Preachers

Rev. Billy Graham is 91.

February 1, 2010

UK Bishops Nix Move to Force Hiring of Gays in Churches
There ae 26 bishops in England's House of Lords.

Poll: Nearly Half of Americans Admit to Anti-Muslim Bias
The Gallup Center released the study.

Military Contractor to Pull Bible Verses on Weapons
Bible references drew complaints from believers and atheists alike.

French Eye Partial Ban on Islamic Veils

Face-covering veils may be outlawed.

January 25, 2010

Pope Calls on Turkey to Give Church Legal Recognition
Turkey has been criticized for its treatment of religious minorities.

Experts Hope Joint Principles Can Ease Church-state Fights
The document is expected to help curtail lawsuits.

Middle East Bishops Lament Exodus of Christians
Catholic bishops call for greater religious freedom in Muslim countries.

January 18, 2010

Dobson Plans New Radio Ministry
He leaves Focus on the Family in February, will host new broadcast with his son.

N.J. Senate Rejects Same-sex Marriage Bill
Bill's proponents promise court battle.

UN Receives Jordan Complaint Over Dead Sea Scrolls
Jordan claims the scrolls were seized wrongfully in the Six-Day War of 1967.

Charges of Religion-related Job Bias Hit Record

The number of 2009 complaints was the second highest ever.

January 11, 2010

Survey: Two-thirds of Protestant Pastors Consider Islam 'Dangerous'
Evangelical pastors were more likely to agree than mainline ministers.

US Postal Service to Honor Mother Teresa With Stamp
It goes on sale August 26.

Executions Rise, Death Sentences Decline
Executions rose 41 percent in 2009.

Believer Bands: Teens Carry the Gospel in Their Hands

A new craze emerges in the Bible belt.

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