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June 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nepal will free all Christian prisoners who were jailed by the former government for illegal proselytizing, the royal palace said. It said King Birendra has "granted amnesty to all religious prisoners" on the advice of the prime minister in view of the "new political environment. . . ." There are 29 Christians, including 14 below age 18, serving sentences for proselytizing in the Hindu kingdom.
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March 11, 1989 | From Religious News Service
Arizona's five Republican legislators in the U.S. Congress have issued a joint statement expressing concern "about the impression of religious intolerance in our party because of a resolution approved at the Arizona convention recently."
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May 20, 1992 | JOHN DART
Evangelical Christian and Jewish leaders Tuesday night opened a three-day conference designed to establish national contacts between the two religious groups that share affections for Israel but sometimes clash over attempts to convert Jews to Christianity. The invitation-only meeting at the Valley Hilton will hear plenary speeches today from Rabbi A.
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February 5, 1993 | Associated Press
Pope John Paul II sought common ground with believers in voodoo Thursday, suggesting they would not betray their traditional faith by converting to Christianity. On the second day of his 10th African pilgrimage, the Pope held a dramatic and emotional meeting with priests of the vodun , as the ancestral gods are known in the Fon language. The Catholic church seeks to maintain a dialogue with voodoo followers but frowns on superstitious practices.
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January 11, 1987 | ERIC BAILEY, Times Staff Writer
It had been months since Stone Steps, a popular surfing spot in Encinitas, had been blessed with any respectable swells, and that had Mark Curtis worried. Curtis and a few buddies were planning a surfing contest off the craggy stretch of shoreline, and they knew it would be a bust if the waves failed to shape up. Desperate, they decided to turn to a friend with clout. "We prayed that night for God to do a miracle," recalled Curtis, head of the Christian Surfing Assn.
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March 16, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, trying to distance herself from an embarrassing political episode in Arizona, said Wednesday that she regretted having sent a letter to a Republican activist suggesting the high court had endorsed the notion that "this is a Christian nation." Supporters of impeached former Gov. Evan Mecham cited O'Connor's letter in obtaining the Arizona Republican Party's adoption of a resolution proclaiming America as a "Christian nation."
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January 10, 1999 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The proprietor of the Mount of Olives Hotel has seen it all. There were guests who thought they were Jesus Christ and could cast out demons. Others who spoke in tongues. The woman from the American South who wandered the halls believing she was the Virgin Mary. And lately, there's been a flock of born-again Christians moving into the neighborhood to await the Second Coming of the Messiah.
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March 5, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The largest club at Newport Harbor High School gathers in a darkened classroom every Thursday at lunch. Teenagers listen to guest pastors lecture on the Gospel and how it relates to high school. While some students play guitars, others lift their voices in songs celebrating Jesus. Mostly, they pray: for their school and their teachers, for each other's families, and for friends who haven't found the way, who continue to spend weekends hanging out at keg parties.
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February 4, 1995 | JOHN DART
The top rabbinical body of Conservative Judaism has given final approval to a groundbreaking document holding that sexual relationships between unmarried men and women "can embody a measure of morality," the first such statement by any major Jewish or Christian denomination. The eighth draft of a wide-ranging essay written by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector of the University of Judaism in the Sepulveda Pass, was unanimously approved Jan. 24 by the executive council of the Rabbinical Assembly.
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May 23, 1992 | JOHN DART
Agreeing heartily to support Israel and fight anti-Semitism together, evangelical Christians and Jewish leaders at a conference this week in Sherman Oaks also conceded that one sticky issue still harms their coalition--evangelistic tactics that target Jews for conversion. Rabbi A. James Rudin, New York-based interreligious affairs director for the American Jewish Committee, said that most U.S. Jewish leaders respect Billy Graham because the evangelist offers his Gospel message to everyone.
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