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January 16, 1988 | Associated Press
As it marks its 80th anniversary, a worldwide trans-Christian observance has shed its one-time note of rivalry and now resonates harmony, both in planning and participation. The occasion is the annual week of prayer for Christian unity, Jan. 18-25, sponsored jointly by Roman Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox organizations.
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June 21, 1988 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
A Los Angeles broadcasting executive delivered petitions containing 25,000 signatures from conservative Christians to the White House on Monday, calling on President Reagan to "say no to astrology in the White House." George Otis, president of High Adventure Broadcasting in Northridge, said in an interview that failure by President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan to publicly reject astrology would "legitimize astrology and the occult and set our nation on a collision course with God."
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June 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Nearly two-thirds of new immigrants to the United States are Christian, fueled mostly by Catholics coming from Latin America, according to research sponsored by several government agencies. Forty-two percent of immigrants are Catholic, 19% are Protestant and 4% are Eastern Orthodox, according to a study of almost 1,000 adult immigrants in 1996. Eight percent are Muslim, 4% are Buddhist, 3% are Jewish and 3% are Hindu. An additional 15% or so claimed no religion, and 1% named other religions.
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July 16, 1994 | JOHN DART
A Christian music festival next month in Burbank has a ballooning $600,000 budget and an unusual pair of novice promoters--a young Baptist of Chinese-American heritage and the owner of a computer business, who is not a believer but interested. Not that Summer Praise '94, set for Aug. 11-14 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, is a likely flop.
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April 30, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
President Reagan invoked the power of prayer in a message to tens of thousands of Christians who gathered Friday for a rally aimed at showing that religion is thriving in America. "I am convinced that prayer has made it possible for me to continue in this office," Reagan said in a videotaped address to the dawn-to-dusk "Washington for Jesus in '88," which attracted an estimated 150,000 people.
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September 13, 1987 | JOHN BURGESS, The Washington Post
Passing to the next world from this windy island of farmers and fishermen in western Japan often requires not one funeral but two. One is the Buddhist rite for the dead that is standard in Japan. The other is known only in a few isolated communities like this and will be remembered by the assembled family and friends of the deceased as the real funeral. First an elderly man in ceremonial blue kimono bathes to purify himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1991 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thousands of Southlanders are expected to jam the Pacific Amphitheatre tonight, kicking off a week of religious revivals that will mix evangelism and rock music in an effort to win converts to Christianity. After five days in Costa Mesa, the Summer Harvest Crusade, which sponsors say is costing about $225,000, will move to Anaheim Stadium on Friday.
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August 8, 1987 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
The kibbutzim of Israel, which began more than 70 years ago as collective agricultural settlements, has diversified into some unusual businesses over the years. But none can top Kibbutz Kinneret. Kibbutz Kinneret is in the Christian baptism business.
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January 9, 1988 | MARK J. PORUBCANSKY, Associated Press
On the wall of a tired-looking office building tucked away from Moscow's bustle and billowing exhaust, a graffiti artist has scrawled a cross and the Greek letters alpha and omega, proclaiming his belief in the eternity of God. Thousands are drawn to a Ukrainian village by a report that a vision of the Virgin Mary has appeared on the side of an abandoned chapel.
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January 6, 1999 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At lunchtime in Judge Frank Firmat's chambers if someone says, "All rise," be ready to stand and pray. Twice a week, Firmat calls together a small group of people, most of them judges and lawyers used to asking all the questions. At these meetings, they bare their own souls. The group of 12 is on an odyssey through the spiritual exercises, a daily practice created by Ignatius Loyola in the 16th century.
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