* The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) is negotiating with Romanian officials in an effort to air four television programs on the resurrection of Jesus, which the government pulled in April. The shows—the first produced by CBN in Europe—had been slated to air on state television in the country, which is 70 percent Orthodox. But Romanian officials claim CBN inserted unauthorized religious material after scripts had been checked, and that the programs were designed to promote Baptist, Pentecostal, and evangelical churches. CBN says changes had been explained clearly, and the government had consented.
* Morris Watkins, 70-year-old founder of Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT), died May 19 in Colorado Springs of liver cancer. Watkins and his wife, Lois returned to the United States from Nigeria in 1964 after a tropical epidemic caused the death of their youngest child, Mary Ann. A few months later he started LBT and served as its first director. He left LBT in 1972 to help form All Nations Literacy Movement.
* Dutch-born Holocaust rescuer John Henry Weidner, 81, who organized the Dutch-Paris line that rescued more than 1,000 people from the Nazis in World War II, died May 21 in Monterey Park, California. Weidner was one of the Gestapo's most-wanted men because of his rescue of 800 Jews and 200 others including Catholic priests, political figures, and more than 100 Allied airmen.
* Israel and the Vatican formally established full diplomatic relations June 15 after two years of negotiations. The Jewish state and the headquarters for the Roman Catholic Church will also exchange ambassadors soon. The Vatican will put its embassy in Jaffa.
* Two high-ranking National Council of Churches staff members have resigned in the ...1
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