Thirty more dead in Indonesia religious riots

Officials say the death count over the last year in the violence between Muslims and Christians in the area has passed 1,700.

Coptic priest not charged in Egyptian violence

Charges were dismissed against Father Gabriel Abdul Masih and at least 15 others who were earlier accused of "provoking violence" that led to 23 deaths; 136 others werecharged.

Zamfara, Nigeria, suspends shari'a law

After religious riots in the country between Muslims and Christians, the governor of Zamfara has suspended the Islamic shari'a law while federal and state officials discuss the matter. Zamfara was the first of several Nigerian states to adopt shari'a.

Apology 'watered down' at last minute, charges Italian newspaper

The Milan daily newspaper Corriere della Sera says the Pope toned down his Sunday message to mitigate "objections to the idea of an apology raised in recent years by historians and theologians, as well as by some cardinals and bishops."

Chicago Tribune praises papal apology

"As is so often the case, John Paul's action had a level of significance beyond the obvious. It was, to be sure, a genuine apology for genuine wrongs, past and present," says the unsigned editorial, which leads by quoting Matthew 5:23-24. "But it also was an example to a world riven by historical grievances of how reconciliation must begin: with a brotherly—or sisterly—plea for forgiveness, evoking, one hopes, a response in kind."

Black churches (finally) fighting AIDS, albeit slowly

"For African-Americans, the church has long been the institution they have turned to for help in times of crisis," reports The Dallas Morning News. "Yet black religious leaders, health officials and those infected and affected by AIDS say that ...

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