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January 02 2004 By virtueonline A Not So Merry Christmas in the Holy Land

Over the past three years, while attention has focused on Israeli and
Palestinian casualties of the current war, at least one hundred
Christians who live in areas ruled by the Palestinian Authority have
been arrested and imprisoned for holding church services or conducting
public Christian practices without authorization.

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January 02 2004 By virtueonline B.C. church shut in same-sex fight. Anglican congregation challenges its bishop

Despite the closure, the priest at Holy Cross, the Rev. James Wagner,
vowed yesterday to celebrate mass on Christmas Day with parishioners.

"As far as the diocese is concerned we do not exist. We are a non-
entity," Mr. Wagner said yesterday. "But I will not abandon these
people. I will continue to pastor and pray for them in the midst of
this crisis."

He said the decision to close the church was a surprise because "it's
so close to Christmas."

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January 02 2004 By virtueonline Gay bishop named year's top newsmaker

His approval and consecration, and the ensuing threats of schism in the
U. S. church and the wider Anglican Communion, were collectively cited
as the top religion news story of 2003 -- a ranking shared with
criticism of the Anglican bishop of Vancouver, British Columbia, who
approved same-sex unions.

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