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AP Religion Roundup - April 9, 2007

Christians Worldwide Celebrate Easter

CHRISTIANS WORLDWIDE CELEBRATE EASTER

EASTER SUNDAY (AP) _ Christians in the United States and around the
world have celebrated Easter.

Large crowds worshiped in Jerusalem, where the Bible says Jesus
rose from the dead.

In New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral, Cardinal Edward Egan
urged Roman Catholics to shun worldly distractions and learn ``the
basics of Christian doctrine.''

At a Vatican Mass, Pope Benedict lamented what he called the
``continual slaughter'' in Iraq.

President Bush worshiped at Fort Hood, Texas, which has sent
thousands of troops to Iraq. Bush said, ``I prayed for their
safety, I prayed for their strength and comfort, and I pray for
peace.''

Churches in the South Pacific's Solomon Islands were packed with
survivors of last week's deadly tsunami. One worshiper noted that
``some of them never went to church before.''


CATHOLICS CELEBRATE EASTER IN SCHOOL AFTER CHURCH FIRE

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) _ A day after a fire gutted their Indiana
church, Roman Catholics have celebrated Easter in the auditorium of
New Castle Middle School.

Father Joseph Rautenberg assured his 750-member congregation
that St. Anne Catholic Church will rise from the ashes of
Saturday's fire, which gutted the 83-year-old building.

Rautenberg pledged that the parish will survive, despite what he
called ``the evil forces -- even the demonic forces of this
world.'' He said, ``Jesus has risen -- may our spirits rise with
him.''

State Fire Marshal Roger Johnson says federal agents are
investigating the blaze, which they believe was linked to a
criminal act.

WINNING ON EASTER MAKES MASTERS MORE SPECIAL FOR JOHNSON

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) _ Zach Johnson will take a win at the Masters
golf tournament any day.

That he did it on Easter made it even more special.

After he finished the 18th hole at Augusta Sunday, Johnson said,
``Being Easter, my faith is very important to me.'' He added that
he ``felt Jesus'' and his family were looking after him.

Johnson became one of the most unlikely Masters champions ever,
holding off Tiger Woods to win the year's first major by two
strokes. It was only his second victory on the P-G-A Tour.

Johnson told reporters that regardless of what happened, his
``responsibility was to glorify God.'' And he added, ``Hopefully,
He thinks I did.''

CARDINAL: CATHOLICS MAY VOTE FOR CANDIDATES WHO OPPOSE CHURCH TEACHINGS

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Cardinal Theodore McCarrick says Roman
Catholics are free to vote for candidates who disagree with the
church on issues like abortion, as long as that isn't the reason
they're voting for them.

The retired archbishop of Washington told C-N-N that Cardinal
Joseph Ratzinger, before becoming Pope Benedict, stated that
Catholics who vote for candidates precisely because of their
opposition to church teachings have cut themselves off from the
church and should not receive Communion.

But McCarrick said Roman Catholics can be in good standing if
they cast their vote for other ``grave reasons'' that ``in their
own minds'' outweigh a candidate's opposition to church teachings.

CARDINAL FRANCIS GEORGE RECOVERING FROM HIP FRACTURE

CHICAGO (AP) _ Chicago's Cardinal Francis George has postponed
public appearances while he recovers from a hip fracture he
suffered in a fall over the weekend.

George was released from a suburban hospital Sunday, one day
after slipping on a marble church floor while blessing Easter
baskets.

An archdiocese spokeswoman says the cardinal wears a brace on
his right leg because he had polio as a child, and the brace
sometimes causes him to fall.

The 70-year-old archbishop, who is spiritual leader of more than
two (m) million Catholics in the Chicago area, underwent surgery
last July to have his cancerous bladder removed.

WIFE OF SLAIN PASTOR GOES ON TRIAL TODAY FOR MURDER

SELMER, Tenn. _ The murder trial of a pastor's wife who
allegedly shot her husband is set to begin today with jury
selection in a Tennessee court.

Pastor Matthew Winkler was found fatally shot just over a year
ago in the bedroom of the Fourth Street Church of Christ parsonage
in Selmer, Tennessee, where he and Mary Carol Winkler lived with
their three young daughters.

If convicted, Mary Winkler faces life in prison, but could
eventually receive parole.

She's been free on bond since August, living with friends under
court guidelines.

Financial motives for the killing have been suggested by
prosecutors. But on A-B-C's ``Good Morning America'' last November,
Mary Winkler's family and friends alleged abuse by Matthew Winkler.

ISRAEL'S ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWS STRUGGLE WITH CHANGE

JERUSALEM (AP) _ The newly opened Kosher Gym in Jerusalem offers
prayer books at its juice bar, and bearded men listen to Talmudic
interpretations on earphones as they exercise.

In an Internet chat room, messages pop up in Yiddish. At upscale
kosher restaurants, men in black hats and sidecurls, accompanied by
wives in wigs and long dresses, sip fine wines.

If that's one face of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews, another is
the young hotheads who torch clothing stores for selling
``immodest'' attire, and hurl bleach at women who wear it.

The ultra-Orthodox view themselves as Judaism's lifeline,
dedicated to preserving the faith in its purest form. But the
outside world is seeping into their communities, creating a
tug-of-war between a tentative embrace of modernity and fierce
resistance.

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