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(RNS) Ten years after tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was destroyed by falling rubble from the World Trade Center towers, church leaders reached an agreement Friday (Oct. 14) to rebuild at Ground Zero. The church, founded by Greek immigrants in 1916, sat in the shadow of the twin towers and was the only religious […] Read More

NEW YORK (RNS) With cries of “Rebuild now! Rebuild Now!” parishioners and supporters of a Greek Orthodox church that was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks rallied at Ground Zero on Sunday (June 26) in hopes of resuming negotiations to rebuild the church. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the Port Authority of New York and […] Read More

(RNS) Greek Orthodox officials on Monday (Feb. 14) filed suit against the agency charged with rebuilding Ground Zero over the disputed fate of tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed by falling debris on 9/11. Negotiations between St. Nicholas leaders and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey abruptly ended two […] Read More

(RNS) The protracted and contentious debate over plans to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York was the top religion story of 2010, according to a survey of religion journalists. The imam piloting the project, Feisal Abdul Rauf, was voted the Religion Newswriters Association’s top newsmaker of 2010, besting Pope Benedict […] Read More

(RNS) Nearly two years after negotiations abruptly ended over where a Greek Orthodox church destroyed on 9/11 may rebuild, legal action has begun against several agencies and officials involved in the Ground Zero land dispute. Until talks broke off in early 2008, leaders from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Ground Zero developers had reached […] Read More

(RNS) Christians are more likely to say a proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan should be built farther away from Ground Zero than Muslims, Jews and other non-Christians, according to a new Gallup Poll. Park51, a proposed Islamic cultural and community center that includes space for Muslim prayers, has sparked controversy because of its proposed […] Read More

UNION CITY, N.J. (RNS) A judge denied a city request for custodial receivership of two apartment buildings owned by the imam who wants to build a controversial mosque near Ground Zero, but demanded that he prove that safety and health code violations are being addressed. State Superior Court Judge Thomas Olivieri on Wednesday (Sept. 15) […] Read More

There’s been plenty in the news about the fundamentalist Christian congregation in Gainesville, Fla., that talked about burning the Quran and the debate about the mosque near Ground Zero.   Personally, I hope that the mosque is built on the proposed site in New York City. When fundraising begins, I’ll most likely make a donation.   Not […] Read More

NEW YORK (RNS) Buried by falling rubble from the World Trade Center towers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, all that remained of the tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church were some candles, two icons and a bell clapper. These salvaged artifacts are being kept at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America while […] Read More

The relationship between Muslims and members of other faiths – and persons of no explicit faith – has been a lot like that woman who appeared in the synagogue on the Sabbath while Jesus was teaching. (Luke 13:10-17)   That is, it’s been “crippled,” “bent over,” “not able to stand up straight.”   Well, with […] Read More