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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Episode #1116

Bob Abernethy hosts a roundtable studio discussion of the past year's top news stories impacting the faith community; Kim Lawton looks at the enduring fascination with the Christmas Star.
A Look Back at the Year 2007 - What were the top newsmaking stories of 2007? In this annual wrap-up, host Bob Abernethy is joined by John Allen, Vatican correspondent for National Catholic Reporter, Kevin Eckstrom, editor of Religion News Service, and Kim Lawton, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY correspondent and managing editor for a studio discussion and analysis of the year's top religion news stories. Topics addressed by the panelists include: religion's role in the presidential campaigns; the realignment of the Religious Right; the Vatican's relationship with Muslims and the moral authority of the Catholic bishops; the protests by Myanmar monks; and the Episcopal Church and other major denominations' response to theological divisions over issues relating to homosexuality.
Star of Bethlehem - According to the Christmas story, a star marked the birth of Jesus and led wise men from the East, or Magi, to find the child in Bethlehem and bring him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. For centuries, the star has intrigued astronomers, historians, artists and theologians alike. Was it a one-time miracle, a literary myth, or was the star of Bethlehem an actual astronomical occurrence? Kim Lawton looks at the enduring fascination with the Christmas Star and the quest to explain its presence in the sky at the time of Jesus' birth. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This series provides in-depth coverage of the top religion and ethics stories of the week as well as religious and ethical perspectives on domestic and foreign events and the arts. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, the series brings viewers breaking news through live and taped reports filed by a team of correspondents in the field and interviews with prominent newsmakers.

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