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Disney has opted out of the Narnia film franchise, a few months before filming was to begin on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Disney cited budgetary concerns as their reason after Prince Caspian performed poorly at the box office and in DVD sales, but the Los Angeles Times reported creative differences between Disney and Walden Media, the company that produced the films.

—ChristianityToday.com

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Father Richard John Neuhaus died Jan. 8. An influential Roman Catholic priest and writer, he was the primary author of the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s founding manifesto, an IRD board member, contributor at the Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York, and editor of First Things journal, as well as a major force in the movement to bring Evangelicals and Catholics together.

—www.TheIRD.org

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Sojourners magazine has added a unique feature on their website, www.sojo.net. All poets featured in print publication are also showcased online with audio clips of the poet reading their piece and sharing about their inspiration and writing process.

—Image Journal

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GOD’S WORD translation is now available on YouVersion.com, a Bible application for the iPhone. The contemporary language English version emphasizes accuracy and readability.

—Baker Publishing Group

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In a survey of 1,600 British children under 10, God ranked second in answer to the question, “who is the most famous person in the world?” Simon Cowell, judge on American Idol, ranked first, with the Queen of England coming third.

—news.sky.com

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One of South Korea’s best-known actresses, Ok So-ri, was given a suspended prison sentence of 8 months for adultery. South Korea is one of the few non-Muslim countries where adultery remains a criminal offence. More than 1,000 people are charged each year, though very few are sent to jail.

—BBC News

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Muxlim Pal is a virtual world aimed at Muslims in Western nations and anyone interested in Muslim culture and lifestyle. Its creators hope the site will foster understanding among non-Muslims.

—BBC News

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A Toronto artist put a unique touch on a painting of Jesus by outlining the acrylic and gold leaf figure with bullet holes. Viktor Mitic used 1,200 rounds of ammunition from a handgun and an assault rifle. “Hole Jesus” was on display at St. James Cathedral in Toronto last fall.

—www.torontosun.com

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Disney “exploits spirituality” and corrupts children by encouraging greed, alleges Christopher Jamison, abbot of Worth Abbey, who is the star of a BBC television series, and a candidate to become cardinal of the Catholic population of England and Wales. With its movies, books, and theme parks, the corporation helps to generate a culture of materialism while pretending to provide a moral message, he says.

—Christian Century

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Christian music artists Kevin Max and Jeff Deyo star in a Serendipitous Films production called The Imposter. “It’s basically the prodigal son story,” says Max.

—theimpostermovie.com

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Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church in Dallas, Tex., is gaining notoriety through his unconventional message: married couples should have sex every day for a week. Young says countless couples have reported an improvement in their married lives after following his advice. Some Canadian professional counsellors are cautioning against using sex as a fix-all, saying achieving meaningful intimacy is more complex than performing daily copulation.

—Globe and Mail

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Alexiy II, head of the Russian Orthodox Church since 1990, died in December, at age 79. The patriarch presided over the church during a period of revival of the church’s influence in Russia. Metropolitan Kirill, a high-profile bishop, has been elected the church’s temporary leader.

—BBC News

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A Nebraska judge has dropped a lawsuit against God because there is no way to properly serve him legal papers. State senator Ernie Chambers sued God last year for causing “calamitous catastrophes resulting in the wide-spread death, destruction, and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants.” Chambers said he may appeal. Chambers said he filed the lawsuit to make a point about frivolous lawsuits.

—EP News

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