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Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Sept. 8 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Atlanta seminary delays move to Morris Brown College building

ATLANTA — An Atlanta seminary is delaying its planned move to a location at Morris Brown College until it can assess how the school's financial problems might affect the seminary.

The Interdenominational Theological Center recently spent $400,000 improving Morris Brown's student center, planning to move classes there while the religious school underwent major renovations.

Given Morris Brown's recent bankruptcy filing, seminary officials say they're trying to figure out their next steps.

The historically black Atlanta college faces possible foreclosure. Court records show that Morris Brown has not paid some of its employees for months.

Chicago Cardinal George to start chemotherapy in 2nd cancer bout

CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George, in his second bout with cancer, said he feels anxious but ready to begin chemotherapy.

"Well, I'm anticipating it a little bit, but otherwise, right now, I'm feeling good," he said.

He made the comments last Saturday before Mass at St. Joseph Parish, a Roman Catholic church on the South Side that was celebrating its 125th anniversary. George said he hoped to keep as many commitments as possible.

Six years ago, surgeons removed his bladder, prostate and part of his right ureter following the discovery that he had bladder cancer. Last month, he announced cancer had been found in his right kidney and liver.

His chemotherapy treatment is slated to begin Wednesday and last four months.

"I haven't been through it before. I didn't have chemo when I had bladder cancer the first time, so I don't know what to expect," said George, former president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "It's different for everybody, and so with the help of God, and a lot of prayers of an awful lot of people, I'm sure it'll be all right."

George, 75, leads the Chicago archdiocese, which serves more than 2 million Roman Catholics. He has said he'll scale back his public schedule during the third week of each three-week treatment session.

New global association aims to improve religion reporting

BELLAGIO, Italy — A new international journalism group has been formed to advance reporting on religion.

The International Association of Religion Journalists was founded by reporters from 23 countries during a meeting at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy.

The group this week launched the English-language site theiarj.org to provide a range of resources, from statistics on religion in various countries to background on religious and ethnic conflicts.

Maria Lopez, senior religion writer at La Vanguardia, in Barcelona, Spain, said the goal is to help journalists write "with accuracy, fairness and balance" on a complex topic.

The International Center for Journalists and the Association of Religion Data Archives are partners in the project.

The religion reporting group plans next to launch a website in Arabic.

More and more Connecticut kids are exempted from vaccinations

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — An increasing number of Connecticut students are being exempted from vaccinations as parents cite allergic reactions or religious prohibitions.

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