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Wheaton provost apologizes to Larycia Hawkins; she's leaving

Larycia Hawkins has announced in a joint statement with the college that she will leave.

Pope briefs priests: Don't be smug, don't judge sinners

A specially-recruited group of priests received last-minute instructions from Pope Francis Tuesday before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic Church to sinners. Read more »

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Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in historic step

Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West, both... Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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Now deeply Christian, Cruz's religion once wasn't so obvious

Ted Cruz sometimes sounds more like a preacher than a presidential candidate. Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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In latest fad, Thais treat 'child angel' dolls like progeny

Mix one part superstition, two parts fashion, a dab of celebrity idolatry and a heap of media frenzy, and what do you get? "Child angel" dolls, the latest craze in Thailand. Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Interfaith Month in Utah offers chance to explore other faiths, 'get out of comfort zones'

From a tour of a Hindu temple to a Wiccan full moon rite, Interfaith Month gives Utahns an opportunity to learn about other faith traditions and 'get out of their comfort zones,' says Janet Healy,... Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Leonardo DiCaprio greets pope in Italian, discusses environment

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio brushed up his Italian to greet Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Nevada high court rejects Mormon church appeal in water case

The Nevada Supreme Court rejected a Mormon church appeal Thursday on a narrow legal question in a broad water rights dispute surrounding a proposal to pump groundwater from arid valleys along the... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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RootsTech 2016 features classes, LDS Family Discovery Day, LDS leaders as speakers

The largest family history event in the world will feature keynote speakers, classes and one day designed especially for LDS Church members. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Holocaust victims honored 71 years after Auschwitz liberated

Dozens of elderly Holocaust survivors lit candles at Auschwitz on Wednesday, exactly 71 years after the Soviet army liberated the death camp that has become the most powerful symbol of the human... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Italian gay rights debate prompts proposed legislation for 'civil unions'

In Italy, family is considered so sacred that marriage is lauded in the Constitution. But what kind of family? Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Defending the Faith: Is faith irrational?

While faith often goes beyond the evidence, it isn't necessarily irrational. And this is true in ordinary daily life, not merely in matters of religion. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Iranian leader asks pope to pray for him after Vatican talks

Iran's president asked Pope Francis to pray for him Tuesday after the two men held private talks at the Vatican, part of an Iranian effort to take a more prominent place on the world stage after a... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Pope to visit Sweden, apologizes for Catholic wrongs

Pope Francis has concluded an annual weeklong prayer for Christian unity by making a sweeping apology for Catholic wrongs committed against other Christians and by announcing he will visit Sweden... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Pope Francis answers questions from children in new book

"Dear Pope Francis," 10-year-old Mohammed begins, "Will the world be again as it was in the past?" Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq razed

Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of... Read more »

Jan. 20, 2016

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Rubio: Faith is 'single greatest influence in my life'

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio promised to keep "talking about God" as he campaigned across Iowa Monday, reminding influential evangelical voters of his commitment to Christian values... Read more »

Jan. 18, 2016

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Pope visits Rome synagogue in sign of interfaith friendship

Pope Francis made his first visit to a synagogue as pope Sunday, greeting Rome's Jewish community in their house of worship as his two predecessors did in a show interfaith friendship at a time of... Read more »

Jan. 17, 2016

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Nationally syndicated columnist: 'You can't afford not to tithe'

In Michelle Singletary's book, "The 21-Day Financial Fast," Singletary encourages readers on day four to pay a tithe. Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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Finding God in one of science's biggest debates — genetic editing

Throughout 2016, leading geneticists will be soliciting opinions about how and when genetic editing technologies should be used. Read more »

Jan. 13, 2016

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Francis lays out case for mercy in 1st book as pope

Pope Francis lays out his case for emphasizing the merciful face of the Catholic Church in his first book as pontiff, saying God never tires of forgiving and actually prefers the sinners who repent... Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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This year’s presidential election is a chance for churches to earn back trust of young Americans

Overly aggressive or politicized engagement with politics may affect how young Americans view religious organizations. Read more »

Jan. 9, 2016

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NYC settles lawsuits over Muslim surveillance by police

The New York Police Department will strengthen safeguards against illegal surveillance of Muslims in investigations of terror threats and install a civilian representative on an advisory committee... Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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Pope releases monthly prayer intentions in video for first time

Pope Francis released his prayer intentions for January in a video. Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Epiphany celebrated in Orthodox Christian, Catholic nations

Wednesday is Epiphany, a major holiday in much of Orthodox Christianity celebrating the birth and baptism of Jesus. Religious services are held as well as Blessing of Water ceremonies at lakes,... Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Trump embraces Muslim ban in opening TV ads

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is giving some of the most divisive proposals of his campaign a starring role in his first television ad — although the billionaire developer... Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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Cruz and Rubio engage in battle for Nevada Mormons

Deep divisions among Nevada Republicans over a $1 billion tax increase pushed by the state’s Republican governor are helping to shape the battle between Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted... Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016

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Influential Shiite cleric among 47 executed in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's execution Saturday of 47 prisoners, including an influential Shiite cleric, threatened to further damage Sunni-Shiite relations in a regional struggle playing out across the Middle... Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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Football and the farm boy — a parable

In this holiday season, a time of goodwill and giving, I’ve been thinking about self-interest. We all like a payday. For some, a payday means a boost in the bank account. For others,... Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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Americans' views on protecting religious freedom vary by faith, poll says

Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than for other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new survey. Read more »

Dec. 30, 2015

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Cruz taps evangelicals, tea partiers to fuel campaign

When Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz first ran for U.S. Senate in Texas, the only thing lower than his name recognition was the expectation that he'd win. Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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Kim Davis, Sister Alicia Torres and other unexpected voices of faith who took center stage in 2015

Although popular figures such as Pope Francis continued to dominate faith coverage in 2015, there were also many chances for "little guys" to shine. Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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Hamblin & Peterson: Is Islam a religion of peace?

Islam raises the same interpretative questions found in most of the world’s great religions. Read more »

Dec. 26, 2015

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Pope urges Christmas prayers for Syria, Libya peace

Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent U.N.-backed peace processes for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people, denouncing the "monstrous evil" and atrocities... Read more »

Dec. 25, 2015

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Quartet offers a tradition of prayer — and jazz — for 27 years

It was a lively night in church as an unusual musical tradition wrapped up its 27th season. It's a popular series of Sunday concerts, an "evening prayer" service, featuring a band called the Jazz... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Shifting kids' attention from getting to giving, and from Santa to Jesus

We are facing it this week: the annual battle to instill the true meaning of Christmas into our young children and grandchildren. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2015

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Indonesia: Plot foiled to kill officials, Shiite followers

Indonesian police said Monday they have foiled a plot to kill government officials, law enforcement officers and others by suspected Muslim militants arrested in weekend raids. Read more »

Dec. 21, 2015

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Music and the Spoken Word: 'On earth peace, good will toward men'

Martin Jarvis, guest narrator for this year’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on Temple Square’s Christmas concert, will read the message from Luke 2 during Sunday's broadcast. Read more »

Dec. 19, 2015

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When style takes away from the essence of faith

So often authors, playwrights and journalists get everything right about a religion, except the essence of the religion. Having been both a journalist and believer, I've seen it many times. Read more »

Dec. 18, 2015

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Sam Beeson's 'A Rare Nativity' shares gifts, story of forgiveness

"A Rare Nativity" by Sam Beeson is a story of gifts to an enemy and what that enemy does with the gifts with the theme of forgiveness. Read more »

Dec. 18, 2015

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Groups pledge to support Muslims and religious freedom Friday

Members of several faiths are asking Utahns to show their support of religious freedom and the Muslim community. Read more »

Dec. 17, 2015

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Vatican told to get tough on those caught laundering money

A European financial crimes watchdog on Tuesday (Dec. 15) called on the Vatican to prosecute those caught money laundering, stating the Holy See must act to ensure the success of its financial... Read more »

Dec. 16, 2015

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How churches can accommodate members with disabilities

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be given opportunities to share their spiritual gifts in worship, accommodation experts said. Read more »

Dec. 16, 2015

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S.L. firm furnishing refugees with tables

Cameron Hemphill, owner of SACS Furniture in Salt Lake City, looks over one of 60 tables the furniture business donated to Catholic Community Services on Tuesday. According to Hemphill, Catholic... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2015

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Chaffetz speaks with Muslim Utahns, says ban on Muslim immigration 'not moral'

U.S. House Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) spoke Monday with a Muslim congregation at the Khadeeja Mosque, addressing their concerns about the faith being misperceived nationwide in light of... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2015

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200 rally in Logan to show support for Muslim community

Some 200 people took part in a rally Friday outside the Logan Islamic Center as a demonstration of solidarity with Cache Valley's Muslim community. The event brought together community members,... Read more »

Dec. 12, 2015

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Photos: Park City Jewish community celebrates Hanukkah

Simmone Spitzberg-Hofstein admires her balloon sword made by Jeremy Telford during a Hanukkah party hosted at Temple Har Shalom in Park City on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Read more »

Dec. 12, 2015

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David Blankenhorn: Pope Francis is an example of how to ignore culture wars

Pope Francis is an example to others about how to ignore the cultural wars going on all around us. Read more »

Dec. 11, 2015

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Watch: Stephen Colbert explains why 'thoughts and prayers' matter

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On Monday's "Late Show," host Stephen Colbert spoke on what many considered "prayer shaming" after recent tragedies. Read more »

Dec. 9, 2015

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Richard Davis: Religious liberty is for the popular and unpopular

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The debate over religious freedom still rages more than 200 years after the First Amendment was ratified. The amendment was created to protect all religious institutions, not just the popular ones. Read more »

Dec. 9, 2015

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