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Why religious confession is good for the mind and soul

Faith leaders said the goal of religious confession is to affirm that the confessor is unconditionally loved.

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Jerry Earl Johnston: A place where Jesus actually stood

Scholars debate the true holiness of just about every holy site in Israel. Yet there is one place where scholars, scientists and spiritual leaders all agree is a place where Jesus certainly stood... Read more »

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Iran film portrays the Prophet Muhammad, drawing criticism

Here in this Persian replica of Mecca, built at the cost of millions of dollars, an Iranian film company is attempting to offer the world a literal glimpse of the Prophet Muhammad despite... Read more »

March 25, 2015

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Pope Francis finally gets his pizza — albeit hand-delivered

Pope Francis, who recently lamented he can't slip out and get a pizza like he used to, finally got a pie — albeit one hand-delivered to his popemobile. Read more »

March 23, 2015

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'United' through music: Members of various faiths to perform in annual Salt Lake Interfaith Musical Tribute

Praises will be sung, danced, drummed, prayed and chanted at Sunday’s Interfaith Musical Tribute as members from different faiths perform sacred music from their traditions at the Salt Lake... Read more »

March 22, 2015

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7 traditions to help keep Easter centered on Christ

Using seven people or groups in her “Easter Nativity,” she combined them with a devotional and activity, Emily Freeman shares these traditions in the recent “Celebrating a... Read more »

March 21, 2015

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Hamblin & Peterson: Do religions try to keep their scriptures inaccessible?

It's been alleged that religions worldwide have tended to resist translation of their sacred books into languages that ordinary people can read. This is historically misleading at best. Read more »

March 21, 2015

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Connecticut priest who ran meth ring pleads for leniency

A suspended Roman Catholic priest who authorities say dealt pounds of methamphetamine and bought a sex shop to possibly launder his drug money is asking a federal judge for leniency when he is... Read more »

March 17, 2015

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Key facts about Israel and its election system

Answers to key questions about Israel's March 17 general election. Read more »

March 17, 2015

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Jamaica hopes Jewish tourism can help fading community

It's Saturday morning at Sha'are Shalom, but there aren't enough Jews gathered in the dim light of Jamaica's only synagogue to conduct a formal prayer service. Read more »

March 14, 2015

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Faith and marriage: Couples report more satisfaction with spirituality

Couples, a psychologist and a religious leader weigh in on the importance of building faith within a relationship. They also discuss how couples should incorporate faith in their marriage. Read more »

March 14, 2015

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Spirituality is not only light, it's shade and shadow

Traditionally, spiritual moments are moments filled with “light.” But as I travel around, I find that many churches — especially Catholic churches — are just the opposite.... Read more »

March 14, 2015

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Pope Francis: ‘All I want is to go out for a pizza!’

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The “Pope of the Interview” strikes again: Pope Francis has given a lengthy — and fascinating — interview to a Mexican television station, which broadcast it on Friday... Read more »

March 13, 2015

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Women share their journeys of faith as part of Interfaith Season

Six women of different religions came together to share their individual beliefs and personal journeys to faith. Read more »

March 13, 2015

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Oklahoma bill would abolish state’s role in granting marriage licenses, leave it in clergy hands

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OKLAHOMA CITY — In an effort to block the state’s involvement with gay marriage, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to abolish marriage licenses in the state. Read more »

March 12, 2015

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Pope finds popularity and dissent at 2-year mark

Pope Francis marks his second anniversary Friday riding a wave of popularity that has reinvigorated the Catholic Church in ways not seen since the days of St. John Paul II. He's also entering a... Read more »

March 12, 2015

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Hamblin & Peterson: The archaeology of Peter's hometown

Archaeological work in the ruins of ancient Capernaum may help to answer a number of important questions about the man chosen by Jesus to lead his church. Read more »

March 7, 2015

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K2 The Church's grand opening a neighborhood party with a purpose, sharing the good news

K2 The Church's grand opening Sunday was part neighborhood party, part rock concert, part worship experience. The event marked the debut of the non-denominational Christian church's new location,... Read more »

March 1, 2015

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Venezuela officials detain, free 4 Christian missionaries

Four North Dakota missionaries were released by Venezuelan authorities Saturday after being detained and questioned for several days, a pastor at their church said. Read more »

March 1, 2015

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ValueSpeak: 'Be ye constant'

While it’s true there are times when we need to adapt, I’m thankful there are still people like my neighbor and friend David — not quite a saint … yet — who live lives... Read more »

Feb. 28, 2015

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Dirty Harry nailed it: 'A man's got to know his limitations'

People of faith produce an eye-popping amount of service and charitable funds for the world. Yet no matter how much we do, we feel ashamed we don't do more. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2015

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Pacifica Institute Utah hosts 'Love is a Verb' screening for interfaith season

As part of Interfaith Month, Pacifica Institute Utah hosted a screening of "Love is a Verb," a documentary detailing the story of Fethullah Gulen and his inspiring life. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2015

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'More similar than different': Community members tour Utah churches on Interfaith Bus Tour

Community members got a glimpse of different faiths as they toured three houses of worship on Tuesday’s Interfaith Bus Tour, an event that is a part of Salt Lake City’s Interfaith Season. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2015

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Teacher's liver donation saves life of her pastor's father

At Philadelphia Baptist Church, it is hard at times to say blood runs thicker than water. Read more »

Feb. 21, 2015

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Christians observe Ash Wednesday, begin Lent

Christians in Utah and throughout the world began the season of Lent on Wednesday by observing Ash Wednesday. Read more »

Feb. 18, 2015

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Rabbi feels at home building bridges at Catholic high school

Even wearing his yarmulke and a visitor's badge, Rabbi Ronald Symons felt at home at the Catholic high school in Coraopolis, near Pittsburgh. And the seniors who filed into religion class were just... Read more »

Feb. 17, 2015

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