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Attorney general wants citizens to distribute religious literature in schools

After a series of challenges, Oklahoma’s attorney general stepped in to defend the practice.

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Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against... Read more »

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Some Ugandan Muslims retreat in fear amid police hunt

Kassim Segawa prayed inside his local mosque near Uganda's capital but, instead of being in the company of scores of the faithful, on this day he was alone. Read more »

April 17, 2015

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Influx of Christian programming at Easter prompts mixed reactions

A look at how "Finding Jesus," "Killing Jesus" and "A.D." fared among mainstream and Christian audiences. Read more »

April 16, 2015

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Israeli researchers say attacks against Jews spiked in 2014

Jewish communities around the world faced an "explosion of hatred" last year, with the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks rising by 38 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by... Read more »

April 15, 2015

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HBO scientology film proves popular for network

If the Church of Scientology was hoping that HBO's withering documentary on the religion's practices would pass by with little notice, that turned out to be a miscalculation. Read more »

April 13, 2015

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Pope's 3-nation South America trip set for July 6-12

Church officials say Pope Francis' trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay is set for July 6-12. Read more »

April 10, 2015

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Kenyan Cardinal urges compassion for extremist killers

Some relatives of students who were mercilessly gunned down by Islamic militants said Wednesday they would pray for forgiveness for the killers, responding to a Catholic archbishop who visited a... Read more »

April 8, 2015

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5 major world religions: How do they worship?

What does worship look like for the five major world religions? Which religions observe a Sabbath and which worship in other ways? Read on to learn more. Judaism Sabbath for Jews is... Read more »

April 7, 2015

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Pope Francis to the world: Don't ignore killing of Christians

Pope Francis on Monday again pressed the international community to do something about the killing of Christians in several parts of the world and not "look the other way." Read more »

April 6, 2015

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Photo gallery: Christians celebrate Easter across the world

Christians in the Holy Land and across the world are celebrating Easter, commemorating the day followers believe Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. Read more »

April 5, 2015

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Pope, thousands brave rain for Easter in St. Peter's Square

In an Easter peace wish, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the framework nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to make the world safer, while expressing deep worry about bloodshed in Libya,... Read more »

April 5, 2015

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Official Vatican text of Pope Francis' Easter message

The following is the Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis "Urbi et Orbi" Easter message, which he delivered Sunday in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter's... Read more »

April 5, 2015

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'A.D. The Bible Continues' does not disappoint

The new series from Roma Downey and Mark Burnett picks up where "The Bible" left off, portraying the aftermath of Christ's crucifixion in a way that will more than likely satisfy its core audience. Read more »

April 5, 2015

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Photo gallery: Salt Lake churches gather for Good Friday cross procession

Congregants from several Salt Lake churches joined in prayer and participated in the commemorative ritual Read more »

April 4, 2015

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Hamblin & Peterson: Visiting the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Amidst all the terrible news from the Middle East, something beautiful and significant: In 2007, a new masterpiece of Islamic architecture was completed in the United Arab Emirates —... Read more »

April 4, 2015

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Christians use ritual, repetition to remember miracle of Easter

Millions throughout the world find ways to help them prepare for Easter, which Christians see as commemorating Jesus' resurrection. The preparation and annual repetition help many focus their lives... Read more »

April 4, 2015

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AP PHOTOS: Christians celebrate Holy Week

Week nears an end, Christians around the world are observing Good Friday, which recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion. Read more »

April 3, 2015

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Preparation for the liberation of Passover

Jews throughout the world are celebrating Passover, an observance that reminds Jews of their need for liberation. Read more »

April 3, 2015

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Robert Schuller turned drive-in movie ministry to megachurch

The Rev. Robert H. Schuller didn't wait for the faithful to flock to his upstart church in Southern California — he took his message to them. Read more »

April 3, 2015

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Holy Thursday: Pope washes the feet of 12 inmates, 1 infant

Pope Francis has washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve others. Read more »

April 2, 2015

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The latest developments on religious objection laws

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has urged lawmakers to send a bill to his desk by the end of the week to clarify the intent of a new religious objections law that critics fear could allow discrimination... Read more »

April 1, 2015

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Passover: Welcoming gentiles for Seder a strong tradition

When it comes to Passover, Seder is hardly just for Jews at Lee Nelson's house. Read more »

March 31, 2015

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Muslim family carves chair for Pope Francis Bosnia mass

Salem Hajdarovac didn't sleep for a whole week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia. Read more »

March 30, 2015

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Photo gallery: Holi festival immerses Utahns in vivid color

Thousands of Utahns showered themselves in vivid color Sunday in celebration of the annual Festival of Colors. Participants in the popular Holi festival at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in... Read more »

March 29, 2015

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'Killing Jesus' takes up middle ground on question of Christ's divinity

Nat Geo's new TV movie, based on the best-selling book by Bill O'Reillly, is neither the best nor the worst depiction of the story of Jesus in recent years, but Christian audiences may have a hard... Read more »

March 29, 2015

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