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Americans say religionís influence is declining, and they aren't happy about it

Nearly three-quarters of Americans regret the decline of religion's influence in American life.

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#MeetMyGrandma: Mormons aim to capture the best stories from grandmas

The Mormon church's family history research center is launching a social media campaign encouraging youngsters around the world to share their best stories about their grandmothers. Read more »

Sept. 21, 2014

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Pope Francis denounces perversion of religion for violence

Pope Francis denounced how extremists around the world are "perverting" religion to justify violence as he arrived Sunday in Albania, a Balkan nation where Christians and Muslims endured brutal... Read more »

Sept. 21, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Biblical names for Lord have a strange history

Ancient readers and translators of the Bible, in their attempts to be reverent toward the Supreme Being, also created ambiguities and theological problems. Read more »

Sept. 20, 2014

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Pope chooses a moderate for Chicago archbishop

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars, as the next archbishop of Chicago, signaling a shift in tone in one of the most... Read more »

Sept. 20, 2014

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Dalai Lama praises China's leader as 'realistic'

The Dalai Lama praised Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday for being "more realistic" and principled than his predecessors, a day after Xi's three-day visit to India ended. Read more »

Sept. 20, 2014

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Pope Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties

The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that... Read more »

Sept. 20, 2014

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Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City honors legal and health professionals

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City is keeping with its tradition of honoring legal and health professionals with separate masses. Read more »

Sept. 20, 2014

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Mormon neighbors help Catholic nuns with annual Carmelite Fair

People from an LDS congregation will help Catholic members set up for the annual Carmelite Fair, held at the Carmelite Monastery in Holladay. Read more »

Sept. 16, 2014

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40 'I'do's' at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couples

Forty "I do's" — or "Si" in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. Read more »

Sept. 14, 2014

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New Utah rabbi hopes to 'perfect the world' through Judaism

Rabbi David Levinsky will take over as rabbi for the Temple Har Shalom in July 2015. One of his goals is to use Judaism to "perfect the world." Read more »

Sept. 14, 2014

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Pope urges world to shed apathy toward what he characterizes as third world war

Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed... Read more »

Sept. 13, 2014

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Book review: ‘Girls Who Choose God’ is an inspirational beauty

Familiar Bible stories are eloquently brought to life with the help of gorgeous, full-color illustrations. Read more »

Sept. 13, 2014

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Service a way for interfaith group to spread peace

The Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable met recently for one of its regular service opportunities. The group sees service as a way to spread a message of peace. Read more »

Sept. 12, 2014

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Pope Francis to marry couples with kids, cohabitating

Pope Francis is making good on his insistence that the Catholic Church welcome all faithful — not just those who obey church teaching perfectly. He'll marry 20 couples this weekend, including... Read more »

Sept. 12, 2014

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Pope Francis may declare Sri Lanka's 1st saint

Pope Francis may make a 17th century priest Sri Lanka's first Roman Catholic saint during his trip next year, making good on his promise to give Asia more saints as models for the faithful, Sri... Read more »

Sept. 12, 2014

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Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

The president of the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines proposed Wednesday to give Muslims in the south the ability to run their own government under their own flag, part of a peace plan aimed at... Read more »

Sept. 10, 2014

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Parliament of World's Religions to meet in Salt Lake City in 2015

The Parliament of the World's Religions will meet for its summit in Salt Lake City in October 2015. This will be the first time in 22 years that the summit has been held in the United States. Read more »

Sept. 9, 2014

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Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada gay marriage laws in court

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For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political... Read more »

Sept. 8, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Is Islam a primary cause of international violence?

A fascinating 2010 book focused on Islam argues that religious conflict, rather than being a principal cause of violence, is most often just a way in which other underlying and quite secular... Read more »

Sept. 6, 2014

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Religious knowledge vital in 'furiously religious' world, experts say

Religious knowledge is important to understanding the world around us, according to experts on religion and culture. Here's how some are working to further this understanding. Read more »

Sept. 6, 2014

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Jerry Earl Johnston: An earthquake at 3 a.m. is a literal wake-up call

I was in Oakland when the recent earthquake hit northern California. I awoke at 3 a.m. in an undulating bed. My first thought, in my mental fog, was “I don’t remember asking for a water bed.” Read more »

Aug. 30, 2014

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Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report

Members of Britain's Pakistani community reacted with outrage Wednesday amid reports that officials failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of... Read more »

Aug. 27, 2014

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Jewish center reopens 6 years after Mumbai attacks

Rabbis from across Asia on Tuesday celebrated the reopening of a Jewish center targeted by rampaging Pakistani gunmen who stormed through Mumbai on a 60-hour killing spree in 2008. Read more »

Aug. 26, 2014

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Amish country bristles at ‘Mafia’ TV show

For a year, Lark and Michael McCarley simmered silently over the arrival of “Amish Mafia” in their community. Read more »

Aug. 25, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Alexander the Great wasn't content to be merely human

Alexander the Great is famous for many military conquests during his brief but meteoric career. However, he also influenced the notion of the "god-king" and perhaps even the much later doctrine of the "divine right of kings." Read more »

Aug. 23, 2014

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