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Pope Francis confirms he will visit the United States next year

Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he will make his first papal visit to the United States in September to attend an international meeting in Philadelphia on the theme of family, as part of a U.S.... Read more »

Nov. 17, 2014

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Pope announces U.S. visit, greets President Eyring at Vatican

Pope Francis opened the historic interreligious conference on marriage and family Monday morning at the Vatican, where he greeted President Henry B. Eyring of the LDS Church's First Presidency.... Read more »

Nov. 17, 2014

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Vatican brings faiths, including LDS, together in historic conference on marriage, family

Conference on complementarity of man and woman in marriage also represents historic LDS participation in a Vatican event with the pope. President Henry B. Eyring will provide a witness for marriage... Read more »

Nov. 16, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Christianity is a Middle Eastern religion

Christianity isn't a European religion that has spread from there to the Americas and Asia and, against much resistance, to the Middle East. For its first several centuries, it was overwhelmingly a... Read more »

Nov. 15, 2014

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Pope to comfort Filipino victims of deadly typhoon

Pope Francis will host a luncheon for Filipino survivors of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan during his Jan. 12-19 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, his second visit to Asia in a year that confirms... Read more »

Nov. 14, 2014

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Iraq Christians guard village taken from IS group

The flag of an Iraqi Christian minority party is hoisted high over the village of Bakufa in northern Iraq, less than a month after Islamic State militants were pushed out and the extremists' black... Read more »

Nov. 13, 2014

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Married Jesus? New book adds fuel to conspiracies

A researcher who has attracted attention and criticism with his revisionist Biblical theories says he has found new evidence that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that early Christians... Read more »

Nov. 12, 2014

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Oy vey, holidays! Does Hanukkah wannabe Christmas?

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Christmas has Elf on the Shelf. Now Hanukkah has Mensch on a Bench — not to mention Maccabee on the Mantel. Read more »

Nov. 11, 2014

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Hard-line US cardinal loses another Vatican job

American Cardinal Raymond Burke, a fervent opponent of abortion and gay marriage, was removed by Pope Francis from another top Vatican post on Saturday. Read more »

Nov. 8, 2014

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Growing old and older, like Noah

In just a few weeks, I’ll turn 66. I find that, as I age, other people struggle with me growing older as well. They’re not quite sure how “old” they should treat me. Read more »

Nov. 8, 2014

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Duce's Wild: Potatoes to feed both body and soul

The McPherson family of Stevensville, Montana, plants five acres of potatoes on their family farm to be given away to food banks, church groups and families across the state. They hope their... Read more »

Nov. 8, 2014

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Catholic Community Services honors humanitarians

Catholic Community Services of Utah hosted its 29th annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner in Salt Lake City Thursday evening, honoring Jon and Mary Kaye Huntsman, Elder L. Tom and Sister Barbara Perry,... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2014

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Heavy security at contested Jerusalem shrine

Israel's prime minister blamed "militant Islamic incitement" for growing tensions in Jerusalem, especially at a contested holy site that was ringed Friday by hundreds of Israeli riot police as... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2014

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Chicago archdiocese releases more abuse records

Months after documents showed it had concealed the sexual abuse of children by priests for decades, the Archdiocese of Chicago released files Thursday on about three dozen more abusive clergy... Read more »

Nov. 6, 2014

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Security tight as Shiites mark holy day in Iraq

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims flocked Tuesday to an Iraqi holy city for the peak of a 10-day religious ritual amid tight security over fears of sectarian attacks — the first time... Read more »

Nov. 4, 2014

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'Exodus' star Christian Bale stirs controversy with comments about Moses

The Oscar winner's characterization of Moses as "schizophrenic" and "barbaric" conjure fears of another "inaccurate" biblical epic. Read more »

Nov. 3, 2014

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Day of the Dead celebrations have many cultural, spiritual roots

The Day of the Dead, held Nov. 1 and 2, has deep cultural, historical and spiritual roots. Read more »

Nov. 1, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Who are the Kurds?

The Kurds are little known in the West, and often mistreated in the Middle East. They have a fascinating though difficult history, and they're very much in the news again. Read more »

Nov. 1, 2014

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Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero

Elton John has called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit. Read more »

Oct. 29, 2014

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Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

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More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others — gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful — were asked a... Read more »

Oct. 28, 2014

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Pope delivers mini-encyclical on poor, environment

Pope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff, mini-encyclical on the rights of the poor, the injustices of unemployment, and the need for environmental protection Tuesday, saying he's not preaching... Read more »

Oct. 28, 2014

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Pastor who performed gay marriage keeps ordination

A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. Read more »

Oct. 27, 2014

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Salt Lake Krishna temple to host Hindu festival of lights

The Salt Lake Krishna temple will celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, Saturday with dancing, chanting, food and fireworks. Read more »

Oct. 24, 2014

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Jerusalem buses over ad

Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones and slashed the tires of buses bearing ads promoting female worship at a key Jerusalem holy site, Israeli police said Tuesday. Read more »

Oct. 21, 2014

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Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which... Read more »

Oct. 19, 2014

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