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Governor says faith motivates offer to shelter immigrant children

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick hopes to provide a temporary shelter in his state for immigrant children.

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Pope rails against corruption as Italy probes rise

Pope Francis denounced corrupt politicians, businessmen and priests for the second day in a row Tuesday, scaling up his criticisms as prosecutors crack down on a series of bribery scandals... Read more »

June 17, 2014

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Church of England publicizes official World Cup prayers

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The Church of England isn't immune to World Cup fever. Five official prayers have been released that address the competition, Brazil and England's team. Read more »

June 17, 2014

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Iraqi Christians flee homes amid militant push

Over the past decade, Iraqi Christians have fled repeatedly to this ancient mountainside village, seeking refuge from violence, then returning home when the danger eased. Now they are doing it... Read more »

June 16, 2014

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Pope laments a 'tired' Europe; decries joblessness

Pope Francis on Sunday criticized Europe for becoming what he called "tired" because of low birth rates and the increasing numbers of young people who neither work nor study. Read more »

June 15, 2014

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Pope Francis says almost all Vatican officials opposed Mideast prayer at first

Almost all Vatican officials initially opposed Pope Francis' idea of bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together for a prayer summit, he said in an interview published Friday. Read more »

June 13, 2014

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Pope to World Cup: Overcome racism, greed in sport

Pope Francis has a message for the World Cup: Let football be a showcase for teamwork and solidarity, not an exhibition of racism and greed. Read more »

June 12, 2014

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Local religious organizations help Salt Lake-bound refugees resettle

Religious organizations work with nonprofits throughout Utah to help refugees resettle. Read more »

June 10, 2014

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What the pope's 'prayer summit' could mean for theology, international politics

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Pope Francis hosted the presidents of Israel and Palestine on Sunday to pray for peace in a time when formal negotiations between the two countries have broken down. Is this the first of many such... Read more »

June 9, 2014

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New Harmony: Funeral tunes that make me cry — for the wrong reason

Now, I had to wonder, was I the wishful thinker? Had everyone else been spirited away in some kind of Secular Humanist Rapture, leaving me behind? Read more »

June 8, 2014

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Pope wades into Mideast peace with prayer summit

Pope Francis plunged head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for a remarkable evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last... Read more »

June 8, 2014

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Nun sings her way to success, wins 'The Voice of Italy'

Singing nun Cristina Scuccia won "The Voice of Italy" Thursday night with 62 percent of the votes. Scuccia was offered a record with Universal, but instead chose to go back to singing with the... Read more »

June 7, 2014

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Senate approves prayer plaque for World War II monument

The U.S. Senate by unanimous consent passed a bill to include a prayer plaque at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Read more »

June 6, 2014

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Pope seeks to rekindle dream of Mideast peace

Pope Francis is seeking to rekindle the dream of peace by bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together this weekend for a unique common prayer for peace in the Vatican gardens. Read more »

June 6, 2014

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US judge in Oklahoma grants health care injunction to nearly 200 Catholic employers

A federal judge has granted nearly 200 Catholic employers an injunction to temporarily prevent the U.S. government from forcing them to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. Read more »

June 5, 2014

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Sudanese woman appeals death sentence for allegedly converting to Christianity from Islam

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith after allegedly converting from Islam has appealed the sentence, her lawyer said. Read more »

June 5, 2014

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Pope Francis shakes up Vatican financial watchdog

Pope Francis ousted the all-Italian board of the Vatican's financial watchdog agency Thursday and installed a more international set of experts following clashes between the board and the agency's... Read more »

June 5, 2014

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Sen. Mike Lee, Dirk Kempthorne, Joel Osteen meet with Pope Francis at Vatican

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was part of a small group that met privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican today. The two conversed in Spanish, which is the pontiff's mother tongue, about the need for... Read more »

June 5, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Art and the language of the divine

To ancient and medieval religious believers worldwide, art wasn't merely a way of beautifying a place of worship. It was a language of the divine and, sometimes, a mode of revelation. Read more »

June 1, 2014

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How Denzel Washington connects faith to fame

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Denzel Washington spoke to actors about faith and what it means when you're famous. Read more »

May 30, 2014

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Atheists lose latest legal fight over ‘In God We Trust’

Atheists lost their case against the “In God We Trust” motto on the nation’s currency Wednesday, May 28. Read more »

May 29, 2014

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Join the discussion: Is there a war on religion?

People tend to exaggerate their church attendance to appear more socially desirable, a recent study by the Public Religion Research Institute suggests. Read more »

May 29, 2014

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Pope Francis to meet sex abuse victims at Vatican

Pope Francis announced Monday he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared "zero tolerance" for any member of the clergy who would violate a child. Read more »

May 27, 2014

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Conservative United Methodists say divide over sexuality is ‘irreconcilable’

A group of 80 pastors is suggesting that the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination is facing an imminent split. Read more »

May 27, 2014

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Abuse victims skeptical about meeting with pope

A Massachusetts man who took part in a private meeting six years ago between Pope Benedict XVI and victims of sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests said Tuesday that he hopes another summit planned... Read more »

May 27, 2014

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Pope wraps up delicate Mideast pilgrimage

Pope Francis wrapped up his Mideast pilgrimage Monday with a balancing act of symbolic and sometimes spontaneous gestures to press his call for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and... Read more »

May 26, 2014

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