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Church of England consecrates first female bishop

Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015

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Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party's elite donors in private phone calls and meetings,... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2015

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At BYU, Catholic archbishop seeks friends, says U.S. liberty depends on moral people

Nine months before an LDS leader joins Pope Francis as a speaker at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, the archbishop of Philadelphia spoke at LDS Church-owned BYU on Friday about... Read more »

Jan. 23, 2015

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Iraqi Torah scroll makes mysterious journey to Jerusalem

A 200-year-old Torah scroll has taken an unusual and mysterious journey from Baghdad to Jerusalem, where it was greeted with candies and song in a jubilant dedication ceremony Thursday. Read more »

Jan. 22, 2015

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Flogging of Saudi blogger delayed again on medical grounds; sentenced to 1,000 lashes

The planned flogging of a Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam has been delayed for a second straight week, a leading international rights group said Thursday, a move that comes amid mounting... Read more »

Jan. 22, 2015

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Judge: FLDS leader's brothers can avoid child labor queries

Two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm, a federal judge ruled... Read more »

Jan. 21, 2015

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Pope praises big families after 'like rabbits' remark

Pope Francis praised big families on Wednesday as a gift from God, after his comments that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" made headlines this week. Read more »

Jan. 21, 2015

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Supreme Court rules for Muslim prisoner and religious freedom

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The Supreme Court ruled unanimously for a Muslim prisoner Tuesday, deciding he has a religious-freedom right to grow a half-inch beard. Read more »

Jan. 20, 2015

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Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that the "shadow of crisis" has passed America and urged Congress to build on economic gains by raising taxes on the nation's wealthiest to pay for... Read more »

Jan. 20, 2015

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Image of Asia: Hindus pray to wash away sins in the rivers

A Hindu man prays alongside other devotees at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, on the morning of the new moon during the annual Magh Mela festival in... Read more »

Jan. 20, 2015

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Pope: Catholics don't have to breed 'like rabbits'

Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting." Read more »

Jan. 20, 2015

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Record 6 million turn out for pope's final day in Manila

A record 6 million people poured into Manila's rain-soaked streets and its biggest park Sunday as Pope Francis ended his Asian pilgrimage with an appeal for Filipinos to protect their young from... Read more »

Jan. 18, 2015

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Jerry Earl Johnston: The hidden, Christian heart of Cuba

My friend Bob and his wife, Bev, are off to Havana, Cuba, next week. So the little island has been on my mind — again. I've been fascinated with the place since first taking Spanish in junior... Read more »

Jan. 18, 2015

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Philippine crowd building for papal Mass

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos filled Manila's main park for Pope Francis' final Mass on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope for the Southeast Asian country's... Read more »

Jan. 17, 2015

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Latest Charlie Hebdo cover continues to roil Muslim world

The famed French weekly Charlie Hebdo has continued to draw a somewhat contradictory reaction across the Muslim world. Many Muslims have expressed disgust at the deadly assault on the magazine's... Read more »

Jan. 17, 2015

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Your guide to enjoying the Salt Lake Interfaith Season

"Everybody has a right to be, and if they come here they will be accepted for who they are," Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable vice chairwoman Josie Stone said on the first day of the 2015 Interfaith... Read more »

Jan. 17, 2015

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Pope braves approaching storm to comfort typhoon victims

Pope Francis braved an approaching tropical storm Saturday to travel to the far eastern Philippines to comfort survivors of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan. He was so emotionally undone by their loss... Read more »

Jan. 17, 2015

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AP NewsBreak: Bible colleges sue for right to issue degrees

Bible colleges in Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit against state education regulators, seeking the unencumbered right to award degrees to students who complete their programs. Read more »

Jan. 17, 2015

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Huge turnout as pope urges Filipinos to reject corruption

Pope Francis called Friday for authorities to reject the corruption that has plagued this Asian nation for decades and urged them to instead work to end its "scandalous" poverty as he brought his... Read more »

Jan. 16, 2015

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Pope Francis strongly defends church teaching against contraception

Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception on Friday, using a rally in Asia's largest Catholic nation to urge families to be "sanctuaries of... Read more »

Jan. 16, 2015

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Vatican: Pope's Charlie Hebdo comments do not justify attack

Pope Francis said there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith, in comments that the Vatican later said Friday did not mean justifying the attack... Read more »

Jan. 15, 2015

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Pope begins final leg of Asia trip on provocative note

Pope Francis began his visit to Asia's largest Catholic nation Thursday with a provocative statement about one of Europe's largest Catholic nations: Referring to the Paris attacks, Francis said... Read more »

Jan. 15, 2015

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In Sri Lanka, hoping for a touch from Pope Francis

They came to hear him, to see him. They came from mansions in Colombo, from concrete apartment buildings in Kandy, from little villages in the hills of Sri Lanka. And how could they not come? To... Read more »

Jan. 15, 2015

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Pope travels to war-torn north Sri Lanka, urges forgiveness

Pope Francis traveled to the jungles of war-torn northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday for a deeply symbolic show of solidarity with the victims of the country's 25-year civil war and to urge forgiveness... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2015

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Israel paper cuts German Chancellor Angela Merkel from Paris march photo for modesty

A small Jewish ultra-Orthodox newspaper in Israel is making waves internationally for removing German Chancellor Angela Merkel from a photo of this week's Paris march out of modesty. Read more »

Jan. 14, 2015

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