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American man detained in North Korea for leaving Bible in restaurant returns home

Fowle is back, but there are still reasons to question North Korea's religious freedom violations, analysts said.

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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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Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

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Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to... Read more »

Oct. 18, 2014

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Bishops revise document on gays, expect approval

Catholic bishops predicted widespread approval Saturday of a revised document laying out the church's position on gays, sex, marriage and divorce, saying the report is a "balanced" reflection of... Read more »

Oct. 18, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: The 16th century Jewish mystic who influences New Age Hollywood pop stars

Isaac Luria is one of the pivotal names in the history of Jewish thought, but he remains rather obscure. But his impact has been felt even by non-Jewish Hollywood stars and pop singers. Read more »

Oct. 18, 2014

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Vatican alters draft report translation about gays

The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays — but only if they speak English. Read more »

Oct. 16, 2014

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Bishop Wester weighs in on Catholic Church's 'change of tone'

Salt Lake's bishop warns against jumping to conclusions in the wake of discussions about the Catholic Church's ministry to divorcees, cohabitating couples and gay people. Read more »

Oct. 15, 2014

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Bishops acknowledge the reality of Catholic families

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Catholic bishops are showing unprecedented openness to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays have gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there are... Read more »

Oct. 13, 2014

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Yemen's crisis reflects arc of Arab Spring revolts

Yemen's 2011 Arab Spring revolt began with a nucleus of young men and women, a mix of socialists, secularists and moderate Islamists. In the capital's "Change Square," they launched their sit-in... Read more »

Oct. 12, 2014

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Jerry Earl Johnston: How the Nobel Prize makes us noble

Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Nobel 1970) said a country with a great writer is a country with a second government. That may sound self-serving; but it holds a morsel of truth. Read more »

Oct. 11, 2014

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ValueSpeak: Prize-winning pacifism

Has there been a friend whose thoughtfulness made your world a more peaceful place this year? Read more »

Oct. 11, 2014

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Gay rights groups hail new Catholic tone

Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward homosexuals, encouraged that Pope Francis' famous "Who am I to judge?" position has filtered down to... Read more »

Oct. 10, 2014

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T.C. Christensen releases trailer for new movie, 'Cokeville Miracle'

The movie trailer for a film depicting the true events of an elementary school bombing in 1986 has officially been released. Read more »

Oct. 9, 2014

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Salt Lake school uses holiday to teach Jewish values

Students at the McGillis School celebrated the Jewish holiday Sukkot and learned about other cultures in the process. Read more »

Oct. 9, 2014

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Snowden, pope, refugees in Nobel Peace Prize buzz

Bettors this year are putting their money on Edward Snowden, Pope Francis or a Pakistani schoolgirl as favorites to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Read more »

Oct. 9, 2014

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Top Vatican cardinal wants streamlined annulments

The Vatican's top lawyer says he favors a radical change in how the Catholic Church handles marriage annulments to speed them up and reduce costs and red tape. Read more »

Oct. 9, 2014

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Bishops emphasize being best possible Catholic

Pope Francis' emphasis on a church that is merciful rather than moralizing is having a pronounced effect inside a meeting of bishops on family life, with the bishops emphasizing that the faithful... Read more »

Oct. 8, 2014

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Pope Francis to bishops: Be creative about families' needs

Pope Francis says a creative, humble approach is needed as the Vatican tries to understand why many in the Catholic Church have gone their own way on sexual and family issues like contraception,... Read more »

Oct. 5, 2014

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Faith and modesty: Does it unify or divide us?

While some see modesty as a reflection of their relationship with God or as a way to respect themselves and those around them, others see enforcement of principles of modesty as oppressive and... Read more »

Oct. 4, 2014

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Pope Francis seeks 'sincere, open' debate on family issues

Pope Francis says he is looking for a "sincere, open and fraternal" debate about divisive family issues that opens Sunday with progressives hoping for change and conservatives intent on keeping the... Read more »

Oct. 4, 2014

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5 things to know about the Vatican's family synod

Pope Francis on Sunday opens a two-week meeting of bishops and cardinals from around the world aimed at making the church's teaching on family life — marriage, sex, contraception, divorce and... Read more »

Oct. 4, 2014

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Muslims celebrate Eid as hajj pilgrimage nears end

Muslims around the world celebrated the start of Islam's biggest holiday on Saturday as more than 2 million pilgrims took part in one of the final rites of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Read more »

Oct. 4, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Some background notes about the Islamic State

A few notes on the historical, linguistic and theological context of the Islamic State and the supposed smaller "Khorasan" group might help to make a bit more sense of current headlines. Read more »

Oct. 4, 2014

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Pope faces hopes, risks at family conference

From his stylish living room overlooking St. Peter's Square, Cardinal Walter Kasper doesn't come off as a figure at the center of one of the greatest storms swirling in Catholicism in decades. Read more »

Oct. 3, 2014

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In Saudi Arabia, Muslims pray on climax of hajj

Some 2 million Muslims from around the world gathered Friday at a desert hill near Mecca in Saudi Arabia in an act of faith and repentance during the climactic emotional and spiritual moment of the... Read more »

Oct. 3, 2014

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