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Legendary coach Pat Summitt felt called by God to do good work

Pat Summitt, who coached at the University of Tennessee for 38 seasons, was diagnosed with dementia in 2011.

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Pope's message of peace resonates with Syrian Armenians

For most in Armenia, the visit by Pope Francis will be best remembered for his willingness to declare the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians "genocide" and for his message of peace and... Read more »

June 27, 2016

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Pope visits Armenia's closed border with Turkey on last day

Pope Francis is wrapping up his trip to Armenia with a Sunday liturgy in the Apostolic cathedral celebrated by his Orthodox hosts and a visit to Armenia's closed border with Turkey amid new... Read more »

June 25, 2016

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Pope prays at Armenia memorial after denouncing 'genocide'

Pope Francis heads to Armenia's genocide memorial for a prayer service, fresh from his ad-libbed declaration that the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenians a century ago was a planned "genocide." Read more »

June 24, 2016

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Evangelicals and refugees: Care first, conversion maybe later

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This is the first in a three-part series that looks at evangelical Christians’ complex views of the global migrant crisis as well as how refugees are reacting to evangelical outreach. Read more »

June 24, 2016

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Arthur Keefer: Faith matters as UK votes on whether to remain in EU

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For the last month, fliers about the United Kingdom’s referendum on the European Union have come through my door with statements like: “The EU costs us at least £350 million a... Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Survey: White evangelicals say US no longer a Christian nation

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The United States is not a Christian country anymore.That’s according to 59 percent of white evangelical Protestants recently surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership... Read more »

June 23, 2016

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1st edition Book of Mormon sells for $52,500 at NYC auction

A first edition of The Book of Mormon printed in the upstate New York town linked to Joseph Smith's establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has sold at auction for more... Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Defending the Faith: The challenge posed by Jesus

C.S. Lewis saw the Gospels as presenting us with a stark choice regarding Jesus: lunatic, liar or Lord. But are the four New Testament Gospels sober enough accounts to justify his claim? Read more »

June 23, 2016

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Man creates violence, responsible for ending it, Dalai Lama tells U. crowd

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet told a sold-out crowd Tuesday at the University of Utah's Huntsman Center that he is skeptical that peace can be achieved through prayer. Read more »

June 21, 2016

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Police interviewing some of the 12 girls found in man's home

When police showed up at Lee Kaplan's home in the Philadelphia suburbs last week, they found a dozen girls living there, the eldest of whom was an 18-year-old who authorities say had been "gifted"... Read more »

June 20, 2016

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Pope Francis to Catholics: ‘Who are you to judge others?’

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Stop being judgmental hypocrites and take a look at yourself in the mirror — without covering up your wrinkles — Pope Francis advised Catholics in a sermon that reprised one of his... Read more »

June 20, 2016

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Utah welcomes His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

Some 300 people, many of them members of Utah's Tibetan community, welcomed His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet on Monday afternoon waiting outside the Grand America Hotel in near-100 degree... Read more »

June 20, 2016

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World Orthodox leaders meet despite Russia's absence

The leaders of the world's Orthodox Christian churches have gathered on the Greek island of Crete for a landmark meeting, despite a boycott by the Russian church — the most populous in a... Read more »

June 19, 2016

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During Ramadan, Sandy family hopes to create world peace through connections

On Friday evening, about 60 people gathered together for an traditional Muslim meal. The host family hopes that through events like this, people will learn to understand each other better. Read more »

June 18, 2016

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Egyptian court sentences 2 Al-Jazeera employees to death

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network... Read more »

June 18, 2016

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Coming face to face with a saint

When Pope Francis canonized California’s Junipero Serra last year, making him an official Catholic saint, the pope called the man “one of the Founding Fathers of the United... Read more »

June 17, 2016

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CIA director: US hasn't been able to curb IS global reach

The U.S. battle against the Islamic State has not yet curbed the group's global reach and as pressure mounts on the extremists in Iraq and Syria, they are expected to plot more attacks on the West... Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Hamblin & Peterson: Similarities in Hebrew and Hindu 'high places'

Hindu practices, if examined with care, can shed interesting light on long-dead practices described in the Hebrew Bible. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Area churches prepare for season of vacation Bible school

It's part fun and games and part instruction, but the underlying goal of vacation Bible schools in Utah, is sharing the story of Jesus. This summer's offerings range the gamut of waterslides,... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Conservative Christian women confront their doubts on Trump

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The prospect of choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for president is driving Veronica Mahaffy straight to prayer. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Bulgarian church says it won't attend Orthodox synod

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church on Friday pulled out of a meeting due later this month that is meant to bring together leaders of all the world's Orthodox churches for the first time in more than a... Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Ali remembered in prayer as an icon who pushed for unity

Thousands of fans, dignitaries and faithful from across the globe filled a Kentucky arena Thursday to honor Muhammad Ali at a traditional Muslim prayer service where he was remembered as a global... Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Guam Catholics devastated by accusations, but resilient in their faith

Members of the Catholic church in Guam are reacting with devastation to the accusations that Archbishop Anthony Apuron sexually abused young boys decades ago, but they're saying they're still... Read more »

June 9, 2016

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The promise of social media for religious communities

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Social media sites are a challenging new frontier for faith communities. It's hard to become as popular as Pope Francis. Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: Leadership at its best

Many of the best leaders are homegrown, and their greatest influence may be on those at the dinner table or down the street. Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Feeling a kinship with the Bible's 'bad dads'

On and on the Bible goes, offering story after story about fathers with shortcomings and failings. It’s comforting, really. Read more »

June 3, 2016

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The Dalai Lama thinks Europeans can do something better than offer refugees a new life

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The Buddhist leader said Tuesday that there are too many refugees in Europe and urged leaders to focus on solving the crises in their homelands. Read more »

June 3, 2016

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US Jewish groups warn of ‘rupture’ if Western Wall deal collapses

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American and Israeli Jewish leaders said they are frustrated the Israeli government appears to be backtracking from its groundbreaking commitment to create a government-funded egalitarian prayer... Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Is David French the social conservative savior of 2016?

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National Review columnist David French is being pushed for a third-party run by #NeverTrump conservatives. Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Jimmy Carter pushes for interracial Baptist cooperation

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Pastors Frederick Haynes and George Mason both lead Baptist churches in Dallas, but they had never met until the not-guilty verdict in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin brought them together... Read more »

June 2, 2016

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Polygamous towns oppose bid to disband police department

Two polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah line are vigorously opposing a bid to disband their shared police department as a way to remedy religious-based discrimination against nonbelievers, saying... Read more »

June 1, 2016

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Judge sentences Catholic to Baptist church pews

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Judge William Mallory enjoys handing out creative sentences from his bench over at the Hamilton County Courthouse. Read more »

May 31, 2016

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Pope Francis chats with social media stars

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Pope Francis is already a celebrity and an Internet sensation in his own right, so it was perhaps no surprise that he had words of wisdom for some of YouTube’s top stars in a meeting over the... Read more »

May 31, 2016

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Parishioners hold last service at church after 11-year vigil

For more than 11 years, a core group of about 100 die-hard parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church kept their beloved parish open by maintaining an around-the-clock vigil in a peaceful... Read more »

May 29, 2016

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Why don't more Americans ask faith leaders for advice?

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U.S. adults are more likely to turn to family, professionals, prayer and their own research than religious leaders when they need help making a major decision. Read more »

May 28, 2016

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Hamblin & Peterson: When will love be free of loss and lamentation?

A prominent Christian philosopher's most heartfelt book emerged from an experience that he never sought and would dearly love to have never had. Read more »

May 28, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: A silent hymn to the fallen

At the historic West Point Cemetery at the United States Military Academy, we remember and reflect upon the service and sacrifice of those who have served our nation since its founding. Read more »

May 28, 2016

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In a first, Trump PAC reaches out to Amish

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Will the bearded, the bonneted, the barn-building Amish vote for the clean-shaven, combed-over, casino-building Donald Trump? Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Indian synagogue held first Sabbath service in decades

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A nearly 900-year-old synagogue recently held its first Sabbath service in decades in one of the diaspora’s farthest-flung places: the coastal Indian city of Cochin. Read more »

May 25, 2016

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Donald Trump moves to win over wavering evangelical Christians

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Donald Trump is moving quickly to rally the evangelical base of the Republican Party as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee pivots toward a general election contest where the conservative... Read more »

May 25, 2016

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Pope embraces Al-Azhar imam in sign of renewed relations

Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning, in a sign that a five-year suspension of important Catholic-Muslim ties was over. Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: Of happiness and complaints

Yes, life can be a challenge at times, but there are better ways to face life’s challenges than complaining about them. Read more »

May 22, 2016

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Jerry Earl Johnston: A church focused on spiritual signs and wonders

Bethel Church is all about spiritual signs and wonders. It is, to me, in a way, part of the “new spirituality” being practiced by young people these days. It is religion without... Read more »

May 21, 2016

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Religious freedom is good for business, Elder Christofferson says, so all have a stake in it

Research shows freedom of religion or belief contributes to better economic and business outcomes, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said Friday at the... Read more »

May 20, 2016

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Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights

ing to avoid a split over gay rights, the top policy-making body of the United Methodist Church on Wednesday narrowly approved a full review of all church law on sexuality, amid an emotional... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Top nun pushes for greater role for Catholic women

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Catholic sisters globally would be better-equipped to carry out their work if they could become deacons, the head of a global network of nuns has said, an important marker in the sharp debate over... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Methodists vote to cut ties with group some consider anti-Israel

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United Methodists, voting at their General Conference, have called on their church’s mission agency to withdraw from a group founded to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Chicago shocker: Catholic archdiocese to offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave

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The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced that it will begin offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its employees, a policy that is almost unheard of in Catholic dioceses and one that reflects... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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United Methodist leadership recommends deferral of LGBT decisions

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In an effort to stave off a schism in one of the nation’s largest Protestant denominations, United Methodist Church leaders are recommending a deferral of decisions on whether to accept LGBT... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Pope Francis on ISIS, the Gospel, sex abuse, money and much more

What do the tango, Islam and conscientious objection have in common? They are just three of the references that Pope Francis made in his latest blockbuster interview. Read more »

May 17, 2016

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