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Faith leaders leave Vatican with hopes for start of a new marriage movement

Leaders of the Catholic, protestant, evangelical and other faiths wrapped up a three-day conference on marriage.

Pope canonizes 2 Indians, 4 Italians

Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter's Square. Read more »

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New friends plan to work together to defend marriage after Vatican conference

Leaders from multiple religions said they were energized and optimistic as they left the Vatican's interfaith marriage summit last week. They told the Deseret News about what they hope to see... Read more »

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Talking religion with Polycarp the cabbie

Poli, his wife and four children left Sinaloa to get away from the drug craziness. I figured when a family looks for refuge in a tough border town like Mexicali, it shows how bad things are getting... Read more »



Pope demands just distribution of world's bounty

Pope Francis demanded a more just distribution of the world's bounty for the poor and hungry Thursday, telling a U.N. conference on nutrition that access to food is a basic human right that... Read more »

Nov. 20, 2014


Aide: Obama open to limits in war authorization

The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State,... Read more »

Nov. 19, 2014


Palestinians kill 4 in Jerusalem synagogue attack

Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing four people in the city's bloodiest attack in years. Police killed... Read more »

Nov. 18, 2014


Brittany Maynard's mom blasts Vatican remarks about her daughter's decision to die

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Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to the Vatican's criticism of Maynard's decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own... Read more »

Nov. 18, 2014


Pope reinforces traditional family values

Pope Francis is seeking to reassure the church's right-wing base that he's not a renegade bent on changing church doctrine on family issues — weeks after a Vatican meeting of bishops... Read more »

Nov. 17, 2014


France: At least 1 Frenchman in Islamic video

A 22-year-old French convert to radical Islam appears in a propaganda video showing a beheaded American aid worker and the deaths of Syrian soldiers, a Paris prosecutor said Monday. Read more »

Nov. 17, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


'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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