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Mormon neighbors help Catholic nuns with annual Carmelite Fair

People from an LDS congregation will help Catholic members set up for the annual Carmelite Fair.

End of an era: Huntsville bookshop closing, monastery not far behind

Community members rush to visit the bookshop and gift store at the Abbey of the Holy Trinity in Huntsville before it closes it's doors. With the dwindling number of monks, one Father said the... Read more »

Aug. 17, 2014

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Pope makes biggest gesture yet to China, eyes ties

Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conqueror" but is... Read more »

Aug. 17, 2014

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Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an... Read more »

Aug. 16, 2014

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Pope makes strong, silent anti-abortion statement

Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church's doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he'd rather emphasize other... Read more »

Aug. 16, 2014

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Cops: Amish girls kidnapped by more than 1 person

Residents of a peaceful rural community are reluctant to let their children play outdoors unattended and some took down their farm stands after two young Amish sisters were kidnapped from their... Read more »

Aug. 15, 2014

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Pope has tough sell on materialism in South Korea

Pope Francis called Friday during a trip to South Korea for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism. In the newly rich and hyper-competitive country, that might be a hard sell. Read more »

Aug. 15, 2014

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Pope's small car fascinates South Koreans

Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive... Read more »

Aug. 14, 2014

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Pope to Koreas: Avoid 'fruitless' shows of force

Pope Francis called Thursday for renewed efforts to forge peace on the war-divided Korean Peninsula and for both sides to avoid "fruitless" criticisms and shows of force, opening a five-day visit... Read more »

Aug. 14, 2014

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Pope kicks off Asia missionary boost in South Korea

When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance,... Read more »

Aug. 11, 2014

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Introducing the Forever Bible: A holy book that lasts (+video)

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The Forever Bible promises to remain intact, in spite of the wear and tear of everyday life. Read more »

Aug. 11, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: From Jewish peasant girl to 'Mother of God'

The rise of Christian devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most interesting subjects in the history of religion generally. Read more »

Aug. 10, 2014

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US aids displaced Iraqis as airstrikes help Kurds

KHAZER CAMP, Iraq — President Barack Obama justified the U.S. military's return to fighting in Iraq Saturday by saying America must act now to prevent genocide, protect its diplomats and... Read more »

Aug. 9, 2014

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Thousands from Iraq minority flee to Syria

Thousands of members of a religious minority group under attack by Islamic extremists have fled across the border from Iraq to seek refuge with the Kurds of northeastern Syria, said two Kurdish officials and an activist on Saturday. Read more »

Aug. 9, 2014

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US airstrikes in Iraq; humanitarian crisis worsens

The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from... Read more »

Aug. 8, 2014

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Turkish official: Women shouldn’t laugh in public

Many Turkish women were doubled over with laughter after their country’s deputy leader said women should not laugh in public and should not talk on their mobile phones so much. Read more »

Aug. 2, 2014

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Navigating interfaith marriage is a search for common ground

Interfaith marriages are becoming more common, but often couples are not prepared for the challenges of blending their belief systems. Read more »

Aug. 2, 2014

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New Harmony: In religion and art, the toads are very real

Religion, in my world, is never a premise to be believed, disproven, then discarded. Religion is what brings a tear to your eye or makes you feel as if you’ve sprouted wings. Religion is not... Read more »

Aug. 2, 2014

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Mommy, minister and unmarried: Single mothers in the pulpit

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When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birthday and the tick-tock of her biological clock was... Read more »

Aug. 1, 2014

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Ground Zero cross can stay at 9/11 museum, appeals court rules

A cross-shaped beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center can remain on display in the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero. Read more »

July 28, 2014

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Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the... Read more »

July 28, 2014

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Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan. Read more »

July 28, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Constantine's influence can scarcely be measured

The Roman emperor Constantine the Great was baptized on his deathbed. But his influence on the doctrines, art, architecture, spread and practice of Christianity has been incalculable. Read more »

July 26, 2014

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Having trouble understanding the Bible? Campaign to redesign the Good Book could help

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One man's successful Kickstarter campaign promises to turn reading the Bible into an engaging literary experience. Read more »

July 26, 2014

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Reba McEntire asks people worldwide to pray for peace

I add my voice to Reba McEntire's and say I also strongly believe in the power of prayer and the miracles it can bring. And I believe in Reba’s song, which she calls an act “of... Read more »

July 25, 2014

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After government topples crosses in China, congregations react with defiance

The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month. Read more »

July 25, 2014

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