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Republicans rallying behind religious liberty

Fighting to improve their brand, leading Republicans rallied behind religious liberty at a Friday gathering.

Jerry Earl Johnston: An earthquake at 3 a.m. is a literal wake-up call

I was in Oakland when the recent earthquake hit northern California. I awoke at 3 a.m. in an undulating bed. My first thought, in my mental fog, was “I don’t remember asking for a water bed.” Read more »

Aug. 30, 2014

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Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report

Members of Britain's Pakistani community reacted with outrage Wednesday amid reports that officials failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of... Read more »

Aug. 27, 2014

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Jewish center reopens 6 years after Mumbai attacks

Rabbis from across Asia on Tuesday celebrated the reopening of a Jewish center targeted by rampaging Pakistani gunmen who stormed through Mumbai on a 60-hour killing spree in 2008. Read more »

Aug. 26, 2014

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Amish country bristles at ‘Mafia’ TV show

For a year, Lark and Michael McCarley simmered silently over the arrival of “Amish Mafia” in their community. Read more »

Aug. 25, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Alexander the Great wasn't content to be merely human

Alexander the Great is famous for many military conquests during his brief but meteoric career. However, he also influenced the notion of the "god-king" and perhaps even the much later doctrine of the "divine right of kings." Read more »

Aug. 23, 2014

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Obama administration announces new compromise on birth control; still can't get it right, say religious groups

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Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control... Read more »

Aug. 22, 2014

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Football coaches find extra strength in Christian faith

Utah State head coach Matt Wells and other coaches discuss how honoring their Christian beliefs helps them to be better football coaches. Read more »

Aug. 22, 2014

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What pressure from the Vatican is doing to American nuns

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Facing declining numbers and challenges from the Vatican, American nuns are reassessing their work on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church. Read more »

Aug. 20, 2014

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Car crash in Argentina kills 3 relatives of pope

Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after a car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said. Read more »

Aug. 19, 2014

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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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