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Why religious confession is good for the mind and soul

Faith leaders said the goal of religious confession is to affirm that the confessor is unconditionally loved.

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Christians observe Ash Wednesday, begin Lent

Christians in Utah and throughout the world began the season of Lent on Wednesday by observing Ash Wednesday. Read more »

Feb. 18, 2015

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Rabbi feels at home building bridges at Catholic high school

Even wearing his yarmulke and a visitor's badge, Rabbi Ronald Symons felt at home at the Catholic high school in Coraopolis, near Pittsburgh. And the seniors who filed into religion class were just... Read more »

Feb. 17, 2015

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Pope to new cardinals: practice compassion, be open to all

Pope Francis on Sunday exhorted 20 new cardinals to reach out to all those who have been shunned, physically or spiritually, by the church or society. Read more »

Feb. 15, 2015

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US colleges bringing in chaplains to serve the nonbelievers

When Bart Campolo broke with the church almost five years ago, he immediately began to feel something missing. Read more »

Feb. 14, 2015

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Jerry Earl Johnston: A bargain basement Book of Enoch

Some of the things people have read into the Book of Enoch are boggling. In the section of prophecies some readers see veiled references to metrosexuals, the modern country of Greece and even... Read more »

Feb. 14, 2015

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A church is taking Wal-Mart to court over gun control issue

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One New York City church wants Wal-Mart to increase its board of directors' oversight of gun sales. Read more »

Feb. 13, 2015

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Pope urges cooperation on Vatican reform from cardinals

Pope Francis urged his cardinals Thursday to cooperate in reforming the outdated and dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy, saying the overhaul will help him govern the Catholic Church better and... Read more »

Feb. 12, 2015

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Erin Stewart: How I am winning the war on time

Time can be a mother's worst enemy, but it can also be her greatest ally. We can choose how to spend what we've been given. Read more »

Feb. 10, 2015

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Whitney Award finalists for 2014 announced

Forty books by 35 Mormon novelists have been nominated as finalists in eight categories for the 2014 Whitney Awards. The awards are for novels written by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of... Read more »

Feb. 10, 2015

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Hamblin & Peterson: Historicity and the problem of 'getting at' the past

In a sense, historians don't study the past. Instead, they study whatever remains of the past that has survived into the present. That's just one of many things that make reconstructing the past a... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2015

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Acts of extremism not representative of religion, interfaith panel says

Representatives of local congregations spoke out against religious extremism and called for kindness, unity and understanding among community members during an interfaith panel Saturday. Read more »

Feb. 8, 2015

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Serra: Saint or sinner? Canonization has foes in California

California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced Christianity and established settlements as he marched north with Spanish... Read more »

Feb. 7, 2015

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Sikh langar continues tradition of sharing

The langar, or free food kitchen, continues the Sikh tradition of sharing and blessing the entire world. Read more »

Feb. 7, 2015

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Elizabeth Smart shares personal story of faith in new Faith Counts video

In a new video released by Faith Counts, an organization formed to promote the importance of faith, Elizabeth Smart shares her story of when she was abducted and how she had to fully rely on her... Read more »

Feb. 6, 2015

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House Speaker John Boehner: Pope Francis to address Congress on Sept. 24

Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of the House and Senate on Sept. 24, becoming the first pontiff to do so, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2015

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Obama condemns those who seek to 'hijack religion'

President Barack Obama condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring Thursday that "no god condones terror." Read more »

Feb. 5, 2015

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Mormons, Matthew Fox and the great buffet

I like the idea of interfaith buffets. When it comes to the teachings of other churches, playing Chuck-A-Rama makes a lot more sense to me than playing Whac-A-Mole. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2015

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Senate backs allowing religion-based hiring by contractors

Religious institutions that receive state and local government contracts would be allowed to make hiring decisions based upon religion under a bill approved Tuesday by the Indiana Senate. Read more »

Feb. 3, 2015

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Ewan McGregor portrays Christ and Satan in 'Last Days in the Desert'

"Last Days in the Desert" probably won't make your Easter movie rotation alongside "The Ten Commandments" or "The Greatest Story Ever Told," but it's a thoughtful, beautifully shot film that... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2015

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Pope approves martyrdom for slain Salvadoran Romero

Pope Francis decreed Tuesday that slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed in 1980 out of hatred for his Catholic faith, approving a martyrdom declaration that sets the stage for his... Read more »

Feb. 3, 2015

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Photos: Romanian mountain Ice Church draws all types of Christians

High on a remote mountain in Romania, priests have blessed a church made entirely from ice, outstanding both for its architectural style as well as being a place for religious tolerance. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2015

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Mojave or Sahara, Egyptian Christians love a desert

Founded in 1993, St. Antony's was the first recognized Coptic monastery outside of Egypt. The monastery was named for St. Antony the Great, a desert-dwelling saint who lived a bare-bones life. Read more »

Feb. 1, 2015

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Interfaith Roundtable chairman inspired by family to give service

The Rev. Elias Koucos, chairman of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable and priest in the Greek Orthodox Church, has been on a lifetime mission to foster acceptance of other faiths, a calling that... Read more »

Jan. 31, 2015

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Ewan McGregor pulls off a convincing Jesus in ‘Last Days in the Desert’

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Publishers discovered a long time ago that Jesus sells magazines, so it should be no surprise that one of the hottest tickets here at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was the premiere of “Last... Read more »

Jan. 30, 2015

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LDS statement could move Utah nondiscrimination, religious freedom debate forward

Now that the courts have spoken on same-sex marriage in Utah, lawmakers are poised to tackle controversial proposals on religious freedom and nondiscrimination. Statements from the LDS Church could... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2015

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