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The ‘Splainer: How do Jewish conversions work?

Jewish conversion seems to be all over the media lately. What does converting to Judaism actually entail?

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Pope urges Latin Americans to unify, spread the faith

Pope Francis urged a crowd of more than 1 million people Tuesday to channel the same urgency that brought Latin America its independence from Spain into spreading the faith on a continent where... Read more »

July 7, 2015

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Pope puts family first at outdoor Mass in steamy Guayaquil

Pope Francis received a hero's welcome in Ecuador's biggest city Monday as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour, telling hundreds of thousands of faithful their families... Read more »

July 6, 2015

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Hundreds of thousands gather for pope Mass in South America

Hundreds of thousands of people filled a park in Ecuador's main port city Monday for Pope Francis' first big event of his three-nation South American tour, hoping for a glimpse of Latin America's... Read more »

July 6, 2015

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Pope Francis back on home turf for visit to 3 poor nations

Latin America's first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America on Sunday for the first time, beginning a nine-day tour that will take him to three of the continent's poorest countries. Read more »

July 5, 2015

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Benedict XVI is honored for keen devotion to church music

Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an "encounter with the divine," saying listening to Mozart helps him experience "very deeply the Lord's... Read more »

July 4, 2015

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Ten Commandments decision prompts conservative outcry

The Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to order a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds has so angered conservatives in the Legislature that some Republicans are calling... Read more »

July 4, 2015

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President Boyd K. Packer, champion of families, master teacher, resolute defender of LDS doctrine, dies at 90

President Boyd K. Packer, 90, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 45 years died Friday. His passing represents the... Read more »

July 3, 2015

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Pope brings 'church for the poor' to South America's poorest

Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his... Read more »

July 2, 2015

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Worshippers attend Utah Showcase at Salt Lake Tabernacle for Episcopal Conference

Worshippers gathered at the Salt Lake Tabernacle for the Utah Showcase on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, as part of the Episcopal Church’s 78th Conference. The showcase presented cultural... Read more »

July 1, 2015

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As SC fire investigated, stats show church fires not unusual

The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing... Read more »

July 1, 2015

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All faiths invited to join prayer for Nepal at Tibetan temple

People of all faiths are invited to join in a three-day, nonstop prayer for Nepal at the traditional Tibetan Buddhist temple at 740 S. 300 West. Read more »

July 1, 2015

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Pope to visit poor in Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay

Pigs rummage through garbage searching for leftovers. The people live in shacks made of plywood and corrugated metal. Any semblance of stability in the sprawling slum of 15,000 families is upended... Read more »

June 30, 2015

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Episcopal bishops seek end to 'unholy trinity' of racism, poverty and gun violence

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A prayerful procession led by some 60 Episcopal bishops traveled through downtown Salt Lake City Sunday morning calling for an end to the 'unholy trinity' of poverty, racism and gun violence. Read more »

June 28, 2015

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Episcopal Church elects first black presiding bishop

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The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, was elected the Episcopal Church's 27th presiding bishop and primate Saturday afternoon during the church's 78th convention in... Read more »

June 27, 2015

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Hamblin & Peterson: Who and what are the Yezidis?

The religious landscape of the Middle East is much more complex than many outsiders realize. Along with Judaism, Christianity and, in most areas, overwhelmingly dominant Islam, there are numerous... Read more »

June 26, 2015

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Lawmakers move from Confederate flag debate to grieving

Having agreed to consider removing the Confederate flag from South Carolina's Statehouse, lawmakers are now saying goodbye to a beloved black colleague whose slaying in a mass church shooting has... Read more »

June 24, 2015

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'God calling on us to dismantle systems of racism and privilege,' Episcopal leader says

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As the Episcopal Church launches its 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City, leaders are focused on taking better care of the planet, standing against racism, and crafting new church policy and... Read more »

June 23, 2015

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'Vicar of Baghdad' recounts Christian persecution at hands of ISIS

As one of the foremost Christian leaders in Iraq for nearly two decades, Reverend Canon Andrew White is all too familiar with the wave of crises that has hit the country. Read more »

June 22, 2015

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Pope: Forgive Catholic persecution of evangelical Christians

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Pope Francis asked forgiveness Monday for the Catholic Church's persecution of members of a small evangelical church in Italy whose leader was excommunicated and followers branded as heretics... Read more »

June 22, 2015

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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

Across the Middle East last week, Muslims marked the start of Ramadan, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Read more »

June 22, 2015

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Jerry Earl Johnston: In the modern world, there's scant room for magic

I’m not sure when people started talking about “magical thinking.” When I was in college, I don’t remember the term coming up. Now it’s everywhere. Read more »

June 20, 2015

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Charleston church victims' families forgive suspect in court

They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK." Read more »

June 19, 2015

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Ogden churches stand as one in aftermath of Charleston tragedy

Ogden churches came together at noon Friday at Embry Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church to pray and remember the nine people shot and killed during a prayer meeting Wednesday at a historic... Read more »

June 19, 2015

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During Ramadan, keeping an eye out for fraudulent halal meat

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For millions of Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan marks a time for ritual fasting during the day and, often, a large meal with friends and family after sundown. For those buying and selling... Read more »

June 19, 2015

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In our opinion: Charleston church murders put racial hatred, attacks on worship in spotlight

The deadly attack Wednesday night at a house of worship in Charleston, South Carolina, was an assault on all Americans as well as on a bedrock principle of American liberty — the right to... Read more »

June 18, 2015

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