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Anti-Jewish hatred highest in 7 years, while overall religious hostilities decline

There's been a dramatic rise in U.S. and European incidents of anti-Semitism, two studies reveal.

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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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Obama promotes religious tolerance in India speech

President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015

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Some Republican presidential hopefuls court evangelicals

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Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party's elite donors in private phone calls and meetings,... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015

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Church of England consecrates first female bishop

Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop. Read more »

Jan. 26, 2015

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Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party's elite donors in private phone calls and meetings,... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2015

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At BYU, Catholic archbishop seeks friends, says U.S. liberty depends on moral people

Nine months before an LDS leader joins Pope Francis as a speaker at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, the archbishop of Philadelphia spoke at LDS Church-owned BYU on Friday about... Read more »

Jan. 23, 2015

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Iraqi Torah scroll makes mysterious journey to Jerusalem

A 200-year-old Torah scroll has taken an unusual and mysterious journey from Baghdad to Jerusalem, where it was greeted with candies and song in a jubilant dedication ceremony Thursday. Read more »

Jan. 22, 2015

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Flogging of Saudi blogger delayed again on medical grounds; sentenced to 1,000 lashes

The planned flogging of a Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam has been delayed for a second straight week, a leading international rights group said Thursday, a move that comes amid mounting... Read more »

Jan. 22, 2015

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Judge: FLDS leader's brothers can avoid child labor queries

Two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm, a federal judge ruled... Read more »

Jan. 21, 2015

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Pope praises big families after 'like rabbits' remark

Pope Francis praised big families on Wednesday as a gift from God, after his comments that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" made headlines this week. Read more »

Jan. 21, 2015

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Supreme Court rules for Muslim prisoner and religious freedom

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The Supreme Court ruled unanimously for a Muslim prisoner Tuesday, deciding he has a religious-freedom right to grow a half-inch beard. Read more »

Jan. 20, 2015

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Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that the "shadow of crisis" has passed America and urged Congress to build on economic gains by raising taxes on the nation's wealthiest to pay for... Read more »

Jan. 20, 2015

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Image of Asia: Hindus pray to wash away sins in the rivers

A Hindu man prays alongside other devotees at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, on the morning of the new moon during the annual Magh Mela festival in... Read more »

Jan. 20, 2015

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Pope: Catholics don't have to breed 'like rabbits'

Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting." Read more »

Jan. 20, 2015

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Record 6 million turn out for pope's final day in Manila

A record 6 million people poured into Manila's rain-soaked streets and its biggest park Sunday as Pope Francis ended his Asian pilgrimage with an appeal for Filipinos to protect their young from... Read more »

Jan. 18, 2015

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Jerry Earl Johnston: The hidden, Christian heart of Cuba

My friend Bob and his wife, Bev, are off to Havana, Cuba, next week. So the little island has been on my mind — again. I've been fascinated with the place since first taking Spanish in junior... Read more »

Jan. 18, 2015

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Philippine crowd building for papal Mass

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos filled Manila's main park for Pope Francis' final Mass on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope for the Southeast Asian country's... Read more »

Jan. 17, 2015

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Latest Charlie Hebdo cover continues to roil Muslim world

The famed French weekly Charlie Hebdo has continued to draw a somewhat contradictory reaction across the Muslim world. Many Muslims have expressed disgust at the deadly assault on the magazine's... Read more »

Jan. 17, 2015

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Pope braves approaching storm to comfort typhoon victims

Pope Francis braved an approaching tropical storm Saturday to travel to the far eastern Philippines to comfort survivors of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan. He was so emotionally undone by their loss... Read more »

Jan. 17, 2015

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AP NewsBreak: Bible colleges sue for right to issue degrees

Bible colleges in Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit against state education regulators, seeking the unencumbered right to award degrees to students who complete their programs. Read more »

Jan. 17, 2015

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