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Who’s watching all that Christian media? Christians, but not many others

All the preaching and entertainment is primarily consumed by evangelicals and weekly churchgoers.

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In Sri Lanka, hoping for a touch from Pope Francis

They came to hear him, to see him. They came from mansions in Colombo, from concrete apartment buildings in Kandy, from little villages in the hills of Sri Lanka. And how could they not come? To... Read more »

Jan. 15, 2015

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Pope travels to war-torn north Sri Lanka, urges forgiveness

Pope Francis traveled to the jungles of war-torn northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday for a deeply symbolic show of solidarity with the victims of the country's 25-year civil war and to urge forgiveness... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2015

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Israel paper cuts German Chancellor Angela Merkel from Paris march photo for modesty

A small Jewish ultra-Orthodox newspaper in Israel is making waves internationally for removing German Chancellor Angela Merkel from a photo of this week's Paris march out of modesty. Read more »

Jan. 14, 2015

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Pope backs search for wartime truth in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis brought calls for reconciliation as well as justice in Sri Lanka on Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of... Read more »

Jan. 13, 2015

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Pope mania sweeps Philippines ahead of Pope Francis' visit

Well before Pope Francis' plane touches down in this Asian bastion of the Roman Catholic faith, Filipinos have been snapping their selfies beside his life-sized cutout image in churches and malls.... Read more »

Jan. 13, 2015

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POPE WATCH: Muslim party welcomes pope's Sri Lanka visit

Pope Francis on Tuesday began a highly anticipated six-day visit to Asia that will also take him to the Philippines. Here are some glimpses of his trip as it unfolds: Read more »

Jan. 13, 2015

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Pope brings message of religious, ethnic dialogue to Asia

Pope Francis is bringing a message of interreligious and interethnic harmony to a Sri Lanka still recovering from the wounds of a brutal, quarter-century civil war and on the heels of new... Read more »

Jan. 12, 2015

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Pope: Fundamentalist terrorism result of 'deviant religion'

Pope Francis on Monday denounced the religious fundamentalism that inspired the Paris massacres and ongoing Mideast conflicts, saying the attackers were enslaved by "deviant forms of religion" that... Read more »

Jan. 12, 2015

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Violence fuels debate among Muslims over interpreting faith

After gunmen in Paris killed 12 people, Saudi Arabia's top body of Muslim clerics quickly condemned the attack and said it could have no acceptable justification. It was a signal from some of the... Read more »

Jan. 10, 2015

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Islamic leader urges Muslims to visit Jerusalem holy site

The head of the world's largest Islamic organization on Monday paid a rare visit to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, urging Muslims to follow suit and come to the city in a bid to strengthen Palestinian... Read more »

Jan. 5, 2015

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Myanmar Catholics pleased to welcome first local cardinal

Church colleagues on Monday proudly welcomed home Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, a day after his appointment by Pope Francis as Myanmar's first Roman Catholic cardinal. Read more »

Jan. 5, 2015

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Pope picks 15 new cardinals to reflect diversity

Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations, including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar, to reflect the diversity of... Read more »

Jan. 4, 2015

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Jews look for ways to keep their heritage alive

Adherents of the world's oldest monotheistic religion discuss the future of Judaism. Read more »

Jan. 3, 2015

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10 telling numbers about faith in America

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Scores of studies and surveys in 2014 revealed myriad, quirky ways we live out our faith and values. But the most intriguing findings were not always the headliners. Here are 10 telling numbers... Read more »

Dec. 30, 2014

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Citing historical inaccuracy, Egypt bans 'Exodus' film

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Egypt has banned "Exodus: Gods and Kings" because government officials felt it interpreted historical events through an incorrect and unfair lens. Read more »

Dec. 30, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Getting ready to study the New Testament

The New Testament is the central text of Christianity. It's also been one of the central texts of western and world civilization for nearly 20 centuries. Every educated person should be familiar... Read more »

Dec. 26, 2014

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Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from... Read more »

Dec. 25, 2014

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Cuba's relations with Catholic Church hit high point

Golden rays of tropical sunlight slant through the caved-in roof of Saint Thomas de Villanueva chapel. Vandals shattered the stained-glass windows and scrawled their names on the thick walls during... Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants. Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Filipino Catholics share Nativity tradition with Simbang Gabi

Filipino Catholics shared Nativity traditions at different churches in the state with the nine-day Advent novena Simbang Gabi. Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Planning for first U.S. visit of Pope Francis already underway

Pope Francis' scheduled trip to Philadelphia is still nine months away, but planning for his first U.S. visit began months ago. Preparing for the event, predicted to draw more than 1 million people... Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Local faith leaders share inspiring Christmas messages

Local faith leaders have offered their thoughts on the meaning of Christmas. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Women excised from public life, abused by IS

The gunmen came to the all-girls' elementary school in the Iraqi city of Fallujah at midday with a special delivery: piles of long black robes with gloves and face veils, now required dress code... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia." Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014

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Church members each get $500 to do good for world

On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014

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