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Settlement to athiest lawsuit: IRS agrees to probe churches preaching politics

A recent IRS settlement with an atheist group has the tax agency investigating religious groups.

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Freed Christian woman, family detained while trying to leave Sudan

A Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan and later freed has been detained at an airport while trying to leave the country Tuesday, her lawyer said. Read more »

June 24, 2014

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Pastor defrocked over gay wedding is reinstated

A Pennsylvania pastor who broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and then became an outspoken activist for gay rights can return to the pulpit after a United... Read more »

June 24, 2014

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Kerry hands dire warning to Iraqis over future

Warning of the "existential threat" posed by Sunni militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the U.S. is prepared to take military action even if Baghdad delays political reforms, noting... Read more »

June 23, 2014

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Malaysia's top court: 'Allah' for Muslims only

Malaysia's top court on Monday upheld a government ban forbidding non-Muslims from using "Allah" to refer to God, rejecting an appeal by the Roman Catholic Church that argued that the law failed to... Read more »

June 23, 2014

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Sudan to release woman sentenced to death for apostasy

A Sudanese woman on death row for apostasy had her sentence canceled and was ordered released by a Khartoum court on Monday, the country's official news agency reported. Read more »

June 23, 2014

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul defends 'unborn' in courting evangelicals

Describing a nation "in a full-blown spiritual crisis," Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Friday vowed to fight against abortion for the rest of his political career, joining a parade of ambitious... Read more »

June 20, 2014

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Pope's view on legalizing drugs: Just say no

Pope Francis condemned the legalization of recreational drugs as a flawed and failed experiment as he lent his voice Friday to a debate that is raging from the United States to Uruguay. Read more »

June 20, 2014

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Panel considers whether to reinstate defrocked minister who officiated at son’s gay wedding

A Methodist church panel on Friday weighed whether to reinstate Frank Schaefer, the Pennsylvania pastor defrocked after he officiated at his gay son’s wedding, with some members making clear... Read more »

June 20, 2014

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Online Jewish magazine highlights Mormon bishop's interfaith efforts

Mark Parades has an unusual religious resume. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since age 11, Paredes has also dedicated decades of his life to Judaism. Read more »

June 19, 2014

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French Jews leave for Israel in increasing numbers

Increasing numbers of French Jews are leaving for Israel, citing dim economic prospects and a sense of being caught between an increasingly influential far right and militant Islam. More than 5,000... Read more »

June 19, 2014

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Presbyterian assembly taking steps toward recognizing gay marriage

The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has taken major steps toward recognizing gay marriage. Read more »

June 19, 2014

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Supreme Court won’t wade into fight over graduations in churches

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, June 16, let stand a lower court ruling that a Wisconsin high school acted unconstitutionally when it held its graduation ceremonies in a local megachurch. Read more »

June 17, 2014

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Pope rails against corruption as Italy probes rise

Pope Francis denounced corrupt politicians, businessmen and priests for the second day in a row Tuesday, scaling up his criticisms as prosecutors crack down on a series of bribery scandals... Read more »

June 17, 2014

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Church of England publicizes official World Cup prayers

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The Church of England isn't immune to World Cup fever. Five official prayers have been released that address the competition, Brazil and England's team. Read more »

June 17, 2014

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Iraqi Christians flee homes amid militant push

Over the past decade, Iraqi Christians have fled repeatedly to this ancient mountainside village, seeking refuge from violence, then returning home when the danger eased. Now they are doing it... Read more »

June 16, 2014

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Pope laments a 'tired' Europe; decries joblessness

Pope Francis on Sunday criticized Europe for becoming what he called "tired" because of low birth rates and the increasing numbers of young people who neither work nor study. Read more »

June 15, 2014

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Pope Francis says almost all Vatican officials opposed Mideast prayer at first

Almost all Vatican officials initially opposed Pope Francis' idea of bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together for a prayer summit, he said in an interview published Friday. Read more »

June 13, 2014

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Pope to World Cup: Overcome racism, greed in sport

Pope Francis has a message for the World Cup: Let football be a showcase for teamwork and solidarity, not an exhibition of racism and greed. Read more »

June 12, 2014

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Local religious organizations help Salt Lake-bound refugees resettle

Religious organizations work with nonprofits throughout Utah to help refugees resettle. Read more »

June 10, 2014

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What the pope's 'prayer summit' could mean for theology, international politics

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Pope Francis hosted the presidents of Israel and Palestine on Sunday to pray for peace in a time when formal negotiations between the two countries have broken down. Is this the first of many such... Read more »

June 9, 2014

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New Harmony: Funeral tunes that make me cry — for the wrong reason

Now, I had to wonder, was I the wishful thinker? Had everyone else been spirited away in some kind of Secular Humanist Rapture, leaving me behind? Read more »

June 8, 2014

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Pope wades into Mideast peace with prayer summit

Pope Francis plunged head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for a remarkable evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last... Read more »

June 8, 2014

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Nun sings her way to success, wins 'The Voice of Italy'

Singing nun Cristina Scuccia won "The Voice of Italy" Thursday night with 62 percent of the votes. Scuccia was offered a record with Universal, but instead chose to go back to singing with the... Read more »

June 7, 2014

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Senate approves prayer plaque for World War II monument

The U.S. Senate by unanimous consent passed a bill to include a prayer plaque at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Read more »

June 6, 2014

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Pope seeks to rekindle dream of Mideast peace

Pope Francis is seeking to rekindle the dream of peace by bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together this weekend for a unique common prayer for peace in the Vatican gardens. Read more »

June 6, 2014

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