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One preacher's journey to burn fat and build faith

Ron Williams grew up without a family. He found God at a point of crisis and never looked back.

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Pope to sex abuse victims: I beg your forgiveness

Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors — but another victim called the gathering nothing more... Read more »

July 7, 2014

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HBO's 'The Leftovers' centered on religious and moral themes

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In its new family drama, "The Leftovers," about life after a rapture-like event, HBO offers a look at how to do right in spite of unanswered questions. Read more »

July 7, 2014

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Bishop Wester's gifts: Marking 50 years of service and devotion

Lessons learned early at home and in San Francisco trained Utah Catholic Bishop John C. Wester for dealing with battleground issues from a place of love and compassion. Read more »

July 5, 2014

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Priest guilty of killing nun will get funeral Mass

A Roman Catholic priest convicted of stabbing and strangling a nun 34 years ago in a hospital chapel will receive a funeral Mass, a church official said Saturday. Read more »

July 5, 2014

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'Unbroken' WWII hero Zamperini was man of great faith

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"Unbroken" hero Louis Zamperini died this week at age 97. Famous for his time as a WWII prisoner of war and his track performance in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Zamperini's life story also includes... Read more »

July 3, 2014

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Hobby Lobby sets a precedent for religious liberty

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For those who imagine the June 30 Hobby Lobby case drew a line under high-profile religious liberty cases, guess again. As the fictional Margo Channing once said, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going... Read more »

July 2, 2014

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China bans Ramadan fast in Muslim northwest

Students and civil servants in China's Muslim northwest, where Beijing is enforcing a security crackdown following deadly unrest, have been ordered to avoid taking part in traditional fasting... Read more »

July 2, 2014

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Hobby Lobby ruling puts Green family in crosshairs

David Green felt like the black sheep of his family. His five other siblings had followed their preacher father into church work; David went into retail. But as his business successes mounted, he... Read more »

July 1, 2014

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The cross on Mount Soledad can stay — for now

The decades-long battle over a cross erected on public land in California will drag out even longer now that the Supreme Court declined Monday, June 30, to hear the case. Read more »

June 30, 2014

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Demographics, leadership of Catholic Church shifting away from developed world

What does Pope Francis' response to the shifting demographic of the Catholic Church mean for its future? Read more »

June 30, 2014

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Egypt moves to restrict Ramadan sermons to faith and morality

Egypt will restrict sermons during the holy month of Ramadan to topics of faith and morality, the state's top official in charge of religious affairs said Sunday, in the latest measure by the... Read more »

June 29, 2014

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Iraqi Christians return to villages

Thousands of Iraqi Christians flocked back to their homes in the north on Sunday, days after they fled villages under attack by Sunni Muslim extremists. Read more »

June 29, 2014

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From Morocco to Jakarta, Muslims mark Ramadan

Across a wide belt that stretches halfway around the globe, the world's estimated 1.6 billion Muslims will mark the beginning of Ramadan this weekend. The holy season is marred by unprecedented... Read more »

June 28, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Ramadan connects Muslims worldwide with God and each other

For Muslims, the sacred month of Ramadan, which begins this evening, is an occasion for spiritual reflection and re-centering. Read more »

June 28, 2014

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Sudanese Christian woman ordered freed again

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A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy was overturned was ordered freed again on Thursday after being detained on accusations of forging travel documents. Read more »

June 26, 2014

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Study: Interfaith civic groups bridge diversity with participatory prayers

A new study by three sociologists finds that three out of four interfaith civic coalitions turn to what the sociologists have dubbed “bridging prayer.” Read more »

June 26, 2014

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Christians embrace ‘the Daniel Plan’ to change eating habits, lose weight

Jim Black leads people on a robust walk three times a week on the grounds of the 120-acre Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., he’s got powerful company: God. Read more »

June 25, 2014

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Faith groups divest from fossil fuels, controversial companies

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The University of Dayton, Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Church (USA) are the latest faith-based groups to adjust their investments to reflect their faith. Read more »

June 24, 2014

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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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