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'Unbroken' faith: The religious journey of Olympian, war hero Louis Zamperini

The unforgettable story of Olympian and American war hero Louis Zamperini will be told on the big screen.

Duce's Wild: Potatoes to feed both body and soul

The McPherson family of Stevensville, Montana, plants five acres of potatoes on their family farm to be given away to food banks, church groups and families across the state. They hope their... Read more »

Nov. 8, 2014

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Catholic Community Services honors humanitarians

Catholic Community Services of Utah hosted its 29th annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner in Salt Lake City Thursday evening, honoring Jon and Mary Kaye Huntsman, Elder L. Tom and Sister Barbara Perry,... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2014


Heavy security at contested Jerusalem shrine

Israel's prime minister blamed "militant Islamic incitement" for growing tensions in Jerusalem, especially at a contested holy site that was ringed Friday by hundreds of Israeli riot police as... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2014


Chicago archdiocese releases more abuse records

Months after documents showed it had concealed the sexual abuse of children by priests for decades, the Archdiocese of Chicago released files Thursday on about three dozen more abusive clergy... Read more »

Nov. 6, 2014

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Security tight as Shiites mark holy day in Iraq

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims flocked Tuesday to an Iraqi holy city for the peak of a 10-day religious ritual amid tight security over fears of sectarian attacks — the first time... Read more »

Nov. 4, 2014


'Exodus' star Christian Bale stirs controversy with comments about Moses

The Oscar winner's characterization of Moses as "schizophrenic" and "barbaric" conjure fears of another "inaccurate" biblical epic. Read more »

Nov. 3, 2014


Day of the Dead celebrations have many cultural, spiritual roots

The Day of the Dead, held Nov. 1 and 2, has deep cultural, historical and spiritual roots. Read more »

Nov. 1, 2014


Hamblin & Peterson: Who are the Kurds?

The Kurds are little known in the West, and often mistreated in the Middle East. They have a fascinating though difficult history, and they're very much in the news again. Read more »

Nov. 1, 2014

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Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero

Elton John has called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit. Read more »

Oct. 29, 2014


Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

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More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others — gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful — were asked a... Read more »

Oct. 28, 2014


Pope delivers mini-encyclical on poor, environment

Pope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff, mini-encyclical on the rights of the poor, the injustices of unemployment, and the need for environmental protection Tuesday, saying he's not preaching... Read more »

Oct. 28, 2014

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Pastor who performed gay marriage keeps ordination

A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. Read more »

Oct. 27, 2014


Salt Lake Krishna temple to host Hindu festival of lights

The Salt Lake Krishna temple will celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, Saturday with dancing, chanting, food and fireworks. Read more »

Oct. 24, 2014


Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Jerusalem buses over ad

Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones and slashed the tires of buses bearing ads promoting female worship at a key Jerusalem holy site, Israeli police said Tuesday. Read more »

Oct. 21, 2014


Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which... Read more »

Oct. 19, 2014


Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

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Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to... Read more »

Oct. 18, 2014


Bishops revise document on gays, expect approval

Catholic bishops predicted widespread approval Saturday of a revised document laying out the church's position on gays, sex, marriage and divorce, saying the report is a "balanced" reflection of... Read more »

Oct. 18, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: The 16th century Jewish mystic who influences New Age Hollywood pop stars

Isaac Luria is one of the pivotal names in the history of Jewish thought, but he remains rather obscure. But his impact has been felt even by non-Jewish Hollywood stars and pop singers. Read more »

Oct. 18, 2014


Vatican alters draft report translation about gays

The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays — but only if they speak English. Read more »

Oct. 16, 2014


Bishop Wester weighs in on Catholic Church's 'change of tone'

Salt Lake's bishop warns against jumping to conclusions in the wake of discussions about the Catholic Church's ministry to divorcees, cohabitating couples and gay people. Read more »

Oct. 15, 2014


Bishops acknowledge the reality of Catholic families

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Catholic bishops are showing unprecedented openness to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays have gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there are... Read more »

Oct. 13, 2014


Yemen's crisis reflects arc of Arab Spring revolts

Yemen's 2011 Arab Spring revolt began with a nucleus of young men and women, a mix of socialists, secularists and moderate Islamists. In the capital's "Change Square," they launched their sit-in... Read more »

Oct. 12, 2014


Jerry Earl Johnston: How the Nobel Prize makes us noble

Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Nobel 1970) said a country with a great writer is a country with a second government. That may sound self-serving; but it holds a morsel of truth. Read more »

Oct. 11, 2014

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ValueSpeak: Prize-winning pacifism

Has there been a friend whose thoughtfulness made your world a more peaceful place this year? Read more »

Oct. 11, 2014


Gay rights groups hail new Catholic tone

Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward homosexuals, encouraged that Pope Francis' famous "Who am I to judge?" position has filtered down to... Read more »

Oct. 10, 2014


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