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Jerry Earl Johnston: Mary was a model for us all

We know very little about Mary, but she is easy to emulate. That’s because God simply asked her to live a good, ordinary life. She was asked to be a dutiful spouse, a caring mother and a... Read more »

Dec. 20, 2014

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Local Jewish leaders share thoughts on Hanukkah

Local Jewish leaders share their thoughts about Hanukkah. The holiday runs from Dec. 17 through Dec. 24. Read more »

Dec. 19, 2014

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Idaho's new Catholic leader meets followers

The Rev. Peter F. Christensen, Idaho's next Catholic bishop, has set an assignment for himself even before he assumes his office: Learn Spanish. Read more »

Dec. 18, 2014

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Biden marks start of Hanukkah at national menorah

The smell of latkes — fresh potato pancakes — wafted over the National Mall on Tuesday as Vice President Joe Biden marked the first night of Hanukkah. Read more »

Dec. 16, 2014

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Vatican offers olive branch to US nuns in sweeping investigation

The Vatican went out of its way Tuesday to mend fences with American nuns, thanking them for their selfless work caring for the poor and promising to value their "feminine genius" more, while... Read more »

Dec. 16, 2014

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Beginning of Hanukkah marked with celebrations, light

Jews throughout the world will kick off eight days of Hanukkah celebrations Tuesday. Read more »

Dec. 16, 2014

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Black churches pray in protest of police slayings

Congregants in African-American churches across the country wore black to Sunday services and prayed over the men in attendance in a symbolic stand against fatal police shootings of unarmed black men. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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ValueSpeak: By heritage and by faith

The role religion is supposed to play in our lives is that more we live it and the more sincerely we practice it, the more it brings meaning, purpose and direction to our lives. Read more »

Dec. 13, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Who were the 'wise men'?

Many questions remain unanswered about the wise men associated with the birth of Jesus Christ — including whether there were three of them. Read more »

Dec. 13, 2014

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Pope marks Latin America feast with Argentine folk hymns

Pope Francis is calling for Latin America to care for its poorest and most marginalized, those who have been "enslaved" and exploited by an economic system that he said treats them as useless. Read more »

Dec. 12, 2014

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Vatican: Bishops should move forward on family

The Vatican set the stage Tuesday for Pope Francis' next church meeting on the family, urging bishops to be guided not just by doctrine but by Francis' message of mercy and the "turning point" of... Read more »

Dec. 9, 2014

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Lawsuit over $60M gift to Catholic order in court

Rhode Island Supreme Court justices on Tuesday raised questions about the conduct of a disgraced Roman Catholic order, but they also expressed doubts about whether lawsuits can move forward over... Read more »

Dec. 9, 2014

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Pope notes resistance to reform but moves ahead

Pope Francis convened his cardinal advisers to chart the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy Tuesday after acknowledging resistance to his changes but saying he welcomes the debate and is... Read more »

Dec. 9, 2014

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Religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control in health plans challenge federal law

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In the latest religious challenge to the federal health care law, faith-based organizations that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans argued in federal appeals court... Read more »

Dec. 8, 2014

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Syrian Jewish bibles could spark ownership dispute

Two decades after Israeli spies helped Syrian Jews whisk ancient Hebrew bibles from Damascus to Jerusalem, Israel's national library asked an Israeli court on Monday to grant it custodianship over... Read more »

Dec. 8, 2014

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Some Sri Lankans want pope's visit postponed

Some Roman Catholic priests and laypeople in Sri Lanka are seeking the postponement of Pope Francis' trip to the island nation next month, citing the visit's closeness to the country's presidential... Read more »

Dec. 6, 2014

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Jerry Earl Johnston: When people are spiritual in spite of themselves

I’ve seen such things in many people. Some people have a spiritual nature despite all they do to disguise it. And I see that, I think, because I was that way. Friends would tell me I could... Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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Christian bikers on mission to bring others to Jesus

Christian bikers find different ways to bring motorcyclists to Jesus Christ. Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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Book review: Keller's 'Prayer' is a practical guide to strengthening prayer life

Renowned pastor Timothy Keller ties theological aspects of prayer with his own experience and guidance into method to offer thought-provoking and helpful guidance in creating a robust prayer life... Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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Local Chabad rabbi first raised and trained in Utah

Rabbi Avremi and Sheina Zippel were hired as youth and program directors at the Chabad Lubavitch of Utah. Rabbi Avremi is the first rabbi in Utah to be raised and trained in the state. Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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Pope says truth must prevail in Dominican sex case

Pope Francis assured Dominican authorities on Wednesday that the truth must prevail in the case of his former ambassador to the Caribbean country who is accused of sexually abusing young boys. Read more »

Dec. 3, 2014

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Pope prays in Istanbul mosque in new outreach

His head bowed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope Francis stood Saturday for two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one of Istanbul's most important mosques, as he shifted gears... Read more »

Dec. 1, 2014

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Pope, patriarch demand end to Islamic State attacks

Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians demanded an end to the violent persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and called for dialogue with Muslims,... Read more »

Dec. 1, 2014

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Pope visits iconic religious sites in Istanbul

His head bowed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope Francis on Saturday stood in two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one Istanbul's most important religious sites, as he shifted... Read more »

Nov. 29, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Jerusalem's disputed Temple Mount

Jerusalem's Temple Mount is divinely ordained to be the site of "a house of prayer for all nations," but, unfortunately, it has long been a place of contention. And such contention is again on the... Read more »

Nov. 29, 2014

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