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Faith leaders leave Vatican with hopes for start of a new marriage movement

Leaders of the Catholic, protestant, evangelical and other faiths wrapped up a three-day conference on marriage.

Pope urges world to shed apathy toward what he characterizes as third world war

Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed... Read more »

Sept. 13, 2014

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Book review: ‘Girls Who Choose God’ is an inspirational beauty

Familiar Bible stories are eloquently brought to life with the help of gorgeous, full-color illustrations. Read more »

Sept. 13, 2014

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Service a way for interfaith group to spread peace

The Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable met recently for one of its regular service opportunities. The group sees service as a way to spread a message of peace. Read more »

Sept. 12, 2014

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Pope Francis to marry couples with kids, cohabitating

Pope Francis is making good on his insistence that the Catholic Church welcome all faithful — not just those who obey church teaching perfectly. He'll marry 20 couples this weekend, including... Read more »

Sept. 12, 2014

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Pope Francis may declare Sri Lanka's 1st saint

Pope Francis may make a 17th century priest Sri Lanka's first Roman Catholic saint during his trip next year, making good on his promise to give Asia more saints as models for the faithful, Sri... Read more »

Sept. 12, 2014

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Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

The president of the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines proposed Wednesday to give Muslims in the south the ability to run their own government under their own flag, part of a peace plan aimed at... Read more »

Sept. 10, 2014

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Parliament of World's Religions to meet in Salt Lake City in 2015

The Parliament of the World's Religions will meet for its summit in Salt Lake City in October 2015. This will be the first time in 22 years that the summit has been held in the United States. Read more »

Sept. 9, 2014

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Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada gay marriage laws in court

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For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political... Read more »

Sept. 8, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Is Islam a primary cause of international violence?

A fascinating 2010 book focused on Islam argues that religious conflict, rather than being a principal cause of violence, is most often just a way in which other underlying and quite secular... Read more »

Sept. 6, 2014

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Religious knowledge vital in 'furiously religious' world, experts say

Religious knowledge is important to understanding the world around us, according to experts on religion and culture. Here's how some are working to further this understanding. Read more »

Sept. 6, 2014

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Jerry Earl Johnston: An earthquake at 3 a.m. is a literal wake-up call

I was in Oakland when the recent earthquake hit northern California. I awoke at 3 a.m. in an undulating bed. My first thought, in my mental fog, was “I don’t remember asking for a water bed.” Read more »

Aug. 30, 2014

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Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report

Members of Britain's Pakistani community reacted with outrage Wednesday amid reports that officials failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of... Read more »

Aug. 27, 2014

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Jewish center reopens 6 years after Mumbai attacks

Rabbis from across Asia on Tuesday celebrated the reopening of a Jewish center targeted by rampaging Pakistani gunmen who stormed through Mumbai on a 60-hour killing spree in 2008. Read more »

Aug. 26, 2014

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Amish country bristles at ‘Mafia’ TV show

For a year, Lark and Michael McCarley simmered silently over the arrival of “Amish Mafia” in their community. Read more »

Aug. 25, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Alexander the Great wasn't content to be merely human

Alexander the Great is famous for many military conquests during his brief but meteoric career. However, he also influenced the notion of the "god-king" and perhaps even the much later doctrine of the "divine right of kings." Read more »

Aug. 23, 2014

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Obama administration announces new compromise on birth control; still can't get it right, say religious groups

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Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control... Read more »

Aug. 22, 2014

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Football coaches find extra strength in Christian faith

Utah State head coach Matt Wells and other coaches discuss how honoring their Christian beliefs helps them to be better football coaches. Read more »

Aug. 22, 2014

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What pressure from the Vatican is doing to American nuns

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Facing declining numbers and challenges from the Vatican, American nuns are reassessing their work on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church. Read more »

Aug. 20, 2014

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Car crash in Argentina kills 3 relatives of pope

Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after a car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said. Read more »

Aug. 19, 2014

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End of an era: Huntsville bookshop closing, monastery not far behind

Community members rush to visit the bookshop and gift store at the Abbey of the Holy Trinity in Huntsville before it closes it's doors. With the dwindling number of monks, one Father said the... Read more »

Aug. 17, 2014

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Pope makes biggest gesture yet to China, eyes ties

Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conqueror" but is... Read more »

Aug. 17, 2014

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Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an... Read more »

Aug. 16, 2014

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Pope makes strong, silent anti-abortion statement

Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church's doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he'd rather emphasize other... Read more »

Aug. 16, 2014

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Leaving it at the altar: Navigating interfaith marriage

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Interfaith marriages comprised 45 percent of U.S. marriages in the last decade. But the belief that "love will conquer all" often dissolves as children arrive and unanticipated life events cause... Read more »

April 12, 2013

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Religion may play more prominent role in America as baby boomers age

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A Gallup pollster predicts that religion will have a more prominent place in American society as a new generation of seniors hits retirement age in the next 20 years. His reasoning: history shows... Read more »

Dec. 29, 2012

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