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'More similar than different:' community members tour churches

Community members got a glimpse of different faiths, touring three houses of worship.

Women excised from public life, abused by IS

The gunmen came to the all-girls' elementary school in the Iraqi city of Fallujah at midday with a special delivery: piles of long black robes with gloves and face veils, now required dress code... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia." Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014

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Church members each get $500 to do good for world

On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014

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North Ogden to make Nativity display more inclusive of other faiths

Responding to complaints about a Nativity display in front of City Hall, North Ogden leaders hope to make the display more inclusive of other religions rather than take it down. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014

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Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from... Read more »

Dec. 22, 2014

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Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the... Read more »

Dec. 21, 2014

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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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Value Speak: The real St. Patrick's Day

So if we're really going to celebrate St. Patrick and what he was about we should probably do it in church, perhaps while reading his autobiographical "Confession," in which Patrick chronicled his... Read more »

March 14, 2014

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Dear parents with young children in church

I know it's hard, but thank you for what you do when you bring your children to church. Read more »

May 30, 2013

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Judge says Wash. can't make pharmacies sell contraceptives

Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the state's true goal was to suppress religious objections by... Read more »

Feb. 22, 2012

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Archbishop Chaput takes helm in Philadelphia

Archbishop Charles Chaput (chap-YEW') took the helm of the troubled Roman Catholic church in Philadelphia on Thursday by telling followers "the church is not defined by her failures." Read more »

Sept. 8, 2011

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