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The positive role religion plays in furthering foreign policy goals

Secretary of State John Kerry hopes lawmakers will continue assessing the positive role religion plays.

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Pope Francis ‘prepared to battle’ on Vatican reform, senior cardinal says

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Despite intense opposition from some conservatives and new revelations of financial scandals in the Vatican, Pope Francis is at peace with the reformist course he has set for the Catholic Church. Read more »

Nov. 4, 2015

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Black and white Baptist presidents lead racial unity event

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The leaders of the two largest Baptist denominations, one mostly white and the other predominantly black, will meet with pastors from both groups in Mississippi for a “Conversation on Race in... Read more »

Nov. 3, 2015

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Survey: Religious Americans keep faith amid secularization

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A survey released Tuesday brought some good news for faith leaders alarmed by the spike in the number of Americans who say they have no ties to a particular religion. Read more »

Nov. 3, 2015

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New survey examines spiritual habits of minority faiths and 'nones'

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Religion researchers are looking for new ways to investigate American spirituality, according to the Pew Research Center. Read more »

Nov. 3, 2015

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Vatican arrests 2 people in latest probe of leaked documents

The Vatican said Monday it had arrested a high-ranking priest and another member of a papal reform commission on suspicion of leaking confidential documents — a stunning move that comes just... Read more »

Nov. 2, 2015

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Carson tells AP: Seventh-day Adventism is right for him

As his surge in heavily evangelical Iowa puts a spotlight on his faith, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is opening up about his membership in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He... Read more »

Oct. 31, 2015

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Episcopal Church installs its first African-American leader

The Episcopal Church, whose history is entwined with the founding of the United States, is installing its first black national leader this weekend. Read more »

Oct. 31, 2015

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Halloween's surprising history

Halloween's past is more spiritual than you would think. Today, its religious roots are perpetuated in the popular Dia de los Muertos celebration. Read more »

Oct. 31, 2015

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Hamblin & Peterson: California's explicitly Christian heritage

Even if some might be inclined to try, it's probably an impossible task to erase Christian symbols and references from the American landscape — and, anyway, doing so would impoverish us all. Read more »

Oct. 31, 2015

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'Music and the Spoken Word': Courage to endure

Long-distance runner John Stephen Akhwari represented Tanzania in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City with an unforgettable performance in the marathon. He did not set a new world record. He... Read more »

Oct. 31, 2015

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What's changing at the world's largest evangelical Christian university

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Liberty University's famed "The Liberty Way" handbook got some edits before fall semester, so here's what's changing at the conservative Christian school. Read more »

Oct. 30, 2015

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In search of a 'renaissance of marriage'

The "renaissance of marriage" in America will depend not only on renewing conservative values but also economic and social policies that support the poor and working class, W. Bradford Wilcox... Read more »

Oct. 29, 2015

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Families conference focuses on declining birth and marriage rates, poverty

Speakers and attendees at the World Congress of Families on Wednesday talked about the nation's declining birth and marriage rates and grappled with questions about why. Read more »

Oct. 28, 2015

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Now there's a sitcom about a man taking the Bible literally

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A.J. Jacobs' 2007 book, "A Year of Living Biblically," chronicled his experiences literally following as much of the Bible literally as possible. Now, CBS is basing a sitcom on the book, according... Read more »

Oct. 28, 2015

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College experiences can boost Jewish identity for children of mixed marriage

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When millennial children of mixed-faith marriages are exposed to Jewish influences, they strengthen their Jewish identities to levels comparable to those of millennials with two Jewish parents, a... Read more »

Oct. 28, 2015

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World Congress of Families kicks off with message of action

Action was the word of the day at the World Congress of Families, which kicked off its first conference on U.S. soil on Tuesday. Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015

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Pope Francis’ 2 new Italian archbishops ‘attentive to poor’

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Pope Francis named two new archbishops in Italy on Tuesday (Oct. 27), seen as strategic appointments for the pontiff’s push to create a “poor church.” Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015

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Iowans: Trump’s attack on Carson’s faith will fail

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Several influential Christian conservative leaders in Iowa, even those who publicly back GOP candidates other than Carson, came to the defense of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Monday. Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015

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Cardinal Wuerl: Catholic Church moving from legalism to mercy

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After often contentious talks on whether to adapt the church’s approach to issues such as divorce and cohabitation, the high-level synod succeeded in giving Pope Francis a document that... Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015

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Want to change the way you worship? Change the space you worship in

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According to faith leaders and experts on architecture, sacred spaces influence the religious communities that worship in them. Read more »

Oct. 25, 2015

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Israel welcomes video surveillance at holy site

Israel's prime minister on Sunday defended a U.S.-brokered plan to install video surveillance at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, saying it could help refute claims that Israel is trying to expand... Read more »

Oct. 25, 2015

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Rabbi Sacks discusses why religion is too often used as the justification for violence against God's children

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A conversation with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks about his new book “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence.” Read more »

Oct. 25, 2015

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Interview transcript: A conversation with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

The following is a transcript of the interview conducted by Deseret News editor Paul Edwards with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. Read more »

Oct. 25, 2015

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How to help teens find their voice in faith communities

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When middle and high schoolers join interfaith organizations, they can feel more deeply connected to their beliefs, one teenager said. Read more »

Oct. 24, 2015

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Why one faith leader values interfaith cooperation

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Interfaith movement leader Eboo Patel spoke about his work with Deseret News National this month. Read more »

Oct. 24, 2015

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'Music and the Spoken Word': Good books

For hundreds of years, men and women and even nations have been shaped by influential books. If it’s true that we are what we eat, then it’s equally true that we are what we read. Read more »

Oct. 24, 2015

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Fighting perceptions, evangelicals and Muslims commit to oppose religious bigotry

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A majority of evangelical pastors consider Islam to be “spiritually evil,” according to one just-released poll. Read more »

Oct. 23, 2015

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Vatican synod’s ‘war of words’ will have real-life consequences

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The overriding interest in the global meeting of Roman Catholic bishops that finishes on Sunday (Oct. 25) has centered on whether the churchmen will actually do anything in the end or leave well... Read more »

Oct. 23, 2015

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New survey reveals faith's impact on global economies

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A story on a new report, "Changing Religion, Changing Economies" and how faith needs to be taken into account by economic policymakers and business owners who want to succeed in the changing... Read more »

Oct. 23, 2015

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Do science and religion conflict? It’s all in how you ‘see’ it

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Most Americans see a conflict between the findings of science and the teachings of religion. But “see” is the operative word in a new Pew Research Center report issued Thursday (Oct. 22). Read more »

Oct. 22, 2015

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Conferences focused on faith and family begin with search for dialogue

Three conferences, all dealing with issues of faith, family and gay, lesbian and transgender rights, will take place in Salt Lake City over the next two weeks. Read more »

Oct. 21, 2015

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An Israeli cafe hopes 50% discounts on hummus will unite Arabs and Jews

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The Humus Bar is offering Arabs and Jews who eat together a 50 percent discount, owner Kobi Tzafrir posted on Facebook. Read more »

Oct. 21, 2015

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Conservative religious group shifts stance on death penalty as Louisiana pastors oppose death sentence

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The National Associated of Evangelicals announced this week that it would adjust its position on the death penalty to recognize evangelical Christians who oppose the practice. Read more »

Oct. 21, 2015

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Washington school district negotiating with praying coach

A Washington school district says it is negotiating with the football coach who continues to pray following games after district officials asked him to keep religion off the field. Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015

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Sixth St. Louis-area church damaged by fire; $2,000 reward offered

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A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the culprit in a string of fires that have now hit six predominantly African-American churches in and around St.... Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015

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Republicans hope to find ‘missing’ evangelical voters

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From the multi-station cafeteria to the gift shop to the theater-style sanctuary, worshipers at Prestonwood Baptist Church believe — or hope — that next year’s election will see... Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015

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Evangelicals soften death penalty stance

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The largest coalition of U.S. evangelicals has stepped away from its pro-death penalty stance, which it embraced for the past 40 years. Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015

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Hamblin & Peterson: Are Halloween's roots evil and satanic?

Though this is largely forgotten now, Halloween has its origins in the Western Christian liturgical calendar. It almost certainly draws, too, on an ancient Celtic holiday called "Samhain." But... Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015

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Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake 'best ever,' chairman says

The 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions came to a close Monday, with prayer, song and an announcement the world's largest interfaith gathering will start meeting every two years instead of... Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015

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African bishops play a major role, for first time, at contentious Vatican summit

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The morning prayer that starts each session of a major gathering of Catholic churchmen underway here is an important chance for the 270 cardinals and bishops from around the world to set a... Read more »

Oct. 19, 2015

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Despite the odds, one doctor promotes family planning in Muslim Nigeria

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Amid stiff opposition to modern birth control methods in the predominantly Islamic region of Northern Nigeria, a Muslim medical doctor is working to dispel the myths that fuel the resistance to... Read more »

Oct. 19, 2015

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Clash of the archbishops: Synod dispute between senior churchmen goes public

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The eight American bishops taking part in a Vatican summit on family life stay at a huge seminary built high on a hill overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica and the rest of the Eternal City. Read more »

Oct. 19, 2015

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See the 400-year-old church that just emerged from underwater

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This 16th-century church has flooded 40 years ago and just recently resurfaced for the second time in 15 years. Read more »

Oct. 19, 2015

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Ahmed Mohamed was just named Muslim of the Year, but not without controversy

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The largest Muslim-American civil rights group unveiled its Muslim of the Year this week. But there's been some controversy behind that decision. Read more »

Oct. 19, 2015

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Oprah Winfrey Network's documentary series shows faith in its many forms

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Oprah Winfrey celebrates the wide variety of spiritual practices in the world in her new series, "Belief." Read more »

Oct. 19, 2015

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Religious leaders told to use moral authority to fight greed and poverty

It is time to do more to address the root causes of poverty such as the mass incarceration of Americans, the leader of Chicago's Inner-City Muslim Action Network told attendees of the Parliament of... Read more »

Oct. 18, 2015

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6 Republican 2016 hopefuls woo faithful at Texas megachurch

Six Republican presidential candidates made personal appeals Sunday to thousands of Christian conservatives at a megachurch in suburban Dallas, underscoring the importance of the evangelical vote. Read more »

Oct. 18, 2015

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Pope canonizes first married couple in modern times

Pope Francis canonized the Catholic Church's first married couple in modern times on Sunday, declaring the parents of the beloved St. Therese of Lisieux saints in their own right. Read more »

Oct. 18, 2015

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US archbishops Chaput and Cupich offer sharply different visions of Vatican synod

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As a major Vatican meeting on the church’s approach to sexuality and family life enters its decisive week, two top American archbishops offered contrasting views about what course the synod... Read more »

Oct. 16, 2015

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Parliament of the World's Religions attendees break bread together at Sikh community's langar

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Members of the international Sikh community and a host of volunteers are preparing and serving thousands of communal meals, langar, each day to people taking part in the Parliament of the World's... Read more »

Oct. 16, 2015

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