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Why religious confession is good for the mind and soul

Faith leaders said the goal of religious confession is to affirm that the confessor is unconditionally loved.

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Pope backs search for wartime truth in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis brought calls for reconciliation as well as justice in Sri Lanka on Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of... Read more »

Jan. 13, 2015

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Pope mania sweeps Philippines ahead of Pope Francis' visit

Well before Pope Francis' plane touches down in this Asian bastion of the Roman Catholic faith, Filipinos have been snapping their selfies beside his life-sized cutout image in churches and malls.... Read more »

Jan. 13, 2015

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POPE WATCH: Muslim party welcomes pope's Sri Lanka visit

Pope Francis on Tuesday began a highly anticipated six-day visit to Asia that will also take him to the Philippines. Here are some glimpses of his trip as it unfolds: Read more »

Jan. 13, 2015

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Pope brings message of religious, ethnic dialogue to Asia

Pope Francis is bringing a message of interreligious and interethnic harmony to a Sri Lanka still recovering from the wounds of a brutal, quarter-century civil war and on the heels of new... Read more »

Jan. 12, 2015

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Pope: Fundamentalist terrorism result of 'deviant religion'

Pope Francis on Monday denounced the religious fundamentalism that inspired the Paris massacres and ongoing Mideast conflicts, saying the attackers were enslaved by "deviant forms of religion" that... Read more »

Jan. 12, 2015

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Violence fuels debate among Muslims over interpreting faith

After gunmen in Paris killed 12 people, Saudi Arabia's top body of Muslim clerics quickly condemned the attack and said it could have no acceptable justification. It was a signal from some of the... Read more »

Jan. 10, 2015

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Islamic leader urges Muslims to visit Jerusalem holy site

The head of the world's largest Islamic organization on Monday paid a rare visit to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, urging Muslims to follow suit and come to the city in a bid to strengthen Palestinian... Read more »

Jan. 5, 2015

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Myanmar Catholics pleased to welcome first local cardinal

Church colleagues on Monday proudly welcomed home Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, a day after his appointment by Pope Francis as Myanmar's first Roman Catholic cardinal. Read more »

Jan. 5, 2015

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Pope picks 15 new cardinals to reflect diversity

Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations, including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar, to reflect the diversity of... Read more »

Jan. 4, 2015

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Jews look for ways to keep their heritage alive

Adherents of the world's oldest monotheistic religion discuss the future of Judaism. Read more »

Jan. 3, 2015

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10 telling numbers about faith in America

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Scores of studies and surveys in 2014 revealed myriad, quirky ways we live out our faith and values. But the most intriguing findings were not always the headliners. Here are 10 telling numbers... Read more »

Dec. 30, 2014

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Citing historical inaccuracy, Egypt bans 'Exodus' film

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Egypt has banned "Exodus: Gods and Kings" because government officials felt it interpreted historical events through an incorrect and unfair lens. Read more »

Dec. 30, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Getting ready to study the New Testament

The New Testament is the central text of Christianity. It's also been one of the central texts of western and world civilization for nearly 20 centuries. Every educated person should be familiar... Read more »

Dec. 26, 2014

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Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from... Read more »

Dec. 25, 2014

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Cuba's relations with Catholic Church hit high point

Golden rays of tropical sunlight slant through the caved-in roof of Saint Thomas de Villanueva chapel. Vandals shattered the stained-glass windows and scrawled their names on the thick walls during... Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants. Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Filipino Catholics share Nativity tradition with Simbang Gabi

Filipino Catholics shared Nativity traditions at different churches in the state with the nine-day Advent novena Simbang Gabi. Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Planning for first U.S. visit of Pope Francis already underway

Pope Francis' scheduled trip to Philadelphia is still nine months away, but planning for his first U.S. visit began months ago. Preparing for the event, predicted to draw more than 1 million people... Read more »

Dec. 24, 2014

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Local faith leaders share inspiring Christmas messages

Local faith leaders have offered their thoughts on the meaning of Christmas. Read more »

Dec. 23, 2014

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New friends plan to work together to defend marriage after Vatican conference

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Leaders from multiple religions said they were energized and optimistic as they left the Vatican's interfaith marriage summit last week. They told the Deseret News about what they hope to see... Read more »

Nov. 24, 2014

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Pope announces U.S. visit, greets President Eyring at Vatican

Pope Francis opened the historic interreligious conference on marriage and family Monday morning at the Vatican, where he greeted President Henry B. Eyring of the LDS Church's First Presidency.... Read more »

Nov. 17, 2014

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Vatican brings faiths, including LDS, together in historic conference on marriage, family

Conference on complementarity of man and woman in marriage also represents historic LDS participation in a Vatican event with the pope. President Henry B. Eyring will provide a witness for marriage... Read more »

Nov. 16, 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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