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Rabbi David Saperstein confirmed as U.S. ambassador for religious freedom

Congress approved the appointment of Rabbi Saperstein as U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom.

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Top Vatican cardinal wants streamlined annulments

The Vatican's top lawyer says he favors a radical change in how the Catholic Church handles marriage annulments to speed them up and reduce costs and red tape. Read more »

Oct. 9, 2014

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Bishops emphasize being best possible Catholic

Pope Francis' emphasis on a church that is merciful rather than moralizing is having a pronounced effect inside a meeting of bishops on family life, with the bishops emphasizing that the faithful... Read more »

Oct. 8, 2014

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Pope Francis to bishops: Be creative about families' needs

Pope Francis says a creative, humble approach is needed as the Vatican tries to understand why many in the Catholic Church have gone their own way on sexual and family issues like contraception,... Read more »

Oct. 5, 2014

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Faith and modesty: Does it unify or divide us?

While some see modesty as a reflection of their relationship with God or as a way to respect themselves and those around them, others see enforcement of principles of modesty as oppressive and... Read more »

Oct. 4, 2014

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Pope Francis seeks 'sincere, open' debate on family issues

Pope Francis says he is looking for a "sincere, open and fraternal" debate about divisive family issues that opens Sunday with progressives hoping for change and conservatives intent on keeping the... Read more »

Oct. 4, 2014

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5 things to know about the Vatican's family synod

Pope Francis on Sunday opens a two-week meeting of bishops and cardinals from around the world aimed at making the church's teaching on family life — marriage, sex, contraception, divorce and... Read more »

Oct. 4, 2014

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Muslims celebrate Eid as hajj pilgrimage nears end

Muslims around the world celebrated the start of Islam's biggest holiday on Saturday as more than 2 million pilgrims took part in one of the final rites of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Read more »

Oct. 4, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Some background notes about the Islamic State

A few notes on the historical, linguistic and theological context of the Islamic State and the supposed smaller "Khorasan" group might help to make a bit more sense of current headlines. Read more »

Oct. 4, 2014

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Pope faces hopes, risks at family conference

From his stylish living room overlooking St. Peter's Square, Cardinal Walter Kasper doesn't come off as a figure at the center of one of the greatest storms swirling in Catholicism in decades. Read more »

Oct. 3, 2014

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In Saudi Arabia, Muslims pray on climax of hajj

Some 2 million Muslims from around the world gathered Friday at a desert hill near Mecca in Saudi Arabia in an act of faith and repentance during the climactic emotional and spiritual moment of the... Read more »

Oct. 3, 2014

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LDS Church's international mark to be on display during conference

The expanding international footprint of the Mormon church will be on display this weekend during a biannual conference that brings 100,000 church members to Salt Lake City to listen to words of... Read more »

Oct. 3, 2014

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Fight for growing Pentecostal vote in Brazil

Brazil's rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country's tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal... Read more »

Oct. 1, 2014

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Pope urges Europe to open doors to refugees

Pope Francis urged Europe to open its doors to refugees Wednesday as he marked the anniversary of a deadly migrant shipwreck off Sicily by meeting with survivors and relatives of the victims. Read more »

Oct. 1, 2014

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Carrie Underwood shares her Christian faith in new song

It has been nearly 10 years since Carrie Underwood won "American Idol" but her newest song proves that fame has not managed to take away her faith. Read more »

Sept. 29, 2014

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Sharing faith under the big top

Behind the circus performances, animal handlers and other jobs, is a tight-knit community. Included in this community are circus chaplain Father Jerry Hogan and Sister Dorothy Fabritze as a... Read more »

Sept. 28, 2014

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Spain celebrates beatification of Opus Dei leader

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Saturday for the beatification of an early leader of the Roman Catholic organization Opus Dei. Read more »

Sept. 27, 2014

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Jerry Earl Johnston: A celebrated atheist pitches spirituality

Sam Harris, you may know, is one of the “new atheists.” Along with Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and others, they form a band of firebrands that bombarded bookstores a few years... Read more »

Sept. 27, 2014

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Republicans rallying behind religious liberty

Fighting to improve their brand, leading Republicans rallied behind religious liberty at a Friday gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting... Read more »

Sept. 26, 2014

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#MeetMyGrandma: Mormons aim to capture the best stories from grandmas

The Mormon church's family history research center is launching a social media campaign encouraging youngsters around the world to share their best stories about their grandmothers. Read more »

Sept. 21, 2014

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Pope Francis denounces perversion of religion for violence

Pope Francis denounced how extremists around the world are "perverting" religion to justify violence as he arrived Sunday in Albania, a Balkan nation where Christians and Muslims endured brutal... Read more »

Sept. 21, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Biblical names for Lord have a strange history

Ancient readers and translators of the Bible, in their attempts to be reverent toward the Supreme Being, also created ambiguities and theological problems. Read more »

Sept. 20, 2014

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Pope chooses a moderate for Chicago archbishop

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars, as the next archbishop of Chicago, signaling a shift in tone in one of the most... Read more »

Sept. 20, 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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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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