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Hamblin & Peterson: Swedish city has long religious history

Less than an hour north of the Swedish capital, Stockholm, is a small city that has played a remarkable role in...

Vatican newspaper essays say women should preach at Mass

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A series of essays in the semiofficial Vatican newspaper is urging the Catholic Church to allow women to preach from the pulpit at Mass, a role that has been reserved almost exclusively to the... Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Top Vatican cardinal to testify about sex abuse

One of the highest-ranking Vatican officials is being compelled to testify in public starting Sunday about clerical sex abuse, an unusual demonstration of holding even the most senior Catholic... Read more »

Feb. 27, 2016

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Chris Hicks: ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ gets a Blu-ray upgrade this week

The 1970s TV miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth” has received a Blu-ray upgrade this week, and several other vintage titles are on Blu-ray and DVD, some for the first time. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2016

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This year's 'The Bachelor' contestant is a devout Christian. Why is the show downplaying his faith?

Ben Higgins, the 20th contestant of reality show "The Bachelor," takes his evangelical faith seriously. Why doesn't the show that may be helping him pick a wife do the same? Read more »

Feb. 26, 2016

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Going inside: 3 churches open their doors as part of bus tour for S.L. Interfaith Month

About three dozen people took a bus tour to visit three local churches — the Salvation Army, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Christian Church. The Feb.... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2016

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Republican voters in SC; Democrats in Nevada in spotlight

The presidential race turns to Republicans in South Carolina and Democrats in Nevada on Saturday. Read more »

Feb. 20, 2016

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Hamblin & Peterson: The demigod Maui and his islands

Maui is a character common to traditions across Polynesia, which view him as a great benefactor to humanity. The beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui is just a part of his legacy. Read more »

Feb. 20, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: Breaking bread

The idea is to sit together to chat and share a nourishing moment. You will find that, as human beings, we are much more alike than we are different. Read more »

Feb. 20, 2016

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Pope vs. Trump: 'Not Christian' to only build border walls (+video)

Thrusting himself into the heated American presidential campaign, Pope Francis declared Thursday that Donald Trump is "not Christian" if he wants to address illegal immigration only by building a... Read more »

Feb. 18, 2016

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Pope Francis urges governments to 'open hearts' to migrants (+ video)

In a moment filled with powerful political symbolism, Pope Francis prayed Wednesday at Mexico's dusty northern border for the thousands of migrants who have died trying to reach the United States... Read more »

Feb. 17, 2016

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Francis to Mexico priests: Don't be resigned to status quo

Pope Francis urged Mexican priests Tuesday not to resign themselves to a society dominated by drug-fueled violence and corruption, but to get out of their comfortable lives and fight the injustices... Read more »

Feb. 16, 2016

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Pope denounces exploitation of Mexico's indigenous people

Pope Francis denounced the centuries-old exploitation and social exclusion of Mexico's Indians on Monday, saying the world should instead ask their forgiveness and learn from their culture and... Read more »

Feb. 15, 2016

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Sanders, Clinton (and guest) speak at same Las Vegas church

Bernie Sanders may have been the first to make plans to campaign Sunday at Victory Missionary Baptist Church in Las Vegas, but he had to share the pulpit with his rival for the Democratic... Read more »

Feb. 14, 2016

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In victory or dissent, Scalia was a man of strong opinions

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia kept your attention, whether you liked him or not. Read more »

Feb. 13, 2016

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Pope opens Mexico visit after historic stop with patriarch

Pope Francis kicked off his first trip to Mexico on Saturday with a long popemobile ride past cheering crowds on a day that will start with tough love speeches to the country's political and church... Read more »

Feb. 13, 2016

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Jerry Earl Johnston: In Andrew Harvey, East and West meet, then ignite

Andrew Harvey said at the University of Utah last week: “Ask yourself this: 'Which, of all the tragedies in life, is the one that breaks my heart the most?'" When you know that, you will know... Read more »

Feb. 12, 2016

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'Finally': Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader (+video)

With a hug and an exclamation of "Finally," Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first ever meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic... Read more »

Feb. 12, 2016

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Utah Catholics celebrate Ash Wednesday

Monsignor Joseph Mayo places ashes on Arianna Vasquez's forehead as Catholics celebrate Ash Wednesday at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper. Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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Pope briefs priests: Don't be smug, don't judge sinners

A specially-recruited group of priests received last-minute instructions from Pope Francis Tuesday before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic Church to sinners. Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in historic step

Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West, both... Read more »

Feb. 5, 2016

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Now deeply Christian, Cruz's religion once wasn't so obvious

Ted Cruz sometimes sounds more like a preacher than a presidential candidate. Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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In latest fad, Thais treat 'child angel' dolls like progeny

Mix one part superstition, two parts fashion, a dab of celebrity idolatry and a heap of media frenzy, and what do you get? "Child angel" dolls, the latest craze in Thailand. Read more »

Jan. 30, 2016

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Interfaith Month in Utah offers chance to explore other faiths, 'get out of comfort zones'

From a tour of a Hindu temple to a Wiccan full moon rite, Interfaith Month gives Utahns an opportunity to learn about other faith traditions and 'get out of their comfort zones,' says Janet Healy,... Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Leonardo DiCaprio greets pope in Italian, discusses environment

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio brushed up his Italian to greet Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2016

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Nevada high court rejects Mormon church appeal in water case

The Nevada Supreme Court rejected a Mormon church appeal Thursday on a narrow legal question in a broad water rights dispute surrounding a proposal to pump groundwater from arid valleys along the... Read more »

Jan. 28, 2016

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RootsTech 2016 features classes, LDS Family Discovery Day, LDS leaders as speakers

The largest family history event in the world will feature keynote speakers, classes and one day designed especially for LDS Church members. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Holocaust victims honored 71 years after Auschwitz liberated

Dozens of elderly Holocaust survivors lit candles at Auschwitz on Wednesday, exactly 71 years after the Soviet army liberated the death camp that has become the most powerful symbol of the human... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Italian gay rights debate prompts proposed legislation for 'civil unions'

In Italy, family is considered so sacred that marriage is lauded in the Constitution. But what kind of family? Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Defending the Faith: Is faith irrational?

While faith often goes beyond the evidence, it isn't necessarily irrational. And this is true in ordinary daily life, not merely in matters of religion. Read more »

Jan. 27, 2016

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Iranian leader asks pope to pray for him after Vatican talks

Iran's president asked Pope Francis to pray for him Tuesday after the two men held private talks at the Vatican, part of an Iranian effort to take a more prominent place on the world stage after a... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2016

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Pope to visit Sweden, apologizes for Catholic wrongs

Pope Francis has concluded an annual weeklong prayer for Christian unity by making a sweeping apology for Catholic wrongs committed against other Christians and by announcing he will visit Sweden... Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Pope Francis answers questions from children in new book

"Dear Pope Francis," 10-year-old Mohammed begins, "Will the world be again as it was in the past?" Read more »

Jan. 25, 2016

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Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq razed

Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of... Read more »

Jan. 20, 2016

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Rubio: Faith is 'single greatest influence in my life'

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio promised to keep "talking about God" as he campaigned across Iowa Monday, reminding influential evangelical voters of his commitment to Christian values... Read more »

Jan. 18, 2016

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Pope visits Rome synagogue in sign of interfaith friendship

Pope Francis made his first visit to a synagogue as pope Sunday, greeting Rome's Jewish community in their house of worship as his two predecessors did in a show interfaith friendship at a time of... Read more »

Jan. 17, 2016

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Nationally syndicated columnist: 'You can't afford not to tithe'

In Michelle Singletary's book, "The 21-Day Financial Fast," Singletary encourages readers on day four to pay a tithe. Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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Finding God in one of science's biggest debates — genetic editing

Throughout 2016, leading geneticists will be soliciting opinions about how and when genetic editing technologies should be used. Read more »

Jan. 13, 2016

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Francis lays out case for mercy in 1st book as pope

Pope Francis lays out his case for emphasizing the merciful face of the Catholic Church in his first book as pontiff, saying God never tires of forgiving and actually prefers the sinners who repent... Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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This year’s presidential election is a chance for churches to earn back trust of young Americans

Overly aggressive or politicized engagement with politics may affect how young Americans view religious organizations. Read more »

Jan. 9, 2016

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NYC settles lawsuits over Muslim surveillance by police

The New York Police Department will strengthen safeguards against illegal surveillance of Muslims in investigations of terror threats and install a civilian representative on an advisory committee... Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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Pope releases monthly prayer intentions in video for first time

Pope Francis released his prayer intentions for January in a video. Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Epiphany celebrated in Orthodox Christian, Catholic nations

Wednesday is Epiphany, a major holiday in much of Orthodox Christianity celebrating the birth and baptism of Jesus. Religious services are held as well as Blessing of Water ceremonies at lakes,... Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Trump embraces Muslim ban in opening TV ads

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is giving some of the most divisive proposals of his campaign a starring role in his first television ad — although the billionaire developer... Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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Influential Shiite cleric among 47 executed in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's execution Saturday of 47 prisoners, including an influential Shiite cleric, threatened to further damage Sunni-Shiite relations in a regional struggle playing out across the Middle... Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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Cruz and Rubio engage in battle for Nevada Mormons

Deep divisions among Nevada Republicans over a $1 billion tax increase pushed by the state’s Republican governor are helping to shape the battle between Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted... Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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Football and the farm boy — a parable

In this holiday season, a time of goodwill and giving, I’ve been thinking about self-interest. We all like a payday. For some, a payday means a boost in the bank account. For others,... Read more »

Jan. 2, 2016

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Americans' views on protecting religious freedom vary by faith, poll says

Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than for other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new survey. Read more »

Dec. 30, 2015

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Cruz taps evangelicals, tea partiers to fuel campaign

When Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz first ran for U.S. Senate in Texas, the only thing lower than his name recognition was the expectation that he'd win. Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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Kim Davis, Sister Alicia Torres and other unexpected voices of faith who took center stage in 2015

Although popular figures such as Pope Francis continued to dominate faith coverage in 2015, there were also many chances for "little guys" to shine. Read more »

Dec. 28, 2015

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