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John Knox and the Scottish Reformation

John Knox, the father of Presbyterianism, led an extraordinarily dramatic life.

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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Hamblin & Peterson: Is Islam a religion of peace?

Islam raises the same interpretative questions found in most of the world’s great religions. Read more »

Dec. 26, 2015

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Pope urges Christmas prayers for Syria, Libya peace

Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent U.N.-backed peace processes for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people, denouncing the "monstrous evil" and atrocities... Read more »

Dec. 25, 2015

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Quartet offers a tradition of prayer — and jazz — for 27 years

It was a lively night in church as an unusual musical tradition wrapped up its 27th season. It's a popular series of Sunday concerts, an "evening prayer" service, featuring a band called the Jazz... Read more »

Dec. 23, 2015

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Linda & Richard Eyre: Shifting kids' attention from getting to giving, and from Santa to Jesus

We are facing it this week: the annual battle to instill the true meaning of Christmas into our young children and grandchildren. Read more »

Dec. 22, 2015

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Indonesia: Plot foiled to kill officials, Shiite followers

Indonesian police said Monday they have foiled a plot to kill government officials, law enforcement officers and others by suspected Muslim militants arrested in weekend raids. Read more »

Dec. 21, 2015

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Music and the Spoken Word: 'On earth peace, good will toward men'

Martin Jarvis, guest narrator for this year’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on Temple Square’s Christmas concert, will read the message from Luke 2 during Sunday's broadcast. Read more »

Dec. 19, 2015

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When style takes away from the essence of faith

So often authors, playwrights and journalists get everything right about a religion, except the essence of the religion. Having been both a journalist and believer, I've seen it many times. Read more »

Dec. 18, 2015

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Sam Beeson's 'A Rare Nativity' shares gifts, story of forgiveness

"A Rare Nativity" by Sam Beeson is a story of gifts to an enemy and what that enemy does with the gifts with the theme of forgiveness. Read more »

Dec. 18, 2015

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Groups pledge to support Muslims and religious freedom Friday

Members of several faiths are asking Utahns to show their support of religious freedom and the Muslim community. Read more »

Dec. 17, 2015

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Vatican told to get tough on those caught laundering money

A European financial crimes watchdog on Tuesday (Dec. 15) called on the Vatican to prosecute those caught money laundering, stating the Holy See must act to ensure the success of its financial... Read more »

Dec. 16, 2015

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How churches can accommodate members with disabilities

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be given opportunities to share their spiritual gifts in worship, accommodation experts said. Read more »

Dec. 16, 2015

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S.L. firm furnishing refugees with tables

Cameron Hemphill, owner of SACS Furniture in Salt Lake City, looks over one of 60 tables the furniture business donated to Catholic Community Services on Tuesday. According to Hemphill, Catholic... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2015

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Chaffetz speaks with Muslim Utahns, says ban on Muslim immigration 'not moral'

U.S. House Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) spoke Monday with a Muslim congregation at the Khadeeja Mosque, addressing their concerns about the faith being misperceived nationwide in light of... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2015

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200 rally in Logan to show support for Muslim community

Some 200 people took part in a rally Friday outside the Logan Islamic Center as a demonstration of solidarity with Cache Valley's Muslim community. The event brought together community members,... Read more »

Dec. 12, 2015

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Photos: Park City Jewish community celebrates Hanukkah

Simmone Spitzberg-Hofstein admires her balloon sword made by Jeremy Telford during a Hanukkah party hosted at Temple Har Shalom in Park City on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Read more »

Dec. 12, 2015

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David Blankenhorn: Pope Francis is an example of how to ignore culture wars

Pope Francis is an example to others about how to ignore the cultural wars going on all around us. Read more »

Dec. 11, 2015

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Watch: Stephen Colbert explains why 'thoughts and prayers' matter

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On Monday's "Late Show," host Stephen Colbert spoke on what many considered "prayer shaming" after recent tragedies. Read more »

Dec. 9, 2015

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Richard Davis: Religious liberty is for the popular and unpopular

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The debate over religious freedom still rages more than 200 years after the First Amendment was ratified. The amendment was created to protect all religious institutions, not just the popular ones. Read more »

Dec. 9, 2015

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Trump shrugs off widespread outrage over proposed Muslim ban (+video)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to block Muslims from entering the United States is being met with a chorus of near-universal condemnation from across the country and around... Read more »

Dec. 8, 2015

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Muslim community leader weary of 'sticking up for my religion' in wake of San Bernardino massacre

In the wake of the San Bernardino massacre, Noor Ul-Hasan, a Utah Muslim involved in community, political and interfaith activities in Utah, contemplated no longer wearing a headscarf. "I'm tired... Read more »

Dec. 8, 2015

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Some leaders use Hanukkah as an opportunity to reflect on religious freedom

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Hanukkah began on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 6, and will conclude on Monday, Dec. 14. Read more »

Dec. 7, 2015

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Kerry's 'one state' comments cause consternation in Israel

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry set off an uproar in Israel on Sunday after warning that the country, through its continued West Bank occupation, will become a "binational state." Read more »

Dec. 6, 2015

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Scientists enlist the big gun to get climate action: Faith

The cold hard numbers of science haven't spurred the world to curb runaway global warming. So as climate negotiators struggle in Paris, some scientists who appealed to the rational brain are... Read more »

Dec. 6, 2015

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Menorah stolen from S.L. synagogue before start of Hanukkah

A Jewish synagogue’s menorah was stolen just before Hanukkah began Sunday, the second time in three years someone has desecrated its sacred candelabrum. Read more »

Dec. 6, 2015

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Hanukkah observances start Sunday in Utah at diverse venues

Hanukkah observances in Utah begin Sunday with a menorah lighting at the state Capitol. Other public festivities include a menorah lighting prior to a Utah Jazz game to a fire show and menorah... Read more »

Dec. 5, 2015

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Photos: That's a wrap!

University of Utah students wrap presents for refugee families at Catholic Community Services in Salt Lake City on Friday. Read more »

Dec. 4, 2015

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BYU grad, 'Napoleon Dynamite' creator talks new religious comedy, family business and mentors

In an interview with the Deseret News, filmmaker Jared Hess discussed his career, making movies with his wife, a special mentor and his new film, "Don Verdean." Read more »

Dec. 3, 2015

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Hatch talks about benefits of religion in floor speech (+video)

In his seventh floor speech about religious liberty, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, spoke about how religion brought tangible benefits to society. Read more »

Dec. 3, 2015

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Jay Evensen: While we fight over the Christmas spirit, Christians are dying

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Christians and other religious groups are being tortured and killed in many parts of the world, and the collective outrage in the United States to this clearly non-trivial reality isn’t... Read more »

Dec. 3, 2015

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Pope Francis brings peace message to Central African Republic

Flanked by Vatican bodyguards in flak jackets and machine-gun-toting U.N. peacekeepers, Pope Francis plunged Sunday into conflict-wracked Central African Republic and urged the country's Christian... Read more »

Nov. 29, 2015

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Pope to visit Central African Republic's divided capital

Georgette Dossio mourns a son whose body she can never bury. Sitting on the dirt under a tent of scrap wood and tarp, she is comforted by her neighbors at the airport displaced-persons camp where... Read more »

Nov. 28, 2015

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Bigotry? Hatred? Christians say they’re tired of being made into the bad guys

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Some Christians say they’re tired of being made into the bad guys. They’re tired of being called the bigots, the haters. Read more »

Nov. 24, 2015

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A 4-part definition for evangelical Christianity

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New research attempts to narrow down who deserves the label "evangelical Christian." Read more »

Nov. 24, 2015

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U.S. Catholic leaders approve new plan to address pornography

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U.S. Catholic leaders have announced plans to address pornography use among church members. Read more »

Nov. 22, 2015

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Jerry Earl Johnston: A man for all seasons of the heart

Thomas Moore has mastered the art of living in the present moment. His mind doesn’t race ahead or drift off. He listens attentively, monitors his emotions and remains open to any and all... Read more »

Nov. 21, 2015

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French Muslims attend Friday prayers under tight security

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Samuel Sartori waited in the rain with hundreds of fellow Muslims, as police searched bags and patted down bodies ahead of Friday (Nov. 20) prayers at the city’s Grand Mosque. Read more »

Nov. 20, 2015

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How people can view religion from space — trends in global fires

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A scientific paper indicates global fire patterns vary "based on the day of the week — with considerably fewer fires globally on Sundays than on other days," according to The Washington Post.... Read more »

Nov. 19, 2015

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Muslims in America have it tough when finding a partner. This app hopes to change that.

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A new dating app for Muslims hopes to enjoy similar success as JDate and Christian Mingle. Read more »

Nov. 19, 2015

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British Muslims tell of growing hostility in new report

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As France struggles to accommodate a restive Muslim community with terrorist elements, a report issued this week details growing hostility within Britain toward this country’s 2.7 million... Read more »

Nov. 18, 2015

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Pixar’s ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ takes a gamble on Hindu theme

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Pixar, the computer animation studio beloved for its kid-friendly fare such as “Finding Nemo” and “Inside Out,” is not known for taking on religious themes. Read more »

Nov. 18, 2015

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Seminaries embrace NASA and Darwin to understand God's mysteries

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The Science for Seminaries project provides financial support and advisers to seminaries working to equip their students with scientific knowledge. Read more »

Nov. 18, 2015

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Gov. evaluating refugee process in Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert has "not ruled out" the possibility of blocking Syrian refugees from being resettled in Utah, according to spokesman Jon Cox. Read more »

Nov. 17, 2015

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