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Churches careful when encouraging members to get politically involved

Churches distance themselves from campaigns, but an increasing number of Americans want that to change.

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Pope kicks off Asia missionary boost in South Korea

When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance,... Read more »

Aug. 11, 2014

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Introducing the Forever Bible: A holy book that lasts (+video)

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The Forever Bible promises to remain intact, in spite of the wear and tear of everyday life. Read more »

Aug. 11, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: From Jewish peasant girl to 'Mother of God'

The rise of Christian devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most interesting subjects in the history of religion generally. Read more »

Aug. 10, 2014

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US aids displaced Iraqis as airstrikes help Kurds

KHAZER CAMP, Iraq — President Barack Obama justified the U.S. military's return to fighting in Iraq Saturday by saying America must act now to prevent genocide, protect its diplomats and... Read more »

Aug. 9, 2014

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Thousands from Iraq minority flee to Syria

Thousands of members of a religious minority group under attack by Islamic extremists have fled across the border from Iraq to seek refuge with the Kurds of northeastern Syria, said two Kurdish officials and an activist on Saturday. Read more »

Aug. 9, 2014

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US airstrikes in Iraq; humanitarian crisis worsens

The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from... Read more »

Aug. 8, 2014

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Turkish official: Women shouldn’t laugh in public

Many Turkish women were doubled over with laughter after their country’s deputy leader said women should not laugh in public and should not talk on their mobile phones so much. Read more »

Aug. 2, 2014

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Navigating interfaith marriage is a search for common ground

Interfaith marriages are becoming more common, but often couples are not prepared for the challenges of blending their belief systems. Read more »

Aug. 2, 2014

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New Harmony: In religion and art, the toads are very real

Religion, in my world, is never a premise to be believed, disproven, then discarded. Religion is what brings a tear to your eye or makes you feel as if you’ve sprouted wings. Religion is not... Read more »

Aug. 2, 2014

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Mommy, minister and unmarried: Single mothers in the pulpit

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When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birthday and the tick-tock of her biological clock was... Read more »

Aug. 1, 2014

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Ground Zero cross can stay at 9/11 museum, appeals court rules

A cross-shaped beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center can remain on display in the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero. Read more »

July 28, 2014

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Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the... Read more »

July 28, 2014

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Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan. Read more »

July 28, 2014

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Hamblin & Peterson: Constantine's influence can scarcely be measured

The Roman emperor Constantine the Great was baptized on his deathbed. But his influence on the doctrines, art, architecture, spread and practice of Christianity has been incalculable. Read more »

July 26, 2014

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Having trouble understanding the Bible? Campaign to redesign the Good Book could help

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One man's successful Kickstarter campaign promises to turn reading the Bible into an engaging literary experience. Read more »

July 26, 2014

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Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Reba McEntire asks people worldwide to pray for peace

I add my voice to Reba McEntire's and say I also strongly believe in the power of prayer and the miracles it can bring. And I believe in Reba’s song, which she calls an act “of... Read more »

July 25, 2014

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Massachusetts governor says faith motivates offer to shelter immigrant children

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick hopes to provide a temporary shelter in his state for immigrant children. Patrick said the offer was in part inspired by his personal faith. Read more »

July 22, 2014

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Pope's comments on clergy sex abuse lead some to say facts were falsified

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A quote from Pope Francis in La Repubblica newspaper has created further drama in the Catholic Church around the already controversial issue of clergy sexual abuse. Read more »

July 17, 2014

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HBO's 'The Leftovers' centered on religious and moral themes

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In its new family drama, "The Leftovers," about life after a rapture-like event, HBO offers a look at how to do right in spite of unanswered questions. Read more »

July 7, 2014

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'Unbroken' WWII hero Zamperini was man of great faith

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"Unbroken" hero Louis Zamperini died this week at age 97. Famous for his time as a WWII prisoner of war and his track performance in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Zamperini's life story also includes... Read more »

July 3, 2014

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Faith groups divest from fossil fuels, controversial companies

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The University of Dayton, Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Church (USA) are the latest faith-based groups to adjust their investments to reflect their faith. Read more »

June 24, 2014

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Church of England publicizes official World Cup prayers

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The Church of England isn't immune to World Cup fever. Five official prayers have been released that address the competition, Brazil and England's team. Read more »

June 17, 2014

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What the pope's 'prayer summit' could mean for theology, international politics

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Pope Francis hosted the presidents of Israel and Palestine on Sunday to pray for peace in a time when formal negotiations between the two countries have broken down. Is this the first of many such... Read more »

June 9, 2014

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Leaving it at the altar: Navigating interfaith marriage

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Interfaith marriages comprised 45 percent of U.S. marriages in the last decade. But the belief that "love will conquer all" often dissolves as children arrive and unanticipated life events cause... Read more »

April 12, 2013

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Religion may play more prominent role in America as baby boomers age

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A Gallup pollster predicts that religion will have a more prominent place in American society as a new generation of seniors hits retirement age in the next 20 years. His reasoning: history shows... Read more »

Dec. 29, 2012

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