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Venezuela officials detain, free 4 Christian missionaries

Four North Dakota missionaries were released by Venezuelan authorities Saturday after being detained and questioned for several days, a pastor at their church said. Read more »

Published March 1, 2015

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Polynesian Cultural Center opens new marketplace

The Polynesian Cultural Center always has been predominantly an all-day attraction with its re-created island villages, buffet and luau offerings, and elaborate evening show. Read more »

Published Feb. 21, 2015

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Teacher's liver donation saves life of her pastor's father

At Philadelphia Baptist Church, it is hard at times to say blood runs thicker than water. Read more »

Published Feb. 21, 2015

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Rabbi feels at home building bridges at Catholic high school

Even wearing his yarmulke and a visitor's badge, Rabbi Ronald Symons felt at home at the Catholic high school in Coraopolis, near Pittsburgh. And the seniors who filed into religion class were just... Read more »

Published Feb. 17, 2015

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Pope to new cardinals: practice compassion, be open to all

Pope Francis on Sunday exhorted 20 new cardinals to reach out to all those who have been shunned, physically or spiritually, by the church or society. Read more »

Published Feb. 15, 2015

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US colleges bringing in chaplains to serve the nonbelievers

When Bart Campolo broke with the church almost five years ago, he immediately began to feel something missing. Read more »

Published Feb. 14, 2015

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Pope urges cooperation on Vatican reform from cardinals

Pope Francis urged his cardinals Thursday to cooperate in reforming the outdated and dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy, saying the overhaul will help him govern the Catholic Church better and... Read more »

Published Feb. 12, 2015

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Were 3 slain for their religion or their parking space?

Police are trying to determine whether hate played any role in the killing of three Muslims, a crime they said was sparked by a neighbor's long-simmering anger over parking and noise inside their... Read more »

Published Feb. 11, 2015

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Indiana business opposes 'religious freedom' law Pence backs

Indiana business differed with Gov. Mike Pence and some clergy Monday on a proposed law that supporters say would protect people and businesses from having to take part in same-sex weddings and... Read more »

Published Feb. 9, 2015

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Serra: Saint or sinner? Canonization has foes in California

California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced Christianity and established settlements as he marched north with Spanish... Read more »

Published Feb. 7, 2015

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In unison, Muslim clerics lash out against Islamic State

The immolation of a Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State group has brought a unified outcry Friday from top religious clerics across the Muslim world — including a prominent jihadi preacher... Read more »

Published Feb. 6, 2015

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House Speaker John Boehner: Pope Francis to address Congress on Sept. 24

Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of the House and Senate on Sept. 24, becoming the first pontiff to do so, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. Read more »

Published Feb. 5, 2015

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Obama condemns those who seek to 'hijack religion'

President Barack Obama condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring Thursday that "no god condones terror." Read more »

Published Feb. 5, 2015

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Senate backs allowing religion-based hiring by contractors

Religious institutions that receive state and local government contracts would be allowed to make hiring decisions based upon religion under a bill approved Tuesday by the Indiana Senate. Read more »

Published Feb. 3, 2015

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Pope approves martyrdom for slain Salvadoran Romero

Pope Francis decreed Tuesday that slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed in 1980 out of hatred for his Catholic faith, approving a martyrdom declaration that sets the stage for his... Read more »

Published Feb. 3, 2015

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Photos: Romanian mountain Ice Church draws all types of Christians

High on a remote mountain in Romania, priests have blessed a church made entirely from ice, outstanding both for its architectural style as well as being a place for religious tolerance. Read more »

Published Feb. 1, 2015

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US support for satirizing religion breaks along racial lines, Pew survey finds

To the issues dividing Americans by race, add the publication of satirical cartoons about religion. Read more »

Published Jan. 30, 2015

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Amnesty: Saudis postpone blogger's flogging for 3rd week

Authorities in Saudi Arabia delayed the planned flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week Friday in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment, according to rights group... Read more »

Published Jan. 30, 2015

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Portugal approves citizenship plan for Sephardic Jews

Portugal's government on Thursday approved a law granting citizenship rights to the descendants of Jews it persecuted 500 years ago, following Spain's adoption of similar legislation last year. Read more »

Published Jan. 29, 2015

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Obama promotes religious tolerance in India speech

President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States... Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2015

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Steven Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism at Holocaust event

Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and... Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2015

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Some Republican presidential hopefuls court evangelicals

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party's elite donors in private phone calls and meetings,... Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2015

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Church of England consecrates first female bishop

Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop. Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2015

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Egypt: 15 killed in clashes between Islamists, police

Anti-government protesters fought street battles with police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left at least 15 people dead and... Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2015

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Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party's elite donors in private phone calls and meetings,... Read more »

Published Jan. 25, 2015

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