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The Mormon temple in Rexburg, Idaho. (AP Photo/Amanda Smith, File)

Mormons: People don’t get own planets in afterlife

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon Church is pushing back against the notion that members of the faith are taught they’ll get their own planet in the afterlife, a misconception popularized in pop culture […]

02/27/2014

Married man to become Maronite priest in US

ST. LOUIS (AP) — When Deacon Wissam Akiki is ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest Thursday night in St. Louis, he’s expected to have hundreds of supporters there for him, including his wife and daughter. […]

02/27/2014

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CNN’s Don Lemon reacts to Arizona veto

Cheers erupted outside the Arizona state capitol building yesterday when Governor Jan Brewer announced she had vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to deny services based on their religious beliefs. The Republican […]

02/27/2014

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Rick Warren creates event on mental health following his son’s death

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — A year after his son’s suicide, popular evangelical pastor Rick Warren is taking on a new mental health ministry inspired by his personal tragedy. Warren, founder of Saddleback Church and […]

02/25/2014

In this May 9, 2011 photo, an Israeli man prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, prior to a prayer marking Israel's Independence Day, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Israeli demand sparks ‘Jewish state’ debate

JERUSALEM (AP) — Is Israel “the Jewish state”? The answer may seem as obvious as the Star of David on the Israeli flag. Yet the question is starting to complicate the ambitious U.S. effort to […]

02/20/2014

Religious freedom bill riles gay rights activists

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans lawmakers in Arizona want to give business owners the right to refuse service to gay patrons if doing so goes against their religious beliefs. A bill providing such protections was on […]

02/20/2014

This Sept. 20, 2006 file photo shows a picture of priest Nicolas Aguilar during a news conference to announce a  lawsuit against members of the Roman Catholic church in Mexico City. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay $13 million to settle 17 clergy abuse lawsuits, including 11 that involve Aguilar who fled prosecution and remains a fugitive more than 25 years later, plaintiffs' attorneys said Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull,File)

Los Angeles bishop kept altar boy list from police

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Los Angeles police were investigating allegations of child abuse by a Roman Catholic priest in 1988, they asked for a list of altar boys at the last parish where the […]

02/19/2014

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Archdiocese to settle priest abuse cases for $13M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay $13 million to settle 17 clergy abuse lawsuits, including 11 that involve a visiting Mexican priest who fled prosecution and remains a […]

02/18/2014

This artist's rendition provided by NASA shows Kepler-69c, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun, located about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. (AP Photo/NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech)

Bill Nye: Bible doesn’t tell Earth’s true history

PETERSBURG, Ky. (AP) – True to his passionate and animated TV persona, “Science Guy” Bill Nye tapped on the podium, threw up his hands and noted that science shows the Earth is “billions and billions” […]

02/05/2014

Pope Francis washes foot of inmate at Casal del Marmo juvenile detention center, Rome, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano photo. (AP Photo)

Even at age 13, Pope Francis was concerned for the poor

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano on Wednesday published a letter Francis sent to a fellow priest in 1990 in which he recounted all the things he learned during the sixth grade […]

01/29/2014

A graffiti depicting Pope Francis as Superman and holding a bag with a writing which reads: "Values" is seen on a wall of the Borgo Pio district near St. Peter's Square in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s SuperPope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — It wasn’t enough that Pope Francis was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” or that he fronted this week’s Rolling Stone magazine. Now there’s SuperPope graffiti sprouting up around the […]

01/28/2014