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Religious leaders try to cope with Islamic State attacks

(RNS) Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS — must be stopped. Their struggle is how best to do it. “As mainstream religious leaders of different faiths get together, it strengthens the voice of moderation,” said Ibrahim Hooper of the Counc…
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Why Chris Christie and Jeb Bush were snubbed by social conservative leaders

(RNS) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were not invited to a major gathering of social conservatives in Washington last weekend in what was viewed as a serious snub of two men considered prominent Republican presidential contenders for 2016. …
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Catholic bishop in England resigns over affair with woman, calls decision ‘liberating’

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A 63-year-old Roman Catholic bishop who had an affair six years ago with a woman said he feels calm, liberated and relieved after submitting his resignation to Pope Francis. In an official statement made public Saturday (Sept. 27), Bishop Kieran C…
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Mormon feminists seeking change find it in subtle wording

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the Salt Lake Tribune byline. (RNS) Mormon feminists may have been surprised by some subtle changes in vocabulary and approac…
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The rise and fall and rise of the National Council of Churches (COMMENTARY)

WASHINGTON (RNS) Like many mainline Protestant institutions, the National Council of Churches has had a rough couple of years. Once the public face of American Protestantism, the NCC is now just another face in the crowd. Yet with new leadership and a retooled mission, the N…
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