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T.D. Jakes: ‘Heaven’ movie reflects `growing wonder’ about afterlife

(RNS) Bishop T.D. Jakes, a producer of the new movie ``Heaven is for Real,'' said fascination with the story of Colton Burpo, a 4-year-old boy who claims to have glimpsed heaven after a near-death experience, reflects a ``growing wonder'' in the afterlife that spans religiou…
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New book exhorts atheists to `come out’ of the closet

(RNS) Greta Christina has a question for closeted atheists: Ask your openly gay and lesbian friends if their lives are better for coming out.     The answer, almost universally, she claims, is yes.     That's the message of her new book, ``Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It,…
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Gov. Bobby Jindal to keynote Liberty University’s commencement ceremony

(RNS) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, widely considered a rising star in the Republican Party and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, will be the commencement speaker at Liberty University on May 10.     ``Many believe (Jindal) could hold the highest office in the land som…
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Italy’s ‘singing nun’ shows that ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’

ROME (RNS) A young nun who captivated TV viewers with her performance on an Italian talent show has become a global Internet sensation -- attracting more than 45 million hits online -- and a record number of viewers for the program this week. Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 25-…
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Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine

(RNS) Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to ``register'' with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.     Jews emerging…
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