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Pope Francis and America’s shifting views toward Catholics (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Did you catch the shoutout to Pope Francis during President Obama’s State of the Union address? It’s only the third time in history that’s happened. Francis’ name will resurface in Congress later this year if and when he accepts an invitation to address lawmakers — t…
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Pope Francis says he wants all annulments to be free

(RNS) Pope Francis on Friday (Jan. 23) warned the Vatican’s top marriage judges that they should not “lock the salvation of persons within the straits of legalism” and indicated he wants the church to no longer charge for the sometimes onerous and expensive annulment process…
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Mike Huckabee calls on states, governors to resist upcoming Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in USA Today. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the USA Today byline. NEW YORK (RNS) Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a likely contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination and a leading voic…
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Boko Haram emerges as brutal Islamic State of Africa

(RNS) Boko Haram, with its chilling brutality, radical Islamic ideology and unstoppable seizure of Nigerian territory is quickly emerging as the Islamic State of Africa. While much of the world has focused on the terror attacks in Paris and the Islamic militants’ capture o…
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Jimmy Carter, Russell Moore and Harry Jackson: Bridging the racial divide

(RNS) As protests against police brutality and the killing of unarmed black men continue from coast to coast, religious leaders are spearheading church-based gatherings to find ways to bridge America’s racial divide. On the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Baptists…
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