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Tony Palmer, who captured Pope Francis’ bid for Christian unity with a cellphone, dies after motorcycle crash

(RNS) Bishop Tony Palmer, a charismatic preacher who used a cellphone camera to record Pope Francis issuing an appeal for Christian unity between Catholics and evangelicals, died Sunday (July 20) after a motorcycle crash in the United Kingdom. In January, Palmer held the s…
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New book tells story of forgotten black Mormons

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. SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Green Flake was in the vanguard company of Mormon pioneers in 1847, drivin…
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Political and religious leaders denounce European anti-Jewish outbursts tied to Gaza

PARIS (RNS) Amid mounting protests in Europe against the Gaza conflict, political and religious leaders in the region have sharply denounced anti-Semitism within their borders. “Anti-Semitic rhetoric and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish belief and synago…
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COMMENTARY: Scapegoats along the border

(RNS) Emperor Nero didn’t exactly “fiddle while Rome burned” in 64 A.D. Some historians think he made prodigious efforts to alleviate the suffering of his people. Afterward, however, the emperor did what weak leaders often do: He named a scapegoat. He pointed to the irrita…
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COMMENTARY: Have corporations become modern-day golems?

(RNS) Corporations are not people no matter what five Supreme Court justices and a failed presidential candidate may say. I take that position on the basis of my religious faith, the very test that the justices applied in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. My tradition tells me to…
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