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How superstition may thwart Ebola’s eradication in Guinea

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Church leaders in West Africa are raising concerns over sporadic violence that has killed one of their own and frustrated efforts to stem the Ebola epidemic. The violence took a dangerous turn last week in a remote village in southeast Guinea, when fea…
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Will Catholic bishops annul Pope Francis’ marriage reform initiative?

VATICAN CITY ( RNS) Pope Francis has appointed a special commission to look at ways to make it easier for Roman Catholics to dissolve their marriages in the eyes of the church.     The goal of the 11-member commission announced Saturday (Sept. 20), is to reform the process,…
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Religion loses clout: Why many say that’s a bad thing

(RNS) More Americans today say religion’s influence is losing ground just when they want it to play a stronger role in public life and politics. A new Pew Research Center survey finds 72 percent of Americans say religion’s influence is declining in society — the highest pe…
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The NFL and the church share the same culture of silence on abuse (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Too often, it can be easy to assume that some issues are less prevalent in the church. We forget that, as a collective of individuals shaped by the culture at large, sin is indiscriminate in whom it touches. Many church leaders do not realize that all evils are present…
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Will the Catholic Church change its stand on marriage and divorce?

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis made headlines this week when he officiated at the weddings of 20 couples, including  some who had been living together and a woman who has a daughter from a previous relationship. It was the first time that the Argentine pontiff had preside…
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