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What do Americans pray for? Themselves. And maybe a sports team

(RNS) When Americans aren’t busy praying for themselves or their own needs — and most of them are — many are seeking divine intervention on behalf of a favorite sports team or the golden ticket in the lottery, according to a new survey. About 13 percent of Americans who pr…
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Can kids with Down syndrome have friends? (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Nearly nine years ago, I lay in a hospital bed with a sleeping baby in my arms, engulfed by fear. Mine wasn’t the typical anxiety of new mothers. We had just received a diagnosis of Down syndrome for our daughter Penny, and for a while I felt as though I had been swept…
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Muslim inmate takes his case for a beard to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (RNS) It’s not every day that a coalition of legal minds is rooting for a violent inmate convicted of stabbing his girlfriend in the neck. When Gregory Holt’s case arrives at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday (Oct. 7), lawyers won’t be arguing about what landed…
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Petition: Create a seating section for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men on El Al flights

JERUSALEM (RNS) A Chicago woman has launched an online petition asking El Al Airlines to allot a section of its planes to ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who do not want to sit next to women. Sharon Shapiro initiated the petition on Sunday (Sept. 28), after two instances when se…
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US Cardinal Raymond Burke mounts defense on Catholic teaching on divorce

(RNS) Public disagreements over whether the Roman Catholic Church can change its teachings on Communion for remarried Catholics are growing sharper on the eve of a major Vatican summit, with conservatives led by U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke making another push against looseni…
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