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Evangelicals a mixed bag on Obama’s immigration move

WASHINGTON (RNS) While Republican leaders blast President Obama for taking executive action on immigration reform, some prominent evangelical leaders are welcoming the president’s plans to keep about 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported. Evangelicals are a…
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Pastors opposed to same-sex marriage vow not to participate in any civil ceremonies

(RNS) What’s the surest way conservative pastors can avoid any government mandate to perform same-sex marriages? According to one prominent religious journal and a growing number of ministers, the answer is not to perform any civil marriages at all. First Things, a conserv…
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10 Commandments for atheists: a guide for nonbelievers who want to explore their values

STANFORD, Calif. (RNS) An atheist, a humanist and an agnostic walk into a restaurant. The hostess says, “Table for one?” An old joke, yes, but its essence lies at the heart of “Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-First Century,” a…
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Cardinal O’Malley repeats: Church needs to discipline bishops over sex abuse

(RNS) Following up on remarks to “60 Minutes” about the clergy sex abuse crisis and other controversial topics, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has stressed that the Catholic Church needs a system to hold bishops accountable and must “avoid crowd-based condemnations.” “We ar…
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Pope Francis: ‘We have paid too little heed to those who are hungry’

ROME (RNS) Market speculation and pursuit of profits are hindering the global fight against hunger and poverty, Pope Francis said Thursday (Nov. 20). In an address at a U.N. conference in Rome on nutrition, the pope urged the world’s wealthiest nations to do more to help t…
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