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Church explores other scouting groups after Boy Scouts revoke charter

SEATTLE (RNS) The pastor of a United Methodist Church said her congregation is exploring other scouting affiliations now that the Boy Scouts of America revoked the congregation's charter for refusing to dismiss a gay Scout leader.     ``We are a Reconciling Congregation, op…
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New study by sociologist Mark Regnerus suggests religion can predict sexual behavior

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Controversial sociologist Mark Regnerus presented new research on marriage and sex at a conference of Southern Baptists on Tuesday (April 22), suggesting that religion and sex are tracking more closely than ever before.     In his first new research s…
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The legacies of John Paul II and John XXIII

(RNS) One was a man who shook the very foundations of the Roman Catholic Church by ushering in revolutionary reforms through the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s. The other was a charismatic globe-trotter who stared down communism and taught the world lasting lessons of h…
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John Paul II and John XXIII: A rush to sainthood?

 VATICAN CITY (RNS) Hundreds of pilgrims wind their way around St. Peter's Square as tour guides shout in multiple languages. Beggars have their hands outstretched amid warnings of an invasion of pickpockets from abroad.     Across Rome, hotels are full, streets are clean a…
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Nigerian Christians begin three-day fast after schoolgirls kidnapped

(RNS) Christians began a three-day prayer and fasting period after Islamist Boko Haram militants kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria and desperate parents joined the search in a remote forest.     The girls were abducted last week while at school in the Chibok area…
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