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COMMENTARY: Mike Jacobs was Holocaust survivor; he also lived a happy life

(RNS) Mike Jacobs died this week. If you don’t live in North Texas, you probably don’t recognize the name. He was a guy worth knowing about. Mike was born Mendel Jakubowicz in 1924, in the Polish town of Konin. He was 15 when the Nazis moved in. He spent his teen years shu…
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COMMENTARY: ‘Rock star’ pastors lose their luster

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in USA Today. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the USA Today byline. (RNS) It’s not easy being a celebrity pastor these days with that pesky Internet around. Consider the struggles of Mark Driscoll of…
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Vatican urges priests to clamp down on excessive emotions during the sign of peace

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In an effort to insure a more sober ritual, the Vatican has urged bishops to clamp down on singing, moving around and other casual expressions of affection when the sign of peace is exchanged during Mass. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Disci…
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At least one American missionary infected with Ebola heading back to US

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in USA Today. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the USA Today byline. (RNS) At least one of two American medical missionaries diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia could be back in the United…
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Pagans wonder ‘witch’ way for the next generation as New Age trend ages

(RNS) Oh, the kids. They don’t know the history. They don’t know how hard it was in the old days. And many ditch their spiritual upbringing for the next new thing. It happens to Catholics, evangelicals, Jews, and yes, pagans, too. Second-generation pagans — those whose…
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