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Chicago Cardinal Francis George dies at 78, an icon of a conservatism suddenly out of favor

(RNS) The death of Cardinal Francis George at age 78 on Friday (April 17) was not unexpected. The powerful archbishop of Chicago had been battling cancer for years, and when it returned, the toll contributed to his decision to give up the reins of one of the nation’s premier…
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Can religion and politics mix – for good, not evil?

NEW YORK (RNS) Religion and politics are assumed to be a dangerous brew, volatile to the point of murderous. And at least judging by current events in the Middle East and elsewhere, that may well be true. But can this potion be used for advancing peace rather than instigat…
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Inside a dying German church, a new synagogue rises

COTTBUS, Germany (RNS) For years, the Schlosskirche, or castle church, at the heart of Cottbus’ historic old city stood mostly empty. Like many other parishes in Germany, the Schlosskirche no longer had a congregation of its own. And recent efforts to breathe life back int…
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Parents of murdered boy want life for Boston bomber

BOSTON – Parents of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombings of April 2013, called on the government Friday (March 17) to end their quest for the death penalty and give the bomber life in prison. In a statement published on the front page o…
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Half of U.S. states consider right-to-die legislation

More than a dozen states, plus the District of Columbia, are considering controversial medically assisted death legislation this year. The laws would allow mentally fit, terminally ill patients age 18 and older, whose doctors say they have six months or less to live, to re…
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