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Mormons embrace social media to push back against official church teachings

BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) It was a gathering that would have been unthinkable just five years ago. On a cool summer evening, in a borrowed classroom overlooking San Francisco Bay, about 150 men and women gathered to screen a short documentary about a Mormon family whose 13-ye…
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New Jersey nun beatification set for next month in Newark

NEW YORK (RNS) New Jersey is often dismissed as a cultural wasteland of traffic jams and suburban sprawl, mobster graveyards and lost dreams — source material for native son rockers like Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. But soon the state may also be known as home of th…
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali draws criticism from fellow atheists at Yale

(RNS) A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University where she is scheduled to speak Monday night (Sept. 15). While her previous campus critics have included members of religious…
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Vatican: Pope Francis not under threat from Islamic State militants

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis faces no specific threat from Islamic State militants and will not be adding extra security measures on his one-day trip to Albania next week, the Vatican said Monday (Sept 15). The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said…
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Why same-sex marriage is expected to heat up this election among evangelicals

(RNS) As more states affirm same-sex marriage, U.S. evangelicals continue to wrestle with homosexuality, setting boundaries for what’s acceptable and what’s not, and setting the stage for a heated fall election season. This week, things got hotter. A new group called Eva…
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