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COMMENTARY: Obscure no more, world’s first woman rabbi receives recognition

(RNS) The once obscure life and career of Regina Jonas (1902-1944), the world’s first woman rabbi, was honored on Thursday (July 24) at an international gathering of rabbis and lay people at Terezin, the Nazi concentration camp that is better known by its German name (Theres…
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Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia – but where else will he visit?

(RNS) It’s been the worst-kept secret in Christendom, but this week Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput gave the strongest indication yet that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia next year. “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming,” Chaput said Thursday (July 25) be…
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Meriam Ibrahim, freed from Sudan, plans to settle in New Hampshire

ROME (RNS) Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian who was flown to Rome after her death sentence was overturned, is now dreaming of building a future in the U.S. “We will begin a new life,” Ibrahim told Antonella Napoli, head of Italians for Darfur, according to the daily…
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Kate Kelly appeals her excommunication from Mormon Church

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the Salt Lake Tribune byline. SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Kate Kelly, who has led the effort to ordain women to the Mormon priesthoo…
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COMMENTARY: Is religion good for kids?

(RNS) Young children exposed to religion had a more difficult time distinguishing fact from fiction than their less-religious counterparts, according to a study in the July issue of Cognitive Science. This was true even when it came to distinguishing nonreligious fiction vs.…
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