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Darren Aronofsky: I’m not religious, but the environmental messages in `Noah’ are

WASHINGTON (RNS) Director Darren Aronofsky says he is not religious, and that his Russell Crowe blockbuster movie ``Noah'' is the ``least-biblical biblical film ever made.''     But the strong environmental message of his film _ which makes Noah a hero as a God-inspired ste…
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Meet the women behind the miracles credited to John Paul II and John XXIII

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Floribeth Mora Diaz fought back tears on Thursday (April 24) as she claimed that the late Pope John Paul II had saved her from an inoperable brain aneurysm three years ago.     Mora will be on hand at Sunday's historic ceremony in St. Peter's Square as Po…
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COMMENTARY: John XXIII and John Paul II: Two Catholic saints for the Jews

NEW YORK (RNS) It is a poignant coincidence that Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized as Catholic saints on the eve of Yom Hashoah, the international day of Holocaust remembrance observed in Israel and by Jews around the world.     These two popes' personal n…
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Losing my religion: Clergy who no longer believe gather online

(RNS) Catherine Dunphy came to seminary in her mid-20s, full of passion to work in the service of the Catholic Church. By the time she left, for many reasons, she had lost her faith.     ``I had this struggle where I thought, 'I don't believe this anymore,''' said Dunphy, n…
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Bible survey: Many Americans scramble their Scripture

(RNS) The Bible encourages the “repression of women," and it’s silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery. As least, that’s what about one in five U.S. adults believe. But they're wrong. The American Bible Society’s annual “State of the Bible” survey reveals “the pe…
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