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Charities fight changes on tax deductions

WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans who file income tax returns won't be affected by proposed changes in how charitable contributions are deducted, but that hasn't stopped charitable groups from lobbying Congress to fight any change in deductions as part of the "fiscal cliff'' negotiations. By Jackie Kucinich / USA Today.
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Someone tell the president: Iraqi Christians are dying (COMMENTARY)

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 starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq’s religious minorities, the results hav...
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Ebola comments prompt Christian backlash against Coulter, Trump and Carson

(RNS) Prominent conservative voices are criticizing the decision to bring two medical missionaries who contracted Ebola back to the United States for treatment. Real estate mogul Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson were both critical of bringing the infected missi...
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Vatican: Abandoned Down syndrome baby is victim of ‘throwaway’ culture

VATICAN CITY (RNS)  The Vatican warned Wednesday (Aug. 6) that the alleged rejection of a baby born with Down syndrome to a surrogate mother in Thailand shows how babies have become consumer products for sale. Surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua, a 21-year-old street vendor, made...
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COMMENTARY: The death penalty is never humane, even when carried out swiftly

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) The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits punishments deemed to be cruel and unusual, a standard to which capital punishment d...
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COMMENTARY: Scapegoats along the border

(RNS) Emperor Nero didn’t exactly “fiddle while Rome burned” in 64 A.D. Some historians think he made prodigious efforts to alleviate the suffering of his people. Afterward, however, the emperor did what weak leaders often do: He named a scapegoat. He pointed to the irritating new...
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Moving churches to discuss the morality of climate change

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) Rabbi Moti Rieber travels the politically red state of Kansas armed with the book of Genesis, a psalm and even the words of Jesus to le...
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Pope Francis: End the ‘racist and xenophobic’ approach to migrants along U.S.-Mexico border

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Tuesday (July 15) waded into the controversy of the wave of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling for an end to racism against migrants and pushing the U.S. to offer greater protection for young children entering the coun...
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Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey supports assisted suicide bill

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Three leading Anglicans have entered an explosive debate about whether it is permissible for Christians to allow doctors in England and Wales to administer lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients given less than six months to live. More than 100...
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Pope Francis raises eyebrows by saying pedophile priests include ‘bishops and cardinals’

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has provoked a debate within the Catholic Church after being quoted as saying that one in 50 Catholic clerics is a pedophile.     In the latest example of his get-tough stance against sex abuse _ and his signature style of frank answers to tough ques...
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COMMENTARY: Freedom Summer volunteers inspired by more than just idealism

(RNS) On June 2, 1964, while hundreds of Freedom Summer volunteers were still finishing their training in Oxford, Ohio, three civil rights workers went missing in Neshoba County, Miss. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee field secretary Bob Moses was charged with leading the...
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