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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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Mikvahs seek security after hidden camera scandal

WASHINGTON (RNS) In the days since a prominent Orthodox rabbi was charged with spying on naked women in his synagogue’s mikvah, Jews who oversee the ritual baths across the country are rushing to reassure that the same scandal could not happen under their watch. Sharon Weiss-Green...
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Orphans abandoned, shunned in Africa’s Ebola crisis

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. MONROVIA, Liberia (RNS)  Ever since Frank Mulbah’s mother died of Ebola in August, no one will go near him. “I went to my relatives after m...
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Why Brittany Maynard’s choice to die is not personal or private

(RNS) It has been heartbreaking these last few days to hear the story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old, beautiful young woman diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor and given only a few months to live. The saddest part of the story for me, however, is not her prognosis, but her...
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Welcoming the stranger, even if it’s against the law (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) A nonviolent uprising around immigration is growing in Philadelphia. Its faith leaders announced last week that they would welcome immigrant families even if it is against the law. They are building a movement of “sanctuary congregations” and have dreams the U.S. will one day...
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Pope Francis fires Paraguay bishop accused of covering up abuse

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In the latest sign of an uncompromising stance on sex abuse, Pope Francis has removed a bishop in Paraguay after a Vatican investigation into whether he had protected an Argentine priest who was accused of sex abuse in the U.S. Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Pl...
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Hatred of immigrants has a long history (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Although immigration created our nation, prejudice and discrimination have always dogged those yearning to breathe free.     Christopher Columbus, the first European ``immigrant,'' represented a repressive Spanish monarchy that expelled its Jews in 1492 and its Muslims betwee...
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Ebola strikes another American aid worker

(RNS) A third American aid worker has been diagnosed with Ebola.     The missionary group SIM USA announced Tuesday (Sept. 2) that one of its American doctors has been diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia. The doctor was treating pregnant women and those giving birth in the capital city...
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John Lennon’s killer: My life is all about Jesus now

(RNS) The man who murdered John Lennon wants only one thing now _ to tell others about Jesus.     Mark David Chapman, 59, told parole examiners he was no longer the man who sought notoriety through killing the Beatles rock star in 1980.     Now, he said, he's sorry, ``forgiven by...
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As churches take measures to prevent Ebola, traditional healers ply herbs

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) As the Ebola outbreak widens, churches in Africa have begun issuing new guidelines to prevent infection even as traditional healers continue to ply their herbs.     In Nigeria, Roman Catholics have begun giving Communion wafers in the palm of the hand rather th...
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Recovered from Ebola, US missionary Kent Brantly discharged

(RNS) An American doctor treated for Ebola, Kent Brantly, was discharged from Atlanta's Emory University Hospital Thursday (Aug. 21). Another American aid worker, Nancy Writebol, was discharged Tuesday (Aug. 19).     ``God saved my life,'' said Brantly, looking gaunt, at a press co...
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