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In Newtown churches, many questions - and tears - but few answers

NEWTOWN, Conn. (RNS) At houses of worship here, people gathered in pews, crying, kneeling and hugging each other through services that focused on remembering the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, uniting the community, celebrating Christmas and preventing similar disasters. 
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Gospel artist BeBe Winans opens up about Whitney Houston

(RNS) Gospel artist BeBe Winans has written a new book about his 28-year friendship with Whitney Houston. In an interview, he talked about Houston's faith and why he won't rush to see her performance in "Sparkle," the movie that opens Friday (Aug. 17). By Adelle M. Banks.
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Technology shifts the meaning of ‘death us do part’ in funeral rituals

(RNS) Technological advances have dramatically altered how we grieve for and memorialize the dead. In Mourning 2.0, bereaved share their sorrow on Facebook, and light virtual candles on memorial websites. Mourners affix scannable barcode chips to tombstones so visitors can pull up photos and videos on a smartphone. By Laura Petrecca.
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Marvin Winans will add soul to Whitney Houston’s funeral

NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) At the end of the day, those in pastoral and gospel circles say Marin Winans is a preacher and a good one who'll lean on the gospel to eulogize Whitney Houston at the New Hope Baptist Church here in Newark on Saturday. By Barry Carter.
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Fans to be shut out of Whitney Houston’s church funeral

NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) With TV trucks and camera crews clogging the streets and thousands of fans hoping for a glimpse of the event, Whitney Houston's family has decided that no one but invited guests will get near her church funeral on Saturday. By James Queally and Peggy McGlone.
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