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COMMENTARY: Anti-Semitism card overplayed in Ukraine

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) While Ukrainian Jewish leaders recognized the flier as a political dirty trick, it caused widespread outrage here in the United States,...
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Despite suspicions, Muslims determined to run in Monday’s Boston Marathon

(RNS) Ask Jalon Fowler, a 38-year-old IT specialist for John Hancock Financial Services, what advice she would give to two Muslim friends who will each be running their first Boston Marathon, and this Muslim convert is happy to opine.     ``Go easy; stay relaxed,'' Fowler said. ``M...
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`Heaven Is for Real’ _ and for everyone in new film

(RNS) Heaven is not only ``for real,'' it's pretty much for everyone in the new movie based on the near-death experience visions of a precocious preschooler.     The original book, ``Heaven Is for Real,'' was a 2010 sales sensation. Nebraska pastor Todd Burpo detailed his 4-year-ol...
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T.D. Jakes: ‘Heaven’ movie reflects `growing wonder’ about afterlife

(RNS) Bishop T.D. Jakes, a producer of the new movie ``Heaven is for Real,'' said fascination with the story of Colton Burpo, a 4-year-old boy who claims to have glimpsed heaven after a near-death experience, reflects a ``growing wonder'' in the afterlife that spans religious backgr...
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New book exhorts atheists to `come out’ of the closet

(RNS) Greta Christina has a question for closeted atheists: Ask your openly gay and lesbian friends if their lives are better for coming out.     The answer, almost universally, she claims, is yes.     That's the message of her new book, ``Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to...
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Gov. Bobby Jindal to keynote Liberty University’s commencement ceremony

(RNS) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, widely considered a rising star in the Republican Party and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, will be the commencement speaker at Liberty University on May 10.     ``Many believe (Jindal) could hold the highest office in the land someday,''...
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Italy’s ‘singing nun’ shows that ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’

ROME (RNS) A young nun who captivated TV viewers with her performance on an Italian talent show has become a global Internet sensation -- attracting more than 45 million hits online -- and a record number of viewers for the program this week. Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old...
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Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine

(RNS) Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to ``register'' with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.     Jews emerging from a s...
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COMMENTARY: Nun teaches secret to overcoming fear of death

(RNS) I have always had a tremendous fear of death. It arose, perhaps, from having had older parents. I worried my parents might die, leaving me bereft. Even now, I sometimes awake at night gripped by the terrible anxiety that I will soon die. At this time of year when Christians...
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Can you question the Resurrection and still be a Christian?

(RNS) ``On the third day, he rose again.''     That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It's the heart of...
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