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84-year-old nun gets 35 months for breaking into nuclear facility

(RNS) An 84-year-old nun was sentenced to nearly three years in prison on Tuesday (Feb. 18) for breaking into a Tennessee nuclear facility in July 2012.     Sister Megan Rice and two other anti-nuclear activists were convicted last May of breaking into a federal complex that stores enriched uranium.     ``Please have no leniency on me. To remain in prison for...
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In McAllen, Texas, faith groups responded, while Washington dithered (COMMENTARY)

 (RNS) In the face of an imploding immigration system, an exploding political debate and a deadlock on reform in Washington, it was religious leaders who rallied to form a humanitarian response to the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border to the United States this summ...
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Religious communities can do more to get out the vote (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Much is at stake in this year's midterm elections.      * A low voter turnout would be disheartening. If people get the government they vote for, then not voting at all distorts the outcome. The stay-at-home party can't be read, can't be responded to or taken seriously. Afric...
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Vatican: Pope Francis not under threat from Islamic State militants

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis faces no specific threat from Islamic State militants and will not be adding extra security measures on his one-day trip to Albania next week, the Vatican said Monday (Sept 15). The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said despite...
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Why same-sex marriage is expected to heat up this election among evangelicals

(RNS) As more states affirm same-sex marriage, U.S. evangelicals continue to wrestle with homosexuality, setting boundaries for what’s acceptable and what’s not, and setting the stage for a heated fall election season. This week, things got hotter. A new group called Evangelical...
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Brutally murdered nuns laid to rest in the Congo as crime investigation continues

(RNS) Three elderly Italian nuns murdered in Burundi were laid to rest Thursday (Sept. 11) in a Xaverian cemetery in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid heightened calls for action about their death. Sister Lucia Pulici, 75, Sister Olga Raschietti, 82, and Sister Bernadetta Bogg...
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Ted Cruz booed off the stage when he touts Israel-Christian solidarity

(RNS) After he said “Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was heckled off the stage at a Wednesday night (Sept. 10) gala to raise awareness of beleaguered Mideast Christians. Cruz, the keynote speaker at the Washington, D.C., dinner, sponsored by I...
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Regensburg Redux: Was Pope Benedict XVI right about Islam? (ANALYSIS)

(RNS) Eight years ago this Friday, Sept. 12, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fanaticism. It was an undiplomatic assertion, to say the least — especially coming...
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Religious left says it won’t drop the moral mantle in 2014

(RNS) Faith leaders who sit to the left in American politics say they won’t let the religious right claim the moral mantle in the elections of 2014. On Tuesday (Sept. 9),  they announced a new campaign to boost voter registration and encourage voters, particularly in poor and immi...
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Missouri lawmaker, wife ask court for contraception insurance exclusion

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the St. Louis Post-Dispatch byline. ST. LOUIS (RNS) A family should have the same right as a small business to opt out of birth cont...
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New ‘Nuns on the Bus’ tour to tackle political ‘dark money’

(RNS) This time it’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming “Nuns on the Bus” tour, which hits the road next week (Sept. 17) for the third time in three years, a monthlong trip though 10 key U.S. Senate battleground states to campaign...
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