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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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Mike Huckabee calls on states, governors to resist upcoming Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

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. NEW YORK (RNS) Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a likely contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination and a leading voice for Ch...
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Boko Haram emerges as brutal Islamic State of Africa

(RNS) Boko Haram, with its chilling brutality, radical Islamic ideology and unstoppable seizure of Nigerian territory is quickly emerging as the Islamic State of Africa. While much of the world has focused on the terror attacks in Paris and the Islamic militants’ capture of swaths...
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How Franklin Graham transformed a debate about Duke Chapel into a culture war (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Franklin Graham’s Facebook fulminations last week about plans to issue the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel transformed what could have been a nuanced campus debate about religious establishment, sacred space, and pluralism into a countrywide fracas tha...
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GOP abandons anti-abortion bill, angering religious conservatives on Roe anniversary

(RNS) Abortion opponents marking the huge annual March for Life in Washington on Thursday (Jan. 22) and anticipating legislative gains by a Republican-dominated Congress were thrown into disarray after GOP leaders unexpectedly withdrew an anti-abortion bill that had been seen as a d...
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The religious politics of abortion are more nuanced than we think (ANALYSIS)

WASHINGTON (RNS) Abortion politics are never very far beneath the surface in American life, but every year around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, handed down Jan. 22, 1973, they take center stage. Thursday’s annual March for Life will draw mor...
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‘Pope’s rabbi’ urges calm after Jewish prosecutor dies in Argentina

WASHINGTON (RNS) Rabbi Abraham Skorka, Argentina’s most famous Jewish citizen and a close friend of Pope Francis, was on the road this week when news from Buenos Aires shocked his nation and made headlines around the world. Given Argentina’s large Jewish community — 250,000 people...
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Atlanta is burning: A new and ominous threat to religious liberty (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) One day Atlanta has a fire chief; the next day it doesn’t. Once again, a moral scandal takes down a public official. What was the scandal involving Chief Kelvin Cochran? He holds to views that Mayor Kasim Reed, among others, find out of bounds. The facts in the case are no...
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Catholic leaders to House abortion foes: Immigration reform is also ‘pro-life’

(RNS) More than 100 Roman Catholic leaders are using this week’s annual march against legal abortion to press anti-abortion House members to pass immigration reform, saying they should see it as another “pro-life” issue. “As brothers and sisters in faith, we urge these elected off...
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Supreme Court upholds religious rights of prisoners

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. WASHINGTON (RNS) A Supreme Court that has extended the reach of religion into public life in recent years ruled Tuesday (Jan. 20) that spirit...
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Churches in Niger and other former French colonies torched over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

NAIROBI, Kenya ( RNS) Cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are proving costly for Christians in majority-Muslim countries in Africa. At least 45 churches were torched over the weekend in Niger, in two days of protests that left about 10 people dead. The targeted churches wer...
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