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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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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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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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Muslims welcome shuttering of NYPD spying unit

(RNS) Muslim and civil rights groups welcomed the news that the New York City Police Department's Demographics Unit will disband but said they still fear they may be targets of warrantless surveillance.     Muslim Advocates filed a lawsuit in 2012 to stop the program, and the group...
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Activists call on British government to deport African exorcist

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A Pentecostal preacher who claims to deliver people from witchcraft is a danger to children and should be deported from England, activists say.     Helen Ukpabio, a woman who wears colorful West African clothes and hats and who calls herself a ``Lady Apost...
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COMMENTARY: CIA torture report ought to disturb all our consciences

(RNS) At Easter, Christians celebrate Jesus' rising from the dead. But in light of new revelations of the CIA's abhorrent acts of torture, it's the United States that needs resurrection, too.     Details of the CIA's post-Sept. 11 torture campaign _ made worse, if that is possible,...
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Vatican faces second round of UN scrutiny on sexual abuse policies

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican next month will face yet another crucial United Nations hearing that will scrutinize the Catholic Church's response to clerical sex abuse.     The U.N. committee responsible for monitoring implementation of the Convention Against Torture treaty will h...
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President Obama mourns Kansas tragedy: `We’re all children of God’

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama on Monday (April 14) called for people of all faiths to deter gun violence and anti-Semitism, one day after a gunman killed three people at Jewish centers in suburban Kansas City.     ``That this occurred now _ as Jews were preparing to celebrate Pa...
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Central African Republic clergy urge faster deployment of UN peacekeepers

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Religious leaders, playing an ever expanding role in the troubled Central African Republic, are urging reinforcements for an existing peace mission, even as the United Nations prepares to roll out a bigger one in September.     On Thursday (April 10), the U.N....
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COMMENTARY: Free speech just got more expensive

(RNS) Dear Supreme Court justices: When I heard about the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling, it made me plotz.     I'm a rabbi, so I know much more about the Talmud than about torts. But if there's any group that can compete with scholars of constitutional law, it's...
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Pope approves reforms for scandal-plagued Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has approved a new direction for the scandal-ridden Vatican bank as it seeks to improve transparency and compliance with international guidelines, the Vatican said Monday (April 7).     The bank, known as the Institute for Religious Works, was founde...
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