NEWS OF THE WEEK

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March 27, 2015 | Comments

There was mourning and shock around the world this week after the German plane crash in the French Alps that was apparently caused by the copilot. It left no survivors. One hundred-and-fifty people were on board, including three Americans. Special … More

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March 27, 2015 | Comments

The Obama Administration announced that Pope Francis will visit the White House on September 23 during his first trip to the U.S. as pope. He is expected to address a joint meeting of Congress the next day. His other stops … More

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March 27, 2015 | Comments

The first major candidate in the 2016 presidential race is trying to rally religious conservatives. Senator Ted Cruz, who is a Southern Baptist, announced his candidacy this week at Liberty University, which was founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. … More

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March 27, 2015 | Comments

This week Utah became the only state in the U.S. to allow death row inmates to be executed by firing squad. Governor Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method as an option if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. Critics … More

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March 27, 2015 | Comments

It is one of the most important times of the year for Christians and Jews. Western Christians are observing Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday (March 29) and culminating with Easter (April 5). With special services and rituals, they remember … More

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March 20, 2015 | Comments

The nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination, the Presbyterian Church USA, gave its formal approval this week to gay marriage. The 1.8 million-member denomination voted to change its constitution’s definition of marriage from being “between a man and a woman” to “between … More

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March 20, 2015 | Comments

US religious groups had varied reactions to this week’s elections in Israel. Some were pleased by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory. They praised his strong stand against terrorism and Iran’s nuclear program. But other groups raised concerns about some of … More

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March 20, 2015 | Comments

Faith-based groups are among those mobilizing to help victims of this week’s deadly cyclone in the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu. Teams of aid workers are trying to assess the extent of the destruction and the death toll, but that’s … More

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March 20, 2015 | Comments

In Pakistan, protesters demanded protection for Christians in the wake of the suicide bombings of two churches in Lahore that left 17 dead and injured more than 70 others. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks at an … More

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March 20, 2015 | Comments

Interfaith protests also took place in India, urging that nation to protect its Christian minority. Last week, an elderly Catholic nun was raped during an assault on her convent school. It was the latest in a series of attacks and … More