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Despite suspicions, Muslims determined to run in Monday’s Boston Marathon  
04-18-2014From around the web
BY OMAR SACIRBEY (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 ...

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Is the Internet bad for religion?  
04-11-2014From around the web
BY KIMBERLY WINSTON (RNS) A new paper draws an intriguing conclusion to a question scholars have wrestled with for several decades: Why are Americans dropping out of church? One reason? They’re logging o...

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Paolo Sorrentino to direct a TV miniseries about an American pope  
04-09-2014From around the web
BY JOSEPHINE MCKENNA ROME (RNS) Fresh from his Oscar win for best foreign film, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s next project is a TV series about a fictional American pope. Sorrentino, who won for hi...

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World Vision’s Rich Stearns: ‘A bad decision, but we did it with the right motivations’  
03-31-2014From around the web
BY SARAH PULLIAM BAILEY (RNS) In an attempt to create unity, World Vision managed to poke a hornet’s nest around the issue of same-sex marriage. President Rich Stearns openly acknowledges the mistakes the re...

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African clergy join fight to save elephants and rhinos from poaching  
03-28-2014From around the web
BY FREDRICK NZWILI NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) The escalating slaughter of elephants and rhinos is drawing the anger of conservationist clerics, who have begun enlisting church members in the battle to save Africa’...

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Supreme Court takes up Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the contraception mandate  
03-26-2014From around the web
BY LAUREN MARKOE WASHINGTON (RNS) When two corporations — one owned by evangelicals and one owned by Mennonites — filed suit over the Affordable Care Act, they described their complaint in stark and fa...

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Atheist Nate Phelps on his father: I mourn ‘the man he could have been’  
03-24-2014From around the web
BY KIMBERLY WINSTON (RNS) Nathan Phelps, the estranged atheist son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps who died Wednesday (March 19), is asking people to look beyond his father’s legacy of hate. ...