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Our hand-picked mix of compelling news stories, commentaries from Maureen, and important updates about the show.
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Gay priest fired from chaplain job asks Pope Francis to meet LGBT Catholics in U.S.  
07-20-2015From around the web
By DAVID GIBSON c. 2015 Religion News Service (RNS) In May, the Rev. Warren Hall was abruptly dismissed from his position as the popular campus chaplain at Seton Hall University in New Jersey because the...

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Muslims wrap up Ramadan fast with Eid al-Fitr feasting  
07-17-2015From around the web
By JENNIFER CALFAS c. 2015 USA Today Muslim Americans will gather Friday (July 17) to celebrate Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of the month-long Ramadan. Since June 17, Muslims marking Ramadan observed the holy...

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Activist who took down Confederate flag drew on her faith and on new civil rights awakening  
07-13-2015From around the web
By JESSE JAMES DeCONTO | HOT SPRINGS, N.C. (RNS) As she prepared for her mission — scaling the 30-foot flagpole outside the South Carolina Statehouse to bring down the Confederate flag — Bree Newsome ...

Staff and delegation posing with photo of Maureen as a young nun
Does religion cause war? A visit with African leaders  
07-09-2015Maureen's Corner
Maureen shares her experience meeting with a multifaith panel of African leaders where the topics were representation, religion, and war....

Religion News Service
Will Thor join the Army? Believers still in limbo  
07-07-2015From around the web
By KIMBERLY WINSTON c. 2015 Religion News Service (RNS) Jeremiah McIntyre wants to be called a Heathen. The 38-year-old Army sergeant follows the old Norse religion Asatru, in which the god Thor swings h...

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Cardinal Peter Turkson: Bishops need to speak up on the environment  
07-06-2015From around the web
By ROSIE SCAMMELL | VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican is calling on bishops globally to act on the pope’s groundbreaking environmental encyclical, Cardinal Peter Turkson said in an interview. Last week...

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At Ramadan, an online petition for female Quran reciters  
06-29-2015From around the web
BY KEN CHITWOOD c. 2015 Religion News Service (RNS) To many non-Muslims, Ramadan is about fasting, and later, feasting. But Muslims know Ramadan as the month of the Quran, a time when the sacred scripture is rec...