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How moms set children’s spiritual compass and why it matters  
05-08-2015
By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN (RNS) Religious identity used to be “inherited.” “Cradle Catholic” is shorthand for born into the faith; within Judaism, the faith is passed through a Jewi...

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Liberation theology’s founder basks in a belated rehabilitation under Pope Francis  
05-07-2015
By DAVID GIBSON | NEW YORK (RNS) It used to be that just saying the words “liberation theology” around Catholics was enough to start a schism-level fight, or at least raise a red flag in Rome. ...

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Why David Brooks is my rabbi (COMMENTARY)  
05-06-2015
By JEFFREY SALKIN (RNS) Is David Brooks becoming a Christian? That’s the question that some people have been asking about The New York Times’ op-ed columnist, especially in the...

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Women of the Wall pluck Torah scroll across partition to women’s section  
04-22-2015
By MICHELE CHABIN | JERUSALEM (RNS) For the first time in its 26-year history, the feminist prayer group Women of the Wall managed to read from a full-sized Torah scroll Monday (April 20) after one...

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Panel offers pastors advice on becoming ‘ministers of reconciliation’ in African-American communities  
04-16-2015
By CHRISTOPHER HUTTON | ORLANDO, Fla. (RNS) Christian ministers should establish relationships with law enforcement, seek ways to become moral authorities in their communities and listen. Those were the ...

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Why conservatives want Obama to say ‘Islamic’ terrorism  
04-14-2015
By TREVIN WAX (RNS) When Sen. Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for president, the Texas Republican asked the audience at Liberty University to “imagine a president who says, ‘We will stand up and defe...

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The problem with creating ‘Christian’ versions of things (COMMENTARY)  
04-13-2015
By SCOTT CHRISTIAN | NEW YORK (RNS) If someone offered you the chance to live in a world designed to look and feel like the real one, but is actually a tidier, more ordered Stepford-ish facsimile, would...

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