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Fox News Reporter Greg Burke Gets a New Assignment: Vatican PR  
BY TIM TOWNSEND | ST. LOUIS (RNS) In his new job as the Vatican's senior communications adviser, Burke, 52, will be counseling Pope Benedict XVI and his closest staff on how to better project the Catholic Church&#...

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Miss America Has a Faith-based Platform for Kids of Prisoners  
By G. JEFFREY MACDONALD | AUSTIN, Tex.    (RNS) Laura Kaeppeler has a fantasy gig: traveling nonstop, wearing stylish new outfits each day and attracting TV crews in every city she visits as Miss Ame...

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Young Snake Handlers Grasp the Power of Faith  
By BOB SMIETANA | NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (USA Today) Andrew Hamblin's Facebook page is filled with snippets of his life. Making a late-night run to Taco Bell. Watching SpongeBob on the couch with his kids. Hand...

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Technology shifts the meaning of ‘death us do part’ in funeral rituals  
By LAURA PETRECCA (USA Today) When her 91-year-old aunt passed away in 2010, Diane DiResta videotaped the eulogies to create a record of the moving words spoken. She wasn't ready to talk about her aunt at the...

"This Week in Religion: The Pope's Butler"  
Odyssey Networks shares this week's stories about religion in the news. Watch the video here. Top stories include: Pope Benedict XVI's Butler Arrested for Leaking Confidential Papal Documents Russian...

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Kansas Bans Shariah, Muslims Eye Legal Fight  
By LAUREN MARKOE | WASHINGTON    (RNS) Muslim civil rights groups are calling a new Kansas law that bans Shariah in state courtrooms an expression of Islamophobia that is vulnerable to a legal challenge. &nb...

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Guidelines Seek Line Between Free Speech and Bullying  
By LAUREN MARKOE | WASHINGTON (RNS) When Sally tells Jimmy that he's going to hell for believing in a false religion, is that Sally exercising her First Amendment right to free expression, or is that Bil...