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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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Vatican drops image of bound woman after complaints  
03-16-2015
By ROSIE SCAMMELL | ROME (RNS) Following complaints, the Vatican’s cultural office has removed an image of a naked female torso bound in ropes that was used to advertise a women’s conference...

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The ‘Splainer: Who was St. Patrick, and would he drink green beer?  
03-13-2015
By KIMBERLY WINSTON For Catholics, Episcopalians and some Lutherans, March 17 is the Feast Day of St. Patrick. For the rest of us, it’s St. Patrick’s Day — a midweek exc...

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The Christian radio echo chamber: We are under siege by our enemies  
03-11-2015
By TOM EHRICH (RNS) On my recent 4,100-mile pilgrimage across the U.S., I occasionally used my radio’s “seek” function to find stations. I often stopped on a “Christian radio” st...

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Boko Haram pledges loyalty to brutal Islamic State  
03-09-2015
By KATHARINE LACKEY (RNS) Boko Haram’s leader has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a new audio message, according to a group that monitors extremist activity. In the recording, a man claiming ...

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‘Dig’ digs into the Bible — but is it ‘true’?  
03-06-2015
By KIMBERLY WINSTON (RNS) Breathlessly describing his new USA Network series “Dig” in a promo, leading man Jason Isaacs promises “everything is based on reality and true.” To a point. ...

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Applebee’s not liable for N.J. man burned while praying over fajita skillet  
03-05-2015
By CHRISTOPHER BAXTER | TRENTON, N.J. c. 2015 The Star-Ledger (RNS) A New Jersey man cannot collect damages for burns he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet at Appl...

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Our Lady of Revenue: NYC churches go on the market, leaving parishioners cynical  
03-04-2015
By RICK HAMPSON | NEW YORK  c. 2014 USA Today (RNS) Our Lady of Vilnius Church, built by families of immigrant Lithuanian longshoremen, started out a century ago as a beloved worship space. Now, it&rsq...

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