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  • Can Sam Harris Wake Us Up?

    It caused a stir when Sam Harris, in a new book titled Waking Up, changed his message from militant atheism to peaceful Buddhism. A positive message is better than a negative one, and since Buddhism is often labeled as "a religion without God," Harris

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  • Juliette Lewis Defends Scientology, Tom Cruise With "Conspiratorial" Theory

    Scientology is far from the world's most popular religion, but according to Juliette Lewis, it's largely misunderstood.  The actress, 41, has been a practicing Scientologist for years. While promoting her new movie Kelly & Cal, she recently spoke to The Daily Beast about the controversial religion,…

    Us Weekly
  • Gunmen kill Sunni leader in Pakistan

    Gunmen riding motorbikes Sunday shot dead a leader from a hardline Sunni religious outfit in Pakistan in a suspected sectarian attack, officials said. Mufti Amanullah, from the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), was travelling in a car when the attack occurred in the garrison city of Rawalpindi,…

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  • More Americans see influence of religion waning: poll

    Nearly three-quarters of the public think religion is losing influence in American life and a growing number want religion to play more of a role in politics, according to a poll released on Monday. The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on…

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  • 700-Year Embrace: Skeleton Couple Still Holding Hands

    The skeletal remains of two lovebirds were uncovered, after being locked in a romantic embrace for the past 700 years. Archeologists found the happy couple holding hands in an earthen grave during an excavation of a "lost" chapel in Leicestershire, England, researchers reported Thursday (Sept. 18).…

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  • Survivor of Nigeria church collapse tells of days in darkness

    Lying in the rubble of the guesthouse, only able to tell if it was night or day through a tiny crack, Lindiwe Ndwandwe heard the screams of others beneath the debris slowly turn silent. For five days the 33-year-old was trapped inside a toilet next to the dining hall of the collapsed Synagogue…

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    Muslims and Christians throng Albania streets to greet Pope

    Christians and Muslims thronged the Albanian capital Sunday to greet Pope Francis who arrived in the mainly Muslim country for a one-day visit to praise it as a model of religious harmony. Duration: 00:51

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  • The 5 most surprising findings from Pew’s faith and politics survey

    Fifty percent of the US thinks homosexual behavior is sinful, according to a Pew poll released today. In a study titled, "Public Sees Religion's Influence Waning: Growing Appetite for Religion in Politics," Pew looks at the various ways faith and politics intersect in the public sphere. For…

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  • Heard at Syria's border: Life in the Islamic State is orderly, but brutal

    Three women line up at Turkey’s Kilis border gate waiting to enter Syria. They are headed home to Raqqa, a city on the Euphrates River that is a bastion of the self-styled Islamic State (IS), the Sunni jihadist group that the United States and its allies

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  • America's Weirdest Yard Sale Is In This Beautiful, Defunct Church (PHOTOS)

    CANADENSIS, Pa. -- A man in the backwoods of Pennsylvania has turned the House of God into the House of Pogs.There's plenty of mystery surrounding the defunct Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic church. Its front lawn boasts a gigantic, 24-hour-a-day yard

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  • Religion in public life: another political divide that's growing

    American politics is filled with divisions, dysfunction, and growing polarization. Almost three-quarters of Americans – 72 percent – believe the influence of religion is waning in the public square, according to the Pew Research Center. The portion of the American public that sees too little public…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Why every major network wants an Olivia Pope

    This TV season, it's impossible to get away from Olivia Pope. For Scandal's nearly 10 million viewers, there can never be enough Pope. One way they're doing so is by building characters that emulate Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope. A survey of many of this season's new television shows and their…

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  • Dalai Lama praises China's leader as 'realistic'

    The Dalai Lama praised Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday for being "more realistic" and principled than his predecessors, a day after Xi's three-day visit to India ended. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader has lived in exile for decades in India's Himalayan foothill city of Dharamsala,…

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  • Pope chooses a moderate for Chicago archbishop

    As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road. On Saturday, Pope Francis named Cupich as the next archbishop of Chicago, sending a strong signal about the direction that the pontiff is taking the church. Cupich…

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  • Nigeria's Jonathan condoles "Prophet" on visit to collapsed church

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan offered condolences to a popular preacher on a visit on Saturday to a church guesthouse that collapsed a week ago, killing at least 80 people. Joshua and his supporters say the collapse was an "attack" somehow linked to a mysterious aircraft they claim flew over…

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    Pope condemns Islamist militants

    Pope Francis is greeted by cheering crowds in predominantly Muslim Albania on his first official European visit, before launching his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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    Pope Flags Christian-Muslim Ties In Albania

    Pope Francis arrived Sunday in Albania on his first European trip, designed to highlight the Balkan nation's path from a brutal communist state where religion was banned to a model of Christian-Muslim coexistence for a world witnessing conflict in God's name. Security was tight for Francis' 11-hour…

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