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Chile sex abuse victim’s credibility praised, challenged

VATICAN CITY (AP) — When a Vatican court convicted a Chilean predator priest of sex crimes, it went out of its way to affirm the credibility of his victims. Their testimony had been consistent and corroborated, while their motives in coming forward had been only to “free themselves of a weight that had tormented their consciences,” the tribunal said. FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2015, file photo, Fernando Karadima is escorted from a court, after testifying in a case that three of his victims brought against the country’s Catholic Church in Santiago, Chile. The Vatican ordered Karadima to...

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Faith brought Olympic figure skater Alexa Scimeca Knierim ‘back on the ice’

(RNS) — After overcoming a life-threatening illness two years ago, Olympic pairs figure skater Alexa Scimeca Knierim had to relearn how to skate. The touch of her husband and skating partner Chris Knierim’s hand was enough to reopen the wounds from her surgeries. Scimeca Knierim lost a lot of faith in herself, she told Figure Skaters Online. But, the 26-year-old said: “I grew confidence in a different area. In a nutshell, I may have lost a lot of faith in myself, but I grew with my faith in God. “I have some insecurities now that I didn’t have before, but I’m Read More At Article Source | Article...

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This Muslim artist is giving Valentine’s Day a subversive twist

(RNS) — You probably wouldn’t expect the words “TSA” or “airstrike” to be on your Valentine’s Day cards. But that’s what you get when you order Los Angeles activist and artist Taz Ahmed’s subversive “Muslim VDay” cards. Ahmed doesn’t decorate her cards with paper flowers or lace decals. Instead, her cards are laced with snarky, political puns that aim to evoke discomfort or wry humor. “I’d Never Muslim Ban You From My Heart,” one card reads. “Cupid Dropped an Airstrike on My Heart,” another says, pointing the arrow at Islamophobic rhetoric and policy. They may seem dark, Ahmed explains,...

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Veteran Team USA hockey player Gigi Marvin wants gold and God

(RNS) — Gearing up with pads and helmets at both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, Team USA hockey player Gigi Marvin girded herself with her favorite Bible verse, too. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” Proverbs 3 reads. “(I)n all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” With two Olympic silver medals, Marvin hopes her pucks will go straight, too — straight into the goal for a team gold medal. Gigi — her real name is Gisele Marie — comes from an ice hockey family. Her Read More At Article Source | Article...

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When Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day, what’s a clergyperson to do?

(RNS) — For many this year, Feb. 14 is a day of mixed messages. It’s Valentine’s Day, a time for chocolate, roses and perhaps a dinner date. But it’s also Ash Wednesday, which for many Christians is the start of Lent, a period of penitence that precedes Easter Sunday. How do clergy reconcile this calendar clash, the first of its kind since 1945? Approaches abound: An Oregon clergy couple celebrated Valentine’s Day early on a recent road trip because they knew they’d be busy at a United Methodist church’s Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 14. An Episcopal priest in Maryland has prepared Read More At Article Source | Article...

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