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‘Jet-set monk’ is back in Thailand after extradition from US

BANGKOK (AP) — A former monk known for a jet-setting lifestyle is back in Thailand after being extradited from the United States, where he fled to escape charges including statutory rape and fraud. Wirapol Sukphol, 37, appeared on a YouTube video showing the orange-robed monk aboard a private jet. He wore aviator sunglasses and had a Louis Vuitton carry-on bag, sparking an outcry over his behavior. Soon after the video surfaced in 2013, Wirapol was defrocked Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Good works of churches often go unnoticed

Which, if any, of the following areas of service have you heard local Christian churches or their members doing in the last 6 months? Graphic courtesy of LifeWay Research (RNS) — At least half of Americans realize that churches feed and clothe the poor but far fewer are aware of other social services that congregations provide, a new study shows. LifeWay Research found that 60 percent of Americans know of churches that have fed the Read More At Article Source | Article...

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A Buddhist prayer festival fills a remote Tibetan village with color

A nun recites mantras in front of a small altar with offerings. The offerings, in the form of seven bowls of water with flowers, represent the seven lakes surrounding Mount Meru, the center of the Buddhist universe. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu permalink The Pure Land prayer festival takes place in and around a huge Tibetan nomad tent decorated with traditional patterns. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu permalink Read More At Article Source | Article...

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