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Illinois school settles separation of church and state case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois public school that requires students who ride the bus to arrive early for optional religious instruction at a Roman Catholic parish has agreed to discontinue the practice in response to a legal challenge. For … Continue reading

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Church tackles Hawaii’s homeless problem with igloos from Alaska

A church in Honolulu, Hawaii, has come up with a solution they say will end homelessness on Oahu: igloos. But these temporary shelters aren’t the kind of igloos that would disappear on hot day on the paradise island. They are … Continue reading

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Church member charged with fatal shooting at Sunday service

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A member of a suburban Philadelphia church has been charged in the shooting death of another churchgoer in an altercation during Sunday services. Mark Storms is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting at Keystone Fellowship … Continue reading

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Vatican saw surge of suspicious financial activity reports in 2015

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican received 544 reports of suspicious financial activity in 2015, nearly four times more than the year before, its financial watchdog said on Thursday, putting the increase down to better compliance, not … Continue reading

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Vatican Bank clean-up identifies 5,000 suspect accounts

View of the Vatican headquarters of the Institute for Religious Works (AFP Photo/Gabriel Bouys)More Vatican City (AFP) – A clean-up of the Vatican bank has been completed, with the final tally of suspect accounts that had to be closed nearing … Continue reading

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Vatican crackdown on tax cheats flagged in oversight report

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s financial watchdog said Thursday it received 544 reports of suspicious financial transactions last year, thanks in part to beefed-up efforts to flag potential tax cheats who are using the Vatican bank to hide money. … Continue reading

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Indian police, Hindu hardliners halt church wedding

Around 25 million people (or 2.5 percent of India’s 1.2 billion population) identify themselves as Christians, according to the 2001 census (AFP Photo/Noah Seelam)More New Delhi (AFP) – A group of hardline Hindu activists and police stormed a church in … Continue reading

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Hawaii church deploying igloos to house homeless families

In this Friday, April 22, 2016 photo, a dome-shaped shelter is shown at the First Assembly of God church in Honolulu. The church is looking into an unexpected solution to state’s homeless crisis: they’re planning to erect Alaska-made igloos to … Continue reading

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Tennessee governor signs religious counseling bill into law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Republican governor said Wednesday he signed a bill that allows mental health counselors to refuse to treat patients based on the therapist’s religious or personal beliefs. “I’ve been through a pretty exhaustive process of talking … Continue reading

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Tennessee gov signs bill allowing counselors to refuse treatment based on religious beliefs

UC Davis chancellor says politics driving action against her The chancellor of the University of California, Davis says politics are driving the decision to put her on paid leave while the university investigates her treatment of relatives that work at … Continue reading

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