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Texas Christian University student disciplined over social media comments

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) – A Texas Christian University (TCU) student has been disciplined after posting online comments seen as racially offensive about current events, including rioting in Baltimore and the rise of the Islamic State, TCU officials … Continue reading

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Texas Christian University student disciplined over social media comments

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) – A Texas Christian University (TCU) student has been disciplined after posting online comments seen as racially offensive about current events, including rioting in Baltimore and the rise of the Islamic State, TCU officials … Continue reading

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Russian Orthodox Church pushes for control over St. Isaac’s

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defended its controversial bid to fully take over St. Petersburg’s landmark St. Isaac’s Cathedral, saying it’s in line with the law and wouldn’t hamper tourist access. The Orthodox Church, … Continue reading

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Russian Orthodox Church pushes for control over St. Isaac’s

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defended its controversial bid to fully take over St. Petersburg’s landmark St. Isaac’s Cathedral, saying it’s in line with the law and wouldn’t hamper tourist access. The Orthodox Church, … Continue reading

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Can churches lead on racial harmony?

A low hum sweeps across the sanctuary, drifting above the bowed heads of huddled prayer groups, beyond the joined hands of blacks and whites. Earnest whispers carry words like harmony, unity, forgiveness, and peace. Outside, a police car idles as … Continue reading

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Can churches lead on racial harmony?

A low hum sweeps across the sanctuary, drifting above the bowed heads of huddled prayer groups, beyond the joined hands of blacks and whites. Earnest whispers carry words like harmony, unity, forgiveness, and peace. Outside, a police car idles as … Continue reading

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New York holds last mass services before dozens of Catholic church closures

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) – Teary-eyed and angry Catholic parishioners across New York attended final mass services on Friday in some of dozens of churches closing or stopping regular worship services. The closures follow an announcement by the … Continue reading

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With Confederate flags at MLK church, fight for national identity persists

The placing of four Confederate flags next to a US civil rights landmark in Atlanta was perhaps part “terroristic tactic,” as one religious leader remarked. But it also represented a stick-in-the-eye strategy fomented by some Southerners, suggesting that a fight … Continue reading

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Muslims in C. Africa ‘forced to abandon religion': Amnesty

Libreville (AFP) – Many Muslims returning to western areas of the Central African Republic after last year’s intercommunal massacres are being threatened and “forced to abandon their religion,” Amnesty International said Friday. “Having forced tens of thousands of Muslims to … Continue reading

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Vatican sceptical about close encounters of the third kind

Castel Gandolfo (Italy) (AFP) – The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets. But while Pope Francis’s telescope scans the starlit skies, the Vatican is sceptical of ever meeting Mr. Spock. … Continue reading

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