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2016-05-23

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Philippines leader Duterte calls Catholic bishops 'sons of whores'
The Philippines president-elect accused the Catholic church on Sunday of hypocrisy, saying the bishops who had condemned him during his campaign had been asking favours from the government.
 
2016-05-23

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Audit of U.S. Catholic church shows sharp spike in sex abuse reports
An annual audit of reports of sexual abuse by members of the U.S. Roman Catholic clergy released on Friday showed sharp increases in the number of new claims and in the value of settlements to victims.
 
2016-05-23

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Decapitated Churches in China’s Christian Heartland
Along the valleys and mountains hugging the East China Sea, a Chinese government campaign to remove crosses from church spires has left the countryside looking as if a typhoon had raged down the coast, decapitating buildings at random.
 
2016-05-23

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Church of Scotland votes to allow ministers to be in same-sex marriages
The Church of Scotland’s highest law-making body has voted to allow its ministers to be in same-sex marriages. The church’s general assembly, which opened in Edinburgh on Saturday, voted in favour of extending a law passed last May that permits ministers to be in same-sex civil partnerships.
 
2016-05-23

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U. of Miami starts nation’s first chair for study of atheism
With an increasing number of Americans leaving religion behind, the University of Miami received a donation in late April from a wealthy atheist to endow what it says is the nation’s first academic chair “for the study of atheism, humanism and secular ethics.”
 
2016-05-20

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Hungary: US Wants to Fill Europe With Muslim Migrants
President Barack Obama and the United States favor illegal migration in Europe because they want to fill it up with Muslims, the chief of staff of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday.
 
2016-05-20

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Boston church's parishioners evicted after 12-year occupation
For 12 years parishioners maintained a vigil inside St Frances Xavier Cabrini to prevent its sale to raise compensation funds for survivors of sexual abuse.
 
2016-05-20

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United Methodist Church to Reassess Rules on Gays and Marriage
After 44 years of debating sexuality issues, the United Methodist Church voted by a narrow margin on Wednesday to allow bishops to appoint a commission to re-evaluate rules on gay, lesbian and transgender clergy and marriage.
 
2016-05-20

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Police: Man stole pizza because he thought he was ‘God’
In an unusual report of a retail theft, police say a man stole a box of pizza because he said, “his name was God and everything was his.”
 
2016-05-20

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Tensions flare between Thailand's police and powerful Buddhist sect
Tensions between the Thai police and a powerful Buddhist sect have spiked this week after an arrest warrant was issued for an abbot at the centre of an alleged multimillion-dollar scandal.
 
2016-05-20

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Clay County pastor turns self in on child sex warrant
The pastor of Henrietta Church of Christ in Clay County is in the Archer County Jail Wednesday morning after he turned him self in on a warrant from Clay County.
 
2016-05-17

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Catholic bishops use election to warn against marriage equality
Catholic bishops of Australia have claimed marriage equality poses a risk to the “dignity and uniqueness” of marriage between a man and woman in a wide-ranging election statement.
 
2016-05-17

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York Minster criticised for allowing Buddhist meditation
Canon allows sessions as they are about wellbeing not doctrine, but Christian group says Zen teachings incompatible with Bible.
 
2016-05-17

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Christian Charity Head Admits Using Donations for Sex Habit
The president of a Christian charity in Iowa admitted that he embezzled nearly a half-million dollars in donations and used the money to pay for a sex addiction, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
 
2016-05-17

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Q&A: the west must stop seeing Muslims only as victims
Somali-born author says critics of Islam must be less squeamish about criticising practices carried out in Muslim countries such as forced marriage.
 
2016-05-17

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Going to church could help you live longer, study says
Many Americans say they attend church because it helps them stay grounded and gives them spiritual guidance. A new study suggests that regular attendance may also help increase their lifespan.
 
2016-05-17

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Sexual abuse scandal rocks Long Island Catholic school
A former president of a prestigious Catholic high school on Long Island has been suspended from practicing as a priest after an investigation found allegations he sexually abused a student were "credible."
 
2016-05-12

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Students Protest Professor's Rumored Termination Over Atheist Speaker
Pacific Union College students continue to protest the rumored possible termination of a tenured professor of psychology over his decision to invite an atheist and well-known critic of the Seventh-day Adventist church, with which the college is affiliated, to campus to speak.
 
2016-05-12

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Trump: Muslim ban 'just a suggestion'
onald Trump, who issued a December press release "calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," said Wednesday such a ban "hasn't been called for yet" and it was "only a suggestion."
 
2016-05-12

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He’s an Atheist. A Satanist. And He Wants Your Vote
Hill is a Democrat running for the state Senate in California’s 21st district, and probably the only candidate in the country who embraces both atheism and the tenets of modern-day Satanism.
 
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