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Best bargain at the Vatican: $500 buys access, and helps restore Vatican Museum treasures

VATICAN CITY — They entered the Sistine Chapel in tuxedoes and gowns, the clacking of high heels on marble competing … Continued

Aide shares the Bible devotionals he sent to President Obama each morning

RNS () — President Obama may not attend church most Sundays, but a new book reveals the Bible verses and … Continued

The government shutdown and the Golden Rule

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg As we look at the government shutdown, it is reasonable to ask the question: What is … Continued

Minister-turned-atheist Teresa MacBain loses Harvard job after inflating resume

AUSTIN, Texas — A former United Methodist minister-turned-atheist was dismissed from her high-profile position at Harvard University on Thursday after … Continued

Birmingham church bombing recalled with donation, medal

WASHINGTON — They were among the youngest martyrs of the civil rights movement, four young black girls — three 14-year-olds … Continued

Transgender in California: All are welcome in pluralistic America

March 26, 2013: A gay rights supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court.Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty … Continued

Evangelicals keep the faith with those working for immigration reform

(Reuters/Robert Galbraith) Much of the media coverage of the immigration reform debate has focused on political intrigue: whether there will … Continued

A plea for common sense and compassion in the immigration debate

A rosary rests between the hands of two protesters during a vigil on immigration policy. (Jonathan Gibby – GETTY IMAGES) … Continued

Wives find renewed faith after husbands ‘visit’ heaven

RNS () — Eva Piper considered herself a shallow Christian until the accident that revitalized her faith and turned her … Continued

Catholics differ at ‘war on poverty’ hearing

WASHINGTON — Sister Simone Campbell, the face of the famous “Nuns on the Bus” tours, and Rep. Paul Ryan, the … Continued

Pope to Brazilians: Don’t ignore the periphery

RIO DE JANEIRO — It’s not every day that the pope drops in for a visit to your home. But … Continued

Heat poses challenge to Muslims fasting during Ramadan

SALT LAKE CITY — Every day. For a month. From sunup to sundown. No food. No water. No sweat? No, … Continued

When firefighters fall, chaplains stand

As friends and families reel from the news that 19 elite firefighters died battling an Arizona wildfire Sunday (June 30), … Continued

Like father like son(s): Boys follow their father’s calling

In a centuries-old tradition, a young future deacon enters the Greek Orthodox sanctuary in Denver. The bishop blesses him in … Continued

Immigration flap over conscientious objection resolved peacefully

A woman who has lived legally in this country for more than 30 years was granted her request to become … Continued

Both sides see gay marriage as ‘inevitable’

About 72 percent of Americans say legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable,” according to a survey released Thursday (June … Continued

Change is good. For Mormons and for Boy Scouts

(David Manning/Reuters) During the summer of 2011 there were three separate hate-motivated violent attacks on three different gay men in … Continued

Boy Scouts: Change is good — and Mormons agree

(David Manning/Reuters) During the summer of 2011 there were three separate hate-motivated violent attacks on three different gay men in … Continued

Godless funerals thrive in ‘post-Catholic’ Ireland

DUBLIN — Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior design to pursue a degree that wasn’t in demand: a … Continued

Humanists find ways to say ‘I do’ without God

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Amanda Holowaty didn’t need God to get married. She just needed her husband Mike. When the Wilmington … Continued