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As plans are made for Pope Benedict XVI's first visit, Mexico's Catholics reminisce about John Paul II

As plans are made for Pope Benedict XVI's first visit, Mexico's Catholics reminisce about John Paul II

Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting Mexico for the first time in his 7-year reign as pope of the Roman Catholic Church.  But Mexican Catholics appear to be reminiscing about Pope John Paul II, who they say was warmer and ...

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Dad says he'll go to jail if it means saving his son's life

Dad says he'll go to jail if it means saving his son's life

A Montana family says that medical marijuana is saving their young son's life, and the father says that he will continue to use the illegal substance to save his 3-year-old boy's life, even if it means he has to go ...

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Georgia pastor runs for Congress, claiming to be 'one of the first openly Christian candidates on the political landscape in some time'

Georgia pastor runs for Congress, claiming to be 'one of the first openly Christian candidates on the political landscape in some time'

According to his press release, Pastor J. Chris Vaughn is "one of the first openly Christian candidates on the political landscape in some time."  This is a remarkable statement, given all of the "faith talk" in politics these days.  Just ...

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Rural Tennessee churches targeted by thieves

Rural Tennessee churches targeted by thieves

Rural churches in Marshall County, Tennessee, have been the target of a wave of church robberies  In just two weeks, four small churches within fifteen miles of one another were robbed.  The churches had little to begin with and  it ...

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Economic crisis creates booming gambling business in Italy

Economic crisis creates booming gambling business in Italy

Italians spent almost $105 billion on gambling last year, an increase of a third over the previous year. The economic crisis has been blamed for the rise in gambling, with some saying that Italians are forced into taking desperate measures. ...

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Anonymous hacks again: this time Vatican Radio and Vatican IP address

Anonymous hacks again: this time Vatican Radio and Vatican IP address

Anonymous has hacked the Vatican a second time–this time the Vatican Radio database, and the Vatican IP address.   The Vatican's main site was down awhile last week when it was hacked over the Catholic church's ongoing sex abuse scandals ...

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Missouri Legislators Set to Honor Rush Limbaugh at Missouri’s State Capitol

Missouri Legislators Set to Honor Rush Limbaugh at Missouri’s State Capitol

Despite Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute, as well as criticizing women wanting their health care covered by their medical insurance, Missouri legislators are set to honor him at the State Capitol with a statue in ...

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Rendering unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and the State in Latin America

Nowhere has the relationship between state and church been more volatile in recent decades than in Latin America. Anthony Gill's controversial book not only explains why Catholic leaders in some countries came to oppose dictatorial rule but, equally important, why ...

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Spring ahead: Daylight savings time starts March 11, 2012

Spring ahead: Daylight savings time starts March 11, 2012

It's getting to be that time of year again–On March 11, 2012, Daylight Savings Time will begin, so in the US, people everywhere (except of course, in Arizona and Hawaii), will set their clocks ahead 1 hour, (and lose that ...

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Unexpected death of conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, a 'gift from God for truth seekers,' raises conspiracy theories

Unexpected death of conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, a 'gift from God for truth seekers,' raises conspiracy theories

Shortly after the death of 43-year-old conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, conspiracy theories began to surface.  Many of these involved "birther" theories because Breitbart purportedly spoke with Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who claims that he has evidence that gives probable ...

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Historic church in Christchurch to be torn down — earthquake damage irreparable

Historic church in Christchurch to be torn down — earthquake damage irreparable

The New Zealand's Anglican Church announced that it will demolish a 131-year-old cathedral in earthquake-devastated Christchurch because it is too dangerous and expensive to rebuild. The church was one of the most iconic images of the city's earthquake in February ...

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Vatican releases some of its secret archives in public exhibit

Vatican releases some of its secret archives in public exhibit

After a year of work, with 150 people involved in the project, more than one hundred original documents that have been closely guarded in the Vatican will be publicly displayed for the first time ever.  The exhibit, "Lux in Arcana: ...

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The Evolution or Devolution of Society Based on Progressive or Conservative Values

The Evolution or Devolution of Society Based on Progressive or Conservative Values

Do humans evolve over time? Not in the “over eons of time” sense, but from birth to death? Do we learn and grow as we begin to understand ourselves and others better, or do we learn just enough to survive ...

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