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U.S. Delegation Blocked from Visiting Cuba

Posted: 04/14/2009 - On the same day the White House announced it would end restrictions on family visits and money transfers to Cuba, the communist nation has denied visas to members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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Ceremonies For New NY Archbishop Begin Tuesday

Posted: 04/14/2009 - New York Archbishop-designate Timothy Dolan will knock on the doors of St. Patrick's Cathedral to symbolically ask Roman Catholics to accept him as their new leader.

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Pope Preaches Hope on Easter Sunday

Posted: 04/13/2009 - Pope Benedict says the world needs the hope that God offers to overcome wars, poverty and financial turmoil.

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Homeless Celebrate Easter In a Washington Park

Posted: 04/13/2009 - Several dozen poor and homeless worshippers have celebrated Easter in a city park just three blocks from where President Barack Obama and his family attended church.

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China Releases Human Rights Action Plan

Posted: 04/13/2009 - China has released its first human rights action plan which promises to do more to prevent illegal detention and torture, and to boost the overall living standard of minorities, women, the unemployed and the disabled.

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Dolan To Fight Anti-Catholic Bias

Posted: 04/13/2009 - The incoming archbishop of New York says he will challenge any suggestion that Roman Catholics are unenlightened because they oppose gay marriage and abortion.

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Coffee shop customers pay it forward

Updated: 04/13/2009 - Some customers of Birmingham area Starbucks shops have been getting an extra ingredient with their coffee - kindness.

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Court Rules Against Widow Seeking Spouse's Torahs

Posted: 04/10/2009 - A California judge has thrown out a religious court's decision to award four disputed Torahs to a rabbi's widow who said they'd been stolen by her late husband's assistant.

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Texas Priest Slain in Mexico Laid to Rest

Posted: 04/10/2009 - A Texas priest allegedly killed by the caretaker of his home in Mexico has been laid to rest near the Catholic church he pastored in Austin.

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Former President to Address New Baptist Group

Posted: 04/10/2009 - Former President Jimmy Carter and poet Maya Angelou will speak this month at a regional meeting of the New Baptist Covenant at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

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Pope Remembers Quake Victims, Gaza Catholics at Holy Thursday Service

Posted: 04/10/2009 - Pope Benedict has remembered Italian earthquake victims and Catholics in Gaza at a Holy Thursday service in Rome. The pope dedicated donations collected at a foot-washing service to Gaza's tiny Roman Catholic community, and he blessed ceremonial oils for survivors of this week's quake.

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Obama to Attend Easter Sunday Service

Posted: 04/10/2009 - President Barack Obama, who largely quit going to church after the uproar over remarks by his former pastor, plans to attend an Easter Sunday worship service.

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Ga. Chief Justice Eyes Next Mission

Posted: 04/09/2009 - The anti-smoking movement helped snuff out rising tobacco use rates. Now Georgia Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears says there needs to be a similar campaign to reverse an uptick in divorces.

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African-American Jews Celebrate New Torah

Posted: 04/09/2009 - A predominantly African-American synagogue in Philadelphia is celebrating its new Torah, the sacred scroll containing the Bible's first five books.

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Paraguay's Bishop-turned-President A Dad Too?

Posted: 04/09/2009 - A woman has filed a paternity suit against Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, alleging that a son was born to the former Roman Catholic bishop five months after he abandoned the church for politics. Lugo's spokesman says the claim "must be false."

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School District Settles Muslim Student's Lawsuit

Posted: 04/09/2009 - A young Muslim woman who said her complaints of bullying and death threats went unheeded by administrators at her Nevada high school will receive $350,000 in a settlement announced Wednesday with the Washoe County School District.

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