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Laymen to Help Choose Next Russian Orthodox Patriarch

Posted: 01/27/2009 - The Russian Orthodox Church says the choice is up to God, but the electors who will name the next patriarch this week include businessmen and political figures, as well as monks and priests.

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Pope to Meet with Muslims in Africa

Posted: 01/27/2009 - The Vatican says Pope Benedict will meet with Muslim representatives and women's rights advocates when he makes his first papal trip to Africa in March.

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Orthodox Jewish Cop Settles with Las Vegas Department

Posted: 01/27/2009 - An Orthodox Jewish police detective will get $350,000 from the Las Vegas police department to settle a lawsuit after he was prohibited from having a beard and wearing a yarmulke.

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Haggard: "Inappropriate" Relationship Not Physical

Posted: 01/27/2009 - Fallen evangelical pastor Ted Haggard says he had an "inappropriate relationship" with a young male church volunteer, but insists that it did not involve physical contact.

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Orthodox Church Leaders to Elect New Patriarch

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Senior members of the Russian Orthodox Church have voted for three candidates, including the church's interim leader, as potential replacements for former Patriarch Alexy II, who died last month.

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Report: Church Officials Knew of Alleged Abuse

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Church documents obtained by The Indianapolis Star show the Archdiocese of Indianapolis knew about alleged sexual abuse by one of its priests while it was occurring but reassigned him to other churches and never notified police.

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Pastor: New Life Will Recover from New Allegations

Posted: 01/26/2009 - The pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., says his congregation is driven by a "holy tenacity" and will recover from new allegations in the two-year-old sex scandal that forced out its former leader.

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Ky. Doctors Provide Free Care to Honduran Man

Posted: 01/26/2009 - A 19-year-old Honduran man is recovering in southeastern Kentucky from a life-threatening infection that could have killed him if he had stayed in his native country.

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Church Tends To Family Needs as Guard Unit Deploys

Posted: 01/26/2009 - With spaghetti boiling and meat sauce simmering in the church's kitchen, the Rev. Chris Hawks of the Second Baptist Church in Hamlet, N.C., welcomed members of his congregation to their regular Wednesday night meal and kept an eye on the door.

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Pope Says Vatican II 'Providential'

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Pope Benedict has praised the Second Vatican Council, the 1960s meetings that led to liberalizing reforms in the Church, as "providential."

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