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Barack Obama pays visit to Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit

Shimon Peres wasn’t the oldest figure to get some attention from US President Barack Obama this week. A day before presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the 88-year-old Israeli president, the American leader checked out the Dead Sea …

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Domain name dash takes it to .church

LifeChurch.tv, the high-tech megachurch out of Oklahoma, entered the domain-name competition Wednesday, ponying up the $185,000 application fee in an effort to lay claim to .church as the Web faces a massive expansion of domains. But executive pastor Bobby …

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Evangelicals press Congress on immigration

WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelical activists are pressing Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform plan — a tricky election-year issue that conservatives’ GOP allies have been reluctant to take up. The so-called “Evangelical Immigration Table,” which includes evangelicals …

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Catholic Bishops In Uganda Voice Support For ‘Kill The Gays’ Bill

Catholic Bishops in Uganda have called for the revival of the horrifying ‘Kill the Gays bill,’ an anti-homosexual legislative proposal for the life-imprisonment or execution of homosexuals. The controversial bill has been around since 2009, it has been vilified …

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Gay marriage is one of worst threats in 500 years, says Church of England

The Government’s plan to introduce same-sex marriage is one of the most serious threats to the Church of England in its 500-year history, senior clergy claim. The Church today outlines its opposition to the Government’s proposals in …

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‘Hot Spring’: Record Temps Herald Era of Warmer World

With the warmest March, third warmest April and second warmest May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed on Thursday that the 2012 Spring in the contiguous United States since has been the hottest ever on record. *  …

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Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat

(RNS) The brothers have come to the sisters’ defense. Leaders from seven Franciscan provinces in the U.S. publicly backed a group of American nuns on Thursday (June 7), calling a Vatican crackdown on the women “excessive.” The …

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Awakened World 2012

A unique gathering of visionaries and activists exploring the evolution of global religion and spirituality in the 21st century… Presented by: • The International Interreligious Peace Council (IIPC) • The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) • …

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Defense of Marriage Act Found Unconstitutional in Federal Court, Again

Late Wednesday, a federal judge in New York ruled that the “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), which defines marriage as between a ‘man and woman’, is unconstitutional, as it discriminates against married same-sex couples — the fifth …

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Earth Facing Imminent Environmental ‘Tipping Point’: Report

Humankind is facing an imminent threat of extinction, according to new research released on Wednesday by the science journal Nature. The report Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere reveals that our planet’s biosphere is steadily approaching a ‘tipping …

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10 years after Catholic sex abuse reforms, what’s changed?

(RNS) When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Atlanta next week (June 13-15) for their annual spring meeting, a top agenda item will be assessing the reforms they adopted 10 years ago as revelations of widespread sexual abuse of …

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Wisconsin: A Political Scientist Surveys the Recall Election

Editor’s Note: Today (June 5) Wisconsin voters head to the polls in a special recall election, where they will decide either to keep Governor Scott Walker in office or to replace him with Democratic challenger Tom Barrett. …

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