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NEW YORK -- Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct.

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Today, the sun in shining and it is seasonably warm for this time of year. But, being December, the sun will set around 4:30 and it will be dark by 5. Many of us rise before the sun does and work until after it sets. The arc is low in the sky and even midday casts low-light hazy shadows. And…

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For centuries they waited. They waited through good kings and (mostly) bad kings. They waited through good times and bad, invasions, pestilence, deportation and captivity. They waited during the rebuilding of the temple and restoration of the community. They waited while Alexander the Great …

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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE -- Pope Francis is planning to change official Catholic Church teaching to declare the use and possession of atomic weapons as "immoral," a move that makes clear that his rejection of the Cold War-era doctrine of deterrence is to be official church policy.

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NEW YORK -- At a time when anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise worldwide, schools should take steps to teach empathy as an antidote to racism and religious hatred, several rabbis attending an international conference said.

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BALTIMORE -- Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, pledged to push for a more welcoming immigration system after winning election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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From the very beginning, we insert self into places where it seems to fit so naturally but really has no business being. It is a true fake out that nearly everyone believes to be an inviable truth. There are numerous programs, education courses, and self-help (a ridiculous notion) books that…

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STAUNTON, Va. -- The Stuart Hall auditorium was silent Tuesday afternoon as nearly 200 students gazed at a moving geometric shape projected on a screen, breathing in as it expanded and out as it collapsed.

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On April 22, 1915, Allied soldiers in their trenches in Flanders (a part of Belgium) watched as a mysterious cloud rolled down the hill toward them. It was 150 tons of chlorine gas that would kill nearly everyone in the target area. It was the opening of the Second Battle of Ypres which prod…

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The changing seasons, spring and autumn, lend themselves to reflection on the rhythm of life. For different reasons, they each are reminders of the Old Testament covenant God made with Noah and "all flesh" on the earth, "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer an…

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One of the great tells of a preschooler's life is to ask what they want to be when they grow up. It might be something they just saw, something they watch on TV (probably over and over and over again), or whatever random thing pops into their head. It may be a genuine profession, or it might…

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WATERLOO, N.Y. -- An Amish father who says childhood vaccines run counter to his family's religious beliefs is suing to overturn New York's ban on religious exemptions that let unvaccinated children attend school.

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Kate Campbell will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Union City, Tennessee.

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Liberal. Conservative. Christian. Atheist. Illegal immigrant. Black. White. Addict. Preacher. Car dealer. Lawyer. Doctor. Plumber. Roofer. OK, that's enough. What images flashed in your head as the words on this list passed your eyes. It may have happened so fast that it did not rise to cons…

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis urged South American bishops this week to speak "courageously" at a high-profile meeting on the Amazon, where the shortage of priests is so acute that the Vatican is considering ordaining married men and giving women official church ministries.

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Four Rivers Behavioral Health Regional Prevention Center will host a free conference for area faith leaders from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at Murray State's Paducah Campus, 4430 Sunset Ave. Trauma-informed care, how to support veterans and their families, and how prevention and faith commu…

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After evading English Law by going to the continent, William Tyndale was arrested in Belgium after being betrayed by a friend. He was held in the castle at Vilvoorde for about 16 months before being killed and burned at the stake on Oct. 6, 1536. The charges were heresy and treason. His famo…

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The Mission Friends from First Baptist Church Paducah collected stuffed animals, crafts and small toys to deliver to Baptist Health. They will be given to children who come to the emergency room for treatment. Their next project is a "Mile of Pennies" for Sunrise Children's Service. From lef…

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will voice his opposition to nuclear weapons and honor victims of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster during a visit to the country that is expected to be a highlight of his upcoming trip to Asia.

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I know people who love steak, but they are thoroughly unwilling (or unable) to slaughter a cow, process it properly, and cook it to perfection. I know people who love vegetables, but if they were not available in the grocery store, they would starve. I know people that enjoy a good meal but …

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ABERDEEN, S.D. -- Around 22,000 pounds of wood, metal, leather and cork will make its way south this fall.

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The Serpent in the garden, Cain and Abel, the flood (as in Noah), Sodom and Gomorrah, barbarian invasions, drought, plague, war, slavery, civil war, pollution, atomic bombs, nuclear meltdowns, dictators, AIDS, global cooling, ozone depletion, global warming, climate change. From the day that…

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Kindness has been getting a lot of attention lately. There have been several kindness challenges issued to encourage us to be kind to strangers. The world needs more of this.

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PROVO, Utah -- The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed the religion's opposition to gay marriage Tuesday, while explaining that leaders lifted a short-lived ban on baptisms for children of gay parents because they felt the "heartache" it caused.

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Television, radio, streaming services, social media, internet, mobile devices. You have heard it before, we are always connected -- always. The only way we are not is if we turn our devices off and shut down the location tracker. Even then we can be found. What was written about the governme…

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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE -- Pope Francis said Tuesday he wasn't afraid of a U.S. Catholic Church schism led by his conservative critics, but sees a "rigid" ideology opponents use to mask their own moral failings has already infiltrated the American church.

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MAPUTO, Mozambique -- Pope Francis opened a three-nation pilgrimage to southern Africa on Wednesday with a strategic visit to Mozambique, just weeks after the country's ruling party and armed opposition signed a new peace deal and weeks before national elections.

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"If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks. What you have discovered is a recipe not for memory…

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Have you put a tool in the hands of a teenager lately ... any tool; hammer, screwdriver, knife, drill, shovel? I could stretch that to most people under the age of 25.

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PHILADELPHIA -- A summer-camp symphony of dribbling basketballs, screaming leaps into the spring-fed lake, and bugled reveille floated into a pavilion where boys sat cross-legged in a circle, whispering to one another. Some wore white plastic masks, to hide the feelings their words conjured …

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Rest and waiting are not quite the same thing, but they are connected. Eugene Peterson (d. 2018) put them together this way, "Sabbath is that uncluttered time and space in which we can distance ourselves from our own activities enough to see what God is doing." There is not much room for sab…

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I have been fortunate in my life to have some wonderful teachers. I had them in public school, at university and in my career. I have been reminded (and still need to be) from time to time to understand that education is a privilege. I know that we live in a society that believes that it is …

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"Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports." -- G. Washington

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WINONA, Minn. -- After a few days of sweltering heat broke with an afternoon storm, the bells rang at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Rollingstone as parishioners passed through its doors for Saturday Mass.

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I am thankful to live in a society that allows most people to say most of what they are thinking without fearing for their lives. Even those who speak horrible and offensive things may face a social or legal penalty, but it will not be in fear of government taking their life. We need to be r…

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NEW YORK -- For U.S. charities affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, the past year has tested the resilience of their fundraisers and the loyalty of their donors in unprecedented fashion. Even as many donors reacted in dismay to the church's extensive sex-abuse scandals, the charities f…

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The youth group of New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church held a service night on July 15 where they shopped for non-perishable food and hygiene items, then stocked McCracken County's six Tiny Food Pantries. The youth group learned about food insecurity and ways to help others in their time…

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"Don't judge me," is a phrase that we often hear today in the context of sexual morality or conduct that may be considered a social vice (smoking, excessive drinking or gambling, for example). What most mean is they have the right to do whatever they want without social or personal consequen…

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Dr. James L. Hudson (left), pastor of Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church for 15 years and past minister of music from Kankakee, Ill., and his son Phillip Hudson (right), minister of music for the church, will direct a mass 100-voice choir, made up of men from various churches in the c…

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I heard it again just a few days ago. I was in a conversation with a group of people and the subject turned to different types of work and vocations. Then someone said it, "That's why you go to college, so you don't have to do that kind of work." Meaning a job that required less physical lab…