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When people will not listen to what we are saying, we are left with no choice but to act. This is at the root of most massive acts of civil disobedience. Acting is also generally riskier than writing or speaking - although those can get us into trouble as well. We may well remember famous wo…

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NEW YORK -- It has become standard practice for U.S. corporations to assure employees of support regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation. There's now an intensifying push to ensure that companies are similarly supportive and inclusive when it comes to employees' religious beliefs.

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I refuse to pick a side and I also refuse to be neutral. Watching the State of the Union address was like watching some sort of combination of "Saturday Night Live" and "Madam Secretary." It was part drama and part comedy. This is not intended to be disrespectful. It is how I felt as I was w…

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LONSDALE, Minn. -- A Minnesota Roman Catholic priest apologized Wednesday for saying in a sermon that Islam was "the greatest threat in the world" to the United States and Christianity.

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I love hearing stories, and I love telling them to anyone who will listen. Even the same story told over again continues to have fresh meaning, because every time it is told it is spoken into a fresh context. Events, location, people present, the emotion in the room and the purpose of tellin…

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I find that it takes effort to keep even the good practices of my life from skidding off the road on one side or the other. Most self-examining people take time for reflection or meditation on a regular basis. It is a healthy practice, regardless of one's faith -- or lack thereof.

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Every year on this weekend I attempt to connect my thoughts here to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is hard because I am the recipient of "white privilege." However I believe that a thing being difficult to write about is one of the best reasons to do so. Even if it exposes ignorance and blin…

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Hypocrite alert! This is very much a do as I say and not as I do column. I think it is the nature of desperately wanting human beings to focus on those things that are inclusive rather than exclusive. It is also important to understand the focusing on inclusive does not eliminate boundaries.…

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis cautiously waded back into the crowds on Wednesday after video of him swatting away the hand of a pilgrim who grabbed him went viral and sparked a papal apology.

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is pinning much of his hopes for a more peaceful world in the new year on women, saying violence against them is akin to profaning God and calling for them to be increasingly involved in making major decisions.

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LEXINGTON -- After winning her first professional fight in the first round, there's no denying that Lexington boxer Samantha "Sammy" Kinchen has power in the ring. The trick, her coach says, is training her to rein in that power.

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I was having a conversation many years ago with a neighbor in England. At some point he said, "The difference between the English and Americans is that you still believe in your flag and we don't." I was not sure exactly what he meant by that, or even if it is accurate but recent events have…

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OPELIKA, Ala. -- An Alabama woman who survived a deadly tornado that blew down most of her home is getting a new place to live thanks to an aid group.

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A couple of months ago, my son and I stumbled into a window of opportunity to clear some trees, a dead limb about 20 feet off the ground, and some underbrush in our backyard. I had been looking for a window and on that day it happened. I got the ladder, a harness, ropes, chains, rakes, limb …

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CHICOPEE, Mass. -- More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are unde…

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There are times when waiting for someone else is considered polite, but for most of life it is better to go first. It takes courage, experience, and character to go first most of the time. Good leaders know this.

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It begins with a message born on the wind, one of the frequent metaphors for the movement of God's Spirit in the world. It ends with proclamation to pray for peace throughout the world. It is one of the most popular of Christian (as opposed to secular) Christmas Songs (not quite a hymn in my…

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MANDAN, N.D. -- A group of parishioners at a Mandan church is applying newly acquired skills for an ancient art form to create a set of eight stained glass windows that will adorn the sanctuary for years to come.

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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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One of the challenges of history will always be that there are people alive today that have been dramatically affected by those who lived before us. Some have benefited and some have been irreparably damaged. What makes some of us even more uncomfortable is that those who have benefited were…

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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 …