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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…

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Tylin Davis learned what it meant to be a father when his fiancée had a medical complication following the birth of their daughter and was rushed to emergency surgery.

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I suppose that it has been going on since the beginning of human existence, but I have a suspicion that it has accelerated since the beginning of the Renaissance/Reformation and subsequent Industrial Revolution. Change, rapid change, changing more rapidly as each year passes. Of course, tech…

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As a Christian, I consider my brothers and sisters in Christ as fellow citizens of the most important kingdom on earth. It is a kingdom that I believe will be around after all other governments and kingdoms are gone. I am constantly aware that I am a citizen of two "nations." Sometimes they …

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I know that our lawmakers from local to national (and global) regularly get criticized for doing nothing or doing the wrong thing. Often the criticism is deserved, but have you ever tried to write a law that functions as desired, or a rule that works for every possible case? Even doing so as…

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Gather Worship, a local collective of worship artists, will celebrate the release of its first album of faith-based music this weekend.

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VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican formally opened debate Monday on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass.

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Fathers have taken it on the chin over the past few decades. The destruction of oppressive patriarchy was deserved, but what has been lost is portrayal of healthy fatherhood in culture.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A top official with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday the agency is open to Congress considering legislation limiting federal leases for oil and natural gas development near a national park in New Mexico held sacred by Native Americans.

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Seventy-five years after it happened, we still take time to remember what happened on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. D-Day is not the only battle commemorated, but it is the most widespread. I believe there are many reasons for this, and we all could think of a few. Perhaps it remi…

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One of the challenges that I present to myself when reading a story, reacting to a social media post, or reacting to the news is to imagine a different context than the one presented. Sometimes the context presented is so engrained in our thinking that we no longer challenge it. One example …

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OMAHA, Neb. -- An Omaha elementary school where a principal stepped down after facing pushback for banning Christmas symbols is now confronting another religious expression issue over its yearbook.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- An Amish couple with 13 children settled a lawsuit that accused federal officials of violating their constitutional rights by insisting they provide photographs of themselves before the Canadian wife's request to become a permanent U.S. resident can be approved.

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VATICAN CITY -- The Italian Catholic Church hierarchy said Thursday it had approved guidelines establishing a "moral obligation" to report cases of clergy sex abuse to police, after bishops long downplayed the problem and covered it up.

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I have seen poverty. There was the young man sitting in only his underwear outside a hotel, his legs broken and twisted as a baby to ensure a life of begging. He could not walk. There was the simple wooden house built in the leach field just down from block homes. Furnished with a simple coo…

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Republican lawmaker Nathan Ivie says it took him more than 20 years to come to terms with his identity.

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I've written before that I believe most people can get along with each other when we believe there is enough for everyone.

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PHILADELPHIA -- For centuries, hundreds of Amish and Mennonite farmers in Manheim Township, one of Lancaster County's prime agricultural heartlands, have tilled the soil, tended to livestock, and carted goods across rural roads by horse and buggy.

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Sunday is Mother's Day, perhaps the most sentimental of all secular days that has been allowed to leak into most of our churches. So much so that some advertise special services to celebrate moms.

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to…