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On Italian Newsstands, Pope Francis Gets His Own Fanzine

Imagine: a papal People magazine. It's not far-fetched. A new magazine, My Pope, is covering the weekly activities of Pope Francis — and it's put out by a publisher known for celebrity gossip rags.
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Kentucky Southern Baptists Draw Crowds With Gun Giveaways

The Kentucky Baptist Convention has found a surefire way for getting people through church doors: free guns. The church raffle events combine dinner, sermons and a Second Amendment message.
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A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

Alpha Lambda Mu filled a void last year, becoming the first Muslim fraternity in the country. Its founder says he just wanted to provide Muslim American men a place to be themselves.
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Orthodox Jewish Woman Takes The Pulpit In D.C.

Ruth Balinsky Friedman is one of the first Orthodox Jewish women in the nation to serve as a spiritual leader.
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VIDEO: Dalai Lama Prays Senators Will 'Act With A Pure Mind'

The Buddhist spiritual leader delivered the U.S. Senate's opening prayer on Thursday. If the politicians heed his words, "happiness will follow," he says.
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Russian, Ukranian Faith Leaders Encourage Hope During Crisis

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are being felt by Orthodox Christians in the US. Ukrainian and Russian religious leaders here discuss how they see their roles in the crisis.
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Italian Publisher Launches Pope Francis Fan Magazine

The premiere issue of Il Mio Papa (or My Pope) includes a pull-out centerfold of the smiling, cassock-clad pontiff. But Francis tells an Italian newspaper there's too much hype surrounding his papacy.
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Pre-Lent 'Pancake Tuesday' Celebrated At National Cathedral

On Fat Tuesday, the National Cathedral played host to a pancake race — a tradition that developed in the build-up towards Lent.

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Roadside Service: Drive-In Church Brings God To Your Car

Around the country, some parishes are embracing social media or scheduling services around sporting events to draw worshipers. In Florida, one church offers congregants a drive-in altar by the sea.
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Pope Francis Lets A Vulgarity Slip During Vatican Address

It was a simple slip of the tongue, they say. But when the pope accidentally utters a vulgar word in a public speech, people notice.

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