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The Sacred Glacier Is Melting But The Festival Goes On

That's the sad situation facing thousands of Peruvians who climb a mountain for the 'Snow Star' festival, which starts on Sunday.
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Meet Bonbibi: The Indian Forest Goddess Worshipped Across Religions

In the Indian mangrove forest called the Sundarbans, Bonbibi is worshipped by Hindus and Muslims alike. Her story reflects some of what makes this landscape so unique.
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Russia's Jehovah's Witnesses Fight 'Extremist' Label, Possible Ban

Under Russia's anti-extremism law, Jehovah's Witnesses, who number fewer than 200,000, could be barred from practicing their religion in Russia. Their website and some publications are already banned.
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Mindfulness And Transcendental Meditation: Why These Practices Are Having A Moment

Meditation practices like mindfulness and Transcendental Meditation are increasingly popular in the US right now with schools and businesses getting on board. How these practices work, their Asian roots, and what science tells us about expanded states of consciousness.

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Supreme Court Sends Obamacare Contraception Case Back To Lower Courts

The Supreme Court Monday punted on the constitutional merits of a religious freedom challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The court said it was feasible to satisfy religious groups and women seeking contraception and sent the case back to the lower courts.
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Many Evangelicals Are In 'An Awkward Place' With Trump Atop GOP

Donald Trump's popularity with self-described evangelical Christians fades among those who attend church regularly. "The true evangelical," says an Iowa pastor, is in "a quandary, a dilemma."
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With Interfaith Sunday Schools, Parents Don't Have To Choose One Religion

Interfaith marriage is on the rise, putting parents in a tough spot to choose one religion to pass to their kids. Rami Ayyub reports on a Maryland Sunday school that says it's possible to have both.
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State Religious Freedom Laws Surface In Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage

In the year since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, dozens of religious freedom bills have been filed in state legislatures around the country. The proposals are not meant to limit the court ruling, but rather to protect those who say their religious beliefs do not allow them to work with same-sex couples.
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Pope Francis Says He's Open To Studying Whether Women Can Be Deacons

The pontiff says he is willing to create a commission on the issue. It could signal a turning point for the Roman Catholic Church, which does not allow women to serve in ordained ministry.
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Michigan Bank Discovers The Need For Islamic Finance Products

Some interpretations of Islam outlaw charging interest. That makes most banking pretty hard, but there are ways to practice Islamic compliant finance. One bank in Michigan gave it a go.

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