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Pope Francis Jokes About Argentine Ego, Calling Himself 'Jesus II' With President Of Ecuador

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | April 29, 2015 | Religion
Pope Francis can crack a joke, especially when it's at his own expense. On Tuesday, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa shared with his 2.1 million Twitter followers a joke the pope made after the two world leaders met at the Vatican that day. Correa had attended a...

Sister Mary Ann Walsh Dead: Longtime Catholic Bishops' Spokeswoman Dies At 67

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | April 29, 2015 | Religion
NEW YORK (RNS) Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a quiet nun with a keen wit who led a very public life as a journalist and a longtime spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, died on Tuesday (April 28) after a tough battle with cancer. She was 67 and died...

Michigan Atheist Sets Up 'Reason Station' After Hard-Fought Lawsuit

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | April 29, 2015 | Religion
WARREN, Mich. (AP) - An atheist man has finally set up an informational booth promoting free thought and use of reason after winning a lawsuit to have it inside Warren City Hall. Sixty-nine-year-old Douglas Marshall was initially denied by the city to have the booth. He sued the city and...

John Kerry Announces Blueprint For State Department's Future

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | April 29, 2015 | World
Amid intense negotiations with Iran about Tehran's controversial nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry outlined a blueprint for the agency's future. Kerry on Tuesday introduced the 2015 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, the conclusion of a yearlong analysis that aimed to develop proposals to enhance the effectiveness...

French School Bans Muslim Girl From Wearing Long Skirt, Prompting Twitter Backlash

AP | Charlotte Alfred | April 29, 2015 | World
PARIS (AP) — A 15-year-old French Muslim girl has been banned from her classroom for wearing a long black skirt, seen as going against France's law guaranteeing secularism. She missed two days this month in a dispute over her skirt, French education officials said Wednesday, and the issue remains unresolved.

Utah Has So Few Chronically Homeless People Now, It Knows Each One By Name

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | April 29, 2015 | Impact
Utah has inched further toward winning its war against homelessness. As Deseret News reported, chronic homelessness in the Beehive State has dropped a dramatic 91 percent in the past decade, state officials announced on Tuesday. Gordon Walker, director of the state's Housing and Community Development Division, said...

Daily Meditation: Exodus

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | April 29, 2015 | Religion
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life. Today's meditation features an iconic song by reggae group Bob Marley & The Wailers. "Exodus" asks...

Pope Francis Calls For Equal Pay For Women: 'Disparity Is Pure Scandal'

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | April 29, 2015 | Religion
The wide gulf between wages for men and women is "pure scandal," Pope Francis said on Wednesday. "As Christians, we must become more demanding...[by] supporting with decision the right to equal retribution for equal work; disparity is a pure scandal," he said. The pope was speaking on divorce...

'Our Best Sermon Right Now Is Not Anything We Say But What We Do': Clergy Address Freddie Gray Protests

Jaweed Kaleem | April 28, 2015 | Religion
As tensions and unrest continued Tuesday in Baltimore over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, religious leaders took to the pews and the streets to call for peace. Several churches opened their doors to offer safe haven to local residents, especially students after Baltimore City Public Schools were closed Tuesday....

Family Research Council Launches 'Free To Believe' Site Dedicated To Anti-LGBTers

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | April 28, 2015 | Gay Voices
The Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying organization, has a new project and it's probably going to anger some people. The group, which aims to "[advance] faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview," has launched a new website to...

Baltimore Residents Come Together To Clean Up City After Riots

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | April 29, 2015 | Good News
Following the Monday funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died in police custody last week, protesters clashed with police officers in violent riots throughout the city of Baltimore. The city had experienced 144 vehicle fires, 15 structure fires and nearly 200 arrests,

Andrew Demeter, Vlogger, Interviews Westboro Baptist's Shirley Phelps

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | April 28, 2015 | Gay Voices
What would you say to the Westboro Baptist Church if you had the chance to speak to one of its leaders? YouTube vlogger Andrew Demeter, 17, recently had the opportunity to sit down with the Shirley Phelps and talk one-on-one about her beliefs surrounding the lesbian, gay, bisexual...

Pope Francis Is Still The Most Influential World Leader On Twitter

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | April 28, 2015 | Religion
BERLIN (AP) - A new study shows U.S. President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted. The annual Twiplomacy analysis of Twitter accounts released Tuesday by PR firm Burson-Marsteller...

Nepalese Girls Cook For, Provide First Aid To Thousands Of Earthquake Survivors

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | April 28, 2015 | Impact
Underprivileged girls and young women in Nepal are stepping up in a big way for their neighbors in need after Saturday's devastating earthquake. About 20 girls who live in the affected region are cooking rice and lentils, and providing first aid kits for those impacted by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake,...

Vatican, UN Team Up On Climate Change In Lead Up To Pope's Encyclical

Reuters | Reuters | April 29, 2015 | Religion
The Vatican and the United Nations teamed up to warn the world of the effects of climate change on Tuesday, coming down firmly against skeptics who deny human activities help change global weather patterns. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon discussed climate change with the pope before opening a one-day conference...

Potato Salad Made With Home-Canned Potatoes The Likely Culprit Behind Deadly Church Potluck

Anna Almendrala | April 28, 2015 | Healthy Living
LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — Health officials say the likely source of the botulism outbreak that killed one person and sickened many others at an Ohio church potluck dinner was home-canned potatoes used in a potato salad. The Ohio Department of Health said Monday that testing has narrowed the source to...

Here Are Some Of The Big Names Giving Commencement Addresses In 2015

Tyler Kingkade | April 28, 2015 | College
It's almost May, which can only mean one thing: Commencement season is upon us. Every year, colleges and universities book big name celebrities, business men and women, politicians and philanthropists for commencement addresses. It may be a way to garner publicity for the school, but as far as students are...

Nicki Minaj Just Raised The Bar For Bar Mitzvahs Everywhere

Taylor Pittman | April 28, 2015 | Teen
Nicki Minaj knows how to celebrate with the best of them -- especially the teens. The rap star performed at one lucky teen's Bar Mitzvah this past weekend, Business Insider reports. The Bar Mitzvah boy, Matt Murstein, is the son of Andrew Murstein, a so-called “New York taxi...

Pope Francis Just Made New York's Rabbi Arthur Schneier A Papal Knight

Carol Kuruvilla | April 28, 2015 | Religion
NEW YORK (AP) - A Park Avenue synagogue rabbi has received a papal knighthood. Arthur Schneier of the Park East Synagogue was honored Monday for his work on behalf of religious freedom and international peace. The Wall Street Journal ( says Schneier was knighted and made a member of the...

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr: 'A Riot Is The Language Of The Unheard'

Antonia Blumberg | April 28, 2015 | Religion
America has witnessed months of protests against racism and police brutality following the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and other unarmed black Americans. Now Baltimore has erupted in anger in the wake of the unexplained death of a 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died last week...
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