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Resurrection Correction

Apr 15, 2013

Even though it’s only April, the New York Times may already have run the most embarrassing correction that will appear in any major newspaper in 2013. In their story on Pope Francis’s first Easter message, no less than the Times’s Vatican reporter informed readers, “Easter is the celebration of the resurrection into heaven of Jesus, three days after he was crucified, the premise for the Christian belief in an everlasting life.” 

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Cardinals 'Forbidden Access' to Twitter Accounts During Conclave

9:13 AM, Feb 17, 2013

Cardinals will not allowed to access their Twitter accounts during conclave, according to Catholic News Service. This restriction is applicable to the 9 cardinals who have Twitter accounts. In all, there are "117 red-vested princes of the church who are eligible to vote for a new pope."

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U.N. Chief Thanks Pope for 'Profound Commitment ... to Interfaith Dialogue'

3:02 PM, Feb 11, 2013

Responding to a question about the retirement of the pope, U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon thanked the pope for his "profound commitment ... to interfaith dialogue."

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Obama on the Pope: 'I Have Appreciated Our Work Together Over These Last Four Years'

12:19 PM, Feb 11, 2013

In a statement marking the pope's retirement, President Barack Obama said, "I have appreciate our work together over these last four years."

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Statement: Pope to Resign

6:33 AM, Feb 11, 2013

The Vatican released this statement from Pope Benedict XVI announcing his plan to resign on February 28:

Dear Brothers,

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Chuck Hagel: ‘He's Jewish’

4:09 PM, Feb 10, 2013

The newly discovered 2008 video of Chuck Hagel has drawn attention, as it should, for his comments dismissing the U.S. even “thinking” about acting militarily against Iran, and for his seeming to be more concerned about Israel's nuclear weapons than Iran's.

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Kerry Yawns Through Prayer Breakfast

"[B]asically didn't stop."
10:15 AM, Feb 07, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry yawned through the morning's prayer breakfast. Via the pool report:

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NYTimes Columnist: Bill Gates Is 'Richer Than God'

9:49 AM, Jan 30, 2013

This morning on MSNBC, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof asserted that Bill Gates, who was seated nearby on set, is "richer than God":

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Bosnian Religious Leaders Fill Political Void

7:32 AM, Jan 18, 2013

Bosnia-Herzegovina has seen the last of hundreds of employees of the European Union, United Nations, and other international agencies, including dozens of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that once gathered there. They have left the country a politically-partitioned and economically-distressed state that, if not failed, seems ever deteriorating.  

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The West Fights Back

ADVANCE COPY from the December 3, 2012 issue.
12:00 AM, Nov 22, 2012

There are some facts so obvious that only a liberal could deny them. One of them is that, from Benghazi to Be’er Sheva, the West is under attack.

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University Bans Christian Group for Requiring Leaders to Adhere to 'Basic Biblical Truths of Christianity'

11:31 AM, Oct 22, 2012

Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts has banned a Christian group from campus because the group requires student leaders to adhere to "basic biblical truths of Christianity." The decision to ban the group, called the Tufts Christian Fellowship, was made by officials from the university's student government, specifically the Tufts Community Union Judiciary.

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Evangelical Landslide for Romney?

12:15 PM, Oct 19, 2012

Although not widely noticed, Mitt Romney seems to be on his way to capturing as much of the white evangelical vote as George W. Bush famously did in 2004. Bush got 79 percent. A Pew poll conducted before the first presidential debate had Romney getting 74 percent of white evangelicals versus 19 percent for Obama.

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Dolan Defends Religious Liberty

“It is not some far right, extremist cause.”
10:37 AM, Sep 11, 2012

Addressing a largely Catholic audience Monday night at an event sponsored by the John Carroll Society in Washington, D.C., Cardinal Timothy Dolan emphasized the non-sectarian, non-partisan—catholic with a small “c”—nature of the fight for religious liberty.  “It is not some far right, extremist cause,” Dolan said, but an “American human rights issue.”

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Rabbi Calls Jerusalem 'Capital,' Mentions 'God' in DNC Benediction

9:16 AM, Sep 06, 2012

Rabbi David Wolpe offered the benediction last night at the Democratic convention and made sure to emphasize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. "[Y]ou have taught us that we must count on one another; that our country is strong through community, and that the children of Israel on the way to that sanctified and cherished land, and ultimately to that golden and capital city of Jerusalem, that those children of Israel did not walk through the wilderness alone," said Wolpe.

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'God' Removed from Dem. Party Platform

1:14 PM, Sep 04, 2012

"God" has been removed from this year's Democratic party platform. 

David Brody reports on this passage from the 2008 party platform:

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Paul and Janna Ryan Go to Church

6:18 PM, Aug 30, 2012

St. Petersburg, Fla.
The day after delivering his first major address to the nation, Paul Ryan attended daily mass at Our Lady of Grace parish in St. Petersburg. The church, built in 1929, is a beautiful structure that is “Byzantine in style with Romanesque features.” A sign in front of the church read: “ALL ARE WELCOME.”

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Romney Ad Goes After Obama for Declaring 'War On Religion'

6:33 AM, Aug 09, 2012

The latest ad from Mitt Romney's campaign goes after Barack Obama for declaring "war on religion."

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Religiously Targeting Israel

4:55 PM, Jul 03, 2012

Just in time for the nearly 2 million member Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly this week, which will consider anti-Israel divestment, some prominent Christian activists have released a new anti-Israel salvo, called Kairos USA.

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German Court Criminalizes Circumcision

12:14 PM, Jun 26, 2012

A German court has ruled that male circumcision is a crime. "Who cuts boys for religious reasons is liable to prosecution for assault," a report in the German-language Financial Times Deutschland reads, via Google translate.

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These Were Merciful Men

11:00 PM, May 27, 2012

A fair number of Americans would probably tell you that Memorial Day is held to celebrate the Indy 500. And, even those who are aware of why, actually, the day has been set aside tend to honor it in the breech, if at all. On my way, every year, to the service in our town, I am struck by how many more cars are parked near the golf course than in the church parking lot.

But that, of course, is one of the glories of America.

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Special Report Panel on the Catholic Court Challenge to Obama

9:41 AM, May 22, 2012

Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Juan Williams, last night on Fox News:

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WaPo Attacks Romney for 'Mormon Militia' Action 150 Years Ago

10:00 AM, May 21, 2012

Reporting from Carrollton, Arkansas, the Washington Post finds some locals still upset with actions of a "Mormon militia" over 150 years ago. The Post reports:

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Obama in 2004: 'I Don't Think Marriage Is a Civil Right'

1:06 PM, May 08, 2012

President Obama's position on same sex marriage might be "evolving," as he's admitted himself, but he wasn't always so unclear about where he stood. Consider this interview from 2004: 

Q: “Mr. Obama, you've said that your religious faiths, your religious faith, dictates that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Would you elaborate on that?”

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On Seeing the World

The more we know, the less we seem to understand.
May 07, 2012

In his tragedy Phoenissae, Seneca wrote “Anyone can stop a man’s life, but no one his death; a thousand doors open on to it.” For Seneca, death was a part of life, a natural process that could not be avoided. And indeed, at the time, death pervaded the world through famine, disease, childbirth, and war. But something in humanity’s way of thinking about mortality and the world has changed in recent years. Death is now far off for us.

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Obama Asks Students for 'Amen'

12:44 PM, Apr 24, 2012

At an event at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, President Barack Obama tried to rouse the crowd by asking for an "amen."

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Michelle Obama: 'This President Has Brought Us Out of the Dark and Into the Light'

3:49 PM, Apr 17, 2012

Michelle Obama made a remarkable claim when talking up her husband, President Barack Obama, at a campaign event earlier today in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Hoodie in the White House

10:21 AM, Apr 04, 2012

President Obama hosted a pre-Easter prayer breakfast at the White House this morning with members of his administration and clergymen. Prominent breakfast attendees included Rev. Al Sharpton, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and Rev. Julius Scruggs. White House aides told the press pooler at the breakfast that "heads of major denominations, non-profit leaders and prominent mainline, Evangelical, Orthodox and Catholic leaders from across the spectrum" were all in attendance this morning.

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Happy Hour Links

6:12 PM, Mar 14, 2012

Robert Kagan: "America has made the world freer, safer and wealthier."

Ross Douthat: "Religion and the Social Crisis."

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Giving Cover to Obama

11:57 AM, Feb 21, 2012

Caroline May reports that "More than 2,500 evangelical and ministry leaders from a range of denominations have signed a letter to President Obama voicing their opposition to the administration’s new mandate requiring that all health insurance plans contain contraceptive coverage."

But not all religious leaders are being critical of Obama--a number are even trying to provide him with cover.

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God and Man in New Hampshire

10:58 PM, Jan 05, 2012

Windham, N.H.
The auditorium at Windham High School seats 660, but the fire marshal tells me the crowd for Rick Santorum’s fifth event on Thursday overflowed with more than 700 in attendance. But even with this big audience, Santorum looks tired and gives a low energy, pedestrian performance.

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