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Sudan woman who faced death over faith lands in US

Sudan woman who faced death over faith lands in US

A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence arrived Thursday in the United States, where she was welcomed first by the mayor of Philadelphia as a “world freedom fighter” and later by cheering supporters waving American flags in New Hampshire.

COMMENTARY: Mike Jacobs was Holocaust survivor; he also lived a happy life

Mike Jacobs died this week. If you don’t live in North Texas, you probably don’t recognize the name. He was a guy worth knowing about.

COMMENTARY: 'Rock star' pastors lose their luster

It’s not easy being a celebrity pastor these days with that pesky Internet around.

Vatican urges priests to clamp down on excessive emotions during the sign of peace

In an effort to insure a more sober ritual, the Vatican has urged bishops to clamp down on singing, moving around and other casual expressions of affection when the sign of peace is exchanged during Mass.

At least one American missionary infected with Ebola heading back to US

At least one of two American medical missionaries diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia could be back in the United States as early as this weekend for treatment at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital.

Russell Moore answers all you wanted to know about sex (but were afraid to ask)

The issues sound like they belong on the therapist’s couch:

In brief lull, Gaza's displaced survey devastation

In brief lull, Gaza's displaced survey devastation

Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. The dozens of baby chicks he’d been raising on the roof were dead, except for three tiny survivors and a slightly injured white duck.

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Sudanese Christian sentenced to death arrives in N.H.

Sudanese Christian sentenced to death arrives in N.H.

Manchester, N.H. welcomes Mariam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian who had been sentenced to death for her faith, as she arrives Thursday. Her husband previously lived in New Hampshire.

Hundreds attend Mass for saint's return to Hawaii

Hundreds attend Mass for saint's return to Hawaii

A white hearse pulled up to the entrance of a downtown Honolulu cathedral Thursday, carrying the remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients.

More than 100 religious, immigration activists arrested at White House

More than 100 religious leaders and activists were arrested Thursday (July 31) in a White House protest aimed at halting deportations and aiding immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Sudan woman arrives in US, faced death over faith

Sudan woman arrives in US, faced death over faith

A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, arrived Thursday in the United States, where she was welcomed by the mayor of Philadelphia as a “world freedom fighter.”

Mommy, minister and unmarried: Single mothers in the pulpit

When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birthday and the tick-tock of her biological clock was getting hard to ignore.

Jesuits tell their alumni in Congress: Protect border children

American Jesuits are pushing members of Congress who were educated at the Catholic order’s schools to pass aid for thousands of refugee children who have surged across the border in Texas in recent months, calling proposals to swiftly deport them “inhumane and an insult to American values.”

Satanists' challenge to Hobby Lobby ruling may face legal hurdles

A group of Satanists is challenging the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision by providing a letter women can give to doctors to avoid being handed state-mandated “informed consent” literature before seeking an abortion.

Meriam Ibrahim leaves Italy for new life in New Hampshire

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith and then spared after an international campaign, left Italy on Thursday (July 31) on a flight for the U.S., where she plans to build a new life.

Krista Tippett's 'On Being' honored by White House for engaging listeners on what it means to be human

On Sept. 11, 2001, Krista Tippett was in Washington on her way to meet with potential funders to create a radio show focused on faith. As the day unfolded with attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the meeting was canceled.

Archbishop says he didn't mismanage abuse scandal

Archbishop says he didn't mismanage abuse scandal

The head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won’t resign, despite criticism that he and other local Roman Catholic Church leaders concealed allegations about abusive priests, and he again dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct of his own.

Minnesota archbishop won't resign amid criticism

Despite criticism over how the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has handled sex abuse claims involving priests, as well as an investigation into his own conduct, the archbishop says he will not resign.

Vatican taking action in divisive Paraguay diocese

Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a “serious threat to young people,” has been removed as the No. 2.

Faith leaders testify in support of EPA's Clean Power Plan

More than two dozen faith leaders rallied at public hearings hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency to testify in support of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouse gases.