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The Washington Post's Acts of Faith offers breaking and ongoing news, analysis and opinion about major religion stories.

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A “Christian numerologist” suggests Sept. 23, 2017, is the fixed date for the end of the world.

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It's complicated.

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Highlights

Why the iconic Virgin of Charity means so much to Cubans and Pope Francis

Pope Francis will celebrate the first papal Mass in her shrine outside Santiago on Tuesday.

"The church’s conscience came a bit late," he said.

Pope Francis and the American Catholic Church could both come out winners if Father Stanley Rother is made a saint

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Who is David Meade? He doesn't say much about himself, at least not that's specific and verifiable.

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella was serving in the District and has been recalled to the Holy See.

The church wanted to honor some aspects of Lee, but not others.

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There’s a double-standard for Muslims in entertainment, and race, cultural background and class play a part.

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During the incident, they played 'Middle Eastern music' and uttered slurs against Muslims, according to the Chicago Tribune.

This year, communities are figuring out ways to repent for the sins of America, and to take action to fix them.

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Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

Few religious pilgrimages lead down a dusty, unpaved Oklahoma road past grazing horses, metal barns and towering wind turbines in the distance.

The Latest on a beatification mass starts for 1st US martyr (all times local):

An Oklahoma-born priest killed during Guatemala’s civil war is set to be beatified and is on the path to possible sainthood.

Pope Francis on Thursday acknowledged the Catholic Church was “a bit late” in realizing the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice of moving pedophiles around rather than sanctioning them was to blame.

Police are investigating after anti-Semitic graffiti including swastikas was spray-painted on a monument near a historic synagogue in Wisconsin’s traditionally liberal capital city.

Michigan is illegally allowing faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children or become foster parents, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the practice.

“I have decided,” President Donald Trump declared Wednesday, announcing he’d reached a verdict on the Iran nuclear deal’s future even as top U.S. and Iranian officials headed into their highest-level talks of his presidency. Iran’s leader, meanwhile, lashed out at “ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric” in response to Trump’s blistering attack at the U.N.

A music teacher and singer-songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide is facing child pornography charges.

During Hurricane Irma, Temple Shalom served as a sanctuary of a different kind.

The former president of the Vatican’s children’s hospital has defended spending 422,000 euros ($506,000) in hospital donations to renovate a cardinal’s apartment, saying the investment would have brought even more donations.

A federal appeals court has denied white supremacist Dylann Roof’s request to replace his Jewish and Indian lawyers who are appealing his death sentence for a racist massacre in South Carolina a day after he filed it.

A Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on girls in a Muslim sect will be released from jail as she awaits trial.

Officials say a set of rainbow-colored doors that read “God’s doors are open to all” in front of a Rhode Island church was vandalized over the weekend.

It was one of the uglier incidents in recent memory in North Dakota’s largest city, Fargo: A white woman was captured on cellphone video shouting “We’re going to kill all of you” at three Somali women in a Walmart parking lot.

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