• Editorial - 06/24/2016 08:57 PM EDT
    (Associated Press)
    Mud-splattered Filipinos pray to saint for blessing and woes

    06/24/2016 08:56 PM EDT
    BIBICLAT, PHILIPPINES (AP) >> Hundreds of Filipino villagers donning capes of banana leaves covered themselves in mud Friday in a ritual to thank their patron saint, John the Baptist, who they believe saved residents from killings by Japanese invaders in World War II. The "Taong Putik" or "mud people" festival in Bibiclat village in northern Nueva Ecija province dates back to the brutal 
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    Indonesia tries to steer convicted militants to new lives
    06/24/2016 08:56 PM EDT - SOLO, INDONESIA >> In the heart of Solo city, not far from the Islamic boarding school founded by the radical cleric who inspired the 2002 Bali bombings, the staff of an unremarkable-looking restaurant prepare for another day serving the humble staples of the Indonesian diet to hungry locals. The manager, a slightly built man with quick lively gestures, darts about the narrow kitchen, Full Story

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    06/24/2016 08:55 PM EDT - Sunday 'Protect the Environment' at the Federated Church EAST ARLINGTON >> Summer officially began this week and this coming Sunday, June 26 marks the first of a nine-part summer worship series that is using the "Be the Church" theme developed by the United Church of Christ. This Sunday's service will focus on "Protect the Environment" as our call to action in how we can be church in Full Story

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    06/17/2016 09:09 PM EDT - today Strawberry Festival and more WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. >> A Strawberry Festival will be held at Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be Homemade Strawberry Shortcake, lunch with homemade sandwich filling, ice tea and lemonade. Also there will be a bake sale, jewelry table, a Chinese auction and tag sale. Full Story

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    06/03/2016 10:28 PM EDT - SUNday Worship and events at St. Peter's BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on the third Sunday after Pentecost, Sunday, June 5, at the 8 a.m. service using the Book of Common Prayer Rite l, and at the 10 a.m. service using Rite ll with chanting and singing, music directed by choir master and organist John Riddle. Full Story

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    05/27/2016 09:31 PM EDT - today SUNday Worship and events at St. Peter's BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on the second Sunday after Pentecost, May 28, at the 8 a. Full Story

    The 'untouchables' of Yemen caught in crossfire of war
    05/20/2016 09:35 PM EDT - SANAA, YEMEN >> They are Yemen's untouchables. They call themselves the "Muhammasheen," or "the Marginalized," a dark-skinned ethnic group that for centuries has been consigned to the bottom of Yemen's social scale, faced with discrimination and racism, shunned by others. They live in shantytowns on the outskirts of cities, are often refused schooling and work menial jobs like shoe-shining Full Story

    Q&A: Breakaway Catholic churches not new, but frowned upon
    05/20/2016 09:35 PM EDT - BOSTON >> Parishioners who have maintained a constant vigil inside a Roman Catholic church for nearly 12 years in defiance of the Boston archdiocese's order to close it are vowing to create an independent church outside the Vatican's control. The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a last-ditch appeal from the St. Full Story

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    05/20/2016 09:34 PM EDT - today Ham and Strawberry Shortcake Dinner PITTSTOWN, N.Y. >> A Ham and Strawberry Shortcake Dinner will be held at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, May 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eat in or take out. Price: adults $11, children 5-12 $5, under 5 free. For reservations, call 518-663-8253. Full Story

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    05/13/2016 09:23 PM EDT - Sunday Mary's Day at Mary's Garden NORTH BENNINGTON >> A Mary's Day program will be held on Sunday, May 15, in the Mary's Garden at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington. The program begins at 1 p.m. and will include a May Crowning, the Rosary and Marian hymns. The Garden was started fifteen years ago to honor Mary based on the traditions of the thirteenth and fourteenth Full Story

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