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    Theodore Hesburgh, former Notre Dame president, dies at 97

    02/27/2015 09:43 PM EST
    SOUTH BEND, IND. >> The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents — or legendary football coaches. And he did it while championing human rights around the globe, from civil rights and immigration reform to supporting Third World development. 
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    Religion news in brief
    02/27/2015 09:42 PM EST - Sunday, March 1 'Bread Enough' at the Federated Church EAST ARLINGTON >> The Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road invites all people of faith or in search of faith to the 10:00 a.m. Service of Worship on this Communion Sunday, March 1 when all are invited to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. Full Story

    Pope urges cooperation on Vatican reform from cardinals
    02/13/2015 04:12 PM EST - VATICAN CITY >> Pope Francis urged his cardinals Thursday to cooperate in reforming the outdated and dysfunctional Vatican bureaucracy, saying the overhaul will help him govern the Catholic Church better and spread the faith more effectively. Francis summoned cardinals from around the world to hear his proposals for revamping the central government of the 1. Full Story

    Fathers of slain Muslims: This was a hate crimee
    02/13/2015 04:12 PM EST - CHAPEL HILL, N.C. >> The fathers of the three Muslim students shot in their Chapel Hill, North Carolina apartment spoke with The Associated Press before their funeral on Thursday, calling on Americans to understand that they died in a hate crime. Craig Stephen Hicks is charged with first-degree murder in the shootings Tuesday of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Full Story

    'Sacred Sperm' film explores ultra-Orthodox Jewish taboos
    02/06/2015 10:04 PM EST - JERUSALEM >> Like so many parents, Ori Gruder was grappling with how to talk to his 10-year-old son about sex. Being a member of Israel's ultra-Orthodox religious community, which tends to keep discussions of sexuality to a whisper, made the task even more difficult. So Gruder created "Sacred Sperm," an hour-long documentary in which he tries to tackle the hard questions he can expect from Full Story

    Religion News in Brief
    02/06/2015 10:03 PM EST - Saturday, Feb. 7 Events at North Pownal Congregational POWNAL >> A men's breakfast will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 8 a.m. am and the first Saturday of every month at North Pownal Congregational Church, 3554 Route 346. Potluck. The community is welcome to attend. Women's event at the church: Monthly Third Saturday Brunch, fellowship and time together, beginning Saturday, Feb. Full Story

    Vt. Episcopal Episcopal Bishop Thomas Ely's statement on firearms measure
    01/30/2015 09:38 PM EST - I am writing today to express my support for S.31, the bill currently before the Vermont legislature, that would require criminal background checks on unlicensed sales of firearms, prohibit violent felons from possessing guns, and require timely submission of relevant court records to the National Instant Background Check System when a person has been adjudicated as being a danger to themselves Full Story

    Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights
    01/30/2015 09:38 PM EST - SALT LAKE CITY >> The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs. "We must find ways to show respect for others whose beliefs, values and behaviors differ from ours while never being forced to deny or abandon our own beliefs, Full Story

    Religion News in Brief
    01/30/2015 09:37 PM EST - Saturday, Jan. 31 Yankee Pot Roast at Federated Church EAST ARLINGTON >> The annual Community Yankee Pot Roast Dinner will be served at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road on Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m. Pot roast, roasted vegetables, rolls, cole slaw, beverages and apple crisp with ice cream are on the menu. Full Story

    Gun rights group, and Vermont governor, oppose senate gun bill
    01/28/2015 07:40 PM EST - Montpelier>> Gun Owners of Vermont President Ed Cutler thinks there are already too many gun laws in Vermont, and he strongly opposes background check legislation introduced in the Senate last week. The overarching issue for Cutler and many gun rights' proponents, who gathered at the Statehouse on Tuesday wearing blaze orange clothing, is that they view any new gun law as a step toward Full Story

    Woman admits digging up dad's grave in search of 'real will'

    LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A woman who told police she dug up her father's grave in search of his "real will" but found only vodka and cigarettes pleaded guilty Monday. Full Story