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    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 
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    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

    Religion News in Brief
    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

    Religion News in Brief
    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

    Pope says he's willing to study whether women can be deacons
    05/13/2016 09:23 PM EDT - VATICAN CITY >> Pope Francis said Thursday he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men. Francis agreed to a proposal to create an official study commission during a closed-door meeting with some 900 superiors of women's religious orders in Rome for Full Story

    Nation and World Religion News in Brief
    04/29/2016 09:02 PM EDT - Church shooting suspect's friend to plead COLUMBIA, S.C. >> A friend of the white man accused of fatally shooting nine black church members in South Carolina last year is set to plead guilty to two federal charges, according to an agreement signed by federal prosecutors and filed online Monday. Full Story

    Religion News in Brief
    04/29/2016 09:02 PM EDT - TOday Day of prayer and fasting HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Road, Hoosick Falls, will be holding a day of prayer and fasting on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for the return of Hoosick Falls resident Brian Jenkins. Brian's family last heard from their loved one one year ago, on April 25, 2015. Full Story

    Massachusetts church being moved to make way for casino
    04/22/2016 09:46 PM EDT - SPRINGFIELD >> A historic Massachusetts church started slowly rolling along the street Tuesday to make way for a nearly $1 billion casino. After weeks of preparation, crews began moving Springfield's 129-year-old First Spiritualist Church about two football-field lengths, where it will eventually stand next to a skating rink within the MGM Springfield casino's 14-acre footprint. Full Story

    Religion News in Brief
    04/22/2016 09:45 PM EDT - sunday Worship, events at St. Peter's BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on the fifth Sunday of Easter, April 24, at the 8 a.m. service using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite I. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at the 10 a. Full Story

    Governor gets bill allowing denial of services to gays
    04/01/2016 10:21 PM EDT - JACKSON, MISS. >> Government employees and private businesses in Mississippi could deny services to same-sex couples who want to marry under a bill passed by the House on Friday — one of numerous attempts across the country to enact so-called religious protection statutes after a Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized gay marriage. Full Story