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    St. Joseph high school in Pittsfield to close in June

    Just two Catholic schools left in Berkshire County
    10/14/2016 10:06 PM EDT
    PITTSFIELD, MASS. >> Gary Bianchi's junior year at St. Joseph Central High School was a heart-wrenching one. His father, Al Bianchi Sr. was dying, but what got the son through the tough time was the close-knit feeling faculty and students had on the Maplewood Avenue campus. "Coaches would take me home for dinner. 
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    10/14/2016 10:06 PM EDT - today Dorset church fall rummage sale DORSET >> A huge event, Saturday, Oct. 15,from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Outside sales begin at 8:30 a.m,) One the public looks forward to each year—a great mixture of merchandise at unbelievable prices. There will be useful items from clothing for men, women and children to treasures of all sorts. Full Story

    Pope Francis praises religious tolerance in Azerbaijan
    10/07/2016 08:04 PM EDT - BAKU, AZERBAIJAN >> Pope Francis praised Azerbaijan on Sunday as a model for a world divided by violent extremism, sidestepping criticism of the government for the sake of encouraging religious tolerance in an often-volatile region where Catholics are a minority. Francis avoided direct mention of criticism in the West over allegations of human rights abuses in Azerbaijan and a recent Full Story

    Pakistan's lawmakers toughen 'honor' killings penalty
    10/07/2016 08:03 PM EDT - ISLAMABAD >> Despite objections from religious hard-liners, lawmakers Thursday took the first significant move to curb mounting numbers of "honor" killings in Pakistan, stiffening the penalties and closing a loophole that allowed such killers to go free. Public outrage has been growing in Pakistan in the wake of a string of particularly gruesome slayings. Full Story

    Archdiocese offers compensation to victims
    10/07/2016 08:02 PM EDT - NEW YORK (AP) >> Victims of clergy sex abuse willing to forego lawsuits against New York's Roman Catholic archdiocese can seek compensation through a new church fund announced Thursday, but any records of such abuse and what the church did about problem priests will remain private. The program will be led by Kenneth Feinberg, who managed the federal compensation fund for Sept. Full Story

    Religion News in Brief
    10/07/2016 08:01 PM EDT - today Pagoda anniversary marked GRAFTON, N.Y. >> The Grafton Peace Pagoda 23rd Anniversary Celebration will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. All are invited. In addition to a Traditional Buddhist Ceremony, the event will feature Oren Lyons — Haudenosaunee Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation: Bruce K Gagnon, co-founder of Maine Veterans for Peace, working to convert the military Full Story

    UK opens secret files about 'Jewish terrorists' in 1940s
    09/30/2016 10:25 PM EDT - LONDON >> The call to British military security forces came early in the morning, shortly after 1 a.m., and could not be ignored. The informant's message was alarming: Assassins planned to kill the commander of British forces in Palestine the following morning; evasive action was needed. The source didn't know the details of the plan, but warned that Gen. Full Story

    Connecticut's 1st Mormon temple to serve growing church
    09/30/2016 10:24 PM EDT - FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — The first Mormon temple in Connecticut opens to the public this week and will soon host services for thousands of the faithful from a four-state area. The new temple in Farmington reflects growing membership for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the East Coast. Full Story

    Religion News in Brief
    09/30/2016 10:23 PM EDT - tODAY First Baptist Church fall tag sale BENNINGTON >> The First Baptist Church will continue its fall tag sale today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Saturday is $3 bag day. Admission is free. The tag sale features fall and winter clothing, a large selection of Christmas and holiday d├ęcor, household goods, children's toys, books, fabrics, etc. Full Story

    Israeli settlements have grown during Obama years
    09/16/2016 08:46 PM EDT - JERUSALEM >> In his landmark speech to the Arab world seven years ago, President Barack Obama warned that Israeli settlements on occupied territories were undermining hopes for peace. "It is time for these settlements to stop," he declared. As Obama heads into the home stretch of his presidency, he leaves behind an unfulfilled vision. Full Story

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    Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston split up

    Taylor Swift decides Tom Hiddleston isn’t the one after all and hands him his walking papers.