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    Teen gets more than 11 years for helping Islamic State

    08/28/2015 10:16 PM EDT
    ALEXANDRIA, VA. >> A northern Virginia teenager was sentenced Friday to more than 11 years in prison for helping another teen travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and for providing other aid to the militant group. The judge said he considered 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin's age and lack of a criminal record during sentencing in federal court in Alexandria. 
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    Vatican says ex-envoy, charged with sexual abuse, has died
    08/28/2015 10:15 PM EDT - VATICAN CITY >> The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who had been charged by church prosecutors with sexually abusing children in the Caribbean country, died Friday of apparent natural causes as he awaited trial, the Vatican said. Jozef Wesolowski, 67, was found dead early Friday in the Vatican room where he has been held on house arrest, a statement from the Vatican Full Story

    Religion News in Brief
    08/21/2015 09:40 PM EDT - Today Sun and Fun! at Second Congregational Church BENNINGTON >> On Saturday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sun and Fun!, a community celebration of the environment, solar, and sustainability will be held at Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. See the church's solar panels. Learn about solar power. Full Story

    UNESCO chief: IS systematically destroying heritage sites
    08/21/2015 09:40 PM EDT - DAMASCUS, SYRIA >> Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq are engaged in the "most brutal, systematic" destruction of ancient sites since World War II, the head of the U.N. cultural agency said Friday — a stark warning that came hours after militants demolished a 1,500-year-old monastery in central Syria. Full Story

    Jury selection concluding in Jewish site shootings trial
    08/21/2015 09:39 PM EDT - OLATHE, KAN. >> During a weeklong jury selection process, a Missouri white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City has challenged the patriotism of would-be jurors and quizzed them about their views on the government and media. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. Full Story

    Artists collect more than 30,000 knots for papal art exhibit
    08/21/2015 04:50 PM EDT - PHILADELPHIA >> Artists are finishing construction of an unusual exhibit they hope resonates with Pope Francis during his trip to Philadelphia and with anyone experiencing trouble in their daily life. When it opens Sept. 3, the grotto outside the city's Roman Catholic cathedral will house more than 30,000 knots, each representing a personal hardship or societal challenge. Full Story

    AP poll: Minority of US Catholics know pope's climate views
    08/19/2015 09:53 PM EDT - NEW YORK >> A new survey has found fewer than half of U.S. Roman Catholics said they knew of Pope Francis' bombshell encyclical on curbing climate change — and only a fraction of those heard about it from the pulpit — in the month after he released the document with an unprecedented call for the church to take up his message. Full Story

    Religion News in Brief
    08/14/2015 09:29 PM EDT - Sunday 'Awe and Human Creativity' at the Federated Church EAST ARLINGTON >> As our thoughts turn to school starting in a few weeks and we savor all that summer has to offer here in Vermont, the summer of awe is getting close to the end at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. Full Story

    Long-hidden mural revealed at Burlington synagogue
    08/07/2015 09:15 PM EDT - Archivist and historian Aaron Goldberg stood in the nearly empty foyer of Ohavi Zedek on Sunday beside the synagogue's president, Jeffrey Potash. Each gripped a length of rope affixed to a massive, veiled object suspended above their heads. A camera at the back of the room projected images of the two men via livestream to a reception room full of guests and congregants. Full Story

    Religion News in Brief
    08/07/2015 09:14 PM EDT - Today Norman's Attic ARLINGTON >> Planning at St. James Episcopal Church continues for the community-wide celebration of Norman's Attic on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 50 vendors were signed up by the Early Bird deadline. Some vendor spaces are still available. This year's event will bring back long-time favorite participants and a number of new vendors featuring a Full Story