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    Religion News in Brief

    Religion News in Brief
    07/24/2015 09:48 PM EDT
    SUNday St. James' Episcopal celebrates feat day ARLINGTON >> Now in its 251st year of service to the community, St. James' Episcopal Church, Arlington, will celebrate the feast day of its patron saint, James the Apostle, on Sunday, July 26,. The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with the liturgy of the Holy Eucharist followed by a potluck brunch on the church green. 
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    Iraqis brave searing heat in finals days of Ramadan
    07/17/2015 10:30 PM EDT - BAGHDAD >> Iraqi policeman Ziad Radi is no stranger to hot weather, but his sun-blasted face is testament that even for seasoned Iraqis, the weather on Thursday was almost too hot to bear. Radi spends eight hours a day patrolling Baghdad's Karradah neighborhood — braving temperatures that on Thursday soared above 51 degrees Celsius (123 Fahrenheit). Full Story

    Two ground-breaking books; two inspirational talks in one evening
    07/17/2015 10:30 PM EDT - NORTH ADAMS, Mass. >> On Thursday, Aug.13, at 7 p.m, Rabbi David Zaslow and Debra Zaslow will speak about their recently published books at Congregation Beth Israel in North Adams. The event is co-sponsored by All Saints Episcopal Church and Congregation Beth Israel. Both Rabbi David Zaslow and Debra Zaslow are gifted speakers, known for their ability to inspire and entertain. Full Story

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    07/17/2015 10:30 PM EDT - Today Rupert UMC to host open house RUPERT >> An open house is planned on Saturday, July 18, at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 87 Main St., in Rupert to welcome the Rev. Dr. Thomas Atkins as pastor. Atkins was appointed by Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England Conference on July 1 to serve the Rupert congregation. Full Story

    Pope in Paraguay after offering hope to Bolivia's prisoners
    07/10/2015 10:58 PM EDT - ASUNCION, PARAGUAY >> Pope Francis began the third and final leg of his South American pilgrimage Friday by honoring Paraguay's women after leaving the most outcast members of Bolivian society — inmates at its notorious Palmasola prison — with a message of hope and solidarity. Francis has sought to encourage the poorest and most marginal during his three-nation trip, and his Full Story

    Catholic Church gets win in liberal California Legislature
    07/10/2015 10:57 PM EDT - LOS ANGELES >> The Catholic Church, often out of step with California's liberal Legislature, notched a prominent win at the statehouse this week after aligning with advocates for the disabled and medical groups to defeat a proposal to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. The decision by a legislative committee Tuesday to shelve the bill followed weeks of lobbying by Full Story

    Thousands attend Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer's funeral
    07/10/2015 10:57 PM EDT - SALT LAKE CITY >> Several thousand people were expected at a public funeral Friday in Salt Lake City for Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer, who was next in line to become president and prophet of the religion. The memorial service at the Tabernacle on Temple Square will be the second funeral in less than five weeks for a high-ranking leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Full Story

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    07/10/2015 10:52 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 Holy Eucharist using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer on Pentecost 7 Sunday, July 12, at the 8 a.m. service. At the 10 a.m. service, we will celebrate the Eucharist using Rite II, with music and singing. Full Story

    Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches
    07/03/2015 09:34 PM EDT - SALT LAKE CITY >> Episcopalians have voted to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The vote came Wednesday in Salt Lake City at the denomination's national assembly. The measure passed by an overwhelming margin in the House of Deputies, the voting body of clergy and lay people at the meeting. Full Story

    Sex offenders sue, cite Indiana's religious objections law
    07/03/2015 09:34 PM EDT - INDIANAPOLIS >>A lawsuit filed on behalf of two registered sex offenders cites Indiana's new religious objections law in arguing they've been wrongly prohibited from worshipping at churches that have schools on the same property. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of two unnamed sex offenders, one of whom belongs to a Fort Wayne church and Full Story

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    Debate illustrates power of Fox News in GOP campaign

    NEW YORK (AP) — Iowa and New Hampshire are still on the horizon — but first there's the Fox primary, and the buildup to this week's first Republican presidential debate shows that the influence of Fox News Channel on the GOP selection process is stronger than ever. Full Story
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