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State waivers allow Amish to ignore Wisconsin building code

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Religious waiver forms that will be distributed this week to all 72 counties in Wisconsin are expected to resolve a dispute over building codes between Eau Claire County and its Amish community.

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Diocese punishes group that let woman perform sacrament rite

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines bishop has told a Des Moines Catholic group to cease Mass services because it let a woman preside over sacrament in December.

August 26, 2015 12:51 pmLoading…

Hundreds attend dedications for Indiana's 1st Mormon temple

CARMEL, Ind. — Hundreds of people attended dedication ceremonies over the weekend for Indiana's first temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Vaccination rules won't immediately affect Illinois students

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois families who don't want their children to be vaccinated will have to get a doctor's note before claiming a religious exemption, but the new state law won't affect students heading back to school in the coming weeks.

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Iowa board: Public school choirs may sing religious music

DES MOINES, Iowa — Acting on a challenge filed by the parents of a recent high school graduate, the Iowa Board of Education has ruled that public school choirs may sing religious music.

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Cincinnati archbishop urges Ohioans to be energy efficient

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati's archbishop has outlined how parishes and offices in the Cincinnati archdiocese are responding to Pope Francis' recent entreaty to preserve the earth.

August 05, 2015 1:43 pmLoading…

Hundreds of clergy abuse claims filed in Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS — Victims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have filed more than 400 claims against the archdiocese in federal bankruptcy court, according to attorneys for victims and the archdiocese.

August 04, 2015 2:42 pmLoading…
Tucson faith communities don't wilt under summer heat

Tucson faith communities don't wilt under summer heat

The Gospel and Dr. Seuss. The Torah and wine. Religion gets creative during summer. 

August 01, 2015 7:57 pm Photos



Indianapolis archdiocese eliminating marriage annulment fee

INDIANAPOLIS — The Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis is eliminating fees for marriage annulments, a step that follows comments by Pope Francis that the church should make it easier for some divorced Catholics to remarry.

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Suit: County worker fired for objecting to gay marriage

INDIANAPOLIS — A former deputy clerk from southern Indiana says in a federal lawsuit she was fired for refusing to process a same-sex couple's marriage application.

July 23, 2015 3:05 pmLoading…

Monks mark 80 years in United States

SCHUYLER, Neb.  — The outstretched arms of St. Benedict are an inviting sight.

July 19, 2015 7:23 amLoading…

Professor resigns after Bethel College policy on creation

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — A philosophy professor has resigned from a Christian college in northern Indiana after it recently adopted a statement affirming to a belief in God as the creator of humanity.

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Threats force Satan statue unveiling to secret Detroit venue

DETROIT  — An 8½-foot-tall bronze monument featuring a goat-headed Satan will be unveiled at a secret, ticketed event in Detroit after the owner of a popular restaurant and entertainment complex backed out and opponents issued threats, organizers said.

July 13, 2015 12:41 pmLoading…

Former Iowa priest cleared of sex abuse accusations

DUBUQUE, Iowa — A former Dubuque priest has been cleared of allegations that he sexually abused an altar boy in the 1980s following a review by the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

July 13, 2015 10:53 amLoading…

Letters to the editor

Letters on religion and same-sex marriage, RTA projects, Redskins trademark.

July 12, 2015 5:00 pmLoading…

Opinion: Judges can't refuse to perform same-sex marriages

OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska judges and court officials cannot refuse to perform same-sex marriages unless they refuse to perform all marriages, according to a state judicial ethics group.

July 09, 2015 12:26 pmLoading…

Attorney says polygamists' faith relevant to water hearing

PIERRE, S.D. — The attorney for a western South Dakota woman attempting to stop a polygamous sect from using more water at its compound says evidence about the secretive group's faith and background is relevant to whether regulators should grant the request.

July 08, 2015 5:01 pmLoading…
Cairo's dervishes spin for their supper

Cairo's dervishes spin for their supper

Religious devotion is at the heart of the stylized spinning.

June 29, 2015 4:20 pm Photos



Homeless Jesus statue debuts outside downtown Detroit church

DETROIT — A statue of a homeless Jesus sleeping on a park bench has been unveiled in front of a downtown Detroit church that serves as a warming center for the homeless.

June 28, 2015 4:04 pmLoading…

Priest sues; was accused of abuse, but charges dropped

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis priest who was accused of sexually abusing a boy, only to have those charges dropped earlier this month, is now suing the boy's parents, police and a victim's rights group.

June 26, 2015 11:11 amLoading…

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