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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics that included his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.
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GOP's Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issue

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  posted 17 minutes ago
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concerns about religious freedom could unite Republicans and rally conservative Democrats to the GOP in 2016.
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The latest developments on religious objection laws

Jeni O'Malley, Associated Press  |  posted 53 minutes ago
A day after Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism to pass a religious-objections bill, the governor of Arkansas held off on signing the measure, saying it needed changes before he could make the proposal into law.
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Francis recalls John Paul II's suffering decade after death

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 5:40am
Pope Francis is remembering St. John Paul II as an admirable example of suffering on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Polish-born pontiff's death after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.
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Juan Diego students rely on faith for the journey

Sandra Olney  |  posted Mar 31st - 6:57pm
As Christians prepare to celebrate the sacred mysteries of Holy Week, students and teachers at Juan Diego Catholic High School are focusing more deeply on personal faith. The practice of faith at Juan Diego helps prepare students for the journey.
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Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

Tom Davies and Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  posted Mar 31st - 5:41pm
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state's new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gays.
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Pittsburgh Diocese eliminating fees for marriage annulments

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  posted 26 minutes ago
The Diocese of Pittsburgh has eliminated fees for annulments in keeping with comments by Pope Francis that the church should make it easier for some divorced Roman Catholics to remarry and receive other sacraments.
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Deadline nears for end of 2015 Ga. legislative session

Kathleen Foody and Bill Hendrick, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 2:11pm
The Georgia Legislature convenes Thursday for the final day of the 2015 session, with all eyes on a religious freedom bill still stalled in a House committee.
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Businesses, performers boycott Indiana because of new law

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 1:41pm
Businesses and organizations are canceling events and barring travel to Indiana over a religious objections law that critics say would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Lawmakers are working to clarify the bill's intent, but many aren't waiting to see the results.
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Polish priest shows beheading video to high school class

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 9:01am
A Roman Catholic priest has been criticized in Poland for showing high school students in a religion class the uncensored video of Egyptian Christians being beheaded by Islamic State militants.
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Italy, Vatican make financial pact, as Holy See cleans house

Frances D'emilio, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 8:21am
Italy and the Holy See signed an accord Wednesday to cooperate on fiscal matters, as the Vatican works to improve transparency after a string of financial scandals.
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Grawemeyer Award in Religion recipient speaking April 15

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 1st - 2:11am
The recipient of this year's Grawemeyer Award in Religion is speaking this month in Louisville on Christianity's efforts to heal racial division.
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