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Pope Francis has expressed sadness for the death of Cardinal Francis George, the retired Chicago archbishop.
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Conversion rate lags behind Mormon missionary increase

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 17th - 10:41pm
A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of proselytizing Latter-day Saints didn't lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts.
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Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

Rachel Zoll and Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 17th - 11:12pm
Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.
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Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 17th - 4:01pm
New figures from the Mormon church show that a record increase in missionaries didn't lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts. Statistics released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints show there were nearly 300,000 converts last year. The figure marked a 9 percent increase from two years ago, even though the number of missionaries increased by 44 percent. Mormon scholars say the decline may show that missionaries are focusing on bringing inactive members back into the faith.
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Conversion rate lags behind Mormon missionary increase

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 17th - 12:21pm
New figures from the Mormon church show that a record increase in missionaries didn't lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts.
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Some Ugandan Muslims retreat in fear amid police hunt

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 17th - 8:40am
Kassim Segawa prayed inside his local mosque near Uganda's capital but, instead of being in the company of scores of the faithful, on this day he was alone.
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Pope considering Cuba stop during US trip but no decision

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 17th - 2:20am
Pope Francis is considering adding a stop in Cuba to his U.S. trip in September but no decision has been made, the Vatican said Friday.
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After lawsuit, Cranston schools to close on Good Friday

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 5:10pm
Cranston schools will be closed on three religious holidays in the next school year.
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Vatican unexpectedly ends crackdown of US nun group

Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 2:21pm
The Vatican has unexpectedly ended its controversial overhaul of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis.
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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates 88th birthday with party, pint

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 10:42am
Retired Pope Benedict XVI is celebrating his 88th birthday with a party and a pint of beer.
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The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 6:00am
Vatican announces unexpected end of overhaul of umbrella group of US nuns in shift under pope.
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Church official in Israel says cemetery vandalized

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 16th - 2:40am
A Catholic Church official in Israel says a Christian cemetery has been desecrated, with graves damaged and crosses smashed.
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