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#MeToo, ‘Mary Magdalene’ focus on women’s stories in Bible as Easter nears

(RNS) — It seems like the women of Scripture are having a moment leading up to Easter (April 21), celebrated by many Christians as the day they believe Jesus rose from the dead.
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Gallup: Number of Americans who belong to a church or house of worship plummets

(RNS) — A new Gallup study found that only half of Americans belong to a church or other house of worship, down from 69 percent two decades ago.
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How a controversial Muslim figure helped ignite the controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 comments

(RNS) — How did a video of Omar’s comments on the 9/11 terrorist attacks explode into such a massive controversy? Australia’s Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, who claims to be a Muslim reformer, lit the match.
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How to be a mensch at your seder (or Easter dinner)

(RNS) — As we gather for the holidays, we all need someone who sees the spark of divinity in everyone at the table — even those whose views we can’t stand.
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History lends plenty of hope for the resurrection of Notre Dame

(RNS) — Great cathedrals like Canterbury and St. Paul’s have risen from their ashes, giving us some of Christendom’s most majestic and popular pilgrimage sites today.
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Chrissy Metz on ‘Breakthrough’: Everything happens as it should

(RNS) — The ‘This Is Us’ actress said she ‘wholeheartedly’ believes in miracles, including the one a doctor says occurred in the life of a boy whose true story is depicted in the movie, releasing for Easter.
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Notre Dame, long a symbol of Catholicism in Europe, becomes a picture of its collapse

(RNS) — In recent decades, Notre Dame was more a tourist destination than a place of pilgrimage or a seat of Catholic potency.
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Telling the Passover story in the shadow of the Pittsburgh massacre

(RNS) — Joyce Fienberg wanted to make people feel loved and cared for. Her daughter-in-law is using that example to invite non-Jews to the seder table.
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Conservative rabbinical group selects new leader

(RNS) — Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal, 52, who has served his entire career at Shaare Torah, in Gaithersburg, Md., will lead the 1,700-member international organization of Conservative rabbis.
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On Vaisakhi, making the spiritual and long ago immediate and personal

(RNS) — Connecting with a sacred moment of servant-leadership can be done by looking for ways to incorporate humility into our daily lives.
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