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LDS missionaries can now call home weekly. Some parents worry new policy is too lax.

In the past, LDS missionaries were only allowed to call home twice a year, a policy designed to let them focus on their mission, free from distractions. But a new policy will allow them to call or video chat with family once a week.
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Historic United Methodist church sees ‘hopeful’ time for LGBTQ Christians

CHICAGO (RNS) — LGBTQ-affirming United Methodists are split over which proposed plan to support at the denomination’s special session — and what they’ll do if a plan passes that strengthens rules against the full inclusion of LGBTQ people.
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Julián Castro: Catholicism ‘has never been far from my life’

(RNS) — ‘What has always attracted me to the Catholic faith is the social justice aspect of it,’ Castro said.
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As Americans disengage from religion, a California institution encourages questioning

OJAI, Calif. (RNS) — For three decades, seekers have been drawn to this city’s Krishnamurti Foundation center to question the teachings of the religions they’ve grown up with.
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Why some young Muslim women are leaning into arranged marriages

(RNS) — Halal dating apps are gaining traction among young Muslims. But dating often comes with its own set of headaches, so many young Muslim women say they are bypassing the drama by leaning into their family’s traditions of arranged marriage.
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Report: ‘No evidence’ of racist statements by Covington Catholic students

(RNS) — The same report also conceded that some students from Covington Catholic High School responded to a Native American man drumming and singing by performing the ‘tomahawk chop.’
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Germany continues payments to churches a century after deciding to stop

PARIS (RNS) — The state subsidies to churches have survived due to a provision in the law that makes ending them more costly than continuing to pay.
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In Malaysia, Lunar New Year keeps ethnic Chinese in touch with ancient customs

PANANG, Malaysia (RNS) — For ethnic Chinese Malaysians, Lunar New year celebrations can be both raucous street festivals and private, family affairs, a time to clean the house, pay debts and start fresh.
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Southern Baptist leaders vow to improve addressing sex abuse after papers’ report

(RNS) — ‘I am committed to doing everything possible to ensure we never make these mistakes again,’ Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said in response to an investigation by Texan newspapers.
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Trump strikes muted tone at National Prayer Breakfast, plays up evangelical interests

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘I will never let you down, I can say that — never,’ Trump said to the attendees at the religious gathering.
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