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New rule would allow foster care, adoption agencies to exclude on religious grounds

The Trump administration is proposing a new rule that would allow adoption, foster care agencies and other social service providers receiving taxpayer funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to refuse to serve people based on religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Chicago churches join growing movement of congregations paying off medical debt

This Thanksgiving, 5,888 families in Cook County, Ill., will receive a card with the names of several congregations belonging to different Protestant Christian denominations throughout the city of Chicago and these words: “Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We want you to know that all your debts have been forgiven.”

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Meditation apps don't always provide enlightenment

Search your smartphone’s app store for “meditation” and you’ll get more than 1,000 results.

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Resilience after the hurricane

The president of the historically African-American Progressive National Baptist Convention traveled to the Bahamas island of Grand Bahama on Sept. 11 to assess the damage from Hurricane Dorian and came away with stories of damage and determination.

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Pope Francis preaches message of peace, care of the sick and environmentalism during 3-nation visit to Africa

Pope Francis greeted packed stadiums full of celebrating locals and spoke to crowds numbering up to 1 million people in Madagascar, the second stop on his weeklong, three-nation trip to Africa.

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Sister Helen Prejean, activist nun, talks about getting Jesus 'right'

Sister Helen Prejean wants to get religion “right.”

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Support grows for new hate crime reporting bill

Nearly three years ago, Khalid Jabara, an immigrant from Lebanon, died on his own doorstep in Tulsa, Okla., when his neighbor gunned him down.

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High-intensity workouts end with prayer

On a Tuesday evening under the roof of a public picnic shelter, a group of women ages 20 to 55 groaned through a series of high-intensity exercises in the 88-degree heat and humidity.

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Report notes U.S. Jews of color overlooked, undercounted

The typical photo of American Jews on synagogue websites, camp brochures and Jewish organizations’ fliers features happy-looking white people.

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Widow of Mother Emanuel pastor: ‘Much prayer is needed’ four years after attack

Jennifer Pinckney had hoped to be in Bible study on the evening of June 17, 2015. But her 6-year-old daughter had other plans.

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