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The sky over a cross of "Panagia Chrisospiliotissa", a Christian Orthodox monastery outside of capital Nicosia, Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)
The sky over a cross of "Panagia Chrisospiliotissa", a Christian Orthodox monastery outside of capital Nicosia, Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)
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Religious identification has eroded in the US, study says

NEW YORK (AP) -- The number of Americans who don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call "nones" the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday.

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How closely do you follow your religion? – Poll

As Easter Sunday approaches and Passover begins Friday, how religious do you consider yourself to be?

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A window sticker on a downtown Indianapolis business, Wednesday
A window sticker on a downtown Indianapolis business, Wednesday
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Indiana law, called anti-gay by opponents, draws hundreds to protest Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Hundreds of people gathered outside of the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, some carrying "no hate in our state" signs, to rally against a new law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people.

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An Orthodox Christian kisses the grave of St. Paisios in a monastery in the town of Souroti, (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
An Orthodox Christian kisses the grave of St. Paisios in a monastery in the town of Souroti, (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
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Faithful flock to grave of new Greek Orthodox saint: Paisios

SOUROTI, Greece (AP) -- Thousands of faithful have made the pilgrimage to the monastery of St. John the Evangelist in a small town in northern Greece to visit the grave of the Orthodox Church's latest saint, Saint Paisios.

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The Supreme Court Building in Washington in September. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Supreme Court Building in Washington in September. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Justices hear small church fight over Arizona town sign law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A small church in a Phoenix suburb says its local government puts far stricter limits on its roadside signs advertising Sunday services than it places on politicians, real estate agents and other groups, and is asking the Supreme Court for relief.

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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Pope Francis tells theologians: Listen to ordinary faithful

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church's top theologians on Friday to listen to what ordinary Catholics have to say and pay attention to the "signs of the times," rather than just making pronouncements in an academic vacuum.

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Documentary film-maker Simcha Jacobovici, left, and religious studies professor Barrie Wilson hold press conference for their book "The Lost Gospel."  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Documentary film-maker Simcha Jacobovici, left, and religious studies professor Barrie Wilson hold press conference for their book "The Lost Gospel." (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Jesus married? New book stirs controversial theory

LONDON (AP) -- A researcher who has attracted attention and criticism with his revisionist Biblical theories says he has found new evidence that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that early Christians considered her a deity.

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Pope to go to Turin to view ‘Holy Shroud’ burial icon

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus, will go back on public display next year.

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Poll Shows Fewer of Us Claim a Religious Affiliation

Religion may be less of a priority these days for Americans who are handcuffed to technology, and still reeling from the effects of last decade's economic downturn.

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Iraqi nun, second from left, speaks with a Christian man near Mosul, Iraq, at a school that was turned into a shelter for displaced Christian families. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
Iraqi nun, second from left, speaks with a Christian man near Mosul, Iraq, at a school that was turned into a shelter for displaced Christian families. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
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Under threat, Iraq’s Christians flee city of Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.

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