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More than half of NJ residents say they are ‘highly religious’

“Lots of people in New Jersey care about religion, and it matters in their lives, and it may even matter in terms of their social activities or even their political activities."

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Survey: Religious Americans keep faith amid secularization

A survey released Tuesday brought some good news for faith leaders alarmed by the spike in the number of Americans who say they have no ties to a particular religion.

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Church pews with stained glass beyond pulpit (dbvirago, ThinkStock)
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Religious freedom facing increased threats, US report finds

The Islamic State led a campaign of attacks last year by militant extremist groups on religious freedom in large swaths of the world, the State Department said in a report Wednesday, pointing to increasing threats to religious minorities in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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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
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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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