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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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Frank Schaefer, above, a United Methodist Church pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son Tim's wedding to another man, has had the punishment overturned. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)
Frank Schaefer, above, a United Methodist Church pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son Tim's wedding to another man, has had the punishment overturned. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)
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Methodist panel overturns pastor’s defrocking

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A pastor who presided over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and vowed to perform other gay marriages if asked can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him.

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Kate Kelly, center, leads a Mormon's women group pushing the church to allow women in the priesthood march to Temple Square during the two-day Mormon church conference, in Salt Lake City April 5.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Kate Kelly, center, leads a Mormon's women group pushing the church to allow women in the priesthood march to Temple Square during the two-day Mormon church conference, in Salt Lake City April 5. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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Mormon woman awaits decision on excommunication

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The founder of a prominent Mormon women's group could find out Monday if she will be excommunicated from her church.

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