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Religion news – June 18

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Editor’s note: Some church services may have moved to online-only formats after The Republic’s deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poll details rift between lay Catholics, bishops

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The hardline stances of many conservative Catholic bishops in the U.S. are not shared by a majority of lay Catholics. Most of them say abortion should be legal, favor greater inclusion of LGBT people, and oppose the denial of Communion for politicians who support abortion rights, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Vacation Bible school a summertime tradition of laughs, learning

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From focusing on everything from God to games and from Scripture to snacks, Vacation Bible School offers youngsters — and at some area Christian churches, adults, too — a mix of laughs and learning. And some ministries do such a solid job at teaching basic life components such as honesty and compassion as a part of their lessons that a local mom a few years ago signed up her daughter for multiple such programs.

Religion news – June 4

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Editor’s note: Some church services may have moved to online-only formats after The Republic’s deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Terry Mattingly: Naomi Judd faced angels and demons

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Naomi Judd thought she understood the ties that bind country music stars and their audience — then one aggressive fan went and joined the Pentecostal church the Judd family called home.

Religion news – May 28

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Editor’s note: Some church services may have moved to online-only formats after The Republic’s deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After Supreme Court leak, religious rift over legal abortion on display

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America’s faithful are bracing — some with cautionary joy and others with looming dread — for the Supreme Court to potentially overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and end the nationwide right to legal abortion.

Religion news – May 21

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Editor’s note: Some church services may have moved to online-only formats after The Republic’s deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Religion news – May 14

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Editor’s note: Some church services may have moved to online-only formats after The Republic’s deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Terry Mattingly: The difference in Russian, Ukrainian orthodox messages

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With the barrage of horrors from Ukraine, it wasn’t hard to distinguish between the messages released by the Eastern Orthodox leaders of Russia and Ukraine to mark Holy Pascha, the feast known as Easter in the West.