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A Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Juneau, Alaska (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Clergy-on-the-Ground: Disaster experts mobilize ministers should calamity strike

- The Washington Times

It is a sign of the times - and a clear-eyed, viable idea from Johns Hopkins University emergency preparedness and response experts, who have led pastors, ministers and other clergy in disaster readiness training in three cities, capping off the outreach in the nation's capital on Tuesday. They specialize in schooling folks of faith who also have a calling to be spiritual boots-on-the-ground during a terrorist attack, mass shooting, natural disaster or other unexpected calamity.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote religious liberty at home and abroad at a gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ted Cruz wins presidential straw poll at 2014 Values Voter Summit

- The Washington Times

Several 2016 presidential hopefuls made their pitches to the influential gathering of social conservatives over the weekend at the 2014 Values Voter Summit, with at least one past GOP presidential contender urging evangelicals to show up at the polls if they're upset at the direction of the country.

The village of Novosvitlivka in eastern Ukraine, where this Orthodox icon is located, which was severely damaged during fighting. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Military chaplains in the trenches of Ukraine

- Catholic News Agency

Since April, Ukraine's eastern provinces have experienced continual military confrontation between its government, and pro-Russian separatists and Russian forces, and more than 3,200 have been killed in the conflict.

The Vatican says it has put defrocked Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, under house arrest following allegations he sexually abused young boys in the Caribbean country. (AP Photo/Manuel Diaz, File)

Peace of mind

- The Washington Times

A new survey on mental health and faith found that most Protestant pastors believe people with mental illness can develop their spirituality and go to heaven, despite the fact it is not explicitly addressed in the Bible.

Aisle pass: Record number of Americans remaining unwed

- The Washington Times

The share of Americans who have never walked down the aisle has reached a record high — and may produce the largest group of lifelong singles in the nation's history, the Pew Research Center says in a new report on marriage trends in the United States.

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

How much of your paycheck do you take home?

- Deseret News

Ten percent of middle aged Americans have their wages slashed by debtors, NPR reported last week, and over $50 billion in consumer credit card debt will likely be added to America’s existing debt in 2014, according to a recent study by CardHub.

Gay marriage support dips in latest survey

- The Washington Times

After a steady surge in popularity in recent years, public support for gay marriage fell in September, with fully half of the population now saying homosexual behavior "is a sin," a study said Monday.