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53 percent of Americans say God rewards 'athletes of faith' with good health, success on the field

- The Washington Times

Sunday is often associated with both church and devoted football watching. Now there's an intersection of the two: 53 percent of Americans and 56 percent of sports fans say "that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success on the playing field." So says a new survey of public sentiment about sports and religion conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and the Religion News Service.

President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Lawrence, Kansas. Obama was speaking  about the themes in his State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Obama 'deeply committed' to preserving abortion rights

- The Washington Times

On the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, President Obama said Thursday that he is "deeply committed to protecting this core constitutional right" of abortion, and he criticized pro-life legislation approved by the House.

People hold signs as they attend an anti-abortion rally at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Women in Arkansas seeking abortion-inducing medication would have to take it in the presence of a doctor and come back for a follow-up days later under a bill filed Thursday in the Arkansas Legislature. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

'The Apology' – Men speak up about abortion

Catholic News Agency

A pro-life organization is aiming to highlight how men are affected by abortion - and offer hope for healing and renewal - through a new video called "The Apology."

American pastor Saeed Abedini is serving an eight-year prison sentence for proselytizing his Christian faith in the Islamic Republic of Iran. (American Center for Law and Justice)

Obama to meet with family of pastor jailed in Iran

- The Washington Times

Relatives of an American pastor jailed in Iran for more than two years say they will meet with President Obama Wednesday during the president's trip to Idaho, according to an advocacy group representing the family.