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African Christians worship in an Anglican church in Tripoli, Libya, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Numbers here have dropped since fighting in the capital last summer forced many expatriate workers to leave Libya. Elsewhere, the Islamic State group's Libya offshoot claimed responsibility for suicide attacks that they say are retaliation for recent Egyptian airstrikes that avenged the beheading of 21 Christian hostages by Libyan Islamic State militants.(AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)

Christians by number: What projections are saying about the future of religion

By Catholic News Agency

Can numbers say something about the future of Christianity? Catholic scholar George Weigel thinks so. Published March 4, 2015

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The Birmingham Probate Court sign shows a ribbon welcoming couples to get a marriage license, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state's highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Alabama justices: Until high court rules, we're in charge

- Associated Press

The Alabama Supreme Court has made itself an outlier in the judicial march legalizing same-sex marriages in the United States, drawing rebukes from gay rights advocates and evoking comparisons to Alabama's defiance of federal authorities during the civil rights movement.

NYC public schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays

- Associated Press

The nation's largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City.

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, talks about his experiences over 90 years of life at his desk in the Hesburgh Library on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in this Sept. 24, 2007, file photo. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

Malloy describes Hesburgh as pastor of Notre Dame, US, world

- Associated Press

It's hard to explain how often the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh played a providential role in the events of his life during his 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame, the priest who succeeded him said Tuesday night.

Walker says he supports ban on abortions after 20 weeks

- Associated Press

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a longtime abortion opponent and likely presidential candidate, said Tuesday that he supports banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, taking a clear stance on an issue he avoided during his re-election campaign last year.

In this May 28, 2012, file photo a photograph of Etan Patz hangs on an angel figurine, which is part of a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. While Pedro Hernandez told police he choked 6-year-old Patz in 1979, his defense says it was fiction from a man with an IQ in the bottom 2 percent of the population and mental illness that makes it difficult for him to distinguish real life from fantasy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Man claims to be missing boy Etan Patz amid murder trial

- Associated Press

A man who thinks he could be Etan Patz was interviewed by police amid the murder trial of a suspect accused in the boy's 1979 disappearance, prosecutors said Tuesday, noting they have received similar calls before.

Rebecca Hagelin & Kristin Carey

REBECCA HAGELIN & KRISTIN CAREY: Add God's blessings to your collection of memories

If you were to take the time to look over and sort through old photographs, letters, videos, journals and keepsakes, you would remember things you may not have thought about for years. You would remember the person you used to be, and you would realize how much you have evolved with time. No doubt, you would see evidence of God's hand upon your life — perhaps even in times you thought he had abandoned you.

Comedian and stand-up artist Russell Brand arrives at Amnesty International's Secret Police Ball in New York City in 2012. ** FILE **

Russell Brand's anti-porn video draws kudos

- The Washington Times

Anti-pornography groups are applauding a video made by comedic actor Russell Brand where he talks — seriously — about his past use of pornography and why he is worried about its social and personal harms.

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Phyllis Schlafly Portrait Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Applauding an elegant conservative

Recently, I was temporarily placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center's watch list for extremism simply because I vocally support traditional marriage. I remember thinking: When did advocating for lifelong love between one man and one woman become a hate crime? Fortunately, the group saw the folly of its ways and apologized, removing me from the list.

Victory at all Costs Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The face of evil

The graphic pictures of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive by militants from the Islamic State, or ISIS, were chilling and raised doubts about the humanity of the Islamic terrorists capable of such barbarism. This coupled with beheadings and crucifixions gives us a better understanding of the evil we, along with the rest of the world, are facing.

Failing Welfare Programs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The failing legacy of the ‘Great Society’

It is Black History Month, and as people reflect on the struggles and accomplishments of African-Americans over many decades, many agree that "more can be done" to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans.

In this March 7, 1965 file photo, tear gas fumes fill the air as state troopers, ordered by Alabama Gov. George Wallace, break up a demonstration march in Selma, on what is known as Bloody Sunday. A new march, led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., began March 21 and arrived in Montgomery on March 25, with the crowd swelling to 25,000 by the time they reached the Capitol. The 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma and the hit movie, "Selma" that tells the story are expected to bring thousands of visitors to this historic Alabama city. (AP Photo, File)

Selma is among holy places in America

- Deseret News

There are places that are holy in American history: Gettysburg and Shiloh. Lexington and Concord. Ground Zero in Manhattan. To this list, Americans need to add Selma, Alabama.

Civilization's essential book

- The Washington Times

It was 1952 and as a seven year old who had a Sunday School perfect attendance record for a year, I was presented with my very own King James Bible. I still have it and still refer to it.

The Bible is a textbook, saving grace

- The Washington Times

Have you been to a funeral lately? A funeral where the assembled start reaching into their jacket pockets and purses? Grabbing their cellphones? Looking up and down the pews?

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