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In this June 17, 2011 photo, journalist James Foley receives applause from students at the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, Mass. Foley had been released a month prior after being detained for six weeks in Libya. Students at the school had written government leaders to work for his release. Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh) MANDATORY CREDIT

Higher Ground: James Foley said prayer gave him 'inner freedom'

By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

American photojournalist James Foley was shown this week to be executed by Islamic State fighters, and while heartbreak and outrage have been the strongest reactions to the tragic news, Mr. Foley's faith has emerged as a source of comfort. Published August 21, 2014

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"One Generation Away, a feature-length documentary, explores the erosion of religious freedom in America - and debuted in a church. (Image from EchoLight Studios)

Rick Santorum by-passes Hollywood and debuts his feature-length movie in a church

- The Washington Times

He continues to appear on presidential straw polls. Now he is taking on politically correct culture and the bullies of the public realm. That would be Rick Santorum, CEO of the independent EchoLight Studios, which have already produced significant films that support faith and family values. Like Glenn Beck, Mr. Santorum has joined a growing group of feisty media folk who are bypassing Hollywood, and heading straight for the grassroots with their work. Religious freedom is at stake here, he says. And commercial theaters are an afterthought.

Pope Francis attends his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege

Associated Press

Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain.

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community arrive to the  camp of Bajid Kandala at Feeshkhabour town near the Syria-Iraq border, in Iraq Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. The displacement of at least tens of thousands of Yazidis- Kurdish speakers of an ancient Mesopotamian faith - means yet another Iraqi minority have been peeled away as extremists continue their sweep of Iraq, seizing territory they brutally administer. The Islamic State group fighters already caused the expulsion of Iraq’s Christians, Shiite Muslims and adherents of the tiny Shabak faith. The hardliners see other religious groups as heretics who may be killed or forced to submit to their rule. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

Muslim scholar decries violence: 'I am a Nazarene, too'

- Catholic News Agency

Referring to the label "Nazarene" marked on houses of Christians in Iraq by the militant Islamic State, a Muslim scholar also called himself Nazarene in solidarity – maintaining that many people in the Muslim community are identifying with Christians as well.

This still image from an undated video released by Islamic State militants on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group. The Islamic State group has threatened to kill Sotloff if the United States doesn't stop its strikes against them in Iraq. Sotloff's mother, Shirley Sotloff, pleaded for his release Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in a video message aimed directly at his captors that aired on the Al-Arabiya television network. (AP Photo)

Catholics denounce use of hashtags for 'paramilitary warfare'

- Catholic News Agency

Reacting to an internet campaign launched by ISIS threatening the life of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, Catholic leaders stressed that evil is not the final verdict and encouraged faithful to adhere to Christ.

FILE- In this file photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 provided by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Fernando Filoni at the Vatican. Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants need to be defended and protected so they can return home in security, reinforcing the Vatican's position that military force is justified in this case.  Francis has said it was "licit" to stop an unjust aggression, but that the international community — and not just a single country — must decide how. Cardinal Fernando Filoni went further in an interview Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, with The Associated Press upon his return from northern Iraq, where he delivered money and met with minority Christians and Yazidis. He said Kurdish leaders don't want ground troops, just equipment to fight.  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)

Papal envoy: we must see humanity of each Iraqi refugee

- Catholic News Agency

The international community must view suffering Iraqi refugees not as a collective group, but as individual persons, each with his or her own story and needs, the Pope’s envoy to the country encouraged.

Archbishop: Be vigilant against US religious freedom threats

- Catholic News Agency

Amidst increasing violent religious persecution in the Middle East and Africa, it is vital for Christians in the U.S. to remain on guard of their own freedoms, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

Hindu devotees carry an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha ahead of Ganesha Chaturthi festival in Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ganesha Chaturthi, the 10-day festival that celebrates the birth of Ganesha, begins Aug. 29 and ends with the immersion of Ganesha statues in the Arabian Sea and other water bodies. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Hindu festival celebrates birth of Lord Ganesh

- Deseret News

This week, Hindus around the world celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, honoring the religion's most memorable god. Festivities within American Hindu communities highlight the importance of fellowship for religious minorities.

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, AUG. 31 - In this photo taken on May 28, 2014, Institute for Creation Research deputy director of research Nathaniel Jeanson , currently studying the investigation of molecular mechanisms of biological change, looks over a large printout hanging in the hallway of the Institute for Creation Research in northwest Dallas. Most scientists believe Darwin got it right: Single-celled creatures evolved into complex ones, a process of natural selection and genetic adaptation that over eons turned a primordial swamp into shape-shifting cells, into ape-like primates, into people. A group of nine Ph.Ds from places like Harvard and Los Alamos National Laboratory say all that molecules-to-man stuff is nonsense. And they're out to prove it. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)  MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALES

Researchers seek to prove Genesis

- Associated Press

Most scientists believe Darwin got it right: Single-celled creatures evolved into complex ones, a process of natural selection and genetic adaptation that over eons turned a primordial swamp into shape-shifting cells, into ape-like primates, into people.

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