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Despite the month's religious roots, Muharram today is "more of a cultural holiday," said Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, director of outreach at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia.. "Think of it as a new year, as a new beginning to make resolutions."
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Muslim New Year begins with reflection, prayer

By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

The Islamic new year begins Friday, a time for Muslims to reflect on the past 12 months and remember the origins of their faith. Published October 23, 2014

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New survey details vast scope of teen dating abuse

- Associated Press

From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America's adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators.

This April 12, 1976, file photo shows Reverend Ernest W. Angley, Faith Healer from Grace Cathedral, Norfolk, Va. A newspaper reports that the Ohio televangelist advised church members not to have children, encouraged people to shun those who leave the fold and used free labor at his for-profit businesses. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Bruce Colwell)

Televangelist Ernest Angley urged vasectomies, abortion: reports

Associated Press

Televangelist Ernest Angley has long controlled members of his Akron-area congregation by advising them not to have children, shunning those who leave the church and using free labor at his for-profit buffet restaurant and television station, according to a two-month newspaper investigation.

In his address to synod participants, Pope Francis said the church has one year "to mature, with true spiritual discernment, the proposed ideas and to find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront." (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Blacklisted priest hopeful for changes to Catholic credo

- The Washington Times

A blacklisted priest is calling on Catholics to keep up the momentum for change generated by this month's Extraordinary Synod of Catholic Bishops, which divided church leaders on how welcoming the 2,000-year-old faith should be toward 21st century issues like gay marriage and divorce.

Pope Francis sits beside Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin as he leads a consistory expanded to include a briefing on the situation in the Middle East, at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Max Rossi, Pool)

Cardinals ponder Mideast with no Christians

- Catholic News Agency

Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise of the Islamic State, and it also decided on two causes for canonization.

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo,  protestors attend the arrivals at the Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening  in New York to register their disapproval of the Met's decision to premiere the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," later in the season. The opera, about  the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer, is expected to attract more protesters when it opens Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Rabbi leads vigil outside Met to protest opera

- Associated Press

A globally prominent rabbi led Jewish teenagers in a prayer vigil Monday outside the Metropolitan Opera to protest an opera they say glorifies Palestinian terrorists.

Pope Francis catches an Italian flag thrown by a pilgrim, at the end of the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, and a mass celebrated for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

- Associated Press

Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Jesus on Trial'

David Limbaugh is an evangelical Christian and a lawyer. He is also Rush's younger brother. In "Jesus On Trial," Mr. Limbaugh attempts to prove the veracity of the Gospels by using the legal rules of evidence to make his case.

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FILE - In this  Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 file photo Father David Rider, left, and father John Gibson dance before an interview with the Associated Press at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The Rev. David Rider of Hyde Park, New York and the Rev. John Gibson of Milwaukee first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed during a fund-raiser at the North American College, the elite American seminary just up the hill from the Vatican. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

Dancing priests become Internet sensation

- Associated Press

A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.