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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

By Jennifer Harper - 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. Published September 29, 2014

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Pope Francis walks with his pastoral staff as he arrives to attend a Vespers prayer in the Church of Jesus, in Rome, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis: Satan seduces by disguising evil as good

- Catholic News Agency

On Monday's feast of the archangels Pope Francis spoke of the ongoing battle between the devil and mankind, encouraging attendees to pray to the angels, who have been charged to defend us.

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.

FILE - In this July 10, 2013, file photo, Kody Brown poses with his wives at one of their homes in Las Vegas. Utah's attorney general has filed notice that he will appeal a ruling striking down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit brought by the family on the TLC reality TV show "Sister Wives." Attorney General Sean Reyes filed the notice Wednesday, about a month after a federal judge issued a final ruling in the case. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jerry Henkel, File)

Utah to appeal polygamy law ruling in 'Sister Wives' case

- Associated Press

Utah's attorney general has decided to appeal a ruling that struck down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in what marked a significant victory for the family on the reality TV show "Sister Wives" and polygamous families living in Utah.

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Rebecca Hagelin and her daughter Kristin Carey.

HAGELIN: 'Kingdom vision' provides larger perspective for living

The challenge: Efficiency vs. availability A sick woman snuck her way through the crowd, reached out and took what she didn't even ask for. She stole a bit of healing power from Jesus. Though on a mission to save a child on the verge of death, He stopped in His tracks. He stopped to give that power-stealing woman a blessing — much more than she came to take.

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.

Illustration on the curative foundation of education in a child's life by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Overcoming hardship to survive and thrive

We have heard much about the tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., during which a young man lost his life, a community became enraged, and many differing definitions of justice emerged. All human life is precious, and we should be concerned when any life is prematurely terminated, regardless of the circumstances.