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FILE - In an Oct. 7, 1995, file photo, Pope John Paul II prays while celebrating Mass in New York's Central Park. Pope John Paul II will be made a saint together with the late Pope John XXIII during an historic double canonization at the Vatican on Sunday, April 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Higher Ground: World Cup woes

There's always someone with a chip on their shoulder, even during a worldwide party. An Egyptian cleric has labeled the World Cup a destroyer of nations, The Associated Press reported. Published June 19, 2014

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as pray inside the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 23, 2012. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws three million visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. (Associated Press)

Higher Ground: Love but not acceptance

The Southern Baptist Convention this week passed a resolution extending "love and compassion" to transgender people, but stopped short of supporting any efforts to claim a transgender identity. Published June 12, 2014


Southern Baptists cite threats to religious freedom in world

Religious freedom is being threatened in the U.S. and around the world, but that should only strengthen the faithful in their resolve, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's commission on ethics and religious liberty said Wednesday. Published June 11, 2014

The Rev. Ronnie Floyd, center, of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, hugs The Rev. Dwight McKissic, right, of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, after Floyd was elected the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention during its annual meeting Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Baltimore. Floyd received 52 percent of votes cast by delegates to the annual meeting of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Southern Baptists elect new president

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention pledged a spiritual awakening through a united front Tuesday amid the congregation's decline in membership and shuttered churches. Published June 10, 2014

Onward Christian swingers? Ashley Madison says so

In a survey of more than 61,000 users of the extramarital dating site Ashley Madison, more than 70 percent said they identified as Catholic, Protestant and evangelical. Published June 9, 2014

Pope Francis

Higher Ground: Francis vs. Fido

Dogs and cats are fine as pets, but don't substitute them for family, warned Pope Francis during Mass this week. Published June 5, 2014

Hope United Methodist Church in New Jersey has turned an old bank building into a drive-through resource. "There's nothing to do with collecting money or targeting people. We're open to see who God sends us," church spokeswoman Nancy Seigle said.

Drive-through church in New Jersey gets a blessing from locals

A New Jersey church has turned a drive-through bank into a place for divine deposits. The Hope United Methodist Church in Voorhees Township recently relaunched its drive-through location, one of a growing number across the country. Published June 4, 2014