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  • Pope FrancisPope Francis, huge crowd celebrate Easter
    Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.April 20, 2014
  • How do we explain the evolution of religion?
    Religiosity is found in every human culture and biologists, anthropologists, and psychologists keenly debate how it arose. Just like language, technology and bipedalism, religion too evolved over time. But how did that happen?April 18, 2014
  • Bruce Kramer on Palm SundayLiving with ALS: Wrestling with angels
    "Humans have some experience with angel wrestling and it's an experience where generally you come out of it a little wounded but you also come out of it a little stronger," Bruce Kramer says. "I'm doing a lot of thinking about how, moving through ALS into its final phases, that works."April 17, 2014
  • Former archdiocese deputy answers questions under oath about handling of sex abuse cases
    Attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents the alleged victim of the Rev. Thomas Adamson, said McDonough answered most questions. However, McDonough refused to respond to questions about his decision not to participate in a St. Paul police investigation into clergy abuse cases, Anderson said.April 16, 2014
  • Panel finds 'confusing and inadequate' archdiocese system for sex abuse protections
    Poor oversight and flawed policies are among the serious shortcomings inside the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that opened the door "for some priests to harm children," a panel ordered by the archbishop concluded Monday.April 15, 2014
  • Report: Archdiocese has 'serious shortcomings' protecting children from sex abuse
    Concentrated power, poor oversight and communication breakdowns are among the serious shortcomings inside the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that opened the door "for some priests to harm children," a panel ordered by the archbishop said Monday.April 14, 2014
  • UN to grill Vatican again on clergy sex abuse
    The hearing scheduled for May in Geneva will review whether the Vatican's record on child protection violates the Convention Against Torture. The Holy See ratified the treaty in 2002.April 14, 2014
  • Pope Francis poses for selfies with crowd at St. Peter's
    After speaking to a crowd that was estimated at 100,000 people Sunday, Pope Francis moved through the audience in his popemobile -- and then delighted some of those in attendance by getting out of the vehicle and posing for photos with them.April 13, 2014
  • Pray or prey? Cameroon's Pentecostal churches face crackdown
    Hundreds of Pentecostal churches have cropped up in Cameroon in the past decade. Now, the government is shutting some down, targeting churches that it says take advantage of poor, desperate people.April 13, 2014
  • Statue of a homeless Jesus startles a wealthy community
    The bronze sculpture depicting Jesus huddled under a blanket on a park bench has provoked praise and complaints -- and a call to the police -- in its new North Carolina neighborhood.April 13, 2014
  • Experts: 'Gospel of Jesus' Wife' likely not forged
    Harvard Theological Review is reporting today that a text, written on Egyptian papyrus is likely real, including its reference to a married Jesus. But the scholar who revealed the text two years ago notes the authenticity of the document does not mean Jesus was married.April 10, 2014
  • LIVE Westminster Town Hall Forum: Reza Aslan
    Author and theologian Reza Aslan speaks at the Westminster Town Hall Forum in downtown Minneapolis. Author of the best-selling books "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam" and "Zealot: The Life and Times and Jesus of Nazareth."Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, April 9, 2014
  • If Jesus never called himself God, how did he become one?
    When Bart Ehrman was a young Evangelical Christian, he wanted to know how God became a man, but now, as an agnostic and historian of early Christianity, he wants to know how a man became God. Ehrman is the author of several books about early Christianity, including Misquoting Jesus and Jesus Interrupted.April 8, 2014
  • Nienstedt submits to critical questioning over handling of child sex abuse allegations
    The four-hour deposition of Nienstedt ended heatedly after attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents a man who says he was sexually abused by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the 1970s, asked the archbishop to turn over files of offending priests to law enforcement.April 2, 2014
  • Priest kept in ministry until December despite credible allegations of child sexual abuse
    The archdiocese included the information about the Rev. Kenneth LaVan and other priests as part of a statement released Monday evening about documents provided to victims' attorneys in advance of a deposition of Nienstedt scheduled for Wednesday.April 1, 2014

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