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The Rev. Christy Thomas: Sabbath offers day of rest, love, peace for all

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: You know how the Jews in the Bible were forbidden to work on the Sabbath? If I want to practice the Sabbath today, what is considered “work?” Would folding laundry be work? What about using appliances?

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Church is home again

After eight months of construction following a fire, the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship returned for its first Sunday service back at its home on Cordell Street.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Pastor offers insight into Book of Acts

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Can you explain the Book of Acts to me in simple words a heathen can understand?

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Pope outlines his vision to promote life, family issues

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis recently outlined his vision for how the Vatican will promote family and life issues, naming an American moderate to head the new Vatican office for families and laity and directing related institutes to give merciful care to spiritually wounded Catholics.

No jail time for clergy protest in Senate

Twenty-two religious leaders were spared from jail Thursday but still could face fines after being convicted of trespassing during protests in the Missouri Senate in support of expanded Medicaid coverage for low-income adults.

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The Rev. Christy Thomas: Grudem’s article on candidates hypocritical

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have been astonished at the Wayne Grudem support of Trump. I am like some who believe part of the hatred of Hillary Clinton and support of Donald Trump derives from the belief of inferiority of women and the “headship” of men, which the right wing is so strong about.

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State-dictated policy on Friday sermons hits a nerve in Egypt

CAIRO — Inside a large mosque in the Nile Delta, an Egyptian cleric looked over his congregation as he climbed the pulpit clutching a piece of paper and began to speak — delivering a 13-minute discourse on the virtues of personal hygiene.

Lake Dallas church to honor longtime musician

Lake Cities United Methodist Church in Lake Dallas will honor longtime church musician Bernice Wright in a retirement reception at noon Sunday.

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The Rev. Christy Thomas: No answers to life’s big questions 100 percent

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have friends who are Christians and tell me that science is wrong and destroys faith. And I have friends who are squarely on the side of science. Who is right?

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Vatican panel to study female deacons issue

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has set up a panel to study whether women could serve as deacons, a role now reserved for men.The Vatican said Francis “after intense prayer and mature reflection” decided to set up the commission, with 12 members — six men and six women — including priests, nuns and laywomen.

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After-school religious clubs appear to be the next venture of a national group that sought to install a statue of Satan outside two state capitols to protest Christian monuments on public grounds.

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Evaluate Islam with eyes open, mind alert

I enjoyed Caitlyn Jones’ “Six things I learned during Ramadan” column in the July 6 issue of the Denton Record-Chronicle, though I disagree with, well, almost all of it (I have no opinion formed on Saudi coffee yet).

Pope visits Polish shrine

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland — Pope Francis blessed hundreds of thousands of faithful Thursday at a shrine in Poland, paying tribute to a beloved native son, St. John Paul II, honoring the countless “ordinary yet remarkable” Poles who defiantly clung to their faith during Soviet-bloc communism and establishing this pontiff’s drawing power in a country where being Catholic is often equated with being Polish.

City OKs permit for Islamic Center

LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) — The Lexington City Council has voted to allow Muslims to continue to use a former Laundromat as a mosque.

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Cradle of care

CORINTH — The pews are long gone, the stained-glass windows have been replaced and a bulletin board covers up the baptistery. The bell-less steeple remains, but the inside of the red building is a bit chaotic with cardboard boxes strewn about and memories tucked away.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: No biblical problems with cremating dead

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have been reading both sides of the argument and praying about it, and I’m just a little stumped. Is cremation frowned upon?

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Memo details allegations against ex-archbishop

MINNEAPOLIS — Lawyers investigating a Minnesota archbishop in 2014 found compelling and credible allegations from nearly a dozen people that he engaged in sexual misconduct and harassment, then retaliated when his advances were rejected, according to an internal church document made public this week.

No cancellations for pope’s Poland visit

A Vatican spokesman says no groups of faithful have cancelled attending events for Pope Francis’ pilgrimage in Poland next week because of security concerns.

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The Rev. Christy Thomas: We can change world one meal at a time

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I love my parents very much. But I wish my dad would quit being so racist in front of my nieces. How do I tell them that what he is saying is junk without making them lose respect for him?

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St. Joseph church features big stained glass window

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Rev. Scott Killgore remembers looking out at the congregation during communion and seeing a particular member in prayer, focused on the expansive stained glass window in the sanctuary.

Court: Fla. must provide prisoners kosher food

A federal appeals court has ruled that the state of Florida cannot use potential budget problems to deny thousands of prison inmates kosher meals they request for religious reasons.

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The Rev. Christy Thomas: Forced-marriage experiment a cruel idea

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: A lot of Christians insist that the best way for a homosexual to be reformed and “made whole” is in heterosexual marriage. Do you think any of these Christians would volunteer their child (or grandchild) to live in a marriage to a gay person?

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Vatican: No jurisdiction over journalists in case

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican court declared Thursday it had no jurisdiction to prosecute two journalists who wrote books based in part on confidential documents exposing greed, mismanagement and corruption in the Holy See, ending a trial that drew scorn from media rights groups.

Brief: Ex-minister might be held as sexual predator

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Caitlyn Jones: Six things I learned during Ramadan

I grew up in a post-9/11 world, so “Islamophobia” is nothing new to me. I see the vitriol spewed over the comments section of any news story that mentions the word “Islam.” I watch it on the evening news when politicians seriously entertain the idea of a Muslim ban.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Accepting Jesus marks new way of life

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: What does it mean that Donald Trump has accepted Jesus into his heart? Has Hillary Clinton accepted Jesus into her heart? Thank you for your reply.

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Catholic group accuses pope of spreading errors

VATICAN CITY — A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group accused Pope Francis on Wednesday of spreading confusion and errors about the faith, joining a chorus of conservative criticism over his perceived lax doctrine and emphasis on mercy at the expense of morals.

Brief: Priest negotiates deal in parish theft case

Federal court records show that a Catholic priest charged with stealing nearly $151,000 from two small parishes to fund his gambling has negotiated a diversion agreement.

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Close-knit till the end

LITTLE ELM — After 130 years, Elm Ridge United Methodist Church on Fishtrap Road held a final Sunday service filled with reminiscing, tears and friendship.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Humans have duty to seek real wisdom

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: New medical capabilities using something called “molecular scissors” that change human DNA bring hope to those with debilitating diseases, but also profound moral concerns, especially regarding designer babies for the rich.

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Pope travels to Armenia after flap over genocide

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is making his first foray into the former Soviet Union with a weekend visit to Armenia, a year after he riled Turkey by declaring the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians genocide and amid fresh tensions with rival Azerbaijan.

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Vision of history: Sanger reviving 1902 church

SANGER — After falling into disrepair and disuse, the historic Sanger Presbyterian Church will be refurbished and returned to its city.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Problems occur when verses taken out of context

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Can you tell me the background for Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s tweet?

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Former altar boy accuses Guam archbishop of past sex abuse

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A former altar boy became the third person to publicly accuse Guam’s archbishop of sexual abuse four decades ago, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

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Vatican gets vivacious

Circus performers and street artists parade in St. Peter’s Square as they wait Thursday for Pope Francis’ audience to the “World of Travelling Shows” at the Vatican.

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‘No religion for bloodshed’

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Peshwaz Azad Waise did what many devout Muslims do: He went to a mosque to pray.