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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.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Reason Jesus died depends on view of God

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Why did Jesus die? I have always believed the very traditional story that I was born sinful and until I accepted Jesus as my savior, God could not accept me, no matter how much he loved me.

Briefly in the area: Sanger Cowboy church slates vacation Bible school

School-age children can join vacation Bible school at Ridin’ for the Brand Cowboy Church this weekend.

Briefly across the state: Muslim activist says driver yelled slurs, threats

Police in North Texas are investigating a report that a member of a Muslim rights advocacy group was followed out of a gas station by a driver yelling expletives and threats at him.

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Catholic legislators feel church’s ire over votes

PHILADELPHIA — Roman Catholic legislators say they have been publicly shamed during Mass, called out in church bulletins and disinvited to parish events as the Philadelphia Archdiocese campaigns against...

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Understand Jesus the best way for you

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: On Sunday we talked about whether Jesus had a running itinerary going all the time while he was busy doing all his seemingly random acts of healing and good teachings.

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Rabbi to be honored for life of pursuing peace

PITTSBURGH (AP) — He’s being honored as a pursuer of peace, but working for positive social change involves a struggle that can be anything but tranquil, said Rabbi Walter Jacob, rabbi emeritus and senior scholar at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Shadyside.

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The Rev. Christy Thomas: Issues divide United Methodist Church members

Every four years, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church meets. Only this group can amend church laws, contained in its Book of Discipline, or speak authoritatively for the UMC.

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Group of armed Muslims attacks Christians in Egypt

CAIRO — An armed Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were also looted and torched in a province south...

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The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that would set up a trust fund of more than $65 million to compensate some 440 clergy abuse victims plus other creditors, with just over half of that amount coming from insurance.

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Divine signal

Eight years ago, a guest minister stood before Mision Templo Bethel and told the congregation they’d be on the air one day.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Annual Methodist conference looks at changes

I am in Portland, Oregon, to observe and write about the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. As always, it promises to be contentious.

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The Rev. Christy Thomas: Quiet compassion best choice for nuisance

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I ride public transportation to get to work: two trains and a bus each direction. Over the months I have done this, I have had the opportunity to observe my fellow passengers’ behaviors.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Repentance key to forgiveness of our sins

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: The Bible tells us that as Christians, Jesus forgives us for our sins (our sins are erased), but then it also says we will answer for them when we get to heaven.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Mom’s apparent slight should be forgiven

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Production makes a play for college students

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The president of The Great Passion Play wants to attract more college students to the production near Eureka Springs.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Faith can change, develop as people age

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: In response to recent events in the world, particularly the bigotry and hate that have infected American politics, I have found myself quoting scripture and rereading the parables of Jesus in the context of problems we face as a nation.