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Differing on pope’s message: Some cheer openness, others stress doctrine

HACKENSACK, N.J. – Mary Jean Sawey and Lucia Tirone are both devout Roman Catholics, but they don’t see eye to eye on Pope Francis.

Religion calendar (Sept. 21)

Check out a few upcoming events submitted to The Eagle’s online searchable calendar. Submit your event at events.kansas.com for possible inclusion in this calendar. Please use the keyword “religion.”

Messages in tongues decreases among Pentecostals

At Three Crosses Church, pastor Ken Walters urges his parishioners to join him in song and scripture. The charismatic 58-year-old extends his arms skyward and belts out melodies praising God.

Wichita’s Annoor Islamic School stresses education, values

As immigrants from the Middle East arrived in Detroit after the first Gulf War, Mahmoud Al-Hihi had a simple but important message for those trying to acclimate to their new country: “You have to be integrated,” he told them. “And education is the best means for you to get integrated.”

Voices of Faith: Why build a temple or a charity?

Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Overland Park, Kan.:

25 years in making, Hindu encyclopedia is complete

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A comprehensive encyclopedia of one of the world’s major religions was unveiled earlier this week in South Carolina. The 11-volume work covers Hindu spiritual beliefs, practices and philosophy, and is the culmination of a 25-year academic effort.

Rosh Hashana comes early with fresh possibilities

Rosh Hashana typically is a solidly autumnal holiday, falling sometimes as late as October. But this year, the Jewish New Year comes early – at sunset Wednesday, a time when summer’s bounty is still fresh for much of the country.

Readers share their lessons of faith

We recently asked readers to share the lessons they have learned from their own — or other — faith traditions. They responded with examples from their families’ background to the teachings of Buddhism. Here is a sampling of what they said:

Author’s spiritual institute seeks to transform souls

As director of the Aprentis Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation, James Bryan Smith has a heavenly agenda for a down-to-earth mission.

Smith’s new book provides direction for the faithful

“The deep waters of God's life are already flowing. We simply learn the strokes that will enable us more and more to be at home in them.” – Richard Foster, “Life With God”

Author’s ‘proof of heaven’ questioned in Esquire magazine

RALEIGH, N.C. – An author born and educated in North Carolina is facing accusations that he lied in his best-selling book that details his near-death experience and what he says was his journey to heaven and back.

With faith in God, man turns four-page rap sheet into success story

AKRON, Ohio — Anyone can spot Carmine Robinson as he drives through the roughest sections of Akron, Ohio, inside his flashy SUV with its glistening 24-inch rims spinning off sunshine.

The Restored Church of God opens new world headquarters in Ohio

The Restored Church of God has officially moved into its new home — a multimillion-dollar, 40,000-square-foot building in Wadsworth, Ohio.

Spiritual-care course trains chaplains, others for the next disaster

The three mass-casualty disasters in the Northeast this past year — Superstorm Sandy, the Newtown shootings and Boston Marathon bombings — brought attention and the nation’s sympathies not only to the victims but also to the many people who came to their aid: particularly police, fire and medical first-responders.

100 Buddhas rise from vacant lots in hopes of calming city’s violence

CHICAGO — Some believe the solution to neighborhood violence is increased police presence and arrests. For others, it’s teaching parents how to raise respectful children. And then there is a small cadre of idealists who believe all it takes is art.

Hundreds mourn scholar, author Rev. Andrew Greeley

His final farewell unfolded as if he had choreographed every song and step. With people in the pews belting out the Celtic hymn “Lord of the Dance,” the Rev. Andrew Greeley was carried out of Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood for a private burial.

Scammers bedevil religious leaders with fake Facebook pages

Search for the Rev. Adam Hamilton on Facebook and you’ll likely get two seemingly identical pages to choose from.

Iconographer paints images to inspire faithful

COPLEY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A plain white wall rose above the altar in the sanctuary at St. Demetrius Serbian Orthodox Church.

Rethinking the doctrine of atonement

“Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross” by Derek Flood (Cascade Books, 108 pages, $17)

Lay ministers share in pastoral responsibilities

BATH TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Stephen Ministry is looking for compassionate men and women who want to help people who are hurting.

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