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Faithful flock to see statue of Santo Toribio, the immigrants’ saint

Today at 6:21 a.m.

— People say he’s their guardian, their lawyer, their smuggler. On a recent afternoon, they lined up at his feet with their requests:

Commentary: Why religious pilgrimages are dangerous

June 26 at 8:02 p.m.

NEW YORK – The World Health Organization is worried about this year’s Hajj to the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Beginning in early October, more than 2 million people will voluntarily gather in the home country of a novel and untreatable virus called MERS that has already infected nearly 700 people and killed more than 200. Respiratory illnesses are only the beginning of the many dangers faced at religious pilgrimages, though. Pilgrims should worry about fires, stampedes, diarrhea and guns. In fact, if you’re in a hurry to meet your maker, a religious pilgrimage may be the most direct route.

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Which bit of the Bible is most misinterpreted?

July 24 at 11:32 p.m.

The Rev. Scott Gordon, Claycomo Baptist Church: Many passages vie for consideration, but the first “bit” that came to mind we find in Matthew 7:1-6 and Romans 2:1-5.

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My Answer/Billy Graham

Sep. 14 at 8:59 a.m.

Dear Rev. Graham: I’ve really messed up my life. The doctor says I’ve caught a sexually-transmitted disease that probably can’t be cured. No one will ever want to marry me now. Why didn’t someone warn me about this? Or maybe they did and I just didn’t listen.

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