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Mormon church sticking with Boy Scouts


By DAVID NOYCE
 © 2015 Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) —The Boy Scouts of America isn’t going to lose its largest sponsor after all. The LDS Church announced Aug. 26, that the Utah-based faith will stick with the Scouts after threatening last month to bolt from...

Vatican backs plan to name Rome square for Martin Luther


By ROSIE SCAMMELL
 © 2015 Religion News Service ROME — The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, a church reformer excommunicated by the pope nearly 500 years ago. A German Catholic priest and theologian, Luther was a...

Israel’s enemy within: Young militant settlers


By SHIRA RUBIN
 © 2015 USA Today AHIYA, West Bank — Elhanan Shmidov views this illegal Jewish outpost, within earshot of the drumming ceremonies of nearby Palestinian villages, as the epitome of “self-sacrifice,” where “good Jews” like him carry out the holy mission...

Museum of the Bible allies with Israeli antiquities agency


By LAUREN MARKOE
 © 2015 Religion News Service WASHINGTON — A Christian family’s ambitious Bible museum project has forged a key alliance with the Israel Antiquities Authority, giving treasures from the Holy Land a temporary home just steps from the National Mall. The...