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January 20, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that prospects for peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The developments came…


Italian firm restoring Nativity Church: Like touching heaven

January 13, 2017

ROME — The Italian firm restoring one of Christianity's holiest sites — the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem — says it's more than halfway finished with the 14 million-euro project, which has already uncovered a Crusades-era mosaic angel hidden under plaster.

Piacenti SpA, a…


Trailblazing Hasidic judge breaks barriors

January 06, 2017

NEW YORK — In some ways, Rachel Freier has a background that might be expected in a new civil court judge. She is a real estate lawyer who volunteers in family court and in her community, where she even serves as a paramedic.

But Freier starts work Tuesday as something quite unexpected. She's…


Atheist group offers church-like gathering in Salt Lake City

December 30, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — A new Salt Lake City atheist group is offering non-believers a church-like service that offers music, readings and community for those who don't belong to the state's dominant religion, Mormonism, or other faith groups.

The Sunday Assembly hopes to use its weekly gatherings,…