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Pope holds up Korean martyrs as models for church

posted: 08/16/2014 12:16 p.m. Discuss

SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors' willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two centuries ago was a model for Asian missionaries today.

Descendants proud of Korean martyrs

posted: 08/16/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

SEOUL, South Korea -- They died well over a century ago, but the 124 Korean Catholic martyrs who will be honored by Pope Francis today still have a hold over many of their descendants -- even some who learned of their sacrifices only in recent years, or whose families are now Buddhist or Protestant.

The scale of freedom

posted: 08/16/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Not long ago, when religious liberty cases reached the courts, the people seeking protection for their beliefs were mostly from small faith groups and their lawyers were liberals.


Zig Ziglar has died

One of the world’s most famous motivational speakers has died. Zig Ziglar was 86 years old. Ziglar’s Facebook page describes him as “The Undisputed King of Motivation, Inspiration and Education.” ...


On Religion: Fun funerals cast pall over acceptance of death

posted: 08/16/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

For centuries, religious believers have held solemn funeral rites that were then followed by social events that, in some cultures, could get pretty lively.

News Briefs

posted: 08/16/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

India sets age for pyramid climbers

Religion Calendar

posted: 08/16/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss


Pearls of faith

posted: 08/09/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Beads have been used as a tool for prayer since pre-Christian days and the practice can be found in many of the world's major religions. They are often used as an aid when reciting prayers, and can also be used during meditation. Strands of prayer beads come in all shapes and sizes and are crafted from various materials, from semi-precious stones to plastic.

Shoe boxes deliver hope to kids in need

posted: 08/09/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Each year shoe boxes packed with gifts are delivered to children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. The shoe box ministry, a project of the nondenominational relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, which is led by Franklin Graham, has reached more than 113 million children since 1993.

On Religion: Archbishop: Reports warp Pope Francis' words

posted: 08/09/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

From day one in the Pope Francis era, the so-called insiders who do so much to shape public opinion have said "conservatives" -- inside the Vatican and outside -- were grumbling about this shepherd's unorthodox style.

Religion Calendar

posted: 08/09/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT First Assembly of God, 221 N. Elm St., Jacksonville, will present Lewis and Lewis in concert at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 17. Free. A collection will be taken. (501) 982-5018.

Religion News Briefs

posted: 08/09/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Pittsburgh OKs same-sex rites PITTSBURGH — The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh says its clergy may sign marriage certificates for same-sex couples.


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