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One was a man who shook the very foundations of the Roman Catholic Church by ushering in revolutionary reforms through the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s. The other was a charismatic globe-trotter who stared down communism and taught the world lasting lessons of how to die. On Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize two predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II, elevating the two most influential popes of the 20th century to the pantheon of Catholic life and worship. Though the canonizations are... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57851378@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:33:48 MDT Easter gift for Pakistani Christian: his new Utah home http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57836166-80/lall-christian-pakistan-says.html.csp Holladay • As Saman Lall joins other Utah Christians celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection on this spring-dappled Sunday, you could say the Pakistani educator has been reborn himself. This is, after all, Lall’s first Easter in a country where freedom of religion is a bedrock principle, where all varieties of believers worship freely. Lall could repeat the ancient prayers and ceremonies in a new land: Foot-washing, taking communion, carrying the cross, tracing the “stations of the cross,” expe... Holladay • As Saman Lall joins other Utah Christians celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection on this spring-dappled Sunday, you could say the Pakistani educator has been reborn himself. This is, after all, Lall’s first Easter in a country where freedom of religion is a bedrock principle, where all varieties of believers worship freely. Lall could repeat the ancient prayers and ceremonies in a new land: Foot-washing, taking communion, carrying the cross, tracing the “stations of the cross,” expe... 57836166@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:34:41 MDT Popes John Paul II and John XXIII: a rush to sainthood? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57850527-80/john-paul-pope-church.html.csp Vatican City • Hundreds of pilgrims wind their way around St. Peter’s Square as tour guides shout in multiple languages. Beggars have their hands outstretched amid warnings of an invasion of pickpockets from abroad. Across Rome, hotels are full, streets are clean and the cash registers in the souvenir stalls are singing as the faithful pour in to the Eternal City for Sunday’s dual canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Italian authorities expect at least a million pilgrims, incl... Vatican City • Hundreds of pilgrims wind their way around St. Peter’s Square as tour guides shout in multiple languages. Beggars have their hands outstretched amid warnings of an invasion of pickpockets from abroad. Across Rome, hotels are full, streets are clean and the cash registers in the souvenir stalls are singing as the faithful pour in to the Eternal City for Sunday’s dual canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Italian authorities expect at least a million pilgrims, incl... 57850527@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:34:41 MDT Commentary: If the Internet isn’t killing religion, what is? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57850249-80/religion-internet-sunday-faith.html.csp A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently that religion’s decline in America coincided with the rise of the Internet. He theorized that the two may be connected. Headline: “Is the Internet bad for religion?” It’s utter nonsense, of course. The decline of mainline churches began in 1965, not in the 1990s, when the Internet became commercially available. It would be more accurate, from a timing standpoint, to say that the American League’s designated hitter rule (1973) caused religion’s ... A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently that religion’s decline in America coincided with the rise of the Internet. He theorized that the two may be connected. Headline: “Is the Internet bad for religion?” It’s utter nonsense, of course. The decline of mainline churches began in 1965, not in the 1990s, when the Internet became commercially available. It would be more accurate, from a timing standpoint, to say that the American League’s designated hitter rule (1973) caused religion’s ... 57850249@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:33:45 MDT Most voters favor prayer, minus Jesus, at public meetings http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57846380-80/prayer-public-percent-meetings.html.csp The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer — as long as the public prayer is generic and not specifically Christian. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind survey asked about attitudes on high-profile cases before the court, including Greece v. Galloway. That case addresses whether elected officials can open public meetings with religiously specific prayers, such as praying in Jesus’ na... The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer — as long as the public prayer is generic and not specifically Christian. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind survey asked about attitudes on high-profile cases before the court, including Greece v. Galloway. That case addresses whether elected officials can open public meetings with religiously specific prayers, such as praying in Jesus’ na... 57846380@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:30:29 MDT Commentary: If millennials leave religion, then what? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57845730-223/religious-congregations-civic-religion.html.csp As the Pew Research Center recently found, today’s young people are “less likely than older generations to be affiliated with any religion.” The question is whether this trend is a good thing or a bad thing. If you are a person of faith, you may worry about the souls of these “millennials,” the generation born after 1980. If you are a critic of organized religion, you may rejoice. From a more neutral perspective, we can ask about the lasting impact on politics and democracy. After all, U.S. poli... As the Pew Research Center recently found, today’s young people are “less likely than older generations to be affiliated with any religion.” The question is whether this trend is a good thing or a bad thing. If you are a person of faith, you may worry about the souls of these “millennials,” the generation born after 1980. If you are a critic of organized religion, you may rejoice. From a more neutral perspective, we can ask about the lasting impact on politics and democracy. After all, U.S. poli... 57845730@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:52:35 MDT New Jersey lawsuit seeks to ban Pledge of Allegiance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57845832-80/pledge-district-god-jersey.html.csp The American Humanist Association is suing a New Jersey school district for its recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public classrooms. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of a family in central New Jersey, asserts the mandatory recitation of the pledge is discriminatory against nonbelievers because it includes the phrase “under God.” The lawsuit, filed against Monmouth County’s Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District, is the second case that reflects a change in strategy against the pledge. I... The American Humanist Association is suing a New Jersey school district for its recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public classrooms. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of a family in central New Jersey, asserts the mandatory recitation of the pledge is discriminatory against nonbelievers because it includes the phrase “under God.” The lawsuit, filed against Monmouth County’s Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District, is the second case that reflects a change in strategy against the pledge. I... 57845832@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:18:13 MDT Salt Lake churches unite for Good Friday procession http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57836187-78/lake-salt-churches-friday.html.csp Taking symbolic steps to retrace Jesus’ path to crucifixion, pastors, priests and parishioners marched through downtown Salt Lake City as part of an interfaith Good Friday Procession of the Cross. The route began at the Cathedral of the Madeleine and then headed to First Presbyterian Church, Crossroads Urban Center, Central Christian and First United Methodist before concluding at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. Holy Week concludes Sunday with Easter services at Christian churches throughout Uta... Taking symbolic steps to retrace Jesus’ path to crucifixion, pastors, priests and parishioners marched through downtown Salt Lake City as part of an interfaith Good Friday Procession of the Cross. The route began at the Cathedral of the Madeleine and then headed to First Presbyterian Church, Crossroads Urban Center, Central Christian and First United Methodist before concluding at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. Holy Week concludes Sunday with Easter services at Christian churches throughout Uta... 57836187@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:38:21 MDT Kirby: Hard for Utahns to choose between atheists and aliens http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57836861-80/atheists-atheist-kirby-sltrib.html.csp My closest friends and I are a diverse group. What brings us together is a shared interest in the Big Bang that created the universe. Some of us believe it was a natural random event. Others believe it was a bored omnipotent being who wanted to see what a laundry scoop of quantum gunpowder would do to an old toaster. Either way — voila! — here we are. Two of us are atheists. One is a staunch Mormon and another a lapsed Catholic. The fifth claims to be a Buddhist but none of us really believe h... My closest friends and I are a diverse group. What brings us together is a shared interest in the Big Bang that created the universe. Some of us believe it was a natural random event. Others believe it was a bored omnipotent being who wanted to see what a laundry scoop of quantum gunpowder would do to an old toaster. Either way — voila! — here we are. Two of us are atheists. One is a staunch Mormon and another a lapsed Catholic. The fifth claims to be a Buddhist but none of us really believe h... 57836861@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:01:20 MDT Can you question the Resurrection and still be a Christian? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57827751-80/resurrection-jesus-easter-christian.html.csp “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally... “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally... 57827751@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:19:40 MDT Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57832711-80/donetsk-ukraine-jews-anti.html.csp Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings, were told they have to “register” with Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” repor... Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings, were told they have to “register” with Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” repor... 57832711@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:19:40 MDT New book exhorts atheists to ‘come out’ of the closet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57833104-80/atheists-christina-gay-atheist.html.csp Greta Christina has a question for closeted atheists: Ask your openly gay and lesbian friends if their lives are better for coming out. The answer, almost universally, she claims, is yes. That’s the message of her new book, “Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why.” A well-known atheist activist, author, blogger and speaker, Christina will speak at the American Atheists convention in Salt Lake City this weekend, an event geared to raising the public profile of those who... Greta Christina has a question for closeted atheists: Ask your openly gay and lesbian friends if their lives are better for coming out. The answer, almost universally, she claims, is yes. That’s the message of her new book, “Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why.” A well-known atheist activist, author, blogger and speaker, Christina will speak at the American Atheists convention in Salt Lake City this weekend, an event geared to raising the public profile of those who... 57833104@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:19:40 MDT Amen! A farewell to the Tribune’s print Faith section http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57803888-80/faith-mormon-religion-section.html.csp Every Saturday morning for more than two decades, The Salt Lake Tribune has played host to a conversation about faith. We asked big questions: Who is God? What is resurrection? Why does Mary keep showing up in unexpected places? How and why do people pray? Are popes and prophets infallible? How do you teach children compassion? What is wisdom? Karma? Heaven? Hell? What does the Bible say about sexuality? Is suicide a sin? We explored tough topics — the tension between science and religion, divor... Every Saturday morning for more than two decades, The Salt Lake Tribune has played host to a conversation about faith. We asked big questions: Who is God? What is resurrection? Why does Mary keep showing up in unexpected places? How and why do people pray? Are popes and prophets infallible? How do you teach children compassion? What is wisdom? Karma? Heaven? Hell? What does the Bible say about sexuality? Is suicide a sin? We explored tough topics — the tension between science and religion, divor... 57803888@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:09:19 MDT Film review: Humor makes ‘Heaven’ accessible http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57826930-80/film-heaven-son-todd.html.csp A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case for the existence of an afterlife in “Heaven Is for Real.” But it’s Greg Kinnear, with his characteristic affability, who just about seals the deal. Humor infuses the film, which opens nationwide Wednesday and is based on the best-selling book. By focusing on the bond between father and son, the movie avoids being heavy-handed or preachy, a wise choice for a film that asserts heaven exists, based on the earnest insistence of a precocious pres... A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case for the existence of an afterlife in “Heaven Is for Real.” But it’s Greg Kinnear, with his characteristic affability, who just about seals the deal. Humor infuses the film, which opens nationwide Wednesday and is based on the best-selling book. By focusing on the bond between father and son, the movie avoids being heavy-handed or preachy, a wise choice for a film that asserts heaven exists, based on the earnest insistence of a precocious pres... 57826930@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:52:58 MDT Utah Jews mark the start of Passover http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57822550-80/jewish-passover-start-utah.html.csp Utah’s Jewish community marked the start of Passover on Monday evening. The holiday commemorates the exodus of the Moses-led Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Many Jewish families gathered for seder dinners to retell that story. Utah’s Jewish community marked the start of Passover on Monday evening. The holiday commemorates the exodus of the Moses-led Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Many Jewish families gathered for seder dinners to retell that story. 57822550@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:48:01 MDT ‘Blood moon’ sets off apocalyptic debate among some Christians http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57822449-80/blood-moon-hagee-israel.html.csp Could a series of “blood moon” events be connected to Jesus’ return? Some Christians think so. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the moon slid into Earth’s shadow, casting a reddish hue on the moon. There are about two lunar eclipses per year, according to NASA, but what’s unusual this time around is that there will be four blood moons within 18 months — astronomers call that a tetrad — and all of them occur during Jewish holidays. A string of books have been published surrounding the event, ... Could a series of “blood moon” events be connected to Jesus’ return? Some Christians think so. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the moon slid into Earth’s shadow, casting a reddish hue on the moon. There are about two lunar eclipses per year, according to NASA, but what’s unusual this time around is that there will be four blood moons within 18 months — astronomers call that a tetrad — and all of them occur during Jewish holidays. A string of books have been published surrounding the event, ... 57822449@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:16:37 MDT Commentary: Even Jesus had a tax man http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57807769-80/tax-taxes-jesus-respect.html.csp Feeling anxious about your tax liability as April 15 nears? The Bible has many references to taxes that will sound strangely relevant at this time of year — beginning with the story of David and Goliath. Many remember a teenage boy, offended by insults thrown by a giant foe against his nation and God himself, who volunteers to go into battle with a slingshot. But did you know that a tax incentive was part of his prize? Visiting the battlefield, David learns: “The king will give great wealth to t... Feeling anxious about your tax liability as April 15 nears? The Bible has many references to taxes that will sound strangely relevant at this time of year — beginning with the story of David and Goliath. Many remember a teenage boy, offended by insults thrown by a giant foe against his nation and God himself, who volunteers to go into battle with a slingshot. But did you know that a tax incentive was part of his prize? Visiting the battlefield, David learns: “The king will give great wealth to t... 57807769@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:52:42 MDT Testing gives new life to ‘Jesus Wife’ papyrus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57803475-80/jesus-papyrus-king-fragment.html.csp A year and a half after unveiling a slip of papyrus that she dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” Harvard Bible scholar Karen King on Thursday released results of long-delayed testing on the controversial fragment that appear to show it is not a modern forgery. But a host of questions remain, with some experts still wondering whether it is a fake and others questioning the value of the tests. Still others are asking whether the “gospel” and its suggestion that Jesus could have had a flesh-and-blo... A year and a half after unveiling a slip of papyrus that she dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” Harvard Bible scholar Karen King on Thursday released results of long-delayed testing on the controversial fragment that appear to show it is not a modern forgery. But a host of questions remain, with some experts still wondering whether it is a fake and others questioning the value of the tests. Still others are asking whether the “gospel” and its suggestion that Jesus could have had a flesh-and-blo... 57803475@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:56:41 MDT Faith in action: Holy Week services abound http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57797949-80/april-easter-services-church.html.csp Running for Relief 5K and Kid’s 1K Fun Run Christ United Methodist Church will hold its annual Running for Relief 5K and Kids’ 1K Fun Run. The 1K will be at 8:30 a.m. while the 5K will start at 9 a.m. To register, visit www.signmeup.com/98064 or contact Gina Williams at Chuckgina1@comcast.net or at 801-230-5388. When • Saturday, April 12, 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. Where • Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City Tickets • $20; week of April 8-12 — adults $25, kids (10 a... Running for Relief 5K and Kid’s 1K Fun Run Christ United Methodist Church will hold its annual Running for Relief 5K and Kids’ 1K Fun Run. The 1K will be at 8:30 a.m. while the 5K will start at 9 a.m. To register, visit www.signmeup.com/98064 or contact Gina Williams at Chuckgina1@comcast.net or at 801-230-5388. When • Saturday, April 12, 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. Where • Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City Tickets • $20; week of April 8-12 — adults $25, kids (10 a... 57797949@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:24:45 MDT Commentary: Bullies drove Mozilla’s Brendan Eich from public square http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57786518-80/marriage-views-eich-position.html.csp Should the 7 million Californians who voted for Proposition 8 in 2008 all be fired? I’m not joking — or even fear-mongering. Brendan Eich, chief executive of Mozilla, resigned his job recently due to intense pressure from activists who want to redefine marriage. What outraged the activists was something Eich did six years ago: He made $1,000 donation in support of Prop 8, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Eich’s views on same-sex marriage earned him the ire of dating website O... Should the 7 million Californians who voted for Proposition 8 in 2008 all be fired? I’m not joking — or even fear-mongering. Brendan Eich, chief executive of Mozilla, resigned his job recently due to intense pressure from activists who want to redefine marriage. What outraged the activists was something Eich did six years ago: He made $1,000 donation in support of Prop 8, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Eich’s views on same-sex marriage earned him the ire of dating website O... 57786518@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:08:45 MDT