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May 2, 2012
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Numbers of U.S. Muslims and Mormons rising sharply: report

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(Children play behind a curtain to separate the men and women in a prayer hall at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York in the Manhattan borough of New York August 26, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

American Muslims grew in number over the past decade, outnumbering Jews for the first time in most of the Midwest and part of the South, while most mainline churches lost adherents, according to a census of American religions released.

May 1, 2012

Numbers of Muslims, Mormons rising sharply: report

CHICAGO (Reuters) – American Muslims grew in number over the past decade, outnumbering Jews for the first time in most of the Midwest and part of the South, while most mainline churches lost adherents, according to a census of American religions released on Tuesday.

The number of Muslim adherents rose to 2.6 million in 2010 from 1 million in 2000, fueled by immigration and conversions, said Dale Jones, a researcher who worked on the study by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.

May 1, 2012

Numbers of Muslims, Mormons up sharply in U.S.: report

CHICAGO (Reuters) – American Muslims grew in number over the past decade, outnumbering Jews for the first time in most of the Midwest and part of the South, while most mainline churches lost adherents, according to a census of American religions released on Tuesday.

The number of Muslim adherents rose to 2.6 million in 2010 from 1 million in 2000, fueled by immigration and conversions, said Dale Jones, a researcher who worked on the study by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.

Apr 25, 2012

Bishop’s linking Obama to Hitler enrages Notre Dame professors

By Andrew Stern

(Reuters) – More than a hundred University of Notre Dame professors have demanded that Illinois Bishop Daniel Jenky renounce comments he made criticizing President Barack Obama’s stance on religious liberty that compared him to dictators Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

“Jenky’s comments demonstrate ignorance of history, insensitivity to victims of genocide and absence of judgment,” said the letter addressed this week to the leadership of the renowned Catholic university in Indiana and signed by 131 professors from various fields.

Apr 25, 2012

NATO summit protesters to be kept away from leaders

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service on Tuesday told Chicago anti-war demonstrators they will have to stay blocks from next month’s NATO summit for security reasons, which protest leaders said violates their right to be within sight and sound of the delegates.

“We’ll be blocks away” said Andy Thayer of the Coalition Against NATO/G-8 War & Poverty Agenda, after meeting with the Secret Service, which is in charge of security for the two-day summit.

Apr 20, 2012

Anti-violence crusader to embark on trek across US

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Pastor Corey Brooks spent three winter months shivering atop the roof of a dilapidated Chicago motel to draw attention to the deadly toll from gun violence, raising $450,000 in the process to buy and raze the motel.

“It was tough to endure the cold, the nights and the loneliness,” said Brooks, who came down on February 24 after 94 days spent in a tent staked to the roof of the Super Motel.

Apr 20, 2012

Catholic nuns group “stunned” by Vatican slap

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A prominent U.S. Catholic nuns’ group said on Thursday it was “stunned” that the Vatican reprimanded it for spending too much time on poverty and social justice concerns and not enough on abortion and gay marriage.

In a stinging report on Wednesday, the Vatican said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had been “silent on the right to life” and had failed to make the “Biblical view of family life and human sexuality” a central plank in its agenda.

Apr 17, 2012

Illinois Mega Millions winner could face “lottery curse”

CHICAGO, April 17 (Reuters) – When the winner of a third of
the record $656 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot steps
before the cameras on Wednesday at a news conference in Red Bud,
Illinois, life will be upended and there is a high risk he or
she will fall prey to the “lottery curse,” experts said.

Illinois requires the winner’s identity to be revealed.
Holders of two other winning tickets in Kansas and Maryland have
chosen to remain anonymous.

Apr 16, 2012

Illinois winner of record lottery prize to appear on Wednesday

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The only one of three winners of a record $656 million Mega Millions lottery who is required to go public will be identified in the southern Illinois farming town of Red Bud on Wednesday, lottery officials said.

Winners in two other states, Kansas and Maryland, are not required to come forward publicly and both opted to remain anonymous.

Apr 10, 2012

Catholic Church says child abuse cases rose in 2011

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The number of credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors committed by Roman Catholic priests or deacons in the United States rose 15 percent last year, and the church spent $144 million to deal with the ongoing scandal, according to a church-sponsored audit released on Tuesday.

A total of 489 people reported credible allegations of abuse by priests or deacons in 2011, the bulk of them involving adults victimized when they were children decades ago by now-deceased clerics, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a report on its ninth annual audit of the issue.

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