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Survey: 133 percent increase in attacks on religion in past three years

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A new report from the Liberty Institute in Plano, Texas, shows that incidents of "religious hostility" have more than doubled in the United States over the past three years.

The report, "Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America, 2014 Edition," chronicles a series of more than 1,300 court cases recently handled or monitored by the institute, a nonprofit legal group that represents plaintiffs who feel their religious liberty has been violated.

Funds raised for World Meeting of Families stand at $30 million so far

Officials for the World Meeting of Families this year in Philadelphia announced Friday that $30 million in cash and in-kind donations has been raised to support the four-day event Sept. 22-25, capped by the visit of Pope Francis.

The congress will welcome top speakers and participants, Catholic and non-Catholic, from across the United States and the world to discuss ways of strengthening and supporting families and the challenges they face.

Losing their religion: More women join the unspiritual set

Nadia Bulkin, 27, the daughter of a Muslim father and a Christian mother, spends "zero time" thinking about God.

And she finds that among her friends -- both guys and gals -- many are just as spiritually disconnected.

Surveys have long shown women lead more active lives of faith than men, and that millennials are less interested than earlier generations. One in three now claim no religious identity.

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