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Ebola prompts hands-off Mass in Fort Worth, Texas

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The Blood of Christ will not be offered during Mass. The host will be placed in the hands, not on the tongue. And the faithful should not hold hands while reciting the "Our Father."

These are but a few of the guidelines the diocese of Fort Worth -- not far from the Dallas hospital where three Ebola cases have been diagnosed -- has sent to its parishes to calm fears about the deadly disease and to prevent the spread of flu.

Seventh-day Adventists to decide in 2015 on women's ordination

Seventh-day Adventists opted for a middle-way approach on the divisive issue of women's ordination on Tuesday, kicking the question to next year's worldwide meeting without taking a firm stance either for or against women's ordination.

Next year's debate will come nearly 100 years after the death of Adventist matriarch Ellen White and could settle decades of disagreement over whether women should be allowed to be ordained in the 18 million-member church she co-founded.

At 50, 'Mass for Shut-ins' helps homebound feel part of faith community

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Fifteen minutes before a recent taping of the "Mass for Shut-ins" television program, Serra Club of Omaha members moved quickly about the WOWT studio in Omaha, each with a specific job.

One of the lectors, Judy Tamisiea, placed the linens on the altar. Another lector, Tom Haller, asked retired Archbishop Elden Curtiss of Omaha, the celebrant that night, how to pronounce a name in his assigned reading. And Tamisiea's husband, Paul Tamisiea, serving as the commentator, or host, reviewed his script.

Archbishop urges peace in streets during new round of Ferguson protests

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Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis urged protesters to turn away from violence as a new round of protests began over the shooting death of African-American teenager Michael Brown this past summer in the small town of Ferguson.

The protests were to take place not only in Ferguson, where Brown was fatally shot by a white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, but also in St. Louis under the banner "Ferguson October."

Jim Wallis on Ferguson: Repentance has not happened there yet

The Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the Christian magazine Sojourners and a spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama, will be one of the key speakers at an interfaith event related to Ferguson on Sunday at St. Louis University.

In the following Q&A -- edited for clarity and length -- Wallis talks about how faith plays a role in his decision to come to St. Louis and how his past involvement in the civil rights era compares to today.

Can you tell me how you became involved in Ferguson, and what you expect from your visit?

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