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Small band of Mormons register their opposition to church leaders, say 'all is not well in Zion'

For the first time in decades, a small band of Mormons who disagree with their church stood during the semi-annual General Conference on Saturday and publicly shouted "opposed" to sustaining the top Mormon leaders.

At least seven people rose in dissent as part of an action by a loosely organized group calling itself "Any Opposed?"

Christ our light

When asked to describe the mystery of Easter, author Carl Knudsen responded with the following story. Years ago, an old municipal lamplighter, engaged in putting out the street lamps one by one, was met by a reporter who asked him if he ever grew weary of his work. After all, it was a lonely job and the night was cold and damp.

"Never am I cheerless," said the old man, "for there is always a light ahead of me to lead me on."

The future map of religions reveals a world of change for Christians, Muslims and Jews

Muslims will overtake Christians by the end of this century.

India, now mostly Hindu, will become the world's largest Muslim country.

The numbers of people with no religious identity will soar in the United States and Europe, but the unaffiliated will lose worldwide market share as Christians maintain a steady growth.

All these changes are drawn from the Pew Research Center's new projections, released Thursday, that map global faith traditions and how they're likely to shift by 2050.

Dolan and other religious leaders discuss 'the rise of religious intolerance,' interfaith harmony

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Is religion the cause of so much of the violence racking today's world? Or is faith just one of many factors? Or collateral damage?

Those are tough questions, the kind that are usually posed to religious leaders, not by religious leaders.

But Cardinal Timothy Dolan wanted to switch things up on his weekly radio show, so he invited a minister, a rabbi and an imam to tackle that issue in an in-depth discussion of "the rise of religious intolerance."

New York City to change rules to allow churches to rent schools

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Congregations in New York City that rent space in public schools will be able to hold Easter services this Sunday despite a ruling on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting an appeal from an evangelical church in the Bronx that sought to overturn a ban on after-hours worship services at public schools.

A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio also said the mayor would work to ensure that houses of worship could continue to rent space like any other group.

Cardinal George back in hospital for hydration issues, pain management

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Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, has been readmitted to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment of hydration issues and pain management, according to archdiocesan spokeswoman Susan Burritt.

In a brief statement Saturday, Burritt said the cardinal had requested the update about his health be released. "He asks for and is grateful for your continued prayers," she added.

No further information was available.

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