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In mixed faith marriages, focus is on 'values,' not 'beliefs'

If interfaith marriages are supposedly doomed, Dale McGowan's should have been toe-tagged from the start.

He's a committed atheist; his wife comes from a line of Southern Baptist preachers. Yet 23 years and three kids later, they are still happily married.

What's their secret? McGowan, 51, has just written In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families, to help other couples considering what he calls a "religious/nonreligious mixed marriage" succeed.

Fifteen months in, Pope Francis can still surprise us

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I just returned from a family vacation and was looking for some inspiration. I was therefore pleased -- or should I say, filled with the Holy Spirit -- to read the article by Cindy Wooden on the pope's visit with 50,000 charismatic Catholics. Seeing the picture of Pope Francis kneeling to be prayed over by this assembled group was really something extraordinary.

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