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5 Ways to Help Soothe the Sting of Valentine's Day

Every Valentine’s Day the world fairly explodes with flowers, chocolate and the color pink. If love is abundant in your life, those trappings can be a joyful reminder. But for the lonely it can make for a long, difficult day.

House Passes Bill to Give Disaster Relief to Religious Groups

The House on Feb. 13 overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow places of worship to receive federal aid to repair their buildings damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

'Morning-After' Pill Used by 5.8 Million Women

As many as 11 percent of women ages 15 to 44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used a "morning-after" pill at least once, according to the first federal report on emergency contraception, released Thursday.

Algeria Upholds Conviction of Convert From Islam

An Algerian judge under pressure from Islamists to uphold a Christian’s conviction for alleged proselytizing rescinded his one-year prison term Feb. 13 but doubled his fine, an attorney said.

  • Morning Star News |
  • February 14, 2013 |
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College Students with Helicopter Parents More Likely to be Depressed

Helicopter parents who still run their university-aged children's schedules & vacations could be doing more harm than good.

Farewell to a "Church and Culture" Pope

We’ve all read the headlines about the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the first such resignation in over 600 years.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 14, 2013 |
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New Jersey Assembly Panel Approves Assisted Suicide Ballot Initiative

An Assembly panel in New Jersey has approved a measure that would place the issue of assisted suicide on the state ballot.

United Nations Urged to Call on Iran to Release Imprisoned American Pastor

The American Center for Law and Justice announced Tuesday that its European affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice, is urging the U.N. Human Rights Council to call on Iran to immediately release American pastor Saeed Abedini, who is serving a prison sentence because of his Christian faith.

LGBT Catholic Groups Call for Gay-Friendly Pope to Succeed Benedict XVI

Several LGBT Catholic groups are calling for a new gay-friendly pope following news of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation as head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Study: Underage Drinkers Look to Small Number of Alcohol Brands

A study from Johns Hopkins University found that just 18 brands take up 50 percent of the market for teen drinkers, raising questions about the brand advertising that reaches kids and teens.

Don't Be "That Guy" this Valentine's Day

He's the guy who waits until 6 p.m. on Valentine's night and stops off at the supermarket to try and fulfill his obligation. He can usually be seen, dazed and confused, examining the picked-over flowers and chocolates near the bananas.

Obama Presses for More Spending, Gun Control

President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to press for more government spending, challenge Republicans over Medicare and declare that victims of gun violence "deserve a vote" on a sweeping gun control package.

Florida Judge Rules Homosexual Threesome Can Be Named on Baby's Birth Certificate

A Florida judge ruled last week that a gay man who fathered a child via artificial insemination may be listed on the girl's birth certificate along with the two lesbian women that are raising her.

Violence Against Christians Spreading in India

Hindu extremist attacks on Christians in Maharashtra state could expand even as violence elsewhere in India grows in areas where extremist groups had not been so active, Christian leaders said.

  • Morning Star News |
  • February 13, 2013 |
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What is Institutionalism and How does it Affect the Church?

Prior to Constantine, the church, although organized, was less institutional and more communal or organic. In other words, the outside world didn’t think of “the church” as that building on the corner. Instead they thought of a community of people who were distinct in both their conduct and character, the overarching characteristics being their love for others, compassion toward the needy, and joy-filled lives.

CDC: Teen Births Hit Record Lows in 2011

The number of U.S. babies born to teen mothers dropped to record lows in 2011, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Egypt: Anniversary of Mubarak's Fall Marked With Protests

On the second anniversary of the fall of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, new protests broke out across the country.

The Power of Our Words

I love reading stories about how people came to their faith in the Lord. It’s humbling to see, time and time again, how God lovingly pursues us, calls us to repentance through the Holy Spirit and gives us the gift of His Son.

Pope Expected to Live Out a Quiet Retirement in Vatican Monastery

Pope Benedict XVI will continue living inside the Vatican once his retirement becomes official at the end of the month, but observers say he will probably keep a low profile both before and after the election to choose his successor.

Obama Nominates First Openly Gay Federal Appeals Court Judge

President Barack Obama last week nominated Justice Department attorney Todd M. Hughes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit -- who, if approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would be the first openly gay federal appeals court judge.

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