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Workshop on Art of Jewish Papercutting

A free, hands-on workshop on the Art of Jewish Papercutting begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum in York. Youth ages 10 and older (with an accompanying adult) may participate in a craft class that explores … Continue reading

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Vatican replaces Philly archbishop amid scandal

Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Cardinal Justin Rigali as the Philadelphia archbishop, the Vatican said today, citing Rigali’s age. Under canon law, bishops must submit their resignation on their 75th birthday (Rigali did so in April 2010), but … Continue reading

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Sightings: Should the Devout Be Excluded from Politics?

A recent Sightings column takes on David Barash’s “modest proposal” that it’s “high time for the electorate to reject anyone who is strenuously devout” from U.S. political office. Read Megan Doherty’s essay at the jump.

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Religious critics warming to Harry Potter

For years, critics have warned about the Harry Potter saga’s bad influence on children and teens who might experiment with the occult after reading the books or watching the films. Some have since changed their minds, saying J.K. Rowling’s series … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye to Gettysburg school building

Those with a tie to a Catholic elementary school in Gettysburg are expected at a final open house 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 before St. Francis Xavier School shutters its building at 43 W. High St. for good. … Continue reading

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99th anniversary of Brethren meeting in York

As the Church of the Brethren wraps up its Annual Conference today in Grand Rapids, Mich., we remember a long-ago Annual Conference the church held in York in 1912. Larry Gibble of First York Church of the Brethren in Springettsbury … Continue reading

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Church volunteers distribute bag lunches in city

Two churches have paired up to make lunches for York children this summer. The Brown Bag Lunch Program provides a healthy bagged lunch for children once a week. The lunches will be handed out from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. … Continue reading

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Info sessions to explain revised Catholic Mass

Like others around the U.S. and the English-speaking world, the regional Catholic diocese is preparing its priests and parishioners for upcoming changes to the Mass. Last week, the diocese announced information sessions on the revised English translation of the Roman … Continue reading

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Ahmadi Muslims convene in Harrisburg

A three-day, national jalsa (convention) hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is expected to draw thousands to the farm-show complex in Harrisburg starting Friday. The gathering aims to promote peace and educate Ahmadis, as well as other believers, organizers say. … Continue reading

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Lancaster seminary names new president

A Presbyterian minister and administrator for the Association of Theological Schools has been named president of the 185-year-old Lancaster Theological Seminary, its board announced last week. The Rev. Carol E. Lytch of Pittsburgh currently serves as assistant executive director of … Continue reading

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