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Tribes call for return of sacred artifacts before Paris auction

Tribal and federal officials held and emergency meeting in Washington on Tuesday, calling for the return of Indian remains and sacred objects before a Paris auction next week.... Read more»

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Supreme Court sends contraception case back to lower courts, demands compromise

The Supreme Court unraveled an appeal Monday by religious nonprofits that do not want to complete insurance forms about their objections to covering contraception for employees. ... Read more»

Punjab to Peoria: Arizona had most Indian deportation cases in 2015

They come across the Arizona border in search of a better life, hundreds of them every year, leaving behind a native country where they no longer feel safe. India. Arizona leads the nation in the number of deportation hearings for immigrants from that Asian nation.... Read more»

Newly restored Virgin Mary statue returns to San Xavier Mission

After nearly four months of cleaning and restoration, the statue has been returned to its home.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Rios: Why is Ducey removing roadside memorials?

From Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios: Gov. Doug Ducey's administration and the Department of Transportation have commenced removing memorial crosses and religious markers from the side of state highways. Most families of the deceased consider these memorial sites sacred and holy.... Read more»4

Hit the bunny trail for Easter weekend fun

The Easter bunny has been busy this year, as there will be a egg hunts all over Tucson this Saturday.... Read more»

Contraception vs. religious freedom: What’s at stake in the latest Supreme Court showdown

In oral arguments Wednesday, religious groups contend that just signing a form to facilitate access to birth control violates their rights. ... Read more»

Trent Franks, other lawmakers back religious groups before Supreme Court hearing

Rep. Trent Franks led eight other lawmakers Tuesday in a show of support for religious groups on the eve of their Supreme Court challenge of an Obamacare mandate for birth-control benefits in employee health plans.... Read more»

Arizona man found guilty in 'Draw Mohammed' event shooting

An Arizona man was found guilty on Thursday of plotting with others to attack a "Draw Mohammed" cartoon contest in Texas last year and providing material support to the Islamic State group, prosecutors said. ... Read more»

Factchecking Trump's Muslim claim

Donald Trump claimed that a Pew Research Center survey found that among the world’s Muslims, “27 percent, could be 35 percent, would go to war” against the U.S. The Pew Research Center says it has conducted no survey that asks such a question, nor did experts we consulted know of any such survey. One expert we talked to called Trump’s claim “nonsense.” Another told us it had “no scientific basis.”... Read more»

Oak Flat historic designation a win for mine opponents, but fight continues

Opponents of a proposed copper mine at the Oak Flat campground scored a point when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places this month – but while they won the battle, they haven’t won the war.... Read more»

Texas case could define extent of abortion limits

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the legal challenge to abortion restrictions passed by Texas lawmakers in 2013. Many observers had predicted a landmark decision might spring from the case, clarifying how far states can go in regulating the procedure, but that's less certain in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia's death.... Read more»

Pope Francis' border mass awes El Paso Catholics

Within plain sight of Ciudad Juárez, just south of the Rio Grande, thousands of El Pasoans heard Pope Francis speak of the ancient city Nineveh. He spoke of the city’s destruction due to “oppression and dishonor, violence and injustice.” The stirring message delivered in a city recovering from years of its own death and destruction at the hands of warring rival drug gangs and law enforcement held audiences captive.... Read more»

Border Catholics ready to welcome Pope Francis

Tens of thousands of El Pasoans and visitors are expected to converge on Sun Bowl Stadium Wednesday to bow their heads and celebrate Mass with Pope Francis, who, as the first Latin American pontiff, is embraced by Catholics in this predominantly Hispanic community as one of their own.... Read more»

As Ciudad Juárez prepares for Pope's visit, so do activists

From city officials working to rebrand Ciudad Juárez as a safe and organized metropolis to the mother and daughter who met along opposite sides of a border fence, Pope Francis' visit here is fraught with symbolism. ... Read more»

Pope, Russian patriarch to hold historic meeting in Cuba

Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will appeal for an end to persecution of Christians in the Middle East as they meet in Cuba next week in what could be a landmark step toward healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.... Read more»

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