WEEK IN RELIGION

An Italian priest who was convicted of abusing minors has been defrocked for the second time after Pope Francis ordered Mauro Inzoli to be dismissed from clerical duties on June 28. Inzoli was initially defrocked in 2012 by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI after he was first accused of sexually abusing minors. Pope Francis reversed the decision in 2014, ordering Inzoli to keep away from children and retire to “a life of prayer and humble discretion.” Inzoli was convicted of eight counts of sexual abuse of children aged 12 to 16 by an Italian court in 2016. Bishop Daniele Gianotti of Inzoli’s diocese in Crema, said being defrocked is the worst punishment that can be imposed on a priest. “We cannot assume that the pope made such a serious decision without carefully examining all the elements in front of God, before making a choice for the good of the church and Don (Inzoli) Mauro,” Gianotti said.

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SURVEY SAYS

Americans torn on sexual, religious freedom

According to a new study conducted by LifeWay Research Americans are split when it comes to the importance of religious freedom or sexual freedom when the two freedoms are in opposition. The survey found that, in a situation in which sexual and religious freedom conflict, 48 percent of Americans believe religious freedom is more important, 24 percent believe sexual freedom should be more important, and 28 percent were undecided.

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GOOD BOOK?

“Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy: Making Room for Your Soul in an Overcrowded Life” by Nicole Johnson

Author, speaker, and actor Nicole Johnson knows what it’s like to feel as if you’re drowning in crazy. When she couldn’t catch her breath or stay awake long enough to talk with her husband, let alone God, she sought to find new ways of “being” in her life. “Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy” is a voice of possibility and peace for women seeking to find a calm spiritual center in a crazy, runaway world. As a wife and mom of young children herself, Nicole recognized that life had become out of control. And, with the help of a crisis, she started her journey to create the very calm she was craving.

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THE WORD

pantheist: A worshipper of all gods or one who believes that God and the universe are one.

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Nepal:

— Hindu: 81.3 percent

— Buddhist: 9 percent

— Muslim: 4.4 percent

— Kirant: 3.1 percent

— Christian: 1.4 percent

— Other: 0.5 percent

— Unspecified: 0.2 percent

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