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Shiite Muslims quietly establish a foothold in U.S.

QUINCY, Mass. (RNS) Until recently, the overwhelming share of U.S. Muslims were Sunni. That's changing as Shiite Muslims flee persecution in their homelands and set up mosques in the U.S., presenting another face of American Islam and bringing overseas tensions within Islam to U.S. shores. By Omar Sacirbey.

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Lapsed Catholics explain why they leave church

TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) As part of a survey to understand why they have stopped attending Mass, a few hundred lapsed Catholics were asked what issues they would raise with the bishop. He would have gotten an earful. By Peggy McGlone.

Pope to find mixed political messages in Mexico trip

SILAD, Mexico (RNS) Times have changed to such a degree in Mexico that politicians now seek out the pope and prelates for support. Even so, the hostility of some in Mexico City shows how far the relationship has yet to go between Mexico and the Catholic Church. By David Agren.

Priest fired over Mass prayers fights to keep his job

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (RNS) A Roman Catholic priest who was fired for altering the words of the Mass is now digging deep into the letter of church law in an effort to regain his post as parish priest. By Tim Townsend.

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Priest fired for refusing to use new Catholic prayers

ST. LOUIS (RNS) An Illinois priest who refused to recite the prayers at Mass as written has been fired, a sign that bishops may have little tolerance for priests who refuse to conform to a new Mass that took effect last year. By Tim Townsend.