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Christian Oscars * Fading faith * Puritan Valentine’s Day: Monday’s Roundup

"The Christian Oscars," or MovieGuide awards, were presented. The New Yorker tracks the rise of secularism. Also, get your Puritan Valentine's Day cards.

It's a garden Gnome and a magazine cover! Duck Dynasty is everywhere...

Remember: Valentine’s Day is on Friday. Read to the end of today’s roundup for some card ideas.

North Korea has rescinded an invitation for a senior U.S. official to visit to seek the release of imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae, who says he is worried about his health.

When did faith start to fade? The New Yorker asks in its new issue, exploring the rise of secularism.

It's a garden Gnome and a magazine cover! Duck Dynasty is everywhere...

It’s a garden Gnome and a magazine cover! Duck Dynasty is everywhere…

The New Yorker also profiled “The Christian Oscars,” or the Movieguide awards that awards films that feature faith and values. Winners included “Shark Tank,” “Duck Dynasty” and “The Bible” series on the History Channel.

A year since his resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets. Meanwhile, Pope Francis is shifting in tone and not in doctrine, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley says in a new interview with the Boston Globe.

Mother Jones explains why Sochi has 20,000 Muslims but no mosques. On Sunday, Russian Jews remembered Israeli athletes murdered at 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

The United Methodist Church is in a crisis over gay marriage and church law as some clergy preside over gay weddings.

The Supreme Court should be issuing a ruling soon on how the government conducts public prayers.

Christians are warming up to beer, says Brett McCracken.

Presbyterians are selling a camp for $7.9 million to pay sex abuse debt.

An Ohio Amish couple is in hiding with their daughter to pursue their fight to make health care decisions for their daughter fighting cancer.

Both under 30, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013.

In international news:

Gunmen kill 8 at religious gathering in Pakistan

Gunman kills nun, parishioner in Russian cathedral

Puerto Rico probes church sex abuse allegations

Muslims run for their lives in the Central African Republic; Christians lynch, dismember man

For more news, check out the religious freedom roundup.

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