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Pope Francis' Conn. appointment draws criticism

TOLEDO, Ohio (RNS) With little more than six months on the job, Francis has named nearly a dozen bishops in the U.S., and because bishops are charged with implementing a pope's vision for the global church, many observers are looking to see who Francis names as bishops and cardinals.

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Racing reverend puts faith into 750-horsepower dragster

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (RNS) Until his recent retirement, the Rev. Dale Schaefer spent most Sunday mornings wearing vestments and leading worship services at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Whenever he had a day off, the soft-spoken preacher would slip a helmet over his gray hair, don a racing suit, and climb into the cockpit of a 750-horsepower dragster he built from the ground up. By David Yonke.

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'Extreme Makeover' family has a call to 'change the world'

TOLEDO, Ohio (RNS) Aaron and Jackie Frisch had more than their 15 minutes of fame when ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" built them a dream home four years ago. Ever since then, they've been carrying out an extreme makeover of their own, with 25 children in the extended brood. Call it Extreme Makeover: Family Addition. By David Yonke.