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Episcopalians battle over aid to Israel

(RNS) A group of prominent Episcopalians is criticizing their church's stand on Israel, urging it to join 15 other denominations who call for an accounting of U.S. aid to Israel. By Solange De Santis.

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Churches, synagogues press for federal rebuilding aid after Sandy

NEPONSIT, N.Y. (RNS) The waterlogged West End Temple and other nonprofits aren't included in the $51 billion aid package to help rebuild areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and civil liberties groups think that's how it should stay. Others say churches and synagogues should be eligible for federal rebuilding funds. By Solange De Santis.

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Lutheran 'comfort dogs' welcome students back to Newtown school

NEWTOWN, Conn. (RNS) As the children of Newtown returned to elementary school on Thursday for the first time since last month’s deadly shooting spree, they and their parents were greeted by support counselors, teachers and a team of four-legged pastors called "comfort dogs.'' By Solange De Santis.