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The Slingshot: Liberty U’s claim; Cardinal Pell’s trial, Sandy Hook’s rabbi

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Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks during Liberty University’s 43rd Commencement Ceremony on May 14, 2016. Photo by Joel Coleman, courtesy of Liberty University

Need to know: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Falwell: By Liberty University’s definition, it’s still the largest Christian university

Liberty University's president questioned whether its rival for largest Christian university meets Liberty's definition of a Christian school.

Cardinal Pell to stand trial in abuse case

Pope Francis' former finance minister will face at least one charge at trial after being accused of sexually abusing multiple victims there decades ago.

Can Sandy Hook’s rabbi make it to Congress — with a message against gun violence?

Shaul Praver was inspired by his community’s tragedy to become an advocate for gun control. Now, he hopes to use his experience to help him become the first rabbi elected to Congress.

Catholic University plans to cut full-time faculty by 9 percent

Catholic University officials are planning to cut their full-time faculty by 9 percent through attrition, buyouts and possibly layoffs, a cost-saving proposal that has rattled professors at the school known for its close ties to the Vatican. (Subscription may be required.)

James Cone, the cross, and the lynching memorial

For the Rev. James Cone, who died on Saturday (April 28), the lynching tree was a visual and historic representation of white racist tyranny. (Commentary)

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