Jews ask pope to push for aid worker's release in Cuba

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Jewish community is trying to enlist the pope to intercede on behalf of Alan Gross, the Maryland Jewish man who has been in a Cuban jail for more than two years, on his upcoming trip to the island nation. By Lauren Markoe.

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Why do Mormons baptize the dead?

 (RNS) Jewish groups are up in arms about a Mormon's decision to baptize the parents of Holocaust survivor and Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. Which raises an interesting question: Why do Mormons baptize the dead? By Daniel Burke.