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Kenya’s presidential race takes pages from the Bible

NAIROBI (RNS) — Religion has long figured prominently into Kenyan politics. But the great lengths presidential candidates and their supporters have gone to to connect themselves to the Bible and its heroes in the lead-up to this month's presidential election have disturbed many religious leaders and scholars.

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Confidant of Pope Francis condemns US religious right

(AP) — The Rev. Antonio Spadaro, editor of the influential Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, said a shared desire for political influence between 'evangelical fundamentalists' and some Catholics has inspired an 'ecumenism of conflict' that demonizes opponents and promotes a 'theocratic type of state.'