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Atlanta archbishop apologizes for $2.2M mansion

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta, Wilton Gregory celebrates Mass, along with Cardinal Maida, at the 21st Annual Cardinals of America Dinner, held in Atlanta, April 23, 2010 (Credit: Catholic University of America/Edmund Pfueller) Wilton Gregory is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta, Georgia.  Why is he in the news today?  When his archdiocese received a $15 million gift three years ago, he used $2.2 million to construct a new home for himself.

It's not what it seems.  The local cathedral needed space for its priests, so it purchased his old home.  The archbishop needed a new residence, so he and his advisers designed a nearly 6,400-square-foot estate.  They intended its large meeting spaces and rooms to be used for receptions, meetings, and other ministry purposes.

However, they didn't count on Pope Francis.

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Billboards claim 'Jesus is Muslim'

Jesus is Muslim billboard in north Columbus, Ohio, sponsored by the Omar Mosque of Columbus, Ohio (Credit: Billboards in Columbus, Ohio state "Jesus is Muslim," "Mohammed is in the Bible," and "Muslims love Jesus too."  They were paid for by a local Muslim group whose website is "dedicated to educating you about Islam."

Their billboards claim nothing new.  Muslims the world over believe that Jesus was a Muslim, and in fact view him as one of their six key prophets (Adam, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad).  And they believe that Muhammad was prophesied several times in Scripture (especially Deuteronomy 18:18, where God tells Moses he will "raise up for them a prophet like you").

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Church is not important: 51% of U.S. adults say

Americans Divided on the Importance of Church - Sacred Roots: Why the Church Still Matters (Credit: Barna Group) What helps you grow in your faith?  The Barna Group, a Christian polling organization, asked American adults that question.  They listed prayer, family, friends, reading the Bible, even having children.  But going to church did not crack the top-10 list.

Half of us (49 percent) say church attendance is "somewhat" or "very" important, but half (51 percent) say it is "not too" or "not at all" important.  The younger we are, the worse the numbers get.  Only two in 10 adults under the age of 30 believe church is important; more than a third take an anti-church stance.

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March Madness: Why Baylor has already won

Baylor gets a boost from Kenny Chery, who delivers in overtime with 12 of his 20 points (Credit: USA Today Sports Images) REVISION: We thought Baylor played Friday night when writing this Cultural Commentary.  We have revised the essay below to reflect the fact thay they played Thursday night, and apologize for the error.

As March Madness continues, Baylor played last night for a chance to continue in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.  The Bears had already gone further than most expected.  Though they lost to Wisconsin, they have already achieved what matters most, in athletics and in life.

FOX Sports Southwest headlined the story: "Baylor's 'extraordinary' season has left lives changed."  It begins with the Bears' loss to Kansas last February 4, their seventh defeat in eight games.  Head coach Scott Drew stopped one of the team chaplains after the game and said, "We may not win another game this year, and I may be a horrible coach, but if any of these guys leave without knowing Christ, that will be the real loss."

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World Vision board reverses same-sex marriage stand

The sign for the headquarters of the World Vision international humanitarian group in Federal Way, Washington (Credit: Amy Ashcraft via Flickr)World Vision U.S., one of the largest benevolent ministries in the world, made global headlines this week with its decision to begin hiring employees engaged in legal same-sex marriages.  Now the board has reversed its position.

Here is how its open letter begins: "Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy.  The board acknowledged they made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman."

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