Religion

Pope notes resistance to reform but moves ahead

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis convened his cardinal advisers to chart the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy Tuesday after acknowledging resistance to his changes but saying he welcomes the debate and is nevertheless undeterred.

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Nobel Peace winners stress education for all

OSLO, Norway -- Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India on Tuesday stressed the importance of uniting people across borders and religions by educating children and freeing them from poverty.

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SURPRISE PARTY

A surprise party was held recently for Brother Henry Frazier, associate pastor at Vista Heights Baptist Church, to celebrate his 97th birthday.

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Central Baptist presents cantata

The Sanctuary Choir, led by Brian Skinkle, music director, will present a Christmas cantata entitled "I Hear the Prophet Callin'," at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14, at Central Baptist Church, 1035 Central Ave.

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Church briefs

Unitarian Universalist to have Christmas music The Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, 100 Norwalk St., will have Joe Sturgill lead Christmas music and readings with Rebecca Ricks playing piano at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. All are invited. Gospel Light to present Christmas musical Gospel Light Baptist Church, 600 Garland Ave., will hold its annual Christmas musical at 6 p.m. today and at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The choir will present "What a Glorious Night!" A nursery will be provided for this free event. All are welcome to attend.

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Pope to theologians: Listen to ordinary faithful

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church's top theologians on Friday to listen to what ordinary Catholics have to say and pay attention to the "signs of the times," rather than just making pronouncements in an academic vacuum.

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