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Judge reserves ruling on ‘under God’ pledge suit

11-19-14
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A judge has heard arguments in a family's lawsuit against a New Jersey school district over the Pledge of Allegiance. Attorneys argued Wednesday on the Aberdeen Matawan school district's motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The ...

Deer runs amok in Lakewood church office

11-18-14
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A deer managed to run amok after shattering a window and leaping in a church office in Lakewood. Officials initially feared a burglar had broken into the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church on Monday. But the Rev. Thomas ...

Religious, civic leaders press gun manufacturers

11-10-14
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Religious leaders from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey are joining elected and police officials to call on gun manufacturers to tighten distribution systems and develop smart gun technologies. Bridgeport Mayor ...

Thousands attend Dalai Lama event at Princeton

10-28-14
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Large crowds of supporters and opponents were on hand as the Dalai Lama visited Princeton University. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader stressed the importance of education and compassion during a talk Tuesday at the Ivy ...
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Dalai Lama Visits Princeton University

10-28-14
The Dalai Lama spoke at Princeton University while members of the International Shugden Community gathered outside in protest.

Priest convicted of groping woman

10-16-14
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A Catholic priest has been convicted of groping a woman, but was acquitted of charges that he molested her two children. The Asbury Park Press reports (http://on.app.com/1qBtyyC) that Marukudiyil Velan was convicted by a ...

Man sues Newark Archdiocese over alleged sex abuse

10-7-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man is suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, alleging that a now-deceased priest sexually molested him more than 30 years ago. Stephen Marlowe, of Hoboken, discussed his claims during a news ...

Short Hills pastor steps down amid probe

10-7-14
MILLBURN, N.J. (AP) — The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in Millburn has voluntarily stepped down while officials investigate sexual abuse allegations stemming from when he served at another church. The Rev. Monsignor George Trabold has served ...

Nun being beatified; credited with curing boy

10-4-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered to witness the beatification of a New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye disease. Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (dem-JAN'-oh-vich) is being beatified Saturday during a Mass, led by ...

A few facts about the beatification process

10-3-14
Saturday's beatification of a New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye ailment marks another step in a process that started nearly 70 years ago. Here are a few facts about the process: Q: What is beatification? A: Beatification is the third ...