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Top five news stories:

1) On May 9, Benedict XVI will visit a Brazil that's not so Catholic anymore.

2) African bishops say they weren't condoning Mugabe, but they don't retract their statement.

3) New Zealand and California consider legislation on smacking children

4) A priest-imam soccer game was cancelled because the priests' team included women.

5) Archaeologists say they have discovered Herod's tomb.

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Neurotheology:

  • Scientists rush in where angels may tread | Researchers with high-tech tools take on spiritual, moral topics (The Dallas Morning News)

  • Hearts & minds | Since Plato, scholars have drawn a clear distinction between thinking and feeling. Now science suggests that our emotions are what make thought possible (Jonah Lehrer, The Boston Globe)

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