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Mark Wahlberg Sorry He Played Well-Endowed Porn Star

Catholic actor has prayed to God for forgiveness for his role in 1997's 'Boogie Nights'

(Newser) - Mark Wahlberg says he hopes God will forgive him for his turn as a porn star in PT Anderson's 1997 film Boogie Nights. Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune ahead of an event with Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich on Friday that he hopes "God is a movie fan and... More »

Driver Shuts Eyes to Pray, Crashes Into House

She's charged with reckless driving

(Newser) - Some might say a prayer in anticipation of a car crash. A Florida woman's prayer apparently caused one. The 28-year-old was driving in Mary Esther when she ran a stop sign, drove onto a yard, and crashed into a house, police tell the Northwest Florida Daily News . She then... More »

Scientists: Prayer Can Help Alcoholics Through Temptation

Small study uses brain scans to demonstrate changes after prayer vs. reading newspaper

(Newser) - Does prayer have the power to help recovering alcoholics squash temptation? A small new study out of the NYU Langone Medical Center finds that at least among 20 long-term Alcoholics Anonymous members who reported no cravings in the week leading up to the test, prayer reduced cravings that arose when... More »

Coffee Stand Employees Stop to Pray With Grieving Customer

Now their good deed is going viral

(Newser) - A grieving woman who had just lost her husband found solace in an unexpected place: the young employees of a local drive-thru coffee stand. The Oregonian reports employees at Dutch Bros. Coffee in Vancouver, Washington, noticed one of their customers seemed upset while waiting in her car Saturday. It turns... More »

A Big Change Hits the Western Wall

Men and women will be able to pray together

(Newser) - In what is being hailed as a " landmark decision " by some and received "with a heavy heart " by others, the Israeli government has approved the creation of an area for mixed-gender praying at the Western Wall. The Women of the Wall organization has sought equal prayer... More »

Company Fires Nearly 200 Protesting Muslim Workers

Employees claim they were told, 'If you want to pray, go home'

(Newser) - Nearly 200 Muslim workers—mostly Somali immigrants—were fired by a Colorado meat-packing plant last month for walking off the job over claims their employer was preventing them from praying, USA Today reports. "Prayer is the first priority to every Muslim," a man assisting the fired employees says.... More »

Ted Cruz Now Has a 'National Prayer Team'

'Our nation is in desperate need of God’s favor'

(Newser) - Ted Cruz is making a major play for the most powerful constituent there is: God. On Thursday, the Cruz campaign announced the formation of a "national prayer team" that will get weekly emails with prayer requests from the candidate and his wife, as well as an invitation to a... More »

This Convent Has Been Praying Nonstop Since 1878

Nuns, volunteers keep the prayer going

(Newser) - Flooding, snowstorms, a flu outbreak, even a fire—any of those might have slowed a group of Wisconsin nuns who say none of it has kept their order from praying nonstop for hundreds of thousands of people over the last 137 years. The La Crosse-based Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration... More »

School Football Coach on Leave for Praying

District says practice threatens students' constitutional rights

(Newser) - The coach of a Washington state high school football team who prayed at games despite orders from the school district to stop has been placed on paid administrative. Bremerton School District officials said in a statement late Wednesday that assistant football coach Joe Kennedy's leave was necessitated because of... More »

Suit: LA Fitness Won't Let Me Pray in Locker Room

'I felt afraid for my life,' says Mohamed Fall of confrontation at gym

(Newser) - When he was a star basketball player for Ohio Christian University, where he was known as "Mo Fall," Mohamed Fall prayed in the team's locker room before and after he played, per WCPO . And, as a practicing Muslim, the 28-year-old says he's been following the same... More »

NFL Penalizes Muslim Player for Touchdown Prayer

Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah gets 15-yard penalty for 'unsportsmanlike conduct'

(Newser) - Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim: He fasts during Ramadan—even during the NFL's grueling training season—and took off the entire 2012 season with his brother Hamza (an ex-NFL safety) to tour mosques around the country and make a pilgrimage to Mecca, the NFL... More »

'Prayer Baby' Drowns in Church's Baptism Tank

His mother prayed for years for a son, but he didn't reach his 2nd birthday

(Newser) - A mother in Decatur, Ala., says her prayers were answered when, after years of trying, she had a baby boy nearly two years ago. But tragedy struck when Brayden King was left in the care of his teen sister at church on Friday: She lost track of him for a... More »

'15% Prayer Discount' Sparks Online Debate

Diners at NC eatery get discount for praying before meal

(Newser) - A little prayer seems to go a long way—especially if you're about to eat at Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winstom-Salem, NC. Traveling for business, Jordan Smith received a 15% discount off her bill there because she prayed before eating, NPR reports. Smith posted a pic of the... More »

Nuns Sue Their Neighbor: a Strip Club

Nuns: Club Allure has brought bar fights, neon lights, used condoms to yard

(Newser) - A group of nuns in a tiny Illinois town is suing a $3 million strip club that opened in September behind their backyard garden for being unlawfully close to a place of worship. The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo—who say in their suit they've suffered through Club... More »

5 Celebs Who Pray

In some cases, every single day

(Newser) - Magic Johnson is turning the other cheek when it comes to LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling: "I'm a God-fearing man and I'm going to pray for him and hope things work out for him," Johnson recently said after Sterling said some less-than-kind things about him on... More »

Internet Cracks Grandma's Mystery Code in Minutes

She filled cards with cryptic letters in her final weeks ... 18 years ago

(Newser) - A cryptic mystery left by a dying grandmother puzzled a Maryland family for nearly 20 years before her granddaughter turned to an Internet forum for help. "My grandmother passed away in 1996 of a fast-spreading cancer. She was non-communicative her last two weeks, but in that time, she left... More »

Pope Francis: I'm a Pharmacist, Prayer Is My Drug

Pontiff gives out rosaries in pill boxes, says 'good for the heart'

(Newser) - Joking that he's like a pharmacist, Pope Francis is promoting prayer as medicine for the heart. Appearing today at his studio window, Francis held up a rosary in a box designed to resemble a packets of pills, before volunteers distributed thousands of those boxes, which feature a design of... More »

Activists Fume Over Quick Fix in Western Wall Gender Fight

Plaza offers site for mixed prayer

(Newser) - Jerusalem's Western Wall has been embroiled in controversy over prayer rules tied to gender, and the latest attempt at a solution is rubbing many the wrong way. Backed by the Israeli minister for Jerusalem, Naftali Bennett, a new, 4800-square-foot prayer plaza is meant to offer an equal-opportunity praying location,... More »

GOP Lawmakers to Supreme Court: Let Us Pray

Senators want traditional prayer before sessions kept in place

(Newser) - A group of mostly Republican lawmakers in DC has made a pitch to the Supreme Court for the right to keep saying a daily prayer before sessions of the House and Senate, reports Roll Call . They're worried that an upcoming case out of upstate New York will put the... More »

Arizona House Doubles Up on Prayer to Counter Atheist

Christian lawmaker calls second one 'repentance' for colleague's non-prayer

(Newser) - A little addendum to a story out of Arizona this week about an atheist state lawmaker who took a turn offering a prayer of sorts before the day's session. In doing so, Juan Mendez asked his peers not to bow their heads and extolled the values of his own... More »

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