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Catholics see confession in a new light

HACKENSACK, N.J. — One of loneliest places in church these days is the confession line. The act of confessing one’s sins, a requirement for Catholics, has sharply fallen over several decades with evolving views on sin, penance and the stature of the priesthood.

No rest in debate over Sabbath

JERUSALEM — The crowd that gathered at the recent grand opening of Cinema City hadn’t come for the movies. They were there in droves to protest a government regulation that keeps the 19-screen multiplex closed each week from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.