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On Christmas Eve, Pope Francis urged the world to be open to God: ""The question put to us simply by the infant's presence is, 'Do I allow God to love me?'" he said. "Do we have the courage to welcome with tenderness the difficulties and problems of those who are near to us? ... How much the world needs tenderness today! God's patience, God's closeness, God's tenderness."Edit
A survey of scientists conducted by the Pew Research Center shows 51% of scientists believe in a universal spirit or higher power. 33% of scientists who were surveyed believe in God and 18% believe in a universal spirit or higher power. In comparison, 83% of the general public believe in God and 12% at least believe in a higher power.Edit
A controversial series of textbooks have passed muster with the Texas State Board of Education. Critics say the books overemphasis the influence of Christianity and biblical figures in the founding of America and underemphasize the separation of church and state.Edit
Justin Bieber says he is on a mission to find out how best to spread the word of God. Bieber has apparently cut himself off of alcohol and drugs, and he will spend two weeks in California with a pastor. Edit