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Okla. Ten Commandments statue moves to think tank near Capitol


Workers began digging out the Ten Commandments monument that has been on Oklahoma’s Capitol grounds since 2012 on Monday night, well ahead of the court-ordered removal date of Oct. 12.

John Estus, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, said the decision to do the work after dark was based on public safety and security.

By Tuesday, the monument was already installed at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs just a few blocks from the Capitol.

Oklahoma Supreme Court rules Ten Commandments monument must go


The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds Tuesday, three years after its installation sparked a religious feud.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma first filed a lawsuit challenging the monument's constitutionality in 2013.

Pope says memorize the beatitudes, assess your care for the needy


Christians should memorize not only the Ten Commandments but also the beatitudes, which Jesus taught as the path to true happiness, Pope Francis said.

At his weekly general audience Wednesday, the pope said he was so serious about the need for Christians to know the text of the beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-12 -- "Blessed are the poor in spirit ..." -- that he would read each one out loud and have the crowd repeat it.

More than 6,000 people filled the Vatican audience hall and its atrium for the pope's first general audience after a monthlong break.


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October 21-November 3, 2016

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  • Picks further diversify College of Cardinals
  • Editorial: One-issue obsession imperils credibility
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