Lily Dale, N.Y.: A gated community for spiritualists

(RNS)  Like many villages, Lily Dale has a post office, volunteer fire department, library and a playground. But for 133 years, Lily Dale has also been home to the Lily Dale Assembly, a religious organization of mediums and healers who claim to communicate messages from those who have passed on to those still living on the Earthly plane. By Kathleen Poliquin.

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Friday’s Religion News Roundup: Cardinal Dolan’s blessing; Anders Breivik sane; Mormon preparedness

Is Cardinal Timothy Dolan's benediction at next week's RNC an endorsement? A Norwegian court declares Anders Breivik sane and sentences him to jail. Tropical Storm Isaac may be a chance for Mormons to showcase emergency preparedness.

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National Cathedral gets boost for repair effort

WASHINGTON (RNS) One year after an earthquake caused extensive damage to the Washington National Cathedral, church officials received a $5 million grant from Lilly Endowment to help restore the structure. By Chris Lisee.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s GOP convention blessing prompts debate

(RNS) The news that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the nation’s most prominent Catholic prelate, will deliver the closing blessing to the Republican National Convention in Florida next week was seen as a huge coup for Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee. But the move has promoted a sharp debate within the church over the increasingly close ties between leading bishops and the GOP. By David Gibson.

Bible game show aims for religious audience

(RNS) The world’s best-selling book has made it to the small screen in what is thought to be the first religiously themed game show on a secular network. “The American Bible Challenge” represents a bid to tap the religious market – particularly evangelicals. By Chris Lisee.