Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup: Mormon mafia, porn stars and God, the pope’s new cardinals

Would the “Mormon mafia” try to revive torture? Do porn stars really believe in God or just like to shout his name a lot? And did the American who hired the pope's butler just get promoted, demoted, or both? All that and more in today's Religion News Roundup.

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The biggest slice of Obama’s religious coalition? The unaffiliated

WASHINGTON (RNS) The largest slice of Obama’s religious coalition — at 23 percent —  is not very religious. They’re “nones,” also known as unaffiliated voters, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. By Lauren Markoe.

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Jews rally around woman arrested for praying at Western Wall

JERUSALEM (RNS) Jews from Manhattan to Mozambique held prayer vigils on Monday (Oct. 22) to protest the arrest and incarceration of an Israeli feminist as she was leading 250 American Jewish women in prayer at the Western Wall. By Michele Chabin.

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Pope’s butler facing 18 months in Vatican jail

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict's former butler could serve time in a Vatican jail, unless the pope pardons him in the next few days, according to the full text of his conviction sentence in the Vatileaks trial. By Alessandro Speciale.

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COMMENTARY: Letting go and getting out of the way

(RNS) I understand that older folks have a hard time letting go. We were once the repository of fresh ideas, exciting dreams, and change-the-world aspirations. But the fact is, at some point the youth deserve to be heard. After all, they are even more legion than we are — and they are dreaming the new dreams. By Tom Ehrich.