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The website is based on a simple premise: people submit their requests for prayers, and others pray for them - an act known as intercessory prayer.
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A study found those who were prayed for were as likely to have a setback in hospital, be re-admitted, or die within six months as those not prayed for.
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A study carried out by the University of Maryland in the US has found prayer and spiritual healing may reduce pain and speed up the recovery of patients.
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Patients admitted to hospital with heart problems suffer fewer complications if someone prays for them, according to scientists in the US.
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Now, while these prayers were certainly rooted in a noble sentiment (emancipation for the world), experience had taught me that for all my prayers the world wouldn't, indeed, change very much. We had genocides in the 16th century. Genocides in the 1940s. The 1990s. Today. Not only that, I began to wonder if prayer was perhaps a worse form of participation in the affairs of the world than punditry, because it placed the onus for change...


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When we fall under the spell of a charismatic figure, areas of the brain responsible for scepticism and vigilance become less active. That's the finding of a study which looked at people's response to prayers spoken by someone purportedly possessing divine healing powers. ... Schjødt says that this explains why certain individuals can gain influence over others, and concludes that their ability to do so depends heavily on...


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A ban on saying prayers in the street, a practice by French Muslims unable to find space in mosques, has come into effect in the capital, Paris.


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An evangelist who claimed to have created miraculous pregnancies through prayer is to be sent back to Kenya to face child abduction charges.


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What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.


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A Portsmouth nun has turned to social media to convey her religious messages in between spending time in silence.


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