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  • Palestinians renovate Christian holy site

    By Daniela Berretta | February 25, 2016 - 4:04pm

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank – After two years of painstaking work, experts have completed the initial phase of a delicate restoration project at the Church of the Nativity, giving a much-needed face-lift to one of Christianity’s holier sites.

  • Jews increasingly leave Europe for Israel

    By ARON HELLER | February 18, 2016 - 4:06pm

    JERUSALEM – Jewish immigration to Israel from Western Europe has reached an all-time high as a result of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, as France’s beleaguered Jewish community grapples with whether to refrain from donning Jewish skull caps for their own safety.

  • Symbol of faith becomes a target

    By Angela Charlton | February 18, 2016 - 4:04pm

    PARIS – Religious Jews in Marseille are facing a wrenching choice: Whether to wear the skullcap that proclaims their religion or tuck it away in hopes of staying safe.

  • Minister finds pleasure in two professions

    By Nicole L.M. Mullis | February 11, 2016 - 8:00pm

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Ministers are called. Artists are born.The Rev. Sue Trowbridge is a pastor and a painter.

  • ‘Pink Sisters’ mark 100th year of worship

    By Natalie Pompilio | February 4, 2016 - 4:47pm

    PHILADELPHIA – For more than 100 years, the cloistered nuns known as the Pink Sisters have worked in shifts to ensure nonstop prayer in Philadelphia’s Chapel of Divine Love.

  • Bills offer exemptions for gay-marriage foes

    By KATHLEEN FOODY | January 28, 2016 - 4:42pm

    ATLANTA – Months after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage, lawmakers nationwide are pushing bills that would give businesses and some public employees the right to refuse serving gay couples because of the owners’ or workers’ religious beliefs.

  • Faith program helps prisoners' children

    By Elizabeth DePompei | January 21, 2016 - 8:11pm

    NEW ALBANY, Ind. – 
Every Tuesday, 9-year-old Savannah Landgraf knows exactly what she’ll share with her classmates when it’s time for weekly “celebrations.” Each student writes down what most excited them about his or her week and puts it in a pot to be pulled out and announced.

  • Backlash from attacks hits radical rabbis

    By TIA GOLDENBERG | January 14, 2016 - 7:24pm

    JERUSALEM – A small group of extremist Israeli rabbis who for years have made incendiary remarks against Arabs are drawing criticism from lawmakers and moderate religious leaders after authorities broke up a ring of Jewish extremists accused in a series of attacks on Palestinian and Christian targets.

  • Handmade crosses help people in troubled times

    By Erin Anderson
    Lincoln Journal Star | January 7, 2016 - 4:04pm

    SEWARD, Neb. – Crack open the door, and the scent of fresh cut cedar with a hint of polyurethane varnish is overpowering.

  • Schools walk fine line to balance faith, law

    By Jim Cook | December 31, 2015 - 9:56pm

    DOTHAN, Ala. – Whoever said the courts have kicked God out of public schools hasn’t visited Beverlye Magnet School lately.

  • Food pantry cares for those in need

    By Jon Krenek
    The (Kankakee) Daily Journal | December 24, 2015 - 4:06pm

    HOPKINS PARK, Ill. – When Bruce Spencer first moved from Chicago to Pembroke Township, he earned a living doing odd maintenance jobs.

  • Icons seen as way to bolster faith

    By Denise M. Baran-Unland | December 17, 2015 - 6:21pm

    JOLIET, Ill. – Why would an Episcopal church offer an annual retreat to paint an art form generally associated with the Eastern Orthodox Church?

  • Francis declares Holy Year of Mercy

    By Nicole Winfield | December 10, 2015 - 6:30pm

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis pushed open the great bronze doors of St.

  • Group wary of new mosque and refugees

    By T.S. Jarmusz | December 3, 2015 - 5:35pm

    GILLETTE, Wyo. – 
In the masjid, the room is quiet, a pair of ticking clocks the only sound.

  • Church offers Nine Lessons and Carols

    From Contributed Reports | December 3, 2015 - 5:35pm

    West Haven Presbyterian Church again will present a special Christmas service this year.

  • Christians, Muslims live warily in town

    By Christopher Torchia | November 26, 2015 - 4:04pm

    GARISSA, Kenya – 
As song and prayer drifted from the open, ivy-lined doorways of a Catholic church in Garissa, several security officials, including Muslims, stood watch on the grounds nearby.

  • Convent stays on task for 137 years

    By Carrie Antlfinger | November 19, 2015 - 8:29pm

    LA CROSSE, Wis. – Flooding, snowstorms, a flu outbreak, even a fire – any of those might have slowed a group of Wisconsin nuns who say none of it has kept their order from praying nonstop for hundreds of thousands of people over the last 137 years.

  • Adventist church is little known

    By Rachel Zoll | November 12, 2015 - 11:01pm

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. – As his surge in heavily evangelical Iowa puts a spotlight on his faith, Republican presidential nomination candidate Ben Carson is opening up about his membership in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

  • Church's leader faces trying times

    By Rachel Zoll | November 5, 2015 - 5:22pm

    NEW YORK – The Episcopal Church, whose history is entwined with the founding of the United States, has installed its first black national leader.

  • Clash of narratives drives events in Mideast

    By DAN PERRY | October 29, 2015 - 4:37pm

    CAIRO – The clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land are not just physical; the two sides cannot agree on what they see, how they got here, who is to blame or where they should go.

  • Event honors long-serving Rocky Mount minister

    From Contributed Reports | October 29, 2015 - 4:37pm

    A Rocky Mount minister once known as the “little girl with the big voice” for her early radio ministry will mark her 50th anniversary this weekend as leader of Willing Workers Miracle Tabernacle.

  • Texas mission survives centuries’ challenges

    By Luis Carlos Lopez | October 22, 2015 - 3:04pm

    EL PASO, Texas – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, which was founded in 1680, has survived the Pueblo Revolt, fire, Texas independence and even boundary lines switching it from Mexico into Texas.

  • Briton leads Grace Reformed Baptist conference

    From Contributed Reports | October 22, 2015 - 3:02pm

    A British minister-author will be the speaker this weekend for Grace Reformed Baptist Church’s annual fall Bible conference.The Rev.

  • Jewish, Muslim groups raise temperature at holy site

    By Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh | October 15, 2015 - 3:06pm

    JERUSALEM – Jewish and Muslim grassroots groups, self-declared defenders of their faiths, have played a key role in rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions, stepping up activities at a contested Jerusalem shrine at the heart of the current violence.

  • Tenor finishes church concert series

    From Contributed Reports | October 15, 2015 - 3:04pm

    West Haven Presbyterian Church concludes its annual concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday with a performance by lyric tenor Josh Allen.