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From Mecca to the Vatican, exploring sacred sites with VR

Click and gape at the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel ceiling up close. Click again and join thousands of pilgrims praying and circling around the cube-shaped Kaaba at Islam’s most sacred site. Or ...

Hidden menace: Massive methane leaks speed up climate change

LENORAH, Texas – To the naked eye, the Mako Compressor Station outside the dusty West Texas crossroads of Lenorah appears unremarkable, similar to tens of thousands of oil and gas operations...

Tribal leaders, members react to pope’s apology on schools

MASKWACIS, Alberta – Pope Francis’ apology this week for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential school system and the abuses that took place within it was a full-throated denunci...

U.S. houses of worship increase security after shootings

LOS ANGELES – The Rev. Steven Marsh never thought he would see the day his church in Laguna Woods, California – a town of 16,500 populated largely by retirees – would be spending $20,000 a m...

State lotteries increasingly cede control to huge firms

In Colorado, companies provide the software and computer systems that help run games

On Greecr’s Santorini, 13 cloistered nuns pray for the world

THIRA, Greece – Cruise-ship tourists crowding souvenir shops and couples chasing the perfect Instagram sunset throng the alleyway outside the Monastery of St. Catherine, steps from Santorini...

Christians strip down at a South Texas nudist community

Outside the small Texas town of Elsa, a sheet metal fence too tall to see over surrounds a few acres of prime Rio Grande Valley land. In front of the compound’s drab, gray gate, bright orang...

What’s behind the enduring popularity of crystals?

As New York City Mayor Eric Adams attends ribbon cuttings, marches in parades and bulldozes dirt bikes, he wears an energy stone bracelet that his supporters gave him. In a recent interview,...

Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access

Gov. Polis of Colorado among participants in virtual meeting

Anti-Roe justices a part of Catholicism’s conservative wing

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade at a time when it has an unprecedented Catholic supermajority. That’s not a coincidence. Nor is it the whole story. The justices who voted to overtur...

Update: Six die, 30 wounded in shooting at July 4 parade

Man named as a person of interest in the shooting taken into police custody

A roof over their head: Churches use tiny homes for homeless

Churches across the U.S. are tackling the big question of how to address homelessness in their communities with a small solution: tiny homes. On vacant plots near their parking lots and ste...
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