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Religions know power of getting away from it all

Summer vacations are coming to an end – though not everyone took one. Under federal law, U.S. companies aren’t required to offer a single paid vacation day, compared with the at least 20 req...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

#ChurchToo revelations growing, years after movement began

A withering report about sexual abuse and cover-up in the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. A viral video in which a woman confronts her pastor at ...

American Heritage Girl builds Durango’s first walking rosary

Project was last requirement to earn Stars and Stripes Award for 17-year-old Nadine Drake

Shootings expose divisions on gun issue in faith communities

After a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, several pastors around the country challenged their conservative counterparts with thi...

Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns

PITTSBURGH – The victory party took on the feel of an evangelical worship service after Doug Mastriano won Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial primary in May. As a Christian singer led t...