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First pope, now U.S. churches face boarding-school reckoning

As Native Americans cautiously welcome Pope Francis’ historic apology for abuses at Catholic-run boarding schools for Indigenous children in Canada, U.S. churches are bracing for an unpreced...

Across U.S., faith groups mobilize to aid Ukrainian refugees

LOS ANGELES – As U.S. refugee resettlement agencies and nonprofits nationwide gear up to help Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion and war that has raged for nearly six weeks, members of ...

Grassroots groups help rescue Holocaust survivors in Ukraine

LOS ANGELES – Since the shelling began to intensify in Kyiv and Kharkiv earlier this month, Julia Entin has been working feverishly – thousands of miles away in Los Angeles – to evacuate Hol...

Jehovah’s Witnesses flee Russia for worship without fear

Over the past five years, hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been subjected to raids, arrests and prosecution in Russia. Many others have fled – including one couple, Dmitrii and Nellia An...

Pipe organ made famous on ‘Hour of Power’ program returns

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – There are few pipe organs in the world that have a nickname, a feminine pronoun and a Facebook fan page. The Hazel Wright organ – just “Hazel,” to her admirers – was r...

Rejection or welcome: Transgender Catholics encounter both

For transgender Catholics across the United States, retaining their faith can entail complex calculations. They face rebukes from some fellow Catholics, including many bishops, yet find full...

Thousands of baptisms by Arizona priest presumed invalid

PHOENIX – The priest was beloved by his parishioners – yet for years he made a one-word ritual mistake, repeatedly, that has caused confusion and anxiety for thousands of Catholics in the Ph...

Catholic school enrollment rebounds after sharp drop

Enrollment in Catholic schools in the United States rose 3.8% from the previous academic year, rebounding from a sharp drop caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic education officials r...

How does a religious upbringing affect academic outcomes?

In America, the demographic circumstances of a child’s birth substantially shape academic success. Sociologists have spent decades studying how factors beyond students’ control – including t...

Suds in the sanctuary: Breweries populate vacant U.S. churches

Bruce Lindsay never expected to own a church. But when his mother died shortly before the pandemic, he wanted to use his inheritance to do something extraordinary. “My mother, if she were al...

Historic city churches find new life as neighborhood centers

MINNEAPOLIS – The pews were rocking at Holy Trinity on a recent Sunday as worshippers from the Minnesota Swahili Christian Congregation sang and danced beneath the lofty, dark-wood-trimmed c...

Faith in the metaverse: A VR quest for community, fellowship

Under quarantine for COVID-19 exposure, Garret Bernal and his family missed a recent Sunday church service. So he strapped on a virtual reality headset and explored what it would be like to ...