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Religious abortion rights supporters fight for access

On the day the Supreme Court heard arguments in a Mississippi abortion ban case, Sheila Katz plans to be at a nearby church. It is where the Jewish organization she leads is helping to host...

Foes of death penalty offer spiritual support at executions

NEW YORK – After Sister Barbara Battista, a Roman Catholic nun staunchly opposed to the death penalty, agreed to accompany a condemned man at his execution in federal prison, she wondered do...

A new book on faith from popular author who died in 2019

NEW YORK – Christian author Rachel Held Evans left behind a legion of loyal readers when she died in May 2019, at the age of 37. Last June, a children’s book she’d been working on was publis...

Remnants of Black church uncovered in Colonial Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The brick foundation of one of the nation’s oldest Black churches has been unearthed at Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum in Virginia that continues to recko...

National cathedral names artist to replace Confederate windows

Washington National Cathedral announced last week it has chosen contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall, renowned for his wide-ranging works depicting African American life, to design new s...

Largest U.S. Catholic parish rises in California’s interior

VISALIA, Calif. – It’s billed as the largest Catholic parish in the United States and it’s being constructed about 200 miles north of Los Angeles, in what’s often referred to “as the heart o...

As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise, religious exemptions grow

An estimated 2,600 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, thousands of state wor...

Some abortion foes question tactical wisdom of new Texas ban

The new Texas law that bans most abortions in the state has been welcomed by many of the religious leaders who help bolster the anti-abortion movement. Yet some abortion opponents in U.S. re...

New translation of New Testament aims at Native Americans

It’s a Bible verse familiar to many Christians – and even to many non-Christians who have seen John 3:16 on billboards and T-shirts or scrawled across eye black under football players’ helme...

Admirers urge sainthood for chaplain killed on Sept. 11

NEW YORK – Among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Mychal Judge, a Catholic chaplain with New York’s fire department, left a uniquely complex legacy that continu...

Faith groups unite to help Afghanistan refugees after war

America’s major religions and denominations, often divided on other big issues, have united behind the effort to help receive an influx of refugees from Afghanistan after the end of the Unit...

Many Bible Belt preachers silent on shots as COVID-19 surges

Dr. Danny Avula, the head of Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination effort, suspected he might have a problem getting pastors to publicly advocate for the shots when some members of his own church ...