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Christian churches mirror country’s political division

NEW YORK – The messages in Christian houses of worship on the first weekend since the election were as divided as the country’s electorate, with religious leaders mostly calling for peace an...

Black archbishop’s rise to cardinal marks historic moment

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., Archbishop Wilton Gregory is set to become the first Black U.S. prelate to assume the rank of cardinal in the Catholic Church, a historic appointment that come...

Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges

Black churches’ get-out-the-vote campaign looks different in 2020

Amid pandemic challenges, houses of worship show resiliency

The coronavirus pandemic has posed daunting challenges for houses of worship across the U.S., often entailing large financial losses and suspension of in-person services. It also has sparked...

First Southern Baptist Church of Durango announces new pastor

Herald Staff Report First Southern Baptist Church of Durango announces a new pastor for the congregation. Aleksandr Trbovich began service as pastor Tuesday, with his ...

Hispanic Catholics are the future, but priest numbers dismal

PHOENIX – Maria Chavira, a senior administrator in the Diocese of Phoenix, says Spanish-speaking Catholic parishes in her area are “bursting at the seams” and celebrates the emergence of His...

As coronavirus curtails travel, backyard pilgrimages become the way to a spiritual journey

Many major religious pilgrimages have been canceled or curtailed in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. These have included the Hajj, a religious milestone for Muslims the world ove...

Black Catholics’ history: Will Catholic schools teach it?

NEW YORK – The history of Black Catholics in the U.S. is a dramatic mix of struggles and breakthroughs, but it has been largely ignored in the curriculum of Catholic schools. That may soon c...

What are the origins of cathedrals and chapels?

Cathedrals and chapels have played vital roles in the development of Christian culture. As a scholar of the Bible, Judaism and Christianity, I have come to learn the historic impo...

Religious faith a lifelong constant for Rep. John Lewis

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – From his childhood, when he preached to chickens in the dirt-poor South to his decades as a moral force in Congress, religious faith was a constant in the life of Rep. Joh...

Churches amid the pandemic: Some outbreaks, many challenges

NEW YORK – Crowded bars and house parties have been identified as culprits in spreading the coronavirus. Meat packing plants, prisons and nursing homes are known hot spots. Then there’s the ...

Summit Church offers vacation bible school

Summit Church will hold vacation bible school from 9 a.m. to noon July 27 to July 31. VBS focuses on fun, adventure and learning about God. Because of current health restrictions, particip...