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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...

Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off. Research shows that acts of kindness make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is also key t...

Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj because of virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that because of the coronavirus only “very limited numbers” of people will be allowed to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage that tradi...

Black Catholics: Words not enough as church decries racism

NEW YORK – Black Roman Catholics are hearing their church’s leaders calling for racial justice once again after the killing of George Floyd, but this time they’re demanding not just words bu...

Amid pandemic, scores of Catholic schools face closure

Catholic schools have faced tough times for years, but the pace of closures is accelerating dramatically amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, sparking heartbreak and anger in...

Pandemic accelerates Mormon missionaries’ transition online

By BRADY McCOMBS and MARIAM FAM Associated Press BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Wearing dress shirts, ties and name tags, three missionaries with The Church of Jesus Christ of La...

Faith leaders lead congregations through tumultuous time

NEW YORK – American religious leaders across faiths are grappling with the heavy burden of helping to heal two active traumas: rising civil unrest driven by the police killing of George Floy...

Slowly, surely, houses of worship emerge from lockdown

For the first time in two months, there was clapping, singing and fellowship inside Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff, Kentucky, as members of the congregation returned to the sanctuary ma...

Poll: Most in US back curbing in-person worship amid virus

WASHINGTON – Most Americans think in-person religious services should be barred or allowed only with limits during the coronavirus pandemic – and only about a third say that prohibiting in-p...

National Day of Prayer will be held online, on radio Thursday

The National Day of Prayer is an annual event held on the first Thursday of May every year since its inception in 1952. In years past, about 30,000 events take place on that day ...

Religious freedom watchdog pitches adding India to blacklist

NEW YORK – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is urging that the State Department add India to its list of nations with uniquely poor records on protecting freedom to wor...