Ex-members say North Carolina church uses power, lies to keep grip on kids

SPINDALE, North Carolina – As a court-appointed advocate for two foster boys, it was Nancy Burnette’s job to ensure they were in good hands. So as part of her casework, she visited Word of Faith...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Religion

She led Trump to Christ: The rise of the televangelist who advises the White House

It was an early afternoon in late July, and Paula White was holding court before an audience of about 25 Southern Baptist ministers in an ornate diplomatic reception room in the Eisenhower...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Religion

Targeted by racist fliers, Ravi Bhalla becomes the first turbaned Sikh mayor in New Jersey

Days before the New Jersey elections, someone distributed anonymous fliers around Hoboken. “Don’t let TERRORISM take over our town,” the fliers said, while featuring a photo of Ravinder Bhalla,...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Religion

John Paul I closer to sainthood as book debunks conspiracies

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has moved Pope John Paul I – the pope who reigned for only 33 days in 1978 – a step closer to possible sainthood just days after the Vatican endorsed a new book...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope seeks to defuse Korea tension, push nuclear disarmament

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is seeking to defuse rising nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula and to boost support for disarmament with a Vatican conference that will bring together 11 Nobel...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Religion

Rod Dreher is the combative, oversharing blogger who speaks for today’s beleaguered Christians

BATON ROUGE, La. – Rod Dreher’s life is an open book. Several, actually. The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, about his late sister. How Dante Can Save Your Life, about his love of the Italian poet....

DATE: Nov. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Religion

Polygamous group is slowly losing its power in remote town

HILDALE, Utah – In a place where political contests are virtually unknown, the campaign signs offer the latest hint that a polygamous group is losing its grip on this remote red rock community...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Religion

Fired by ESPN for a racist headline, he’s finding his second chance as a Catholic priest

Within moments, what started as an ordinary late shift in the office at ESPN turned into one of the worst nights of Anthony Federico’s life. Federico lived for the big stories in sports. And the...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Religion

Durango Methodist church to hold annual holiday bazaar

First United Methodist will hold its 44th annual Holiday Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the church, 2917 Aspen Drive. The event will feature vendors, handmade crafts, homemade pie, plants,...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Religion

Germany marks 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s challenge

BERLIN – German leaders on Tuesday marked the 500th anniversary since the day Martin Luther is said to have nailed his theses challenging the Catholic Church to a church door, a starting point of...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Religion

Mormon missionaries can now use smartphones

SALT LAKE CITY – The Mormon church’s gradual embrace of the digital age for missionaries took another step forward this month as the religion announced it is nearly doubling the missions where...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Religion

Methodists to host Emmaus potluck

An Emmaus Gathering potluck will be held Monday at First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Drive. The schedule will include: 6:15 p.m., sign-in and food drop-off for potluck in fellowship hall....

DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Religion