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...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

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 but...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

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 scores...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

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 Latter-day Saints sit around...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

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 Floyd and...

DATE: June 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

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 may 24...

DATE: May 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

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-person...

DATE: May 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

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 across the...

DATE: May 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

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 worship –...

DATE: April 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

Military chaplains pivot to serve soldiers in virus outbreak

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Maj. Brian Minietta’s eyes are locked down the barrel of a camera lens. He sways gently back and forth in silence, then his gruff voice belts out, in singsong: “A little patience...

DATE: April 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

First Baptist Church of Durango welcomes Jimmy Thoma as new senior pastor

First Baptist Church of Durango has welcomed Jimmy Thoma to his new role of senior pastor of preaching and teaching. Thoma was hired as the associate pastor in September 2016 and was then promoted...

DATE: April 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

A virus that hits all faiths tests religion’s tie to science

NEW YORK – Tanzania’s president claimed the coronavirus “cannot sit in the body of Christ.” Israel’s health minister dismissed a potential curfew by saying that “the Messiah will come and save us.”...

DATE: April 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Religion

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