Grant helps scholars mine church records for hidden history

BOSTON – The history of the Congregational Church is the history of Colonial New England. Before the birth of the nation and the separation of church and state, the plain Congregational churches...

DATE: April 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope admits he made ‘grave errors’ in Chile sex abuse case

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he made “grave errors” in judgment in Chile’s sex abuse scandal and invited the victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness. In an...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Report: Anti-Semitism rises, but violence against Jews falls

TEL AVIV, Israel – Violent attacks on Jews worldwide dropped in 2017 despite a rise in other forms of anti-Semitism, researchers reported Wednesday, in a year characterized by normalization and...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Missionaries at border spread Christianity to North Korea

SOUTHERN JILIN PROVINCE, China – To the North Koreans gathered beneath a crucifix in an apartment in this northeastern Chinese border region, she is known as “mom.” She feeds them, gives them a...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

For scientist, an epiphany leads to unexpected spiritual quest

Science writers generally fall into one of two categories: Some of us are textbook authors trying to convince ourselves that we are storytellers, while others are journalists who aren’t real...

DATE: April 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Woman sues Mormon church alleging rape by leader in 1980s

SALT LAKE CITY – A woman who says a former Mormon missionary leader raped her in the 1980s and that the church failed to take her allegations seriously has filed a lawsuit, saying Thursday she...

DATE: April 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

New Asian-American, Brazilian apostles make Mormon history

SALT LAKE CITY – The Mormon church made history and injected a bit of diversity into a previously all-white top leadership panel on Saturday by selecting the first-ever Latin-American apostle and...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

As China, Vatican talk, bishop’s fate shows party’s power

SAIQI, China – The twin-spired church in this southern Chinese village was packed with more than 1,000 Catholics observing Good Friday, but the bishop who tends to the congregation was not among...

DATE: April 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Why Easter is called Easter, and other little-known facts about the holiday

On Sunday, Christians will be celebrating Easter, the day on which the resurrection of Jesus is said to have taken place. The date of celebration changes from year to year. The reason for this...

DATE: April 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Can yoga be Christian? Yes, it can

Invocations of Jesus, images of the cross and biblical scripture are unlikely to be what we envision when we think of yoga. Yoga is typically seen as either a Hindu practice or, more recently and...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Durango to host Easter services Saturday, Sunday

Easter weekend services will be held Saturday and Sunday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 East Third Ave. A Holy Saturday great vigil of Easter candlelight service at 8 p.m. Saturday. The...

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Area around Jesus’ baptism site being cleared of land mines

QASR EL-YAHUD, West Bank – Pilgrims seeking serenity during a visit to Jesus’ traditional baptism site may be rattled to discover they are surrounded by thousands of land mines left over from...

DATE: March 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion