Vatican seeks ‘courageous’ ideas to combat priest shortage

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican called Friday for courageous proposals to cope with a shortage of priests in the Amazon, and said it wouldn’t rule out debate on whether married men could step in to fill...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Marilyn Monroe statue near church draws some ire

HARTFORD, Conn. – Marilyn Monroe’s rear is getting some leers in Connecticut. A 26-foot statue of the iconic actress has been placed in a Stamford park across the street from a church, which is...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Baptist church offering video series

An eight-week video series, called “A Tour of Prophecy,” by evangelical Christian author David Jeremiah will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through July 25 at First Southern Baptist Church,...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Bayfield church to offer Bible school

A weeklong session of Vacation Bible School will be held from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 89 E. Mill St., in Bayfield. Events are open to children ages...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

China steps up ‘training’ of Tibetan clergy, officials

BEIJING – Chinese authorities are ramping up political indoctrination among Tibetan Buddhist clergy and officials in charge of religious affairs as part of a campaign to strengthen the ruling...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope nixes German plan to allow Communion for non-Catholics

ROME – Pope Francis has told German bishops they can’t publish guidelines on whether non-Catholic spouses may receive Communion, saying the issue concerns the broader Catholic Church and is too...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope encourages mobster-plagued town to take law’s side

ROME – Pope Francis is urging residents of a mobster-plagued Rome suburb to be courageous and side with the law. Francis celebrated an outdoor Mass on Sunday evening in Ostia, a seaside town. In...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Christians in Western Europe less tolerant of immigrants

BERLIN – Christians in Western Europe are less accepting of immigrants and non-Christians than people without religious affiliations, a study published Tuesday found. The Pew Research Center...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Mormons grapple with race decades after ban on black leaders

SALT LAKE CITY – The Mormon church on Friday celebrated the 40th anniversary of reversing its ban on black people serving in the lay priesthood, going on missions or getting married in temples,...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Never again: Pope denounces ‘culture of abuse, cover-up’

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis became the first pope to publicly denounce a “culture of abuse and cover-up” in the Catholic Church, saying Thursday he was ashamed that neither he nor Chile’s Catholic...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

China orders crackdown on large outdoor religious statues

BEIJING – China’s ruling Communist Party has ordered local governments to better regulate the construction of large outdoor religious statues amid increasing restrictions on religious expression of...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Amid conflict, Jews and Muslims in U.S. seek solidarity

DETROIT – As turmoil spreads through the Middle East, American Jews and Muslims have been forming alliances to build trust and seek solidarity in more ambitious ways than in the past, a sharp...

DATE: May 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

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