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Utah banning ‘conversion therapy’ with Mormon church backing

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah is on its way to becoming the 19th state to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy in January after state officials formed a proposal that has the support of the...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Religion

Rabbi touts giving as way to counteract religious hatred

NEW YORK – At a time when anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise worldwide, schools should take steps to teach empathy as an antidote to racism and religious hatred, several rabbis attending an...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope visits Jesuit Japan community that could have been his

TOKYO – Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Japan in a very personal way Tuesday, spending the morning with his Jesuit confrerees in the community that would have been his own had his dream to be...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Religion

Mister Rogers’ faith shaped his idea of children’s television

The beloved children’s television icon Fred Rogers – who is played by actor Tom Hanks in the film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” – entered the world of children’s programming during an era...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Religion

Lawsuit: Church pressured victims into unfair settlements

NEW YORK – Two impoverished Mississippi men who say they were sexually assaulted by Franciscan missionaries filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming that Catholic officials pressured them into...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Religion

AP: Catholic boards hailed as fix for sex abuse often fail

Facing thousands of clergy sex-abuse cases, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Religion

First Church of Christ, Scientist to host Thanksgiving service

The community is invited to attend a special one-hour Thanksgiving Day service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1166 East Third Ave. The president’s Thanksgiving...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope arrives in Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

BANGKOK – Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, beginning a mission to boost the morale of those countries’ tiny minority Catholic communities and...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Religion

Mormon leader: We didn’t leave Boy Scouts, they left us

NEW YORK – A high-ranking leader with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Friday the church severed its century-long tie with the Boy Scouts of America because the organization...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Religion

Catholic bishops’ new anti-abuse hotline to be ready soon

BALTIMORE – A new national hotline to report sexual misconduct accusations against Catholic bishops in the U.S. could be operating by the end of February, three months ahead of the deadline set by...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Religion

Archbishop of Los Angeles elected 1st Hispanic to lead U.S. Catholic bishops

BALTIMORE – Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, pledged to push for a more welcoming immigration system after winning election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Religion

Bayfield church to kick off Operation Christmas Child

Volunteers from around Bayfield will kick off the Samaritan’s Purse’s collection season by packing shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Berry Hall at...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Religion

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