Biblical city of Bethlehem boasts largest Christmas in years

BETHLEHEM, West Bank – Pilgrims from around the world flocked to Bethlehem on Monday for what was believed to be the biblical West Bank city’s largest Christmas celebrations in years. Hundreds of...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope: Forgo greed and gluttony of Christmas for simple love

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis urged Christians on Monday to forgo the greed, gluttony and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love. Francis...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Christmas services in Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio

Many local churches will hold special services during the Christmas holiday. All services will take place Christmas Eve, Monday, unless otherwise noted. Services marked with an asterisk indicate...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Victims, accountability on agenda at pope’s sex abuse summit

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican on Tuesday released the first details of Pope Francis’ upcoming high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit, making clear that bishops attending the gathering must reach out...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope accepts resignation of LA bishop accused of misconduct

LOS ANGELES – Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, after an allegation of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, officials said...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

New figures show fewer Mormons in Utah’s biggest county

SALT LAKE CITY – Fewer than half the residents of Salt Lake County belong to the Mormon church, according to new figures that illustrate how Utah’s largest county is becoming more religiously...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Can astronomy explain the biblical Star of Bethlehem?

Bright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes around much of the world. The faithful sing about the “Star of Wonder” that guided the wise men to a manger in the little town of Bethlehem,...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Church renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank – A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Polygamous group lets go of sprawling Arizona worship center

SALT LAKE CITY – A polygamous group based on the Utah-Arizona border is letting go of the sprawling building where its members worshipped, in the latest sign that the sect run by imprisoned leader...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

The celebration of Hanukkah has evolved in America

Hanukkah may be the best known Jewish holiday in the United States. But despite its popularity in the U.S., Hanukkah ranks as one of Judaism’s minor festivals, and nowhere else does it garner such...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

St. Columba Middle School to perform ‘The Promised One’

St. Columba Middle School will perform “The Promised One” at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the school, 1801 East Third Ave. The play incorporates modern-day choices teenagers...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Feeling guilty about drinking? Well, ask the saints

Each year the holidays bring with them an increase in the consumption of alcohol and concern about drinking’s harmful effects. Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter, but is it sinful to drink and...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

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