200 years of ‘Silent Night’: Singers mark carol’s birthday

NEW YORK – One of the most famous songs of Christmas was celebrated Tuesday as it approaches its 200th anniversary, with a concert at the New York City church where “Silent Night” is believed to...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Global Catholic nuns urge reporting of sex abuse to police

ROME – The Catholic Church’s global organization of nuns has denounced the “culture of silence and secrecy” surrounding sexual abuse in the church and is urging sisters who have been abused to...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Presence and role of chaplains expanding across U.S.

More and more institutions across the United States are hiring chaplains and other spiritual care providers. Some are places that have long employed chaplains, but others may come as a surprise....

DATE: Nov. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Repatriated 6th-century mosaic to help reconstitute apse

NICOSIA, Cyprus – A rare, 1,500 year-old mosaic depicting St. Mark has joined other repatriated pieces that were looted from the ethnically split Cyprus’ breakaway north, a Cypriot Orthodox Church...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

‘A case of misdirected adventure’: Tribesmen kill American missionary

NEW DELHI – The first time American John Allen Chau visited the isolated island in the seas between India and Southeast Asia, he came bearing gifts that included a football and fish. He interacted...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

After synagogue shooting, fresh thoughts on giving thanks

PITTSBURGH – David Feldstein knew seven of the 11 people killed in the synagogue. For Augie Siriano, they all were friends. Rabbi Jeffrey Myers was leading Shabbat services when the gunshots rang...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope decries that ‘wealthy few’ feast on what belongs to all

VATICAN CITY – Championing the cause of the poor, Pope Francis on Sunday lamented that “the wealthy few” enjoy what, “in justice, belongs to all” and said Christians cannot remain indifferent to...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

To combat drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit streets

Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Funerals for members of their flock who didn’t make it. Clergy members have...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Durango Christian Science Church to hold Thanksgiving service

The Durango Christian Science Church will hold a Thanksgiving church service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, 1166 East Third Ave. The community is invited to attend and hear the reading of...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Castle on the square: Sand to star in Vatican Nativity scene

VATICAN CITY – Sand castles are coming to the Vatican. The Vatican said Wednesday its Nativity scene this year will be built from sand and sculpted by an international set of artists. About 700...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Bishops delay votes on combating church sex abuse crisis

BALTIMORE – At the Vatican’s insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the church. Cardinal...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

The Amish live simply, but they’re not environmentalists

In recent decades, many popular myths about the Amish – that they are dying out, or are a homogeneous community of technophobes, or are “stuck in the past” – have been convincingly dispelled. Yet...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

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