Pope to Chile abuse victims: ‘I was part of the problem’

ROME – The three whistleblowers in Chile’s sex abuse scandal urged Pope Francis on Wednesday to transform his apology for having discredited them into concrete action to end what they called the...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Vatican to discuss if non-Catholics can take Holy Communion

VATICAN CITY – Officials from the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog and leading German churchmen will meet this week to discuss if non-Catholic spouses can receive Holy Communion, the Holy See said...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Nevada spiritual leader to give first Hindu prayer in Oklahoma Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY – A spiritual leader from Nevada will deliver the Oklahoma Senate’s first Hindu prayer, part of an interfaith movement in a Legislature in the Bible Belt that has faced criticism its...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. This year, the Durango prayer event will be held at noon...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Chile church sex abuse whistleblower from pariah to VIP

VATICAN CITY – The key whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal has arrived in Rome for his audience with Pope Francis and said Tuesday he will urge the pope to get rid of the “toxic”...

DATE: April 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Friends separated by the Holocaust reunite in California

LOS ANGELES – When Alice Gerstel bid an emotional farewell to her family’s closest friends in October 1941, she was hopeful she’d see “Little Simon” Gronowski again. And she did – 76 years later...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

As numbers dwindle, Jews who fought Nazis recall struggle

KFAR SABA, Israel – While most of his fellow Jews were being killed or brutalized in Nazi death camps and ghettos, Baruch Shub and his friends were hiding in the forests of the former Soviet Union,...

DATE: April 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Two-thirds of millennials don’t know what Auschwitz is, Holocaust study says

Two-thirds of American millennials cannot identify what Auschwitz is, according to a study released on Holocaust Memorial Day that found that knowledge of the genocide that killed 6 million Jews...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Israeli series exposes raw wounds from ethnic Jewish divide

JERUSALEM – An electrifying new documentary series on the problematic integration of Middle Eastern Jews by Israel’s European founders in the 1950s has reopened old wounds of an ethnic divide...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

What happens when a church dedicated to fighting white supremacy is accused of it

It felt like a typical Sunday at the “diverse, spirit-growing, justice-seeking” church. That is the motto of All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, one of the most respected and most multiracial...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope seeks ‘saints next door’ not doctrinaire perfectionists

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is calling for ordinary Catholics to live holy lives in whatever they do, stressing that the “saints next door” are more pleasing to God than religious elites who insist...

DATE: April 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

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