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The new Texas law that bans most abortions in the state has been welcomed by many of the religious leaders who help bolster the anti-abortion movement. Yet some abortion opponents in U.S. religious circles are wary of the law and questioning the movement’s current direction.

New Beginnings Baptist Church, 2137 E. George Richey Road in Longview and 1977 Highway 155 N., in Gilmer, has scheduled a “For the City Serve Day” rally beginning at 8 a.m. today, with both campuses serving through projects in Gregg, Upshur and Harrison counties. Areas of community service i…

St. Matthew Catholic Church, 2800 Pine Tree Road, Longview, has scheduled a Blue Mass honoring first responders at noon Wednesday in the St. John Paul Center at the church, 2904 Arrow Lane. The Rev. Xavier Pappu, St. Matthew pastor, has planned a short prayer service and luncheon. For inform…

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SALT LAKE CITY — After more than a year of attending church virtually, Monique Allen has struggled to explain to her asthmatic daughter why people from their congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints don’t wear masks. Allen said she has taught her daughter that wearing …

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America’s major religions and denominations, often divided on other big issues, have united behind the effort to help receive an influx of refugees from Afghanistan following the end of the United States’ longest war and one of the largest airlifts in history.

New Beginning Faith Ministry, 609 Caddo Drive, Longview, is continuing its back-to-school giveaway with treat bags for children and grocery bags for adults beginning at 11 a.m. today. Also available will be student uniforms, backpacks, school supplies and more. First come, first served. Orga…

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TUCSON, Ariz. — A blast of festive trumpet flourishes and guitarrón bass breaks the solemn hush of Mass on a torrid August desert morning. Decked out in gold-embroidered suits, nine musicians pick, strum and trumpet the entrance hymn under tall stained-glass windows.

One of the liveliest discussions in Biblical Literature class (a first-year course we teach to our students to understand the big picture of the Bible) occurs as we near the end of the semester.

New Beginnings Baptist Church, 2137 E. George Richey Road, Longview, is having a Foster Care and Adoption event, 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The event will include a panel of speakers who specialize in foster care and adoption. Also included will be child care and dinner and information booths. Info…

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Dr. Danny Avula, the head of Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination effort, suspected he might have a problem getting pastors to publicly advocate for the shots when some members of his own church referred to them as “the mark of the beast,” a biblical reference to allegiance to the devil, and the …

Those who read this column regularly are familiar with Buddy, our tri-color corgi. We adopted Buddy in 2009 and across the years I have written numerous columns about all the things Buddy has taught me.

New Beginning Faith Ministry, 609 Caddo Drive, Longview, will have a Back to School Parking Lot Giveaway and Health Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The event includes HIV testing, free haircuts, child picture ID, free furniture and more. Information: (903) 236-2902.

Well, it happened again. Almost immediately after 24-year-old gymnast Simone Biles walked away from the team competition at the Olympics in Tokyo, the talking heads began chirping.

Naomi Osaka made international news when she withdrew from the French Open and opted not to play at Wimbledon due to her struggles with depression. This past week Simone Biles, the world’s most gifted gymnast, catapulted into the spotlight by withdrawing from competition at the Olympics due …

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VATICAN CITY — A fraud and embezzlement trial over alleged mismanagement of the Holy See’s investments began Tuesday in Vatican City, with a once-powerful cardinal among the 10 defendants saying he remains “obedient” to Pope Francis, who stripped his privileges to bring him before the tribunal.

NEW YORK (AP) — Citing allegations of “possible improper behavior,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday announced the resignation of its top administrative official, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, ahead of a media report that probed his private romantic life.

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The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States — and in particular by the churches that operated many of them.

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ROME — Pope Francis cracked down Friday on the spread of the old Latin Mass, reversing one of Pope Benedict XVI’s signature decisions in a major challenge to traditionalist Catholics who immediately decried it as an attack on them and the ancient liturgy.

History is like an expedition. Each generation helps chart the journey with its twists and turns, and each picks up where the other left off.

My family and I are officially back from vacation. As often happens, I am more tired now than when I left. This time it was my own fault, though. I brought it on myself. You see, this year my family and I decided to take a road trip.

New Beginning Faith Ministry, 609 Caddo Drive in Longview, will have pre-registration for its back-to-school giveaway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Must pre-register to receive uniform. Bring child/children and proof of school enrollment. For information, call (903) 236-2902 from 2 p.m. to 5…

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The African Methodist Episcopal Church, the United States’ oldest historically Black denomination, launched its General Conference on Tuesday with delegates expected to address racial issues such as voting rights and the Black Lives Matter movement.

In 1787 the future of the fledgling United States hung in the balance. The Articles of Confederation that had been adopted at the end of the American Revolution had proven inadequate. It appeared that the union between the individual states would soon disintegrate and the American experiment…

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Roman Catholic priests sexually abused minors across Iowa for decades while church leaders covered it up, but reforms implemented in recent years have largely stopped the problem, a three-year review by Iowa’s attorney general concluded.

Recently, a fellow pastor, who served many years as a missionary in Japan, taught me an interesting word in Japanese. The word is pronounced “ki-ki” and it is their word for “crisis.” What is interesting about the word “ki-ki” is that it consists of two Japanese characters – the character fo…

New Beginning Faith Ministry, 609 Caddo Drive in Longview, will have pre-registration for its back-to-school giveaway/health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and July 10. Must pre-register to receive uniform. Bring child/children and proof of school enrollment. For information, call (903) 2…

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MILWAUKEE — Every Sunday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Joseph Jackson Jr. praises the Lord before his congregation. But since last fall he’s been praising something else his Black community needs: the COVID-19 vaccine.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Southern Baptist Convention tamped down a push from the right at its largest meeting in decades on Tuesday, electing a new president who has worked to bridge racial divides in the church and defeating an effort to make an issue of critical race theory.