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■ Longview Christian Women’s Connection is hosting a buffet luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Copeland’s of New Orleans, 3213 N. Fourth St. in Longview. Special music: Greg Scobee, soloist; guest speaker: Tammy Whitehurst of Longview will present “Girl Talk — Getting Real about Real Life.” …

 Harmony Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 612 S. Carter St. in Marshall, will have its “Men & Women’s Day” program at 3 p.m. Sunday. Guest speaker: the Rev. Jacqueline Tolbert of Vivian Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Longview.

■ St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2108 Ridgewood Drive in Longview, will offer The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph services: vigil at 5:30 p.m. today, mass at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday; and Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God services: vigil at 5:30 p.m. Monday, mass at 8 a.m. and…

■ St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2108 Ridgewood Drive in Longview, Advent services: Saturday vigil at 5:30 p.m., Sunday Mass at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; The Nativity of the Lord — Christmas Mass at 5:30 pm. and 10 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Jose…

My wife and I are celebrating the recent birth of our second child, a son. He is a few weeks old now, and life at home has been — as you would expect — joyful and a bit hectic. We are each learning to adjust to the other.

■ Holy Truth Ministries, 512 W. Luckett St. in Longview, presents its annual choir musical at 6:45 p.m. today. For information, call (903) 431-2824.

 Willow Springs Baptist Church, 3708 W. Loop 281 in Longview, will have its Young Matron’s prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. today. Guest speaker will be Ebony Harris of Shreveport. For information, call (903) 759-5548.

■ Willow Springs Baptist Church, 3708 W. Loop 281 in Longview, will have their Young Matron's prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. today. Guest speaker will be Ebony Harris of Shreveport. For information, call (903) 759-5548.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Romanians braved hours of cold weather Sunday for the blessing of a grandiose Orthodox cathedral consecrated to mark 100 years since modern-day Romania was created in the aftermath of World War I. The event was marred after three people were hos…

Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter, but is it sinful to drink and make merry, moderately and responsibly, during a holy season or at any other time?

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 have been sung in the United States for the first time and where a priest was the first to publis…

Recently, thanks to the internet, my children were introduced to “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” This simple television show still found a way to capture my children’s imaginations. Fred Rogers, the creator of the show, believed that all children were to be valued, loved and seen as an equal. Hi…

■ Galilee Baptist Church, 415 Galilee Road in Hallsville, will celebrate Family and Friends Day at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Brunch is from 10:15 to 10:40 a.m. The Rev. Fred Rusk and the Golden Hill Baptist Church family of Hallsville will be special guests. Community members are invited to bring a…

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — 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 official said Wednesday.

■ Grace Crossing United Methodist Church, 1001 W. Hawkins Parkway in Longview, has scheduled its annual “Jubilee Women’s Gathering,” 9 a.m. to noon today. Speaker: Candace “Chewbacca Mom” Payne. Tickets $30, breakfast included. For information, email info@gracecrossing.org or call, (903) 663-0053.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon man recently kicked out of the Mormon faith after he led a campaign criticizing the church’s practice of allowing closed-door, one-on-one interviews of youth by lay leaders has lost his appeal.

Two groups of victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy members have launched simultaneous lawsuits against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, with one class-action suit also naming the Holy See as a defendant. The suit accuses the Catholic church of conspiracy and operating a continu…

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh — Abul Kalam sits cross-legged on the floor of his tiny mud hut and whispers prayers into a small plastic bottle filled with water, creating what he says is a potion that will cure stomach cramps.

WEST HARRISON COUNTY — The volume of a chorus grew with each, “I love you,” as members of Hebron Missionary Baptist Church sang to Jesus in a demonstration last Sunday of how a congregation endures for 150 years.

■ New Beginning Faith Ministry, 609 Caddo Drive in Longview, will be pre-registering for “Feast in the Wilderness” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Must pre-register to be a candidate, children must accompany candidate; “Feast in the Wilderness” (Christmas for kids) will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.…

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Carrying human skulls adorned with flowers and coca leaves, hundreds of people danced to cheerful music and prayed for favors Thursday in an annual festival outside a cemetery chapel in Bolivia’s capital.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — A closed tavern in Chippewa Falls that appeared slated for demolition has been given new life as it has reopened as a church.

The third meeting of Police Chief Andy Harvey’s ‘Chief’s Clergy Coalition’ drew more than two dozen residents and religious leaders, with Harvey comparing police work with the work of the clergy.

The words will be in Latin, but the emotions behind them will speak to Christianity’s universal hope when a combined group of East Texas churches present “Requiem” by French composer Gabriel Fauré on Sunday.