LGBTQ Catholics and their allies in the U.S. welcomed Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions, the first time he’s done so as pontiff, while some prominent members including a bishop said Wednesday that he was blatantly contradicting church teaching.

Remnant Church, 4344 U.S. Highway 259 in Longview, will gather for “Sugar Rush in Nu Fire” from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The event is open to infants and children through grade six. There will be breakfast, games, pumpkin decorating, candy and fellowship. For information, call (903) 234-0262.

NEW YORK — Holocaust survivors Ruth Brandspiegel and Israel “Sasha” Eisenberg call their reunion a miracle that began on the holiest day in Judaism, and it only happened thanks to a prayer service that was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

VATICAN CITY — For the first time, a clergy sex abuse trial opened Wednesday in the Vatican’s criminal tribunal, with one priest accused of molesting an altar boy in the Vatican’s youth seminary and another priest accused of covering it up.

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My neighbor was walking down the street and greeted me with a wide grin. He had just bought a new bicycle for his 11-year-old daughter.

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Galilee Baptist Church, 415 Galilee Road in Hallsville, will honor the Rev. Lamar F. Jones and wife Tyra Jones with an anniversary celebration for 25 years of pastoral service at 10 a.m. Sunday. Guest: the Rev. Richard Holloway of Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Longview.

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NEW YORK — For the Rev. Jimmy Gates Sr., the 2008 presidential election year was one to remember — and not just because it yielded a historic result as the nation elected its first Black president.

Remnant Church, 4344 U.S. Highway 259 in Longview, will gather for “Sugar Rush in Nu Fire” at 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25. The event is open to infants and children through grade 6. There will be breakfast, games, pumpkin decorating, candy and fellowship. For information, call (903) 234-0262.

After months of grappling with a pandemic that has walloped New York’s Orthodox Jewish communities, prompting changes to holidays, mourning and prayers, new limits on worship and other activity in some areas are pushing tensions in some neighborhoods of Brooklyn to the boiling point.

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Jessica Sullens has been chosen by Texas Baptists as one of nine recipients of the 2020 Baptist Educators Serving Texans (B.E.S.T.) Award. Sullens, a graduate of East Texas Baptist University, has served as a Texas educator for 15 years, living out her faith daily among her students.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The story of how the First Unitarian Church of Louisville flung open its doors to protesters who marched for justice for Breonna Taylor began years before the helicopters swirled overhead, before police in riot gear began marching up the alley.

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NEW YORK — Child-protection policies adopted by Roman Catholic leaders to curb clergy sex abuse in the United States are inconsistent and often worryingly incomplete, according to a think tank’s two-year investigation encompassing all 32 of the country’s archdioceses.

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St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church, 909 Reel Road in Longview, will conduct “Blessing of the Animals” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Bring your pets for a blessing in honor of St. Francis. There will also be a collection for pet supplies to donate to the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Ce…

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Last week the number of deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 200,000. Experts predict that this number could double by the end of the year.

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WARSAW, Poland — A new statue that depicts the late pope, St. John Paul II, throwing a rock into red water has provoked debate in his native Poland and revived memories of a 1999 Italian sculpture that showed him crushed under a rock, to which the new work was intended as a counter-statement.

When I listen to myself pray, and when I listen to others pray, it seems that most of what we say to God revolves around what we want. Sometimes our lists are heart-rending. We desire healing from a deadly disease, comfort from the loss of someone we love, a job and a paycheck. More often, o…

Unite 2020 Leadership Conference, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, LeTourneau University Belcher Center, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave., in Longview. Unite 2020 is a world-class training event for business, church and community leaders. Attendees have an opportunity to network and connect with other influential…

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McALLEN — About a year ago Sylvia Ramirez and her family thought they had saved an historic church and cemetery tied to her ancestors from border wall construction that would essentially “wall” them off from the rest of the country.

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KAMPALA, Uganda — The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the patience of some religious leaders across Africa who worry they will lose followers, and funding, as restrictions on gatherings continue. Some evangelical Christian leaders in Uganda have launched a campaign with the now-universal phrase…

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When I was in the seminary, one of my favorite classes was church history. Our history professor had a wonderfully quirky sense of humor.

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The Gathering, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11, New Covenant Church, 5621 FM 2087 S., in Longview. Hosted by Covenant Women, the event will be a night of extended worship, fellowship and a taco party. Tickets are $15; childcare is available, call Tracie Bishop, at (903) 757-7791. Visit linktr.ee/covwo …

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Normally Teresa Stanfield spends her days in prisons talking with inmates about how she changed the course of her troubled life, and how they can do the same. But the coronavirus has locked her on the outside.

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ROME — On the March day that Italy recorded its single biggest jump in coronavirus fatalities, Pope Francis emerged from lockdown to offer an extraordinary prayer and plea to his flock to reassess their priorities, arguing the virus had proved they needed one another.

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This weekend is Labor Day. The scorching heat of summer has broken. The air is light with the first hint of fall. The lakes are still warm enough to ski and the fishing is good. As usual, friends and family will gather in parks for volleyball, football and frisbees while hamburgers sizzle on…

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In his dialogues with the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, a guy named Phaedrus supposedly said, “Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.”

Victory Temple Faith to Faith Ministry, Sunday worship will be live online only at 9:30 a.m. at facebook.com/Victory-Temple-Faith-to-Faith-Ministry or via conference call at (605) 475-4700, enter conference code 416141# .

A coalition of Christian groups including the Church of God in Christ and the National Association of Evangelicals is launching a new criminal justice reform push that seeks to rally believers behind policing changes grounded in biblical principles.

I recently stumbled across an old prayer: “Lord, help me to be the man my dog thinks I am.” Anyone who has a dog will understand that prayer. It took almost a year for me to convince my wife I should have a dog. We had dogs when we were raising the kids, but they weren’t my dog. They belonge…

Friendship Baptist Church, 315 Gum Springs Road, in Longview, will have a “drive by parade” to honor the Rev. D.J. Nelson’s 25th pastoral anniversary at 9 a.m. today. Lineup will be begin at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the old Friendship Baptist Church, 1900 Nowlins St., in Longview. Attend…

Kamala Harris, tapped on Tuesday as Joe Biden’s running mate, attended services at both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple growing up – an interfaith background that reflects her historic status as the first Black woman and woman of South Asian descent on a major-party presidential ticket.

Christopher Columbus, Henry the Navigator, Vasco de Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Ponce de Leon – they all have one thing in common. They were explorers during the Age of Discovery. They sailed uncharted waters. They faced the open sea not knowing what lie ahead.

WASHINGTON — The principle of religious freedom is important to most Americans. But as President Donald Trump touts his support for it during his reelection bid, there are notable fault lines among people of different faiths and political ideologies over what it truly means.

NEW YORK — After a three-year halt due to financial problems, work resumed Monday on a Greek Orthodox church being built to replace one destroyed in the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Here’s a look at online services planned at churches across the Longview area this weekend and in the coming week. Is your church back to in-person worship? Please let us know about it by email at clerks@news-journal.com.

We bought a rocking horse for our son on his first birthday. It was simple and sturdy, made of unfinished wood. That was 42 years ago.

Callie Terrell dresses up just once a week now — for church. It was Sunday morning and services were starting, so Terrell made her way in her ruffly blue blouse, hoop earrings and done-up short hair to the dining room table, where she logged on to her laptop and began another Sabbath in her …

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Here’s a look at online services planned at churches across the Longview area this weekend and in the coming week. Is your church back to in-person worship? Please let us know about it by email at clerks@news-journal.com.