Mennonites in Mexico are promoting a bright new Christmas tradition — one born of somber origins.
CHICOPEE, Mass. — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under…
President Donald Trump’s order to expand the scope of potential anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses is raising the stakes of an already tense battle over how to define discrimination against Jews.
Last weekend my husband and I were visiting my hometown in western Illinois and decided to attend a Sunday service at the Presbyterian church where we got married. We looked up the worship times on the church’s website — 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., just like back when I was a member there in high sc…
PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was cheered from both sides of the political aisle after telling President Donald Trump’s administration his state will keep welcoming refugees vetted by U.S. agencies for resettlement in the United States.
ROME — Pope Francis says small gestures can improve a city’s life, as he spoke at a religious ceremony to mark the official start of Rome’s Christmas season.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Hobby Lobby says it plans to donate the campus of the now-defunct St. Gregory’s University to nearby Oklahoma Baptist University.
”And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.”
At the end of another long day trying to sign up new clients accusing the Roman Catholic Church of sexual abuse, lawyer Adam Slater gazes out the window of his high-rise Manhattan office at one of the great symbols of the church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Millions of people in 2015 voted in an online poll to put the face of Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. But many might not have known the story of her life as chronicled in the recent film “Harriet.”
WASHINGTON — After two years and 2 million visitors, the Museum of the Bible is launching new programs aimed at increasing attendance and deepening its connection with its audience.
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says Pope Francis has dispatched a close aide to the Greek island of Lesbos to bring back 33 asylum-seekers to Rome.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A Buddhist temple under construction in Siem Reap, home of Cambodia’s famed Angkor temples, collapsed Monday, killing at least three people and injuring 13 others, including two monks, police said.
NEWARK, N.J. — The president of a Louisiana bible college has been charged with sexually assaulting a student on a flight from Israel to New Jersey.
LINCOLN, Neb. — A new course at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will focus on the world’s religions and will ask students to use their new-found knowledge to propose a common worship space on campus.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Megan Lively glanced down furtively to the copious notes she had jotted in a thick spiral-bound notebook resting in her lap.
Religious liberty is often a high priority for conservatives, but last week’s acquittal of an Arizona man prosecuted for aiding migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border is spotlighting the ability of religious freedom law to shield people of faith regardless of political ideology.
An Indiana judge has canceled a trial challenging limits on the state’s religious objections law, finding conservative groups failed to prove they were harmed by changes the Republican-dominated Legislature approved shortly after then-Gov. Mike Pence signed it.
Three faith-based groups that assist with refugee resettlement are suing the federal government, arguing a recent executive order granting state and local officials the authority to block refugee resettlement violates federal law and inhibits their ability to practice their faith.
Utah is on its way to becoming the 19th state to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy in January after state officials formed a proposal that has the support of the influential Church of a Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The federal commission that tracks global religious freedom is facing a rift with Capitol Hill over a proposal that some members warn would hurt its effectiveness.
Thirty-six stained-glass windows that are 128 years old and have been restored over the last 11 months will be dedicated Sunday during two traditional worship services in the sanctuary of historic Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler.
Some time ago, people popularly wore and asked the question, “What would Jesus do?” Regarding the clothing, some said, “Jesus wouldn’t wear that!,” but a good answer to the question perhaps is more thoughtful.
AUSTIN — When a low-income woman searches for reproductive care, she often goes to a Planned Parenthood clinic, where she’s treated as a patient with an array of medical options. Or she might go to a Christian pregnancy center, where she is counseled to carry a pregnancy to term.
BALTIMORE — Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, pledged to push for a more welcoming immigration system after winning election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Generally speaking, people are not excited about being told what to do. This is probably one of the greatest reasons why the world rejects the Bible and the ways of God. In fact, it’s rare to find anyone who’s excited about taking advice, even good advice.
Despite public concerns about religious groups and a loss of respect for clergy in general, a new poll from the Pew Research Center suggests many Americans still see religion generally having a positive role for Christianity.
It was something like 12:30 in the morning on the first of November when I noticed the man across from me on a delayed flight from Florida to New York making the sign of the cross. He was a tough-looking fella, and while I was delighted to know I wasn’t the only one praying in the turbulence…
Florida televangelist Paula White, who has served as a kind of spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump, will join his administration in an official capacity, according to a senior administration official and another person familiar with the move. White, who already helps to coordinate Tr…
PORT BARRE, La. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette has donated $50,000 toward rebuilding efforts of three Louisiana churches destroyed by arson.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge in Spokane has struck down a Trump administration rule that would have given medical workers the right to refuse care to patients on religious or moral grounds.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has agreed to pay some of an inmate's attorney fees and have a prison warden undergo religion rights training to settle a discrimination complaint.
Anne Graham Lotz has done her share of thinking about the past, present and future of evangelism — which is understandable since her father Billy Graham liked to call her the “best preacher in the family.”
ODESSA — In its annual meeting that concluded here this week, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention passed a resolution thanking the state Legislature for a new law protecting churches from civil liability when disclosing information about sexual predators.
ODESSA — The new president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary said this week that membership in Texas churches is decreasing even as population booms in the Lone Star State and challenged delegates to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention to become mor…
Sunday marks exactly one year until the 2020 U.S. presidential election, and Christian leaders across theological and political divides are kicking off an initiative they hope will keep the next 365 days from being a repeat of 2016’s divisive election season.
UPPER TRACT, W.Va. — The Rev. Jess Felici looked out from her pulpit at her tiny flock.