VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who opened 2019 with trips to the Muslim world, is shifting gears to tend to Orthodox relations, with a delicate visit starting Sunday to the Balkan nations of...
LONDON (AP) — Britain's foreign secretary has warned that governments in many parts of the world have failed to take action to slow the persecution of Christians.
AP PHOTOS: A week since deadly Sri Lanka bombings
Some were celebrating one of the holiest days in Christianity. Some were working at Colombo hotels. Some were sitting down to brunches of shrimp and chicken and dim sum and sticky rice pudding and...
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — During the bad years, when rebels mostly from the ethnic minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese government forces were slaughtering each other in a horrific civil war,...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The chairman of Poland's conservative ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has called the LGBT rights movement a foreign import that threatens the Polish...
CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Steve King says the criticism he has faced from fellow members of Congress over his offensive remarks gives him "better insight" into what Jesus Christ...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Christian pilgrims and clergy members marched through the ancient stone alleys of Jerusalem's Old City, retracing Jesus' path to crucifixion in observation of Good...
Pope tells Moroccans “we are brothers and sisters”
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Pope Francis sought Sunday to encourage greater fraternity between Christians and Muslims in Morocco, telling his flock that showing the country's Muslim majority they are...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would require all Florida public high schools to offer elective courses on the study of the Bible won approval Thursday in a House committee but still...
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Kent Hinkel made his first pilgrimage to Israel when he was a student in his last year of ministry training in 1994.
Pope: My UAE trip wrote new page in Christian-Islam history
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says his pilgrimage this week to the United Arab Emirates wrote a "new page in history of the dialogue between Christianity and Islam" and in promoting world peace based on brotherhood.
Christians in N. Korea tell of struggle to practice faith
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Christianity is virtually outlawed in North Korea, where dictator Kim Jong Un is the subject of a personality cult that treats him like a god. The possession of Bibles, open religious services and any attempt to build underground church networks could mean torture, lengthy prison terms or execution.
Ukraine OKs property law that could affect 12,000 churches
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's parliament on Thursday adopted a bill spelling out procedures for transferring church property after a new unified Ukrainian Orthodox church was granted independence.
The bill could potentially affect some 12,000 churches in Ukraine and vast amounts of property, including the gems of Orthodox Christianity like the vast Pechersk Monastery in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church breaks away from Russian influence
ISTANBUL (AP) — An independent Ukrainian Orthodox church was created at a signing ceremony in Turkey on Saturday, formalizing a split with the Russian church it had been tied to since 1686.
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, signed the "Tomos" in Istanbul in front of clerics and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, forming the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
Vatican official urges Iraq’s Christians to forgive, rebuild
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican secretary of state urged Iraqi Christians who have endured years of Islamic extremist persecution to forgive, reconcile and rebuild their broken communities as he celebrated Mass Friday in Iraq's largest Christian town.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin has spent the Christmas holidays in Iraq in a show of Pope Francis' solidarity with the region's Christian minorities, many of whom were forced to flee their homes during the years of extremist violence.
Putin decries prosecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to look into the reported persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Russia officially banned the Christian denomination last year and declared the religious group an extremist organization. Nearly 100 Jehovah's Witnesses face charges in Russia, and 25 of them are in jail awaiting trial.
Springfield yoga community responds to pastor’s sermon
OZARK, Mo. (AP) — Springfield's yoga community is speaking out after a pastor at an Assemblies of God megachurch warned Christians to avoid the popular activity because he claims it has "demonic roots."
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Birth of a new Ukrainian church brings fears of violence
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The rough-looking young men brought clubs and brass knuckles to the Pechersk Monastery in Kiev , one of Orthodox Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites, apparently seeking to disrupt worship. Police spread-eagled them against a wall decorated in faded centuries-old frescos of solemn saints, then hauled them away.
Trial starts for militant religious sect leader over abuse
GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — Testimony has begun in the trial for one of the leaders of a western New Mexico paramilitary religious sect accused of child sexual abuse.
Prosecutors said this week that former members of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps will testify against leader Deborah Green and detail allegations of child abuse, the Gallup Independent reports .
Pope says he hopes to visit Japan next year, fulfilling wish
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday he hopes to visit Japan next year, a trip that would enable him to draw attention to both the legacy of Christian martyrs centuries ago and survivors of the atomic bombs in 1945.
Francis made the announcement while meeting with members of a visiting Japanese cultural association.
"Taking advantage of this visit, I want to announce my hope to visit Japan next year. We hope to do it," Francis said, speaking off-the-cuff.
Russian Orthodox church rejects decision on Ukraine envoys
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church is denouncing a decision by Orthodox Christianity's leading body to send two envoys to Ukraine as a step toward declaring ecclesiastical independence for the church there.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the world's largest Orthodox church by far also threatened to take unspecified "retaliatory actions."
County says cross on county seal is historical not religious
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for a Pennsylvania County said Friday it should be allowed to keep a cross symbol on its official seal because it represents the county's history, not a religious mandate.
MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin says the adoption of Christianity more than 1,000 years ago in territory that later became Russia marked the starting point for forming the Russian nation itself.
Putin's comments came Saturday in a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption by Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, a loose federation of Slavic tribes that preceded the Russian state.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that barred a North Carolina county from opening its meetings with Christian prayers.
The Supreme Court declined Thursday to take a case involving the Rowan County Board of Commissioners.
The board was sued in 2013 over its practice of opening meetings with a prayer led by a commissioner.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate candidate Mitt Romney of Utah says a prominent Baptist minister shouldn't be giving the prayer that opens the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem because he's a "religious bigot."
In a tweet Sunday night, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee criticized Dallas minister Robert Jeffress for his remarks about Jews, Mormons and Islam.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has met the head of Greece's Orthodox Christian Church, Archbishop Hieronymos, during an official visit to Athens.
Charles has long been interested in Orthodox Christianity, privately visiting monasteries in Romania and Greece — where his paternal great-grandfather reigned and his father, Prince Philip, was born.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel on Wednesday defended his appearance at a West Coast conference put on by the Alliance Defending Freedom, saying the conservative Christian law firm is trying to build "better love in the world."
FAIRFIELD — Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield, will host the talk “Russian Christianity and the Revolution of 1917” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the church sanctuary. The talk is free and will be given by David McFadden, a professor of history and director of Russian and East European studies at Fairfield University. His new project on the “Meaning and Legacies of the Russian Revolutions of 1917” is among the winners of the fall 2017 grant competition sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University.
SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of a Chicago-area evangelical church that became one of the largest in the nation say they will renew their examination of the church's former pastor.
The Rev. Bill Hybels retired from Willow Creek Community Church earlier this month after allegations he touched and made lewd comments to female congregants. The elders say they are acting after new accusations against Hybels surfaced.
This past week Pope Francis, who leads the largest Christian denomination in the world (there are 1.2 billion Catholics), released an “apostolic exhortation” called Gaudate Exulstate, or a Call to Holiness. While I myself am not a Catholic, I regularly read many of the writings of religious leaders around the world in my desire to know and understand the faith of my fellow human beings.
In visit to India, LDS President Nelson discusses church’s first temple to be built there
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' President Russell M. Nelson passed the halfway point of his Global Ministry Tour Thursday as he arrived in Bengaluru, India.
The stop in India is particularly significant as Nelson, in the church's April general conference, announced a new temple would be built in Bengaluru.
The Bengaluru temple will be the first for India, a country with more than 1.3 billion people of many faiths, including Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Growing up on the Indonesian island of Java in the 1970s, Dewi Kanti practiced an ancient form of indigenous traditional beliefs whose origins predate the arrivals of Christianity, Buddhism and Islam here by centuries.
Editor's note: On this, the 22th anniversary of it first being published in the Tribune-Review, a shortened version of a special Eastertide editorial:
Easter Sunday is the gauntlet of Christianity, a faith founded on the fact or falsehood of the Resurrection.
VATICAN CITY -- On Christianity's most joyful day, Pope Francis called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict, "beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria" and extending to Israel, where 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border two days before Easter Sunday.
Even when it looks like the end, it just might not be. That’s the message Parker Hill Church Pastor Mark Stuenzi hoped to convey Easter Sunday. Spiritual guides lent wisdom to parishioners of Christian churches around the region Sunday to help guide them through the year. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, who Christians believe returned to life three days after his death by crucifixion and burial. The holiday is preceded by a period of 40 days of fasting, praying and penance known as...
Pope Prays for Syria, Korea in Easter Mass
The Christianity behind ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Isle of Dogs’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’
Is there really a religious undertone in Wes Anderson's movie about computer-generated canines banished to a faraway island in the near-dystopian future?
According to Josh Larsen, a film critic and editor of Think Christian, a digital magazine focusing on faith and culture, the core of "Isle of Dogs" actually does revolve around Christian obedience.
The same message is also true for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and the seven previous installments of George Lucas's sci-fi series.
Add communion wafers to the list of goods facing shortages in Venezuela.
The socialist nation has been suffering from food crises for years, including shortages of grain and wheat used to make the sacramental bread.
Father Edward Molina, a priest in the city of Mrida, toldthe Catholic newspaper La Croix that the church has been forced to "appeal to churchgoers to take flour to the nuns who make the hosts" ahead of Easter.
Tom Emery: Abraham Lincoln fell on Good Friday, and his Christianity is still debated today
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — Holy Week is a reflective time for people of many faiths, and Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are marked by tens of millions around the world. But Holy Week more than 200 years ago, in 1865, was a defining period in American history.On Palm Sunday, April 9, Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, signaling the death knell for the Confederate cause that wilted away in the coming weeks. Five days later on Good Friday, President Lincoln was mortally wounded in his box at Ford’s Theater by assassin John Wilkes Booth, and died the next morning.
Hugh Bonneville has lost his "faith" in Christianity.
The 'Downton Abbey' star has a degree in theology from Cambridge University and enjoyed learning about religion at the Church of England school he attended as a child, but he says he was turned off his beliefs by people he wished not to disclose.
Speaking to the Daily Express newspaper, he said: "I lost my faith for various reasons. There were people I looked up to who let me down in that regard I suppose. I will keep it as general as that."
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Pope Francis will not apologize to Canadian residential school survivors and their families for the role the Roman Catholic Church played in operating the schools or the abuses suffered by their students.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he was disappointed by the Catholic church's decision.
It has often been said that there is no history without geography. Ireland is the most westerly landmass of Europe, situated between the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The next piece of land that one reaches, America, is 3,000 miles away.
NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Behar of "The View" apologized Tuesday for suggesting mental illness was behind claims by people that Jesus Christ talks to them, in remarks made on her show last month about Vice President Mike Pence.
Her comments launched a protest that made it all the way to a shareholder's meeting of ABC parent Walt Disney Corp. Pence said on Monday that when Behar called him personally to say she was sorry, he urged her to apologize publicly.
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ATHENS (AP) — About 2,000 people have marched to the Greek parliament to protest new school books they claim endanger faith in Orthodox Christianity, Greece's official religion.
The protesters on Sunday included many Greek Orthodox priests and bishops. Some participants at the Athens event held banners that denounced the book authors as traitors to the country or read, "No to ecumenical religion."
They delivered a petition to parliament before disbanding peacefully.
Christianity, nature combine in West Nebraska Arts Center exhibit, ‘God’s Grace in Color’
SCOTTSBLUFF — Two local artists are featured in the new West Nebraska Arts Center exhibit “God’s Grace in Color.”
The retrospective covering the art of Virginia Harimon and Mildred Wright will be on display until March 25.
WNAC Director Donna Thompson said Harimon and Wright had already been featured in the gallery before, but not together.
Nebraskans who support and oppose ‘religious freedom’ laws actually share many of the same values
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre to reopen after tax spat
JERUSALEM (AP) — Christian leaders said Tuesday that they will reopen the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after Israeli officials suspended a plan to impose taxes on church properties in the holy city.
Major denominations, including the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches, said in a statement that the church would reopen early Wednesday after being closed for three days to protest the Israeli tax plan.