MERIDIAN, Idaho — Before the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 158th temple is dedicated here on Nov. 19, more than 200,000 people are expected to tour it, from its baptistry fashioned after descriptions of King Solomon’s temple to its cream-colored sealing rooms, where marriages are performed for a kneeling couple dressed in white under a sparkling crystal chandelier.
VISALIA, Calif. — Bishop Armando Ochoa begins the Mass outside a building that resembles a large red barn. He carries a hooked staff covered in animal fur and wears moccasins and a leather sash — a tribute to the nearby Tule River Tribe.
JERUSALEM — Israel’s nationalist government may be unpopular with Western liberals and much of its domestic press corps, but it has found a close friend among the world’s evangelical Christians and their media outlets.
ROME — Pope Francis demanded Monday that world governments collectively commit to end rising world hunger by resolving the conflicts and climate change-related disasters that force people to leave their homes in search of their daily bread.
When you have a drink at the recently opened Steeple Brewing Company in Hastings, Neb., you’ll not only have a good beer — you may also be having a religious experience. That’s probably what the Rev. Damen Heitmann hopes.
MADISON, Wis. — A federal judge in Wisconsin has struck down as unconstitutional a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, in a ruling that could have far-reaching ramifications for religious leaders who have fought for years to keep the substantial financial benefit.
Raleigh, N.C. — President Donald Trump needs to provide moral leadership and denounce the “demonic racist force” that is the alt-right before it further fractures the country, a group of evangelical leaders says.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ committee of advisers on protecting children from sexually abusive priests is expanding its workload to include the needs and rights of children fathered by Roman Catholic priests.
As investigators try to figure out why a 64-year-old man opened fire onto an outdoor concert crowd in Las Vegas on Sunday night, killing at least 58 people and wounding hundreds more, some people of faith pondered a more eternal question: Why do terrible things to happen to innocent people?
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Ira Gerhart finally found a place last year to fulfill his yearslong dream of opening a brewery: a 1923 Presbyterian church. It was cheap, charming and just blocks from downtown Youngstown.
A few dozen dogs barked and wagged their tails, most likely unsure why they were on the St. Joseph Catholic School playground with their school-age owners. Oct. 4 is the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and a popular day to hold pet blessings.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A top Mormon leader reaffirmed the religion's opposition to same-sex marriage on Saturday during a church conference — and reminded followers watching around the world that children should be raised in families led by a married man and woman no matter what becomes the norm in a "declining world."