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Southern Baptists oust 2 churches over LGBTQ inclusion

February 27, 2021, 6:00am Churches & Religion

The Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee voted Tuesday to oust four of its churches, two over policies deemed to be too inclusive of LGBTQ people and two more for employing… Read story

Iraq’s Christians look forward to pope’s visit

February 27, 2021, 6:00am Churches & Religion

Nasser Banyameen speaks about his hometown of Qaraqosh in the historical heartland of Iraqi Christianity with nostalgia. Before Islamic State group fighters swept through the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq.… Read story

Lama Ngawang Yonten and other Buddhist members of the United Sherpa Association prepare for the Dakini Day practice, a group meditation that includes song and food and is celebrated on the 25th day of each lunar month, at their community temple in the Queens borough of New York on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.

Buddhist temple food pantry a lifeline for many

Lama Ngawang Yonten and other Buddhist members of the United Sherpa Association prepare for the Dakini Day practice, a group meditation that includes song and food and is celebrated on the 25th day of each lunar month, at their community temple in the Queens borough of New York on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.

February 20, 2021, 6:05am Churches & Religion

NEW YORK — Inside the temple in the New York City borough of Queens, monks clad in robes chanted and lit incense and candles at an altar before a golden statue of Buddha. Read story

FILE - In this Monday, July 11, 2016 file photo, Paul Bronson prays during a Black Lives Matter prayer vigil at First Baptist Church, a predominantly African-American congregation, in Macon, Ga. According to a Pew study released on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, Black Americans attend church more regularly than Americans overall, and pray more often. Most of them attend churches that are predominantly Black -- yet many would like those congregations to become racially diverse.

Survey eyes Black devout in U.S.

FILE - In this Monday, July 11, 2016 file photo, Paul Bronson prays during a Black Lives Matter prayer vigil at First Baptist Church, a predominantly African-American congregation, in Macon, Ga. According to a Pew study released on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, Black Americans attend church more regularly than Americans overall, and pray more often. Most of them attend churches that are predominantly Black -- yet many would like those congregations to become racially diverse.

February 20, 2021, 6:00am Churches & Religion

NEW YORK — Black Americans attend church more regularly than Americans overall, and pray more often. Most attend churches that are predominantly Black, yet many would like those congregations to become racially diverse. There is broad respect for Black churches’ historical role in seeking racial equality, coupled with a widespread… Read story

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 file photo, people are reflected on a puddle as they walk in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. The Vatican is taking Pope Francis' pro-vaccine stance very seriously: Any Vatican employee who refuses to get a coronavirus shot without valid medical reason risks being fired.

Anti-vax at the Vatican? You might lose your job

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 file photo, people are reflected on a puddle as they walk in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. The Vatican is taking Pope Francis' pro-vaccine stance very seriously: Any Vatican employee who refuses to get a coronavirus shot without valid medical reason risks being fired.

February 18, 2021, 2:36pm Churches & Religion

ROME — The Vatican is taking Pope Francis’ pro-vaccine stance very seriously: Any Vatican employee who refuses to get a coronavirus shot without a valid medical reason risks being fired. Read story

File - In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 file photo, Israeli police officers clash with ultra-Orthodox Jews in Ashdod, Israel,. Ultra-Orthodox demonstrators clashed with Israeli police officers dispatched to close schools in Jerusalem and Ashdod that had opened in violation of coronavirus lockdown rules, on Sunday.

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox defy coronavirus rules

File - In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 file photo, Israeli police officers clash with ultra-Orthodox Jews in Ashdod, Israel,. Ultra-Orthodox demonstrators clashed with Israeli police officers dispatched to close schools in Jerusalem and Ashdod that had opened in violation of coronavirus lockdown rules, on Sunday.

February 13, 2021, 6:00am Churches & Religion

JERUSALEM — Mendy Moskowits, a member of the ultra-Orthodox Belz Hassidic sect in Jerusalem, doesn’t understand the uproar toward believers like him. Read story

Homeless shelters in Clark County will expand to help the homeless as a winter storm approaches — despite the pandemic.

Clark County homeless shelters prepare for winter blast; many ways to help

Homeless shelters in Clark County will expand to help the homeless as a winter storm approaches — despite the pandemic.

February 10, 2021, 6:21pm Churches & Religion

When there’s a severe weather notice in the area, shelters around Clark County spring into action. Read story

Pope Francis delivers his blessing from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.

Pope seeks ‘Copernican revolution’ for post-COVID economy

Pope Francis delivers his blessing from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.

February 8, 2021, 12:45pm Churches & Religion

ROME — Pope Francis urged governments on Monday to use the coronavirus crisis as a revolutionary opportunity to create a world that is more economically and environmentally just — and where basic health care is guaranteed for all. Read story

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass with members of religious institutions on the occasion of the celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.

Pope moves ahead with plans to meet Shiite leader in Iraq

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass with members of religious institutions on the occasion of the celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.

February 8, 2021, 7:59am Churches & Religion

ROME — Pope Francis will meet with Iraq’s top Shiite Muslim cleric, Ali al-Sistani, during a trip next month that will also include a pilgrimage to ancient Christian communities that were emptied and devastated in battles with the Islamic State group. Read story

FILE - In this Sunday, April 5, 2020, file photo, The Most Rev. Peter Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte, conducts Palm Sunday services inside the empty St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte, N.C. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the service was closed to the public but was live streamed across western North Carolina. Catholic entities in the Charlotte Diocese received more than $8 million in paycheck program aid. (David T.

Sitting on billions, Catholic dioceses amassed taxpayer aid

FILE - In this Sunday, April 5, 2020, file photo, The Most Rev. Peter Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte, conducts Palm Sunday services inside the empty St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte, N.C. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the service was closed to the public but was live streamed across western North Carolina. Catholic entities in the Charlotte Diocese received more than $8 million in paycheck program aid. (David T.

February 7, 2021, 12:45pm Business

Scores of Roman Catholic dioceses in the U.S. had more than $10 billion in cash and other readily available funds when they received at least $1.5 billion from the nation’s emergency relief program for small businesses slammed by the coronavirus, an Associated Press investigation has found. Read story