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Pope seeks to ‘liberate’ Virgin Mary from the Mafia

September 18, 2020, 10:29am Churches & Religion

Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican think tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin… Read story

Rapper Genesis Be battles racist symbol

September 12, 2020, 6:02am Churches & Religion

The path that brought rapper and activist Genesis Be to a New York City stage, her body draped in a Confederate flag and a noose hung around her neck, was… Read story

Vancouver volunteer turns 100

September 12, 2020, 6:00am Churches & Religion

MEADOW HOMES — Christian Schlegel, a volunteer at Vancouver St. Vincent Society Conference’s food pantry, turned 100 years old on Sept. 9. Read story

Thousands of people gathered Friday evening at Vancouver Waterfront Park for Let Us Worship, a national tour petitioning against bans on large gatherings at houses of worship.

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Thousands of people gathered Friday evening at Vancouver Waterfront Park for Let Us Worship, a national tour petitioning against bans on large gatherings at houses of worship.

September 9, 2020, 6:01am Churches & Religion

Thousands of people worshipped at Vancouver Waterfront Park on Friday evening as part of a national tour protesting what it termed an "unprecedented attack" on freedom to worship. Read story

FILE - In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, Pope Francis, white figure standing alone at center, delivers an Urbi et orbi prayer from the empty St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. If ever there was a defining moment of Pope Francis during the coronavirus pandemic, it came on March 27, the day Italy recorded its single biggest daily jump in fatalities. From the rain-slicked promenade of St. Peter's Basilica, Francis said the virus had shown that we're all in this together, that we need each other and need to reassess our priorities.

Pandemic a test for globe-trotting pope

FILE - In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, Pope Francis, white figure standing alone at center, delivers an Urbi et orbi prayer from the empty St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. If ever there was a defining moment of Pope Francis during the coronavirus pandemic, it came on March 27, the day Italy recorded its single biggest daily jump in fatalities. From the rain-slicked promenade of St. Peter's Basilica, Francis said the virus had shown that we're all in this together, that we need each other and need to reassess our priorities.

September 5, 2020, 6:00am Churches & Religion

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. Read story

Scholars predict spirituality surge from virus

August 29, 2020, 6:02am Churches & Religion

During the Black Death, which originated in Asia and terrorized Europe from 1347 to 1352, artists captured the macabre zeitgeist with depictions of mocking skeletons wielding scythes and leading townsfolk to their painful deaths. Read story

FILE - In this  Friday, April 10, 2020. file photo, the shadow of a priest holding a crucifix is cast on the ground as he leads the Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross ceremony, at the Ospedale di Circolo in Varese, Italy. Two authoritative religious bodies are calling on Christians to band together to fight "sins" laid bare or aggravated by the pandemic, including racism and economic injustice.  The Vatican and the World Council of Churches, which is based in Switzerland, issued a joint document on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 asserting that the COVID-19 pandemic "has reminded us of the scandalous gap between the rich and the poor." The document declared that Christians are compelled to work to heal inequalities, including between men and women.

Vatican, church council call for fight against injustice

FILE - In this  Friday, April 10, 2020. file photo, the shadow of a priest holding a crucifix is cast on the ground as he leads the Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross ceremony, at the Ospedale di Circolo in Varese, Italy. Two authoritative religious bodies are calling on Christians to band together to fight "sins" laid bare or aggravated by the pandemic, including racism and economic injustice.  The Vatican and the World Council of Churches, which is based in Switzerland, issued a joint document on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 asserting that the COVID-19 pandemic "has reminded us of the scandalous gap between the rich and the poor." The document declared that Christians are compelled to work to heal inequalities, including between men and women.

August 28, 2020, 4:59pm Churches & Religion

VATICAN CITY — Two authoritative religious bodies on Thursday called on Christians to band together to fight “sins” laid bare or aggravated by the pandemic, including racism and economic injustice. Read story

Aliyah Marandiz, pictured in her home last month, is a member of the local Baha'i community. In the wake of recent protests against racism and police brutality, Marandiz says she has seen her fellow Baha'i practice their core belief of eradicating racism through service to their community. (Ricardo B.

Baha’is say racial justice ‘integral part of our faith’

Aliyah Marandiz, pictured in her home last month, is a member of the local Baha'i community. In the wake of recent protests against racism and police brutality, Marandiz says she has seen her fellow Baha'i practice their core belief of eradicating racism through service to their community. (Ricardo B.

August 22, 2020, 6:00am Churches & Religion

AUSTIN, Texas — Aliyah Marandiz, who grew up a member of the Baha’i faith, said that her religion influences her actions, her perspective and how she treats other people, much the same way any religion would. Read story

Christian groups unveil justice reform push

August 22, 2020, 6:00am Churches & Religion

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. Read story

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., meets people before a Corinthian Baptist Church service, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Harris, tapped on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 as Joe Biden's running mate, attended services at both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple growing up.

Harris brings Baptist, interfaith roots to Democratic ticket

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., meets people before a Corinthian Baptist Church service, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Harris, tapped on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 as Joe Biden's running mate, attended services at both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple growing up.

August 15, 2020, 8:47am Churches & Religion

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. Read story