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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

Pastor Annette Nettles has been a senior pastor for five years, leading Love at the Cross, a small congregation that meets in Washougal.

Annette Nettles: Washougal pastor draws on experience, focuses on love, unity

Pastor Annette Nettles has been a senior pastor for five years, leading Love at the Cross, a small congregation that meets in Washougal.

February 7, 2021, 6:00am Churches & Religion

Being the only Black person in the room is nothing new to Annette Nettles, pastor of Love at the Cross, a small congregation in Washougal. Read story

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2017 file photo, Cardinal Joseph Tobin gives the homily during a Mass installing him as the new archbishop of Newark, in Newark, N.J. Declaring "God is on your side," Tobin along with the archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M., and six other U.S. bishops issued a statement Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, expressing support for LGBT youth and denouncing the bullying often directed at them. It was released by the Tyler Clementi Foundation, named for the Rutgers University student who took his own life in 2010 after being targeted by online harassment.

U.S. Catholic bishops urge support for LGBT youth

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2017 file photo, Cardinal Joseph Tobin gives the homily during a Mass installing him as the new archbishop of Newark, in Newark, N.J. Declaring "God is on your side," Tobin along with the archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M., and six other U.S. bishops issued a statement Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, expressing support for LGBT youth and denouncing the bullying often directed at them. It was released by the Tyler Clementi Foundation, named for the Rutgers University student who took his own life in 2010 after being targeted by online harassment.

February 6, 2021, 6:04am Churches & Religion

NEW YORK — Declaring “God is on your side,” a Roman Catholic cardinal, an archbishop and six other U.S. bishops issued a statement Monday expressing support for LGBT youth and denouncing the bullying often directed at them. Read story

A man holds a Bible as Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

Christianity on display at Capitol riot sparks new debate

A man holds a Bible as Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

February 6, 2021, 6:04am Churches & Religion

WASHINGTON — The Christian imagery and rhetoric on view during last month’s Capitol insurrection are sparking renewed debate about the societal effects of melding Christian faith with an exclusionary breed of nationalism. Read story

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, Doug Emhoff, left, Vice President Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden, and first lady Jill Biden, stand during a performance of the National Anthem during a virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington. Biden is expected to address the National Prayer Breakfast, a Washington tradition that calls on political combatants to set aside their differences for one morning.

Biden, at prayer breakfast, calls out ‘political extremism’

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo, Doug Emhoff, left, Vice President Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden, and first lady Jill Biden, stand during a performance of the National Anthem during a virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington. Biden is expected to address the National Prayer Breakfast, a Washington tradition that calls on political combatants to set aside their differences for one morning.

February 4, 2021, 9:30am Churches & Religion

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday called for a confrontation of the “political extremism” that inspired the U.S. Capitol riot and appealed for collective strength during such turbulent times in remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast, a Washington tradition that asks political combatants to set aside their differences… Read story

Pope Francis is a Biden fan, but some U.S. Catholic leaders give president a frosty reception

February 3, 2021, 8:26am Churches & Religion

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden — only the second Roman Catholic in U.S. history elected to the country’s highest political office — keeps a picture in the Oval Office of himself with Pope Francis. Read story

Doug Emhoff, left, Vice President Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden, and first lady Jill Biden, stand during a performance of the national anthem during a virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington.

Biden, Harris urged to ‘repair the breach’ in prayer service

Doug Emhoff, left, Vice President Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden, and first lady Jill Biden, stand during a performance of the national anthem during a virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service, in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington.

January 30, 2021, 6:00am Churches & Religion

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris heard from leaders from a wide array of religious traditions Thursday in the National Prayer Service, a day after they were sworn into office to lead a sharply polarized country. Read story

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2020 file photo, Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, on the Immaculate Conception day, at the Vatican. Pope Francis is once again canceling public appearances due to nerve pain. Francis will not participate in three events over the coming days "due to a recurrence of sciatica," Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021.

Pope marking Holocaust warns another genocide possible

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2020 file photo, Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, on the Immaculate Conception day, at the Vatican. Pope Francis is once again canceling public appearances due to nerve pain. Francis will not participate in three events over the coming days "due to a recurrence of sciatica," Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021.

January 27, 2021, 8:10am Churches & Religion

ROME — Pope Francis marked Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday by warning that warped ideologies can pave the way to another genocide. Read story

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, places his hand on the Biden family Bible held by his wife, Jill Biden, center, as he takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, right, during an official ceremony at the Naval Observatory in Washington. While many presidents have used Bibles for their inaugurations, the Constitution does not require the use of a specific text and specifies only the wording of president's oath. That wording also doesn't include the phrase "so help me God," but every modern president has appended it to their oaths and most have chosen symbolically resonant Bibles for their inaugurations.

Biden bible in line with tradition

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, places his hand on the Biden family Bible held by his wife, Jill Biden, center, as he takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, right, during an official ceremony at the Naval Observatory in Washington. While many presidents have used Bibles for their inaugurations, the Constitution does not require the use of a specific text and specifies only the wording of president's oath. That wording also doesn't include the phrase "so help me God," but every modern president has appended it to their oaths and most have chosen symbolically resonant Bibles for their inaugurations.

January 23, 2021, 6:05am Churches & Religion

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took their oaths of office on Wednesday using Bibles that are laden with personal meaning, writing new chapters in a long-running American tradition — and one that appears nowhere in the law. Read story