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Mormons scrap conference session once reserved for men only

June 7, 2021, 11:06am Churches & Religion

SALT LAKE CITY — A session that used to be reserved for men only at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ twice-annual signature conference has been permanently scrapped, the faith announced Monday. Read story

Laverne Williams, 70, of East Orange, N.J., is director of Promoting Emotional Wellness and Spirituality Program known as PEWS Program in Springfield, N.J.

Deacon helps raise mental health awareness

Laverne Williams, 70, of East Orange, N.J., is director of Promoting Emotional Wellness and Spirituality Program known as PEWS Program in Springfield, N.J.

June 5, 2021, 6:02am Churches & Religion

PHILADELPHIA — As an ordained deacon, Laverne Williams noticed in the 1990s that many congregation members at Black churches often went to clergy members for help with mental health issues. But honest conversations about mental health in churches were not regular occurrences then, and health was a “very small part… Read story

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, gives a statement to the press in the courtyard of his residence in Munich, Germany, Friday, June 4, 2021. A leading German cardinal and confidante of Pope Francis has offered to resign over the church's mishandling of clergy sexual abuse scandals and declared that the church had arrived at "a dead end." Cardinal Reinhard Marx published his resignation letter to the pope online Friday.

‘Dead end’: German cardinal offers to quit over church abuse

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, gives a statement to the press in the courtyard of his residence in Munich, Germany, Friday, June 4, 2021. A leading German cardinal and confidante of Pope Francis has offered to resign over the church's mishandling of clergy sexual abuse scandals and declared that the church had arrived at "a dead end." Cardinal Reinhard Marx published his resignation letter to the pope online Friday.

June 4, 2021, 8:19am Churches & Religion

BERLIN — A leading German cardinal and confidant of Pope Francis, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, offered to resign Friday over the Catholic Church’s “catastrophic” mishandling of clergy sexual abuse cases, declaring in an extraordinary gesture that the scandals had brought the church to “a dead end.” Read story

Mons. Filippo Iannone, right, and Mons. Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru hold a press conference to illustrate changes in the Church's Canon law, at the Vatican, Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly criminalize the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority and to say that laypeople who hold church office can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes.

Vatican law criminalizes abuse of adults by priests, laity

Mons. Filippo Iannone, right, and Mons. Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru hold a press conference to illustrate changes in the Church's Canon law, at the Vatican, Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly criminalize the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority and to say that laypeople who hold church office can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes.

June 1, 2021, 8:19am Churches & Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly criminalize the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority, and to say that laypeople who hold church office can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes. Read story

Usher Antoine Soumakian takes parishioners temperatures as they file in for Sunday service at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, an Armenian church on Sunday, April 25, 2021 in Boyle Heights, CA.

L.A. church sees revival

Usher Antoine Soumakian takes parishioners temperatures as they file in for Sunday service at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, an Armenian church on Sunday, April 25, 2021 in Boyle Heights, CA.

May 29, 2021, 6:00am Churches & Religion

LOS ANGELES — On the outskirts of Boyle Heights, a remnant of the neighborhood’s historic Armenian past is having a revival. Read story

Artist Alessia Babrow holds the Vatican stamps next to her street art May 14 at the Vatican.

Artist sues Vatican over stamp

Artist Alessia Babrow holds the Vatican stamps next to her street art May 14 at the Vatican.

May 29, 2021, 6:00am Churches & Religion

ROME — One night in early 2019, Rome street artist Alessia Babrow glued a stylized image of Christ she had made onto a bridge near the Vatican. A year later, she was shocked to learn that the Vatican had apparently used a reproduction of the image, which featured Babrow’s hallmark… Read story

Pope Francis leans and kiss a tattoo on the arm of Holocaust survivor Lidia Maksymowicz, a Polish citizen who was deported to Auschwitz from her native Belarus, during his weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Pope Francis has kissed the tattoo of an Auschwitz survivor during a general audience on Wednesday. Lidia Maksymowicz, a Polish citizen who was deported to Auschwitz from her native Belarus, showed the pope the number tattooed on her arm by the Nazis, and Francis leaned over and kissed it Wednesday. Maksymowicz told Vatican News that she did not exchange words with the pope.

Pope kisses Auschwitz survivor’s tattoo

Pope Francis leans and kiss a tattoo on the arm of Holocaust survivor Lidia Maksymowicz, a Polish citizen who was deported to Auschwitz from her native Belarus, during his weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Pope Francis has kissed the tattoo of an Auschwitz survivor during a general audience on Wednesday. Lidia Maksymowicz, a Polish citizen who was deported to Auschwitz from her native Belarus, showed the pope the number tattooed on her arm by the Nazis, and Francis leaned over and kissed it Wednesday. Maksymowicz told Vatican News that she did not exchange words with the pope.

May 26, 2021, 8:28am Churches & Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has kissed the tattoo of an Auschwitz survivor during a general audience on Wednesday. Read story

FILE - Pro-Israel supporters chant slogans during a rally in support of Israel outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. A larger debate is playing out nationwide among many U.S. Jews who are divided over how to respond to the violence and over the disputed boundaries for acceptable criticism of Israeli policies. (AP Photo/Jae C.

American Jews take stock of internal divisions, antisemitism

FILE - Pro-Israel supporters chant slogans during a rally in support of Israel outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. A larger debate is playing out nationwide among many U.S. Jews who are divided over how to respond to the violence and over the disputed boundaries for acceptable criticism of Israeli policies. (AP Photo/Jae C.

May 25, 2021, 2:45pm Churches & Religion

As fighting between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers raged before last week’s cease-fire, U.S. rabbinical student Max Buchdahl wanted to be considerate of those in his community who are emotionally connected to Israel — but he also wanted to support Palestinians. Read story

Places of worship mixed on masks

May 22, 2021, 6:00am Churches & Religion

ATLANTA — To mask or not to mask? Read story

Peggy Kelley, left, a Protestant Christian chaplain stands with Jillian Katz, an Orthodox Jewish nurse on Cedars-Sinai's COVID-19 unit, in the Healing Gardens on March 12 in Los Angeles, Calif. Usually, chaplains focus on providing spiritual care for patients and their families but since the pandemic, health care staff like Katz, have been needing them more.

Hospital chaplains embrace caring for caregivers

Peggy Kelley, left, a Protestant Christian chaplain stands with Jillian Katz, an Orthodox Jewish nurse on Cedars-Sinai's COVID-19 unit, in the Healing Gardens on March 12 in Los Angeles, Calif. Usually, chaplains focus on providing spiritual care for patients and their families but since the pandemic, health care staff like Katz, have been needing them more.

May 22, 2021, 6:00am Churches & Religion

LOS ANGELES — Before entering the room of a COVID-19 patient, the Rev. Peggy Kelley dons personal protective gear — both physical and spiritual. Read story