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A man places flowers outside the Christ the Good Shepherd church in suburban Wakely in western Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Australian police say a knife attack in Sydney that wounded a bishop and a priest during a church service as horrified worshippers watched online and in person, and sparked a riot was an act of terrorism.

A knife attack in Australia against a bishop and a priest is being treated as terrorism, police say

A man places flowers outside the Christ the Good Shepherd church in suburban Wakely in western Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Australian police say a knife attack in Sydney that wounded a bishop and a priest during a church service as horrified worshippers watched online and in person, and sparked a riot was an act of terrorism.

April 16, 2024, 8:09am Churches & Religion

Australian police say a knife attack in Sydney that wounded a bishop and a priest during a church service as horrified worshippers watched online and in person, and sparked a riot was an act of terrorism. Read story

Shaykh Suhail Mulla, the leader of the Islamic Society of West Valley, rented a Jewish synagogue in the San Fernando Valley, but the lease was canceled after the first night. Mulla is seen at Khalil Center in Northridge, California, on March 21, 2024. (Myung J.
President Russell M. Nelson, right, speaks with counselor Dallin H. Oaks during The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conference, Sunday, April 7, 2024, in Salt Lake City.

Mormon leader makes his mark

President Russell M. Nelson, right, speaks with counselor Dallin H. Oaks during The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conference, Sunday, April 7, 2024, in Salt Lake City.

April 13, 2024, 5:37am Churches & Religion

The oldest-ever president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged congregants on Sunday to spend more time worshipping in temples. He backed up the invitation by announcing plans to build 15 new places of worship around the globe. Read story

Majority of Catholics support abortion rights, says new study

April 12, 2024, 3:53pm Churches & Religion

Nearly 60 percent of U.S. Catholics believe abortion should be legal, according to a new poll. Read story

Muslim devotees, including women in the background, offer Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, April. 10, 2024.

Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr in the shadow of Gaza’s misery

Muslim devotees, including women in the background, offer Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, April. 10, 2024.

April 10, 2024, 8:22am Churches & Religion

Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday Wednesday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. But events were overshadowed by the worsening crisis in Gaza and Israel’s expected military offensive in Rafah city after six months of war. Read story

FILE - A person stands on the porch of the international headquarters of the Satanic Temple in Salem, Mass., Oct. 24, 2016. Someone threw an explosive device onto the porch of The Satanic Temple in Massachusetts at a time when no one was inside, and the device and damage it caused were not found until nearly 12 hours later, police said. No injuries were reported. State police bomb technicians ensured that the device was no longer a danger, police said in a news release Monday, April 8, 2024.

Explosive device thrown onto porch of Satanic Temple in Massachusetts, no injuries reported

FILE - A person stands on the porch of the international headquarters of the Satanic Temple in Salem, Mass., Oct. 24, 2016. Someone threw an explosive device onto the porch of The Satanic Temple in Massachusetts at a time when no one was inside, and the device and damage it caused were not found until nearly 12 hours later, police said. No injuries were reported. State police bomb technicians ensured that the device was no longer a danger, police said in a news release Monday, April 8, 2024.

April 9, 2024, 8:51am Churches & Religion

Someone threw an explosive device onto the porch of The Satanic Temple in Massachusetts at a time when no one was inside, and the device and damage it caused were not found until nearly 12 hours later, police said. No injuries were reported. Read story

Pope Francis touches a photograph of a child as he meets with Ashley Waxman Bakshi, right, and other relatives of Israeli hostages being held by Hamas, at the Vatican, Monday, April 8, 2024. Israel sent troops to Khan Younis in December, part of its blistering ground offensive that came in response to a Hamas-led attack on Oct. 7 into southern Israel. Israeli authorities say 1,200 people, mostly civilians, were killed and roughly 250 people taken hostage.

Pope marks 6-month anniversary of Hamas attacks by meeting with relatives of hostages

Pope Francis touches a photograph of a child as he meets with Ashley Waxman Bakshi, right, and other relatives of Israeli hostages being held by Hamas, at the Vatican, Monday, April 8, 2024. Israel sent troops to Khan Younis in December, part of its blistering ground offensive that came in response to a Hamas-led attack on Oct. 7 into southern Israel. Israeli authorities say 1,200 people, mostly civilians, were killed and roughly 250 people taken hostage.

April 9, 2024, 8:23am Churches & Religion

Pope Francis met Monday with relatives of hostages taken by Hamas on Oct. 7, marking the six-month anniversary of the attack in southern Israel with an hourlong audience. Read story

The prefect of the Vatican&rsquo;s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernandez, presents the declaration &lsquo;Dignitas Infinita&rsquo; (Infinite Dignity) during a press conference at the Vatican, Monday, April 8, 2024.

Vatican blasts gender-affirming surgery, surrogacy and gender theory as violations of human dignity

The prefect of the Vatican&rsquo;s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernandez, presents the declaration &lsquo;Dignitas Infinita&rsquo; (Infinite Dignity) during a press conference at the Vatican, Monday, April 8, 2024.

April 8, 2024, 7:22am Churches & Religion

The Vatican on Monday declared gender-affirming surgery and surrogacy as grave violations of human dignity, putting them on par with abortion and euthanasia as practices that reject God’s plan for human life. Read story

Sam Bawamia, right, and Mona Mahmoud make tea for attendees of an interfaith iftar at the Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove, March 17, 2024.

Muslim women push Chicago community to join green Ramadan: ‘We are the caretakers of the Earth’

Sam Bawamia, right, and Mona Mahmoud make tea for attendees of an interfaith iftar at the Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove, March 17, 2024.

April 7, 2024, 6:00am Churches & Religion

On a recent Sunday evening, a group of Muslim women huddled around a hot beverage dispenser. They watched as one woman mixed cardamom tea, anise seed, cinnamon, ginger and different kinds of milk. Read story

FILE - Mariela Castro, director of Cuba&rsquo;s National Center for Sexual Education, waves from a convertible classic car during a parade marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, May 17, 2018. For years, the movement for LGBTQ+ rights has been proudly led by Cuba&rsquo;s best-known advocate for gay rights: Mariela Castro, daughter of former President Raul Castro and niece of his brother Fidel.

LGBTQ-inclusive church in Cuba welcomes all

FILE - Mariela Castro, director of Cuba&rsquo;s National Center for Sexual Education, waves from a convertible classic car during a parade marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, May 17, 2018. For years, the movement for LGBTQ+ rights has been proudly led by Cuba&rsquo;s best-known advocate for gay rights: Mariela Castro, daughter of former President Raul Castro and niece of his brother Fidel.

April 6, 2024, 5:07am Churches & Religion

Proudly wearing a rainbow-colored clergy stole and a rainbow flag in her clerical collar, the Rev. Elaine Saralegui welcomed all to her LGBTQ+ inclusive church in the Cuban port city of Matanzas. Read story