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A jib (crane-mounted) camera operator catches a rocking Palm Sunday worship service at Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver.  The church started streaming its worship services five years ago, and found last year's switch to streaming all programs and services "pretty smooth," said the Rev. Daniel Fusco.

‘Blessed are the flexible’: Clark County faith leaders reflect on pandemic, hopes for the future

A jib (crane-mounted) camera operator catches a rocking Palm Sunday worship service at Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver.  The church started streaming its worship services five years ago, and found last year's switch to streaming all programs and services "pretty smooth," said the Rev. Daniel Fusco.

April 4, 2021, 6:00am Churches & Religion

Rabbi Elizabeth Dunsker can see everybody’s mouths moving, but the only singing she hears is her own. Read story

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019 file photo, President Russell M. Nelson speaks during The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' twice-annual church conference  in Salt Lake City.  For the third consecutive time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold its signature conference this weekend without attendees in person as the faith continues to take precautions amid the pandemic.

Mormon leader: Prejudice, racism have no place in faith

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019 file photo, President Russell M. Nelson speaks during The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' twice-annual church conference  in Salt Lake City.  For the third consecutive time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold its signature conference this weekend without attendees in person as the faith continues to take precautions amid the pandemic.

April 3, 2021, 3:50pm Churches & Religion

SALT LAKE CITY — A leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued another plea Saturday for members to be welcoming to people of all faiths and ethnicities on the heels of recent attacks on Asians and following a recent reckoning over racial justice around the world. Read story

FILE - In this Sunday, March 28, 2021 file photo, altar server Samantha Holmes, of East Brookfield, Mass., center, carries a crucifix with palm leaves during a procession at the start of Palm Sunday Mass at Mary, Queen of the Rosary Parish in Spencer, Mass. For Christians across the United States, Easter services on Sunday will reflect an extra measure of joy as the nation experiences rising optimism after a year of pandemic.

Holy days arrive as pandemic eases

FILE - In this Sunday, March 28, 2021 file photo, altar server Samantha Holmes, of East Brookfield, Mass., center, carries a crucifix with palm leaves during a procession at the start of Palm Sunday Mass at Mary, Queen of the Rosary Parish in Spencer, Mass. For Christians across the United States, Easter services on Sunday will reflect an extra measure of joy as the nation experiences rising optimism after a year of pandemic.

April 3, 2021, 6:03am Churches & Religion

For Christians across the United States, Easter services on Sunday will reflect an extra measure of joy as the nation experiences rising optimism after a year of pandemic. Even if still observing restrictions, many churches may draw the largest numbers of in-person worshippers in months. Read story

Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, second right, attends the Washing of the Feet ceremony for Maundy Thursday, in Notre Dame Cathedral, Thursday, April 1, 2021, almost two years after a massive fire ravaged the Gothic cathedral.

Notre Dame’s rector: “15 or 20 years” needed for restoration

Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, second right, attends the Washing of the Feet ceremony for Maundy Thursday, in Notre Dame Cathedral, Thursday, April 1, 2021, almost two years after a massive fire ravaged the Gothic cathedral.

April 2, 2021, 8:37am Churches & Religion

PARIS — The rector of Notre Dame said Friday that the burned-out Paris cathedral and its esplanade could remain a building site for another “15 or 20 years.” Read story

A Christian carries a cross as he walks along the Via Dolorosa towards the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, during the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, April 2, 2021.

Christians mark Good Friday amid lingering virus woes

A Christian carries a cross as he walks along the Via Dolorosa towards the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, during the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, April 2, 2021.

April 2, 2021, 8:27am Churches & Religion

JERUSALEM — Christians in the Holy Land are marking Good Friday this year amid signs the coronavirus crisis is winding down, with religious sites open to limited numbers of faithful but none of the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the Holy Week leading up to Easter. Read story

Notre Dame rector Patrick Chauvet, second right, stands as part of the Maundy Thursday ceremony, while cellist Marina Chiche, left, performs in Notre Dame Cathedral, Thursday, April 1, 2021, almost two years after a massive fire ravaged the Gothic cathedral.

Holy Thursday service held at fire-ravaged Notre Dame

Notre Dame rector Patrick Chauvet, second right, stands as part of the Maundy Thursday ceremony, while cellist Marina Chiche, left, performs in Notre Dame Cathedral, Thursday, April 1, 2021, almost two years after a massive fire ravaged the Gothic cathedral.

April 1, 2021, 8:16am Churches & Religion

PARIS — A Holy Thursday service in Paris was held at Notre Dame cathedral, which is still under construction after it was ravaged by flames just days before Easter in 2019, its spire crumbling in a shocking blaze. Read story

The Rev. Mike Schmitz of Duluth is recording the entire Bible in 365 podcast episodes.

Priest’s daily Bible podcast tops charts

The Rev. Mike Schmitz of Duluth is recording the entire Bible in 365 podcast episodes.

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

DULUTH, Minn. — Sometime last spring, feeling distressed and distracted by all that was going on in the world, the Rev. Mike Schmitz turned to the Bible. Read story

Janene Cates Putman of Athens, Tenn., holds a sign June 11, 2019 during a demonstration outside the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.

Women question roles in church

Janene Cates Putman of Athens, Tenn., holds a sign June 11, 2019 during a demonstration outside the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.

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

Emily Snook is the daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor. She met her husband, also a pastor, while they attended a Southern Baptist university. Read story

Cardinals listen Dec. 21, 2019, as Pope Francis, background, delivers his Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia, in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican.

Pope cuts pay for cardinals and others

Cardinals listen Dec. 21, 2019, as Pope Francis, background, delivers his Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia, in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican.

March 24, 2021, 3:53pm Churches & Religion

VATICAN CITY — Trying to save jobs as the pandemic pummels Vatican revenues, Pope Francis has ordered pay cuts for cardinals and other clerics, as well as nuns, who work at the Holy See. Read story

Former Catholic priest Andres Gioeni, right, sits Wednesday with his husband, Luis Iarocci, and their dog Boris after they got home from the bishopric where he started the process of apostasy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In pope’s homeland, anger at church over gay unions

Former Catholic priest Andres Gioeni, right, sits Wednesday with his husband, Luis Iarocci, and their dog Boris after they got home from the bishopric where he started the process of apostasy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A former priest and LGBTQ activist who has blessed same-sex unions in Pope Francis’ home country, Argentina, is leaving the Roman Catholic Church after the Vatican issued a pronouncement last week that priests may not perform such blessings. Read story