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Historic Tacoma church could be razed

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

For more than 125 years, Mason United Methodist Church has served a prominent role in North Tacoma’s Proctor neighborhood. Now, facing an economic shortfall coupled with a dwindling and aging congregation, its pastor has ambitious plans to raze the building and construct a mixed-use housing and community center in its… Read story

Right to children or children’s rights? Surrogacy debate comes to a head in Rome

April 5, 2024, 2:46pm Churches & Religion

An international campaign to ban surrogacy received a strong endorsement Friday from the Vatican, with a top official calling for a broad-based alliance to stop the “commercialization of life.” Read story

With no room for asylum-seekers, Tukwila church turns families away

April 3, 2024, 7:32am Churches & Religion

As hundreds of asylum-seekers faced the threat of sleeping outside Tuesday night, King County’s asylum-seeker crisis reached a new, more serious stage. Read story

FILE - Pope Francis salutes Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, left, at the end of a consistory in the St. Peter&rsquo;s Basilica at the Vatican, on Feb. 22, 2014. Pope Francis has exposed the political &ldquo;maneuvers&rdquo; to sway votes during the past two conclaves and denied he is planning to reform the process to elect a pope in a new book-length interview published Tuesday April 2, 2024.

Pope exposes confidential details of past conclaves and settles scores with Pope Benedict XVI’s aide

FILE - Pope Francis salutes Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, left, at the end of a consistory in the St. Peter&rsquo;s Basilica at the Vatican, on Feb. 22, 2014. Pope Francis has exposed the political &ldquo;maneuvers&rdquo; to sway votes during the past two conclaves and denied he is planning to reform the process to elect a pope in a new book-length interview published Tuesday April 2, 2024.

April 2, 2024, 9:09am Churches & Religion

Pope Francis has exposed the political “maneuvers” used to sway votes during the two most recent elections of popes, while denying he is planning to reform the process for future conclaves, in a book-length interview published Tuesday. Read story

Ron Minarik, left, gets a hand with his groceries from volunteer John Dibella while shopping at Martha&rsquo;s Pantry on Wednesday morning. The pantry, which is hosted by the Metropolitan Community Church of the Gentle Shepherd, has been serving Vancouver since 1984 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

‘No judgment here’: Church known for Martha’s Pantry marks 40 years of service to LGBTQ+ individuals

Ron Minarik, left, gets a hand with his groceries from volunteer John Dibella while shopping at Martha&rsquo;s Pantry on Wednesday morning. The pantry, which is hosted by the Metropolitan Community Church of the Gentle Shepherd, has been serving Vancouver since 1984 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

April 1, 2024, 6:01am Churches & Religion

Metropolitan Community Church of the Gentle Shepherd is celebrating 40 years of creating a safe place of worship for the LGBTQ+ community. Read story

Three founders of the Catholic Church in the Pacific Northwest posed for a formal portrait on an unknown date. Left to right: Fathers Augustin Magloire Blanchet (1797-1887), Norbert Blanchet (1775-1883) and Modeste Demers (1809-1871).

Clark County history: Catholic Church in the Northwest

Three founders of the Catholic Church in the Pacific Northwest posed for a formal portrait on an unknown date. Left to right: Fathers Augustin Magloire Blanchet (1797-1887), Norbert Blanchet (1775-1883) and Modeste Demers (1809-1871).

March 30, 2024, 6:05am Churches & Religion

In 1837, Hudson’s Bay Company Gov. George Simpson wrote to the Archdiocese of Quebec to request a Catholic mission be established in his company’s territory north of the Columbia River. Read story

FILE -  The word &ldquo;Jesus&rdquo; is displayed on a large monitor and worship songs are played on stage as people gather for the &ldquo;Easter Sunrise Service&rdquo; at the Lincoln Memorial, Sunday, April 9, 2023, in Washington, hosted by the National Community Church. On Easter morning, many Christians wake before dawn. They will celebrate their belief in the resurrection of Jesus, the son of God, as the sun rises.

Easter is March 31 this year. Here’s why many Christians will wake up before sunrise to celebrate

FILE -  The word &ldquo;Jesus&rdquo; is displayed on a large monitor and worship songs are played on stage as people gather for the &ldquo;Easter Sunrise Service&rdquo; at the Lincoln Memorial, Sunday, April 9, 2023, in Washington, hosted by the National Community Church. On Easter morning, many Christians wake before dawn. They will celebrate their belief in the resurrection of Jesus, the son of God, as the sun rises.

March 29, 2024, 8:46am Churches & Religion

On Easter morning, many Christians wake before dawn to celebrate their belief in the resurrection of Jesus, the son of God — as the sun rises. Read story

Ruben Enaje, center, remains on the cross flanked by two other devotees during the reenactment of Jesus Christ&rsquo;s sufferings as part of Good Friday rituals in San Pedro Cutud, north of Manila, Philippines, Friday, March 29, 2024. Filipino villager Ruben Enaje was nailed to a wooden cross for the 35th time to reenact Jesus Christ&rsquo;s suffering in a brutal Good Friday tradition he said he would devote to pray for peace in Ukraine, Gaza and the disputed South China Sea. (AP Photo/Gerard V.

A Filipino villager is nailed to a cross for the 35th time on Good Friday to pray for world peace

Ruben Enaje, center, remains on the cross flanked by two other devotees during the reenactment of Jesus Christ&rsquo;s sufferings as part of Good Friday rituals in San Pedro Cutud, north of Manila, Philippines, Friday, March 29, 2024. Filipino villager Ruben Enaje was nailed to a wooden cross for the 35th time to reenact Jesus Christ&rsquo;s suffering in a brutal Good Friday tradition he said he would devote to pray for peace in Ukraine, Gaza and the disputed South China Sea. (AP Photo/Gerard V.

March 29, 2024, 8:28am Churches & Religion

A Filipino villager has been nailed to a wooden cross for the 35th time to reenact Jesus Christ’s suffering in a brutal Good Friday tradition he said he would devote to pray for peace in Ukraine, Gaza and the disputed South China Sea. Read story

A priest holds a cross during a Good Friday ceremony outside Notre Dame cathedral , as part of Easter celebrations, Friday, March 29, 2024 in Paris.

In Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians observe scaled-down Good Friday celebrations

A priest holds a cross during a Good Friday ceremony outside Notre Dame cathedral , as part of Easter celebrations, Friday, March 29, 2024 in Paris.

March 29, 2024, 8:18am Churches & Religion

Hundreds of Christians participated in a customary Good Friday procession through the limestone walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, commemorating one of the faith’s most sacred days with noticeably thinner crowds amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. Read story

In this image made available by Vatican Media, Pope Francis kisses the foot of a woman inmate of the Rebibbia prison on the outskirts of Rome on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2024, a ritual meant to emphasize his vocation of service and humility. The Holy Thursday foot-washing ceremony is a hallmark of every Holy Week and recalls the foot-washing Jesus performed on his 12 apostles at their last supper together before he was crucified.

Pope, looking strong, washes feet of 12 women at Rome prison from his wheelchair

In this image made available by Vatican Media, Pope Francis kisses the foot of a woman inmate of the Rebibbia prison on the outskirts of Rome on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2024, a ritual meant to emphasize his vocation of service and humility. The Holy Thursday foot-washing ceremony is a hallmark of every Holy Week and recalls the foot-washing Jesus performed on his 12 apostles at their last supper together before he was crucified.

March 28, 2024, 4:53pm Churches & Religion

Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 women inmates at a Rome prison during a Holy Thursday ritual meant to emphasize his vocation of service and humility. Read story