FRESNO, Calif. -- Thalia Arenas of Fresno sometimes is asked, "How are you Muslim if you're Mexican? I don't understand."
It's a perplexing question to the 28-year-old Fresno woman, but one she answers willingly.
"Islam is for everybody," she says. "Matter of fact, only 20 percent of Muslims in the world are Arab. Most of them are actually ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia told a radio talk show host Monday that he believes less than 25 percent of the "mainstream ... elite" media have religious faith, and expressed surprise at what he termed was their hostility toward President Donald Trump.
"It's just amazing to me how hostile the press is to ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- People of faith have been on the front lines of refugee resettlement for decades, and they are both furious and disheartened that President Donald Trump has halted the U.S. program. Instead of collecting housewares and making welcome signs, they are now bracing for a fight against a former ally: the U.S. government.
"We now view ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- The image glows 30 feet away. Up close, its gold embellishment is meant to awe, and reflect, an onlooker.
Using techniques hundreds of years old, a handmade Bible brings an ancient artistic tradition into the 21st century. Although created with swan quills, vellum and soot ink, it also uses images of DNA, soundwaves and at least ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to "totally destroy" a measure that bars houses of worship from endorsing political candidates, and eager Capitol Hill conservatives are ready to fight for him. But they're unlikely to get the votes they need.
Trump called for an end to the so-called Johnson Amendment, a 1954 measure authored ...Read more
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CHICAGO -- A Muslim and a Jewish father had never met before bringing their children to O'Hare International Airport Monday to join in a protest of President Donald Trump's immigration ban. But after a photograph showing their son and daughter interacting went viral, they decided to bring their families together next week for dinner to celebrate...Read more
AKRON, Ohio -- All it took was a slight nod from the priest to settle the loud crowd.
Instinctively, the hands collectively rose in unison to touch their fingertips to their foreheads.
In the name of the Father.
The hands of the hundred or so young Catholics then fell to touch the middle of their chests.
And of the Son.
The hands swiftly ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- The small group of Bosnian Muslims practice their faith in Minneapolis, but they wanted a cemetery they could call their own. They signed a purchase agreement on an affordable parcel in rural Chisago County, and the planning commission approved the land use.
But the County Board voted 3-2 to deny the permit. Some assert the ...Read more
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ST. LOUIS -- The advocacy group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has for decades pressured Catholic Church officials and helped expose clergy sex abuse cases that resulted in large payouts to victims and their attorneys.
Now the table is being turned on SNAP.
A former development director for the nonprofit organization claims that ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- The Sunday after the presidential election, Pastor Rock Dillaman kept his ears tuned the conversations among members at the church he leads.
He knew both from his own observations and general trends that in a racially diverse congregation, there would be plenty of both Donald Trump supporters and Hillary Clinton backers, and he ...Read more
Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States on Friday. Will you pray for him?
That's a question many Americans will be facing -- especially the millions who voted for someone else in November. Surely, we all want what's best for the country. But, after such a contentious election, are we willing to pray for Trump as his ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- It was January 2012, a month before the start of the child endangerment trial of Monsignor William J. Lynn, and retired Philadelphia Police Detective Joseph Walsh was called back to work by the district attorney's office to prep a key prosecution witness.
Instead, Walsh told a Philadelphia judge Friday, the veteran detective ...Read more
APEX, N.C. -- On the day of 2015's racially motivated attack on nine black worshipers in Charleston, S.C., Pastor Kyle Meier of Peak United Methodist Church picked up the phone to call Rev. James Taylor at nearby St. Mary AME Church.
Meier, who is white, asked if there was anything he and his predominantly white church on North Salem Street ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The share of U.S. adults who describe themselves as Christians has been declining for decades, but today's Congress is about as Christian as it was in the early 1960s, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.
The survey finds that among members of the new, 115th Congress, which took office Tuesday, 91 percent ...Read more
Bathroom mats. Toilet seats. Shoes. Dog tags.
All of these items have, in recent years, gone on sale adorned with images of Hindu deities, particularly that of Ganesha, known most commonly in the West for his elephant face.
"It is inappropriate, and it is offensive to devotees," said Rajan Zed, a Reno-based Hindu activist who protests against ...Read more
DETROIT -- The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the city of Sterling Heights claiming the Detroit suburb was biased against Muslims when it shot down a plan to build a mosque there last year.
The Justice Department claims in the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit that Sterling Heights officials ...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Donna Rincon once needed the help of Angels On A Mission, the food closet at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship. Little did she know that she'd find herself leading the food ministry before too long.
But that's how God works, said John Jernigan, who founded 17-year-old Lighthouse Christian Fellowship to save souls and help the ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- It seemed only fitting that Halima Aden was the first contestant to introduce herself to the audience. Many of the cameras were there for her, after all.
The 19-year-old Somali-American sauntered on stage during the Miss Minnesota USA pageant Saturday night in a "burkini," a bathing suit covering her from neck to wrist to ankle. ...Read more
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