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At historic country church, fiery fundamentalists pitted against old guard

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HENDRICKS, Minn. — Jay Nelson steered his car past Lake Hendricks, past giant windmills and soybean fields, across the South Dakota border that abuts his town, and up a gravel lane.

Here stands the idyllic country church where Nelson was raised: Singsaas Church, founded in 1874 by America's first Norwegian Lutheran minister and now on the ...Read more

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Catholics the biggest religious group in Northern Ireland for first time, census shows

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Catholics make up the biggest religious group in Northern Ireland for the first time since the state was formed a little over a century ago, a trend that will likely add fire to a debate over the region’s future in the United Kingdom.

A 2021 census released Thursday showed 42% of respondents identified as Catholic and 37% as Protestant or ...Read more

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Tensions rise as families reckon with Hispanic church leader's sex crimes sentencing

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ATLANTA — News out of California this summer of a Mexican church leader’s guilty plea for sexually abusing minors had a deep resonance for Erica Ortiz, a metro Atlanta resident since the late 1980s.

Ortiz grew up going to the Marietta outpost of La Luz del Mundo, or “Light of the World,” a Mexico-based megachurch that claims to have ...Read more

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After nearly a century, church has installed its final stained-glass window

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Bel Air, Maryland’s Emmanuel Church has installed its 26th and final stained-glass window, a project that began early in the last century.

The church was built in 1896, and because there was no electricity at the time, the original windows were made of yellow glass to bring in as much light as possible. Once the church had electricity, ...Read more

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Texas church preaching violence toward LGBTQ community faces 2nd eviction this year

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A Watauga, Texas, church where the pastor called for gay people to be executed is facing the possibility of its second eviction in a year.

Stedfast Baptist Church lost its Hurst location in a strip shopping center at strip center at 700 W. Bedford Euless Road in February, after a Tarrant County judge ruled that the church violated its lease by ...Read more

Newest US cardinal, San Diego's Robert McElroy, on why he thinks he was chosen

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy was elevated to cardinal by Pope Francis on Saturday in Vatican City.

Despite a long Catholic history, it marks the first time San Diego has had a cardinal and could raise the importance of the city among the faithful. McElroy, 68, was the only new cardinal from the U.S. named by Pope Francis.

Now ...Read more

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Southern Baptist Convention's sex abuse scandal draws federal inquiry

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ATLANTA — The Southern Baptist Convention revealed on Friday that is under investigation by federal officials over the mishandling and cover-up of sex abuse complaints that go back decades.

The SBC said in a statement that the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice will include several entities, each of which have committed to full ...Read more

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Jews, Muslims and others say Roe v. Wade reversal threatens their religious freedom

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LOS ANGELES — For 25 years Rabbi Barry Silver has served as the spiritual leader of L'Dor Va-Dor, a progressive synagogue in Boynton Beach, Florida. Like most congregational rabbis, he offers a Jewish perspective on major life events, giving weekly sermons, performing weddings, funerals and baby namings, and occasionally counseling congregants...Read more

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Alito decries 'hostility to religion' in first public remarks since abortion decision

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito decried what he called “hostility to religion” in his country and Europe, as he made his first public remarks since the release of his opinion overturning the constitutional right to abortion.

Speaking in Rome at a religious-liberty summit sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, Alito said ...Read more

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Editorial: Pope Francis is right to seek forgiveness for residential schools

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In this era of reflexive counterpunching, where powerful people and institutions are often conditioned not to back down, public apologies are rare. When they do come, they are often begrudging statements designed to silence critics, not soul-searching, heartfelt acknowledgments of wrongdoing.

That makes it refreshing to see Pope Francis — ...Read more

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'Spiritual refugees' feel the loss of closed Catholic churches in Seattle. Some are appealing to the Vatican

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SEATTLE — For the past three Sundays, a couple of dozen people gathering to pray in Mount Baker have met outside a locked church door.

As far as the Seattle Archdiocese is concerned, Our Lady of Mount Virgin Catholic Church was one of two churches that closed July 1 as part of a wrenching consolidation effort from Tacoma to Everett that has ...Read more

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La Luz del Mundo dissidents pressure authorities, seek more charges against 'apostle'

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LOS ANGELES — Holding her sons tight, Deborah Contreras shuddered with sobs as the women in a Los Angeles courtroom recounted years of sexual abuse inflicted by the man they once believed was an "apostle" of Jesus Christ.

She nodded as one of the women said there were countless other victims beyond those involved in the prosecution's case ...Read more

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Orthodox Christian church kicks off national conference in Baltimore

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BALTIMORE — A jurisdiction of one of Christianity’s oldest churches will hold its national convention in Baltimore this week, marking the second time this month that a prominent Christian faith tradition has held its most important regular gathering in the city.

The Orthodox Church in America — one of the largest jurisdictions of the ...Read more

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Episcopalians pass racial reconciliation resolutions, elect officers at churchwide convention in Baltimore

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BALTIMORE — The Episcopal Church made good on vows by its leaders to take vigorous action against systemic racism, passing a number of resolutions aimed at promoting racial reconciliation — and electing minority candidates to two key churchwide positions — at its 80th general convention, a gathering of nearly 1,300 representatives that ...Read more

Episcopalians pass racial reconciliation resolutions, elect officers at churchwide convention in Baltimore

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The Episcopal Church made good on vows by its leaders to take vigorous action against systemic racism, passing a number of resolutions aimed at promoting racial reconciliation — and electing minority candidates to two key churchwide positions — at its 80th general convention, a gathering of nearly 1,300 representatives that was to wrap up ...Read more