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United Methodists Edge Toward Breakup over LGBT Policies

United Methodists Edge Toward Breakup over LGBT Policies

By David Crary | Apr 21
America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors.

Notre Dame's Paris Worshippers Displaced for Easter Mass

Notre Dame's Paris Worshippers Displaced for Easter Mass

Apr 21
Displaced by a massive fire, Notre Dame Cathedral's Paris parishioners are gathering to celebrate Easter in another church and to pray for a speedy reconstruction of their beloved monument.

Pope During Easter Vigil: Reject the 'Glitter of Wealth'

Pope During Easter Vigil: Reject the 'Glitter of Wealth'

By Frances D'Emilio | Apr 21
At an Easter vigil in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the "glitter of wealth," and to avoid seeking life's meaning in "things that pass away."

Worth the Risk? It's Not Easy to Put A Value on A Cathedral

Worth the Risk? It's Not Easy to Put A Value on A Cathedral

By Danica Kirka | Apr 19
Rebuilding Notre Dame, the 800-year-old Paris cathedral devastated by fire this week, will cost billions of dollars as architects, historians and artisans work to preserve the medieval landmark. But little of the money will come from insurance companies.

Israeli Police Detain Jewish Suspects with Sacrificial Goats

Israeli Police Detain Jewish Suspects with Sacrificial Goats

Apr 19
Israeli police say they detained four suspects involved in an attempt to smuggle two baby goats into Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site for a ritual sacrifice.

Morocco is a Trove of Jewish History if You Know Where to Go

Morocco is a Trove of Jewish History if You Know Where to Go

By Leanne Italie | Apr 18
With its mountains and desert, beach resorts and Berber villages, Morocco is a feast for travelers of all kinds, including those who want to explore the kingdom's deep Jewish roots.

Poll: Church Membership in US Plummets Over Past 20 Years

Poll: Church Membership in US Plummets Over Past 20 Years

By David Crary | Apr 18
The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, according to a new Gallup poll.

Faith-Based Adoption Agency Sues After Michigan Settlement

Faith-Based Adoption Agency Sues After Michigan Settlement

By David Eggert | Apr 16
Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons.

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Protect National Park in New Mexico

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Protect National Park in New Mexico

Apr 11
Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are renewing a call for the creation of a formal buffer around a national park held sacred by Native Americans.

Huckabee: What Threatens America Most? LGBTQs!

Huckabee: What Threatens America Most? LGBTQs!

By Kilian Melloy | Apr 10
Mike Huckabee thinks he knows that the greatest threat to America today is, but it's not terrorism, the widening gulf between rich and poor, or the deep divisions in society. It's those pesky gays!

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