Holy days, optimism arrive for faithful as pandemic eases

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...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Faith

LGBTQ Catholics stung by Vatican rebuff of same-sex unions

The Vatican’s declaration that same-sex unions are a sin the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless was no surprise for LGBTQ Catholics in the United States – yet it stung deeply nonetheless. Marianne...

DATE: March 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Faith

LGBTQ rights bill ignites debate over religious liberty

A sweeping bill that would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people is a top priority of President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress. Yet as the Equality Act heads to the Senate...

DATE: March 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Faith

United Methodist conservatives plan for a breakaway

Conservative leaders within the United Methodist Church unveiled plans this week to form a new denomination, the Global Methodist Church, with a doctrine that does not recognize same-sex marriage....

DATE: March 6, 2021 | CATEGORY: Faith

Catholic schools hit by unprecedented enrollment drop

NEW YORK – Enrollment in Roman Catholic schools in the United States dropped 6.4% from the previous academic year amid the pandemic and economic stresses – the largest single-year decline in at...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Faith

Christian imagery on display during riot sparks new debate

WASHINGTON – The Christian imagery and rhetoric on view during the Capitol insurrection Jan. 6 are sparking renewed debate about the societal effects of melding Christian faith with an exclusionary...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Faith

Biden goes to St. Matthew’s before inauguration

WASHINGTON – Joe Biden’s first stop Wednesday morning before becoming president was a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, one of the most prominent Catholic churches in Washington,...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Faith

President in the pews: D.C. churches offer Biden options

If President Joe Biden becomes a regular churchgoer in Washington, he will have plenty of choices. Four Catholic churches sit within 2 miles of the White House. As vice president, Biden attended...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Faith

Ready to try an old approach to a New Year’s resolution? The story of Saint Ignatius may provide some guidance

Making and breaking New Year’s resolutions is a familiar and discouraging annual ritual for many people. Almost inevitably, in a few short weeks, many find they are unable to meet their goals of...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Faith

Exorcism: Increasingly frequent, including after U.S. protests

In popular culture, exorcism often serves as a plot device in chilling films about demonic possession. This month, two Roman Catholic archbishops showed a different face of exorcism – performing...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

Black archbishop’s rise to cardinal marks historic moment

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., Archbishop Wilton Gregory is set to become the first Black U.S. prelate to assume the rank of cardinal in the Catholic Church, a historic appointment that comes...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges

NEW YORK – For the Rev. Jimmy Gates Sr., the 2008 presidential election year was one to remember – and not just because it yielded a historic result as the nation elected its first Black president....

DATE: Oct. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

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