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

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

In battleground states, Catholics a pivotal swing vote

For decades, Roman Catholic voters have been a pivotal swing vote in U.S. presidential elections, with a majority backing the winner – whether Republican or Democrat – nearly every time. How they...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

Faith and politics mix to drive evangelical Christians’ climate change denial

U.S. Christians, especially evangelical Christians, identify as environmentalists at very low rates compared with the general population. According to a Pew Research Center poll from May 2020,...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

Religious tourism plummets as sacred sites close down

Religious tourism is among the oldest forms of planned travel and to this day remains a huge industry. About 300 million to 330 million tourists visit the world’s key religious sites every year,...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

What literature can tell us about people’s struggle with their faith during a pandemic

A recent Pew Research poll found that religious faith had deepened for a quarter of Americans because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some might indeed take solace in religion at a time of...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off. Research shows that acts of kindness make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is also key to how we evolved...

DATE: July 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

Monks, experts in social distancing, find strength in solitude

Need a habit to get through trying times? Try solitude. Ever since the rainy season retreats of the Buddha 2,500 years ago, sages have celebrated the transformative power of being alone. In...

DATE: July 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

Trinity Lutheran Church to reopen for in-person services

The Journal Trinity Lutheran Church will reopen for in-person services at 9 a.m. Sunday. The handicap ramp will be used as a one-way entry point. There will also be a “check-in” station at the top...

DATE: June 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

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