Poll: U.S. believers see message of change from God in virus

NEW YORK – The coronavirus has prompted almost two-thirds of American believers of all faiths to feel that God is telling humanity to change how it lives, a new poll finds. While the virus rattles...

DATE: May 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

With split delayed, United Methodists face a year in limbo

NEW YORK – Had there been no coronavirus pandemic, America’s largest mainline Protestant denomination would have convened this month for a likely vote to break up over differences about same-sex...

DATE: May 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

Poll: Most in U.S. back curbing in-person worship amid virus

WASHINGTON – Most Americans think in-person religious services should be barred or allowed only with limits during the coronavirus pandemic – and only about a third say that prohibiting in-person...

DATE: May 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

Pandemic, border crackdown hamper Catholics’ aid to migrants

NOGALES, Mexico – For years, Catholic-led, U.S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum-seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies,...

DATE: April 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

Virus forces world religions to change plans for holidays

SILVER SPRING, MD. – The global pandemic is upending the season’s major religious holidays, forcing leaders and practitioners across the spectrum to improvise. They’re having to find new ways to...

DATE: April 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

Faith before basketball for Yeshiva University champions

NEW YORK – Each of the mighty Maccabees has his role on the men’s basketball team. Gabriel Leifer sinks three-pointers; Daniel Katz is the defense wizard; Simcha Halpert makes the perfect alley-oop...

DATE: March 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

White evangelicals distinct on abortion, LGBT policy, poll shows

White evangelical Protestants stand noticeably apart from other religious people on abortion restrictions and LGBT discrimination protections, two of the most politically divisive issues at play in...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

Methodists propose split in gay marriage, clergy impasse

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides unveiled a plan Jan. 3 for a new conservative denomination that would split from the church...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Faith

The history of the cross and its many meanings over the centuries

In the fall, Catholics and some other Christian churches celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross. With the feast, Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s life, especially his salvific death on the...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

The struggle to find silence in the ancient monastic world – and now

The World Health Organization has argued that “excessive noise” is a serious threat to human health. Studies have shown that excessive exposure to noise not only causes hearing loss but also leads...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

U.S. Christians hold diverse views on climate change

In their second round of debates, Democratic presidential candidates called for aggressive measures to slow climate change. As Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has said, “We are the first generation to...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

Views on clergy vary by age, education, religious identity

Americans’ age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member’s sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Faith

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