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Chaldean patriarch returns to Baghdad after nine months of self-imposed exile amid political dispute

Apr. 12, 2024 09:18 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A prominent Iraqi Christian religious leader who left Baghdad amid a political dispute last year returned to the capital this week at the invitation of the country’s prime minister after nine months of self-imposed exile in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region. ...

Trump assails Jewish voters who back Biden: 'Should have their head examined'

Apr. 10, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Jewish voters who back President Joe Biden and framed this year's election as a referendum on the strength of Christianity in the U.S., part of his sharp-edged continuing appeal to evangelical conservatives who are a critical element of his...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Apr. 09, 2024 07:13 AM EDT

St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 5, 2024. Editorial: Missouri extended oversight to religious schools for a reason. Don’t undo it. Three years ago, Missouri legislators finally confronted an intolerable hazard to children: State law at the time put religiously...

Conservative Christians praise Trump's anti-abortion record but say he's stopped short of the goal

Apr. 08, 2024 21:23 PM EDT

For conservative, anti-abortion Christians, former President Donald Trump delivered in four years what no other Republican before him had been able to do: A conservative majority U.S. Supreme Court that would go on to overturn Roe v. Wade, a Holy Grail of the movement. With abortion...

Pope overcomes health concerns to preside over Easter Mass and appeal for peace in Gaza and Ukraine

Mar. 31, 2024 20:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis rallied from a winter-long bout of respiratory problems to lead some 60,000 people in Easter celebrations Sunday, making a strong appeal for a cease-fire in Gaza and a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine. Francis presided over Easter Sunday Mass in a...

The Trump camp and the White House clash over Biden's recognition of 'Transgender Day of Visibility'

Mar. 31, 2024 15:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is facing criticism from Donald Trump's campaign and religious conservatives for proclaiming March 31 — which corresponds with Easter Sunday this year — as “Transgender Day of Visibility.” The Democratic president issued the...

In Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians observe scaled-down Good Friday rituals

Mar. 29, 2024 18:29 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Christians participated in a customary Good Friday procession through the limestone walls of Jerusalem's Old City, commemorating one of the faith's most sacred days with noticeably thinner crowds amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The procession, which...

Easter is March 31 this year. Here's why many Christians will wake up before sunrise to celebrate

Mar. 29, 2024 08:13 AM EDT

On Easter morning, many Christians wake before dawn to celebrate their belief in the resurrection of Jesus, the son of God — as the sun rises. They gather outside on beaches and church lawns, in local cemeteries and national parks, marking the holy day at the very core of...

A Lebanese nun's request to pray for Hezbollah fighters highlights schisms over the group's weapons

Mar. 29, 2024 05:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The nun stood in front of a group of young students at a Lebanese Christian school and asked them to pray for the “men of the resistance” in southern Lebanon who she said were defending the country. The men to whom nun Maya Ziadeh was referring are members of the...

A Filipino villager is nailed to a cross for the 35th time on Good Friday to pray for world peace

Mar. 29, 2024 05:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino villager has been nailed to a wooden cross for the 35th time to reenact Jesus Christ’s suffering in a brutal Good Friday tradition he said he would devote to pray for peace in Ukraine, Gaza and the disputed South China Sea. On Friday, over a...