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Shiite Muslims in Lebanon and Iraq commemorate Ashoura, marking the death of Imam Hussein

Jul. 17, 2024 06:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Shiite Muslims Wednesday in Lebanon and Iraq commemorated Ashoura, marking the 7th-century death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith, while paying tribute to Palestinians as the Israel-Hamas war entered its 10th month and tensions heightened...

Iran’s Shiite Muslims commemorate the mourning day of Ashoura with processions

Jul. 17, 2024 01:49 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shiite Muslims in Iran and elsewhere on Tuesday commemorated Ashoura, a remembrance of the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith. Over 1,340 years after Hussein’s death, Tehran and other cities...

In attack that shocks quiet Oman, gunmen kill 6 and wound dozens more at a Shiite mosque

Jul. 16, 2024 22:13 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Several gunmen burst into a Shiite mosque in the Gulf Arab state of Oman and opened fire, killing six people and wounding nearly 30 more, authorities said Tuesday, stunning the peaceful sultanate and making it the country's deadliest such attack in recent...

Israel's military will begin drafting ultra-Orthodox men on Sunday. It could rattle the government

Jul. 16, 2024 20:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Tuesday said it would begin sending draft notices to Jewish ultra-Orthodox men on Sunday — a step that could destabilize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government. The announcement followed a landmark Supreme Court order for young...

Pope urges religious orders to pray for new priests and nuns as their numbers continue to fall

Jul. 15, 2024 09:06 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged religious orders on Monday to work and pray harder for new priests and nuns to join, as he acknowledged the congregations’ futures are at risk with the numbers of men and women entering Catholic religious life plummeting in parts of the world. The...

Pastors see a wariness among Black men to talk abortion politics as Biden works to shore up base

Jul. 13, 2024 13:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Phoenix pastor the Rev. Warren H. Stewart Sr. has had countless discussions this election season with fellow Black men on the economy, criminal justice, immigration and other issues dominating the political landscape in their battleground state of Arizona. But never abortion. ...

On anniversary of Frida Kahlo's death, her art's spirituality keeps fans engaged around the globe

Jul. 13, 2024 08:36 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Frida Kahlo had no religious affiliation. Why, then, did the Mexican artist depict several religious symbols in the paintings she produced until her death on July 13, 1954? “Frida conveyed the power of each individual,” said art researcher and curator Ximena...

Who is the Buddhist nun who built a global charity from a tiny apartment in rural Taiwan?

Jul. 13, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — The Buddhist teacher who founded what is now a global charity and religion with a $283 million operating budget grew up at a time when women could not be ordained as Buddhist nuns. What Cheng Yen, now 87, started in 1966 in Taiwan's countryside as a...

A Taiwan-based Buddhist charity attempts to take the founding nun's message of compassion global

Jul. 13, 2024 00:31 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — When a 7.4-magnitude earthquake ripped through Taiwan in April, it took about 30 minutes for the region’s most ubiquitous charity to set up an emergency response center. Tzu Chi, an international Buddhist organization led by an 87-year-old nun, the...

Judge rejects effort by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson to get records from Catholic church

Jul. 12, 2024 21:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state judge said Friday that Attorney General Bob Ferguson is not entitled to enforce a subpoena seeking decades of records from the Seattle Archdiocese, despite his assertion that the records are needed to learn whether the Catholic church used charitable trust funds...