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Editorial Roundup: Texas

Nov. 14, 2022 07:18 AM EST

Austin American Statesman. November 9, 2022. Editorial: Church leaders should obey the law regarding politics and the pulpit Federal law says ministers can’t make partisan political pronouncements from the pulpit, but some church leaders in Texas and around the...

Cyprus state broadcaster reports leader of island nation's Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop Chrysostomos II dies at 81

Nov. 07, 2022 00:40 AM EST
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus state broadcaster reports leader of island nation's Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop Chrysostomos II dies at 81.

In Pa. governor's race, faith surfaces in contrasting ways

Oct. 27, 2022 10:40 AM EDT

CARMICHAELS, Pa. (AP) — In one of the most closely watched races in one of the most contested of battleground states, both gubernatorial candidates bring up religion. But in starkly different ways. Republican Doug Mastriano’s campaign has several hallmarks of Christian...

Gunmen attack Nigerian church during service, killing 2

Oct. 17, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen attacked a church in north-central Nigeria during a service, killing a woman and her young daughter, a government official said Monday as the hunt for the suspects intensified. The motorcycle-riding assailants arrived at the Celestial Church on Sunday...

Lawsuit: Utah firm and lawmaker helped Mormons hide abuse

Oct. 12, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

Three children who were sexually abused by their father are accusing a Utah state legislator and a prominent Salt Lake City law firm of conspiring with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to cover up the abuse, allowing it to go on for years. In a court filing in Cochise...

Revival sought for pastor's lawsuit over COVID restrictions

Oct. 04, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An outspoken Christian conservative attorney from Alabama has asked a federal appeals court to revive a Louisiana pastor’s damage claims against state officials over long-expired COVID-19 restrictions. A federal judge this year dismissed minister Tony...

Judge hears arguments challenging New York's new gun law

Sep. 29, 2022 16:50 PM EDT

A lawyer challenging provisions of New York's new gun law argued that the state restricts people from carrying weapons in too many places, telling a federal judge Thursday the rules affect not only people on busy Manhattan streets but an upstate pastor on his church's property. The...

Beijing hounds Chinese church seeking safety overseas

Sep. 07, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Days after flying to Thailand to seek asylum, members of a Chinese church huddled in a restaurant to share their stories with journalists. But when they peered over their shoulders, they spotted strangers taking videos of them with cellphones. In seconds, they...