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Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

May. 15, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wedged into a recliner in the corner of her assisted living apartment in Portland, Skylar Freimann, who has a terminal heart condition and pulmonary illness, anxiously eyed her newly arrived hospital bed on a recent day and worried over how she would maintain independence as...

Some Catholic abortion foes are uneasy about overturning Roe

May. 13, 2022 11:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Top leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called on the faithful to pray and fast Friday, in hopes the Supreme Court is on track to overturn the constitutional right to abortion. Yet even among Catholics who oppose abortion, there is some unease about the consequences...

India's Muslims mark Eid al-Fitr amid attacks on community

May. 03, 2022 08:25 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Muslims across India marked Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday by offering prayers outside mosques, with the celebrations this year following a series of attacks against the religious minority during the month of Ramadan. “We will not have the same kind of...

Muslims mark Eid al-Fitr holiday with joy, worry

May. 02, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — For the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the smell of freshly baked orange biscuits and powdered sugar-dusted cookies typically fills the air in Mona Abubakr’s home. But due to higher prices, the Egyptian housewife this year made smaller quantities of the sweet treats, some of which...

Indonesian Muslims fully celebrate Eid al-Fitr after 2 years

May. 02, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Millions of Muslims in Indonesia returned to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in full swing Monday after two years of subdued festivities due to pandemic restrictions and travel curbs. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Islamic holy month Ramadan, when the faithful...

Supreme Court tackles case about praying football coach

Apr. 25, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A coach who crosses himself before a game. A teacher who reads the Bible aloud before the bell rings. A coach who hosts an after-school Christian youth group in his home. Supreme Court justices discussed all those hypothetical scenarios Monday while hearing...

Praying football coach asking Supreme Court for his job back

Apr. 22, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The clock ran down at the end of the homecoming game and spectators stormed the football field, knocking over members of the high school band — all to gather around an assistant coach as he took a knee in prayer, surrounded by uniformed players. Six years later,...

Oldest Texas death row inmate executed for officer’s death

Apr. 21, 2022 23:15 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas’ oldest death row inmate was executed Thursday for killing a Houston police officer during a traffic stop nearly 32 years ago. Carl Wayne Buntion, 78, was executed at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. He was condemned for the June 1990 fatal...

Ukraine war weighs on pope's Good Friday Colosseum ritual

Apr. 15, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The war in Ukraine loomed over the traditional Good Friday Colosseum procession in Rome, after the Vatican’s choice of a Russian woman to share bearing the cross with a Ukrainian woman had angered Ukrainians. In an apparent attempt to defuse the objections, when the...

Palestinians and Israeli police clash at major holy site

Apr. 15, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians and Israeli police clashed at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on Friday as thousands gathered for prayers during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Medics said more than 150 Palestinians were wounded — Palestinians threw rocks and Israeli police fired stun grenades...