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Why US Catholics are planning pilgrimages in communities across the nation

May. 19, 2024 10:55 AM EDT

A long-planned series of Catholic pilgrimages has begun across the United States this weekend, with pilgrims embarking on four routes before converging on Indianapolis in two months for a major gathering focusing on Eucharistic rites and devotions. The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage...

Jesus is their savior, Trump is their candidate. Ex-president's backers say he shares faith, values

May. 18, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

As Donald Trump increasingly infuses his campaign with Christian trappings while coasting to a third Republican presidential nomination, his support is as strong as ever among evangelicals and other conservative Christians. “Trump supports Jesus, and without Jesus, America will...

Jesus is their savior, Trump is their candidate. Ex-president's backers say he shares faith, values

May. 18, 2024 10:06 AM EDT

As Donald Trump increasingly infuses his campaign with Christian trappings while coasting to a third Republican presidential nomination, his support is as strong as ever among evangelicals and other conservative Christians. “Trump supports Jesus, and without Jesus, America will...

It was once a center of Islamic learning. Now Mali's historic city of Djenné mourns lack of visitors

May. 18, 2024 03:49 AM EDT

DJENNE, Mali (AP) — Kola Bah used to earn a living as a tour guide in Mali's historic city of Djenné, once a center of Islamic learning known for the sprawling mud-brick mosque that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger list since 2016. The Grand Mosque of Djenné —...

Landslide forces closure of iconic Southern California chapel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son

May. 18, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — A decades-old landslide that’s rapidly accelerating has forced the dismantling of Wayfarers Chapel, an iconic Southern California church that was designed by one of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's sons and built among soaring redwoods and sweeping Pacific...

Some of the Catholic Church's best-known approved, and not approved, reports of apparitions of Mary

May. 17, 2024 13:53 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has revised how it evaluates purported supernatural events, such as reported visions of the Virgin Mary, to guard against hoaxes and account for news going viral. Previous approved apparitions have turned these sites into major pilgrimage...

Georgia's prime minister joins tens of thousands in a march to promote 'family purity'

May. 17, 2024 12:57 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia's prime minister joined tens of thousands of people on a march through the capital on Friday to mark the Day of Family Purity, which celebrates so-called traditional family values in the country where animosity toward sexual minorities is strong. ...

Vatican moves to adapt to hoaxes, Internet and overhauls its process for evaluating visions of Mary

May. 17, 2024 12:20 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Friday overhauled its process for evaluating alleged visions of the Virgin Mary, weeping statues and other seemingly supernatural phenomena that have marked church history, putting the brakes on making definitive declarations unless the event is obviously...

French police fatally shoot a man suspected of setting fire to a synagogue

May. 17, 2024 12:10 PM EDT

ROUEN, France (AP) — French police shot and killed a man armed with a knife and a metal bar who is suspected of having started a fire that charred and blackened the insides of a synagogue in the Normandy city of Rouen early Friday, an attack the interior minister said was “clearly”...

He feared coming out. Now this pastor wants to help Black churches become as welcoming as his own

May. 17, 2024 09:51 AM EDT

It was daunting when the Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley, at age 22, replaced a beloved pastor who had ministered to one of suburban Boston’s most famed Black churches for 24 years. It was more daunting — at times agonizing — to reach the decision six years later, in 2015, that God...