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North Dakota bishops oppose UND gender inclusion policy

Jan. 12, 2022 17:11 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group that represents North Dakota’s Roman Catholic bishops is contacting parents of students at the University of North Dakota and asking that they urge administrators to reject the school’s proposed “gender inclusion” policy. The policy, which is...

Sentencing set for US airman convicted in teacher's killing

Dec. 28, 2021 15:36 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Air Force airman who was convicted of killing a Mennonite woman after kidnapping her in New Mexico and taking her to Arizona will be sentenced next month. An Arizona judge during a status hearing on Tuesday scheduled Mark Gooch’s sentencing for...

US Catholic clergy shortage eased by recruits from Africa

Dec. 27, 2021 17:21 PM EST

WEDOWEE, Alabama (AP) — The Rev. Athanasius Chidi Abanulo — using skills honed in his African homeland to minister effectively in rural Alabama— determines just how long he can stretch out his Sunday homilies based on who is sitting in the pews. Seven minutes is the sweet spot...

Israeli army arrests 4 suspects in deadly West Bank shooting

Dec. 19, 2021 12:36 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday that its forces arrested four Palestinian suspects believed to have taken part in a deadly shooting in the occupied West Bank. In Thursday’s incident, at least one Palestinian gunman opened fire on a car filled with Jewish...

Pastor seeks tattoo shop to bring church as people get inked

Dec. 18, 2021 03:03 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa, (AP) — Instead of waiting and hoping for more parishioners to show up in an era of declining church attendance, an Allentown pastor plans to bring prayer and Bible study to the community — through local tattoo shops. “People aren’t coming into churches,” Rev....

Israeli man killed in West Bank when gunmen fires on car

Dec. 16, 2021 16:14 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — At least one Palestinian gunman opened fire Thursday night at a car filled with Jewish seminary students next to a West Bank settlement outpost, killing an Israeli man and lightly wounding two other people, Israeli officials said. Israeli leaders vowed to catch the...

In Hinduism, women creating spaces for their own leadership

Dec. 13, 2021 10:32 AM EST

When Sushma Dwivedi started seriously thinking about performing wedding rites and other Hindu religious blessings in New York City and elsewhere, she knew who she needed to talk to - her grandmother. Together, they went through the mantras that are recited by pandits, the priests who...

Amid tension, Southern Baptist women lead where they can

Dec. 13, 2021 10:32 AM EST

Jacki King, the women’s minister at Second Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas, first felt a call to ministry as a college student. She decided to follow it, giving up her pre-med major and her spot on a college softball team for ministry training at a small Bible school with a...

In Buddhism, women blaze a path but strive for gender equity

Dec. 09, 2021 11:44 AM EST

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, born in England, has devoted her life to attaining enlightenment in a female form — at one stage spending years isolated in a cave in the Himalayas to follow the rigorous path of the most devoted yogis. She later founded a nunnery in India focused on giving women in Tibetan...

NYC to require COVID vaccines for private school workers

Dec. 02, 2021 18:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is extending his order requiring COVID-19 vaccines to include teachers and staff at private and religious schools. De Blasio, a Democrat, said Thursday that employees at nonpublic schools will be required to show...