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Still teaching at 95, Jimmy Carter draws devotees to church

Nov. 11, 2019 1:16 AM EST

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — The pilgrims arrive early and from all over, gathering hours before daybreak in an old pecan grove that surrounds a country church. They come, they say, for a dose of simple decency and devotion wrapped up in a Bible lesson. The teacher is the 39th president of the United States, Jimmy...

Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

Nov. 9, 2019 3:04 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. Such reforms have been pushed for decades by many German bishops and lay groups who hope it can lead to the...

Trump fires up religious critics with job for televangelist

Nov. 1, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ascension of Paula White as an official member of Donald Trump's White House highlights how closely the president is relying on his inner circle of evangelical Christian supporters as he fights an impeachment probe during his reelection bid — while giving liberal evangelicals a...

Bishop shot at church wedding still in critical condition

Oct. 30, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

The family of a bishop who was shot in the chest while presiding at a church wedding in New Hampshire says he's still recovering from multiple gunshot wounds and remains in critical condition. Seventy-five-year-old Stanley Choate was hurt in the Oct. 12 shooting at the New England Pentecostal Ministries in...

Jimmy Carter to teach Sunday school despite broken pelvis

Oct. 29, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — It's going to take more than a fractured pelvis to prevent Jimmy Carter, a lifelong Baptist and the nation's oldest former president, from teaching Sunday school. Carter's church in Plains, Georgia, said Tuesday the 95-year-old ex-president plans to teach his Sunday school class this...

'Just too darn old:' Sanders, Biden confront age concerns

Oct. 25, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders insists he feels better than ever less than a month after heart surgery, but his return to the campaign trail this week sparked new questions about the unusually old age of the Democratic Party's leading 2020 presidential candidates. Both Sanders, 78, and Joe Biden,...

Black Baptist church shaped Cummings' commitment

Oct. 23, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — To many black clergy, Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings was more than a formidable orator, civil rights champion and passionate public servant, he was also one of them — in practice, if not profession. His upbringing, as "a preacher's kid" gave him a comfort level with ministers and...

Christian music manager accused of child sex crime in Texas

Oct. 18, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee-based manager of Christian music artists is accused of touching the genitals of a child when he worked for a Texas Baptist church more than a decade ago. News outlets report 55-year-old Jeffrey Charles Berry was arrested this week in Franklin, Tennessee, on charges...

Share of Americans with no religious affiliation growing

Oct. 17, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Based on telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, Pew said Thursday that 65% of American adults now...

Mississippi minister accused of abusing girl 45 years ago

Oct. 16, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi youth minister is accused of sexually abusing a 10 year old girl nearly 45 years ago. The Clarion Ledger reports 71-year-old Dural Reece Ragsdale surrendered Monday. He was indicted last month on a felony charge of fondling a child under 14. District Attorney John...