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The Rev. Alvin J. Gwynn Sr., of Friendship Baptist Church in Baltimore, sits in his church's sanctuary, Thursday, March 19, 2020. He bucked the cancellation trend by holding services the previous Sunday. But attendance was down by about 50%, and Gwynn said the day’s offering netted about $5,000 compared to a normal intake of about $15,000. “It cuts into our ministry,” he said. “If this keeps up, we can’t fund all our outreach to help other people.” (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

As offerings dwindle, some churches fear for their future

Mar. 21, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As in-person worship services are canceled or downsized amid the coronavirus outbreak, some churches across the U.S. are bracing for a painful drop in weekly contributions and possible cutbacks in programs and staff. One church leader, Bishop Paul Egensteiner of the Evangelical Lutheran...

Pope Francis prays in S. Marcello al Corso church, in front of a miraculous crucifix that in 1552 was carried in a procession around Rome to stop the great plague, Sunday, March 15, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (Vatican News via AP)

Worshippers go online, those at services keep a distance

Mar. 15, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Pastors across the United States delivered sermons to empty pews Sunday as houses of worship adjusted to the reality of the coronavirus pandemic, with the Vatican indicating that the holiest week on its calendar will look vastly different next month. While many religious institutions around...

In this Feb. 28, 2020 file photo, Mayor David Depretis of Baldwin Borough brings in the sign announcing

Across faiths, religious rules bent as virus alters worship

Mar. 13, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Across the United States, religious leaders are taking unprecedented steps to shield their congregations from the coronavirus - canceling services, banning large funerals and weddings, and waiving age-old requirements of their faiths. For Roman Catholics, attendance at Mass is considered a...

Texas megachurch pastor pleads guilty to bilking investors

Mar. 12, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Texas megachurch pastor and former spiritual adviser to two U.S. presidents has pleaded guilty to bilking investors out of millions of dollars alongside a Louisiana investment adviser. Kirbyjon H. Caldwell pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, news outlets...

United Methodist bishops and delegates gather together to pray at the front of the stage before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality on Feb. 26, 2019, during the special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, held in St. Louis, Mo. (Kit Doyle/Religion News Service via AP)

Bishops ask United Methodist court to review split proposal

Mar. 12, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

(RNS) — A proposed plan to split the United Methodist Church is on its way to the denomination’s top court to decide whether the legislation that would implement it is constitutional. If the Judicial Council rules the plan is constitutional, delegates could take up the proposal, called “A...

A woman sorts out her belongings, outside the Central Methodist Mission Church in Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, March 1, 2020 as city officials and police move in to evict them. Hundreds of migrants have been removed from central Cape Town by South African authorities following a months-long stand-off.
The migrants removed on Sunday had demanded to be relocated to other countries claiming they had been threatened by xenophobic violence last year.  (AP Photo)

South Africa removes migrants squatting in Cape Town

Mar. 1, 2020 11:05 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hundreds of foreign migrants have been removed from central Cape Town by South African authorities following a months-long stand-off. The migrants, who were moved in an operation Sunday, had demanded to be relocated to other countries, claiming they had been threatened by xenophobic...