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FILE - In this July 23, 2020, file photo, from right, Faith & Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, Dr. Alveda King, Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, and White House faith adviser Paula White-Cain, and others pray on stage during an Evangelicals for Trump campaign event titled

Trump's faith outreach aims to cast Democrats as the enemy

Aug. 1, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is courting religious voters in part by seeking to portray Democrats as a threat to religious freedom — a pitch amplified by disputes over the issue during the coronavirus pandemic. During an event last week outside Atlanta hosted by the campaign’s...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of fundamentalist Mexico-based church La Luz del Mundo, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court. California on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was charged with three dozen felony counts  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Child rape charges refiled against Mexican megachurch leader

Jul. 31, 2020 1:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Wednesday charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of fundamentalist Mexico-based church La Luz del Mundo, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court. California on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was charged with three dozen felony counts  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Mexican megachurch leader charged again with child rape

Jul. 31, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Wednesday charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was...

Family members place flowers on the casket of Rep. John Lewis during the burial service at South-View Cemetery in Atlanta Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

John Lewis mourned as 'founding father' of better America

Jul. 30, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Hailed as a “founding father” of a fairer, better United States, John Lewis was eulogized Thursday by three former presidents and others who urged Americans to continue the work of the civil rights icon in fighting injustice during a moment of racial reckoning. The longtime...

This photo provided by Kaiser Health News shows, from left, Abigail Sena leads the procession as an acolyte, followed by Gary Darress, a deacon, and Claire Elser, a curate, during worship services on Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. The church offers socially distant, outdoor Sunday worship services, in which attendees can sit spaced out on the lawn or listen on the radio from their cars. The evangelical stronghold of Colorado Springs has returned to the church in ways both guarded and full of gusto during the coronavirus pandemic. The state still limits how many people can gather and recommends social distancing practices. (Rachel Woolf for KHN via AP)

Colorado Springs churches reopening as pandemic continues

Jul. 30, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The lights dimmed. Guitars thrummed. And a nine-piece band kicked off what amounted to a rock concert inside an amphitheater of a church. “Shout for joy to the Lord,” one musician called out, quoting Scripture. Any such shout could release the coronavirus to...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus wait to cross an intersection in Beijing, Saturday, July 25, 2020. China on Saturday reported several dozen new confirmed coronavirus cases, including a few who caught the virus abroad. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: New virus cases rise in China's Xinjiang region

Jul. 27, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases continue to rise in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, with 57 reported on Tuesday. The capital Beijing also reported its first case of domestic transmission in more than two weeks, while the northeastern province of Liaoning added another six cases in its local...

Pastor: 40 infected with coronavirus after church event

Jul. 27, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

STRAWBERRY, Ala. (AP) — More than 40 people were infected with the coronavirus after attending a multi-day revival event at a north Alabama Baptist church, according to the congregation's pastor. “The whole church has got it, just about,” Al.com quoted pastor Daryl Ross of Warrior Creek...

Rev. Elisabeth Oberg Hansen, right, of the Church of Sweden smiles to her student Rikard Kjellman as he puts on his clergy robes for the first time, ahead of his first sermon in Stockholm, Thursday, July 23,  2020. For the first time ever, there are more female than male priests inside the Church of Sweden, according to numbers released this month, a sign that gender equality has made huge strides since the first woman was ordained in Sweden in 1960. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

Female priests now outnumber male ones in Church of Sweden

Jul. 25, 2020 3:59 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Church of Sweden has more female than male priests for the first time, according to numbers released this month, a sign of huge strides for gender equality since women were first allowed to be ordained in 1960. The Lutheran institution, which was the official Swedish state church...

FILE - In this Monday, June 1, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden touches his face as he speaks to members of the clergy and community leaders at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del. Democrats are betting on Biden’s evident comfort with faith as a powerful point of contrast in his battle against President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden's bid touts faith, courts even religious conservatives

Jul. 17, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

President Donald Trump’s appeal to religious conservatives is a cornerstone of his political identity. But Joe Biden is a different kind of foe than Trump has faced before: one who makes faith a central part of his persona — often literally wearing it on his sleeve. In fact, Biden’s practice...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo, Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th congressional race, makes a statement before the state board of elections calling for a new election during the fourth day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th congressional district voting irregularities investigation at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N.C.  A local prosecutor says the former North Carolina congressional candidate won’t face state charges in an absentee ballot fraud investigation that’s already led to indictments against his hired political operative and a new election.(Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool, File)

N.C. prosecutor ends probe of ex-congressional candidate

Jul. 15, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina congressional candidate won't face state charges in an absentee ballot fraud investigation that's already led to indictments against his hired political operative and a new election, a local prosecutor said on Wednesday. Wake County District Attorney Lorrin...