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5 to be ordained as Catholic priests in Springfield

Aug. 9, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Five men are scheduled to become Roman Catholic priests in Springfield next week. The men, whose original ordination in early June was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, will instead be ordained Saturday at St. Michael's Cathedral. The five men to be ordained are...

St. Francis Xavier School students and their families walk together in Newark, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, after discussing the Catholic school's permanent closure announced the previous week by the Archdiocese of Newark. Nationwide, more than 140 Catholic schools will not reopen in the fall. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Amid pandemic, future of many Catholic schools is in doubt

Aug. 9, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As the new academic year arrives, school systems across the United States are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Roman Catholic educators have an extra challenge — trying to forestall a relentless wave of closures of their schools that has no end in sight. Already this...

Lansing's St. Casimir church celebrates its final Mass

Aug. 9, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Parishioners of St. Casimir Catholic Church lined Sparrow Avenue on Aug. 2 getting one last sight of the parish many called home for decades. Bishop Earl Boyea tied a red ribbon around the doors, leading the crowd of parishioners in prayer one last time. “I now pronounce this...

Pastor pursues passions in ministry, racial reconciliation

Aug. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Zach Somerville says he felt called to work in ministry in his youth, but he ran away from it until early experiences in the U.S. Air Force changed his perspective. Now, he’s among a group of pastors in the Sumter community trying to help lead efforts toward racial...

Priest, a seminary rector, slain in El Salvador

Aug. 8, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has been shot to death along a road in El Salvador and church authorities on Saturday called for investigation of the slaying. The church celebrated a Mass on Saturday for the Rev. Ricardo Antonio Cortez, who was rector at the seminary named for...

Thousands gather for prayer ride for missing Amish woman

Aug. 8, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

EPHRATA, Pa. (AP) — Several thousand people gathered for a prayer ride for an Amish woman who remains missing following the arrest of a man accused last month of having kidnapped her. About 3,000 people came to Ephrata Community Church for Saturday afternoon’s ride for 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos,...

Idaho church removes glass window of Confederate general

Aug. 8, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise’s Cathedral of the Rockies and regional church leaders officially “deconsecrated” and removed a stained glass window of a Confederate general during a service Friday. The Idaho Statesman reports the Cathedral of the Rockies, also known as the Boise First...

A paragraph in the Colonial Vestry Book of Lynnhaven Parish Princess Anne County Virginia 1723-1786 shows an entry of slave was bought and sold, is shown Monday, June 29, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Va. The' N. Pham/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Virginia churches reckon with history in slave trade

Aug. 8, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Parishioners at Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach were shocked — and dismayed — when their congregation’s records showed that their 383-year-old church once owned slaves. It recently launched a film-based dialogue series called “Sacred...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks before a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Falwell has agreed to take an indefinite leave of absence from his role as president and chancellor of Liberty University, the school announced Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Liberty U's Falwell takes leave after social media uproar

Aug. 7, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. took an indefinite leave of absence Friday as the leader of Liberty University, one of the nation's top evangelical Christian colleges, days after apologizing for a social media post that caused an uproar even among fellow conservatives. The private university in...

A dog of the French rescue team searches for survivors at the scene of this week's massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Three days after a massive explosion rocked Beirut, killing over a hundred people and causing widespread devastation, rescuers are still searching for survivors and the government is investigating what caused the disaster. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Latest: Trump says US help on way for Beirut disaster

Aug. 7, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 2:20 a.m. President Donald Trump has spoken about the explosion in Beirut during calls with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump said Friday that he told Aoun that three large aircraft filled with...