Latest Easter News

AP PHOTOS: Dwindling Armenians show Easter faith in Romania

May. 06, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The ethnic Armenian population in Romania numbered more than 40,000 at the beginning of World War II but rapidly plunged during the country's communist era, especially during the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. The latest available census...

Vaccinated faithful throng Jerusalem church for Holy Fire

May. 01, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Christian worshippers made use of Israel’s easing of coronavirus restrictions Saturday, packing a Jerusalem church revered as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection for an ancient fire ceremony a day before Orthodox Easter. The...

Greek police set up checkpoints, turn back Easter travelers

Apr. 23, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police set up checkpoints Friday along highways leading out of Athens to enforce a travel ban tightened for Orthodox Easter on May 2. Easter holidays are often celebrated with relatives outside Athens and other cities, but the government said...

Greek Church to allow worshippers at Easter Week services

Apr. 20, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The powerful Church of Greece said Tuesday it would allow the faithful to take part in Orthodox Easter services next week but limit attendance and hold the services earlier in the day to conform with a government-imposed curfew. The decision comes...

Cross is carved into soil to break ground for new church

Apr. 17, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Congregants in south Mississippi carved a cross in the soil where they will build a new church to replace one damaged by an Easter tornado last year. WDAM-TV reported that the groundbreaking ceremony took place on Easter this...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Apr. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ New Georgia...

Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday

Apr. 08, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

1. “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman (Viking) 2. “Dog Man: Mothering Heights” by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic) 3. “The Women of the Bible Speak” by Shannon Bream (Broadside Books) 4. “Faucian Bargain” by Steve Deace...

Easter weekend brings Belgium another record cocaine seizure

Apr. 06, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities came out of the long Easter weekend with another record cocaine haul after customs officials at the port of Antwerp seized almost 11 tons of the drug, discovered amid a cargo of blue leather. The shipment brought the total amount of...

AP PHOTOS: Holy Week muted but joyful for world's Christians

Apr. 06, 2021 02:08 AM EDT

Christians around the globe celebrated Holy Week in face masks and observing social distance guidelines as the coronavirus pandemic dramatically altered the sacred Easter season for a second straight year. In places with ongoing concerns about the spread of the virus,...

The Latest: Montana governor tests positive for COVID-19

Apr. 05, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after receiving his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The governor’s office released a statement Monday evening saying that after experiencing mild symptoms a day earlier,...