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Amid crises, rural roots anchor Southern Baptists’ president

Oct. 02, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A sweating Bart Barber trekked across a pasture in search of Bully Graham, the would-be patriarch of the rural pastor’s fledgling cattle herd. With the temperature in the mid-90s, the 52-year-old Texan found the bull — whose nickname reflects his...

Amid crises, rural roots anchor Southern Baptists’ president

Oct. 02, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (AP) — On the first Saturday of fall, a sweating Bart Barber trekked across a weedy pasture in search of Bully Graham, the would-be patriarch of the rural Baptist pastor’s fledgling cattle herd. With the afternoon temperature in the mid-90s, the 52-year-old...

Two prophets, century-old prayer duel inspire Zion mosque

Oct. 01, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

ZION, Illinois (AP) — A holy miracle happened in Zion 115 years ago. Or so millions of Ahmadi Muslims around the world believe. The Ahmadis view this small-sized city, 40 miles north of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, as a place of special religious significance for their...

Two prophets, century-old prayer duel inspire Zion mosque

Oct. 01, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

A holy miracle happened in Zion 115 years ago. Or so millions of Ahmadi Muslims around the world believe. The Ahmadis view this small-sized city, 40 miles north of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, as a place of special religious significance for their global messianic faith....

AP-NORC poll: On game day, some see prayer as a Hail Mary

Sep. 30, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

Dolores Mejia thought the Chicago Bears could use a Hail Mary. In fact, she said the prayer several times as she watched the 1986 Super Bowl, pairing the intercession to the Holy Mother with two other rosary staples — the Our Father and the Glory Be — before her team defeated...

Mexico nuns’ culinary innovations live on in storied cuisine

Sep. 30, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

PUEBLA, Mexico (AP) — Each September, when Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain, people nationwide delight in chiles en nogada, a seasonal dish of mild poblano peppers stuffed with ground pork and fruit, smothered in a sauce of walnut, parsley and pomegranate seeds. The recipe was...

Top leader of Episcopal Church tests positive for COVID-19

Sep. 29, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, said Thursday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Curry, who in 2015 became the first African American leader of the denomination, said he will participate in upcoming events either remotely or through pre-recorded...

After Supreme Court backs praying coach, no sweeping changes

Sep. 29, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

Across the ideological spectrum, there were predictions of dramatic consequences when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a public high school football coach’s right to pray on the field after games. Yet three months after the decision — and well into the football season...

Nonprofits help fund immigrants' legal fights on deportation

Sep. 28, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

As the number of immigrants seeking court permission to avoid deportation grows, foundations in Los Angeles have joined with local governments to direct millions of dollars to pay for lawyers to represent the immigrants, an effort they hope will be copied across the country. Unlike...

Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting

Sep. 28, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

It was a frigid Sunday evening at the Catholic Newman Center in Salt Lake City when the priest warned parishioners who had gathered after Mass that their right to private confessions was in jeopardy. A new law would break that sacred bond, the priest said, and directed the...