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Pastor Silas Malafaia delivers a sermon during a service transmitted on live through social networks, at the empty Assembly of God Victory in Christ Church in reason to the restrictions for agglomerations due the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 29, 2020. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, a conservative Catholic who married an evangelical in a service Malafaia administered, has zeroed in on the need to reopen the churches. “God is Brazilian,” he told people on Sunday, local paper O Globo reported. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Brazilian pews become trenches in fight against quarantine

Mar. 31, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like every Sunday, Brazilian Pastor Silas Malafaia took the stage of his Pentecostal temple in a middle-class Rio de Janeiro neighborhood. But this week, he wore a T-shirt instead of a blazer and, behind the three cameras broadcasting to his legion of YouTube followers, were thousands...

Delaware man faces drug charges after crashing into cemetery

Mar. 29, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — State troopers in Delaware arrested a man on drug charges after they say he drove into a cemetery and over headstones. The Delaware State Police said in a news release that troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle collision on Saturday morning. The release said...

Following faith in time of trouble

Mar. 28, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

MORRISVILLE, Pa. (AP) — When she heard church bells ring on a recent Sunday morning, the Rev. Katherine Cartwright Knodel, a Lutheran pastor who lives in Morrisville, welcomed the tolling. The novel coronavirus pandemic had forced the closure of schools and businesses. Since then, many churches,...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listen. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump's Easter goal in war on virus a nod to faith, business

Mar. 26, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s “beautiful” idea to reopen the U.S. economy by Easter Sunday and pack church pews that day was dreamed up during a conference call among business leaders desperate to get the country back up and running. But his target date for easing...

Leader of Amish beard-cutting attacks will get to go home

Mar. 23, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio who was sentenced to prison for beard- and hair-cutting attacks will get to to serve the rest of his sentence at home after his attorney argued the new coronavirus puts the 74-year-old bishop at risk. Sam Mullet Sr. was moved to a halfway...

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...

Ex-pastor gets 1 year, 9 months for sports memorabilia fraud

Mar. 19, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas pastor has been sentenced to one year and nine months in federal prison for his part in helping a sports memorabilia collector make millions of dollars by fraudulently selling normal items represented as valuable mementos. John Alexander McLean, 59, was ordered...

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump calls on Americans to cease hoarding food, supplies

Mar. 15, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday called on people to stop hoarding groceries and other supplies as one of the nation's most senior public health officials urged Americans to act with more urgency to protect themselves and others against the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would...

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 on March 10, 2020 photo, historian Robbie Jones stands in front of his damaged office building in East Nashville, Tenn., a week after a tornado pummeled the neighborhood.
(Samantha Max/WPLN News via AP)

Tornado-hit Tenn. historic buildings face difficult choice

Mar. 15, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Property owners affected by the tornadoes earlier this month now face two options: rebuild or bulldoze. The storms damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses throughout Middle Tennessee. And historic buildings will require extra care. Just hours after a tornado tore...