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Cyprus displays jewelry, early Christian icons and Bronze Age antiquities once looted from island

Jul. 22, 2024 22:29 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Monday put on display artifacts — some of them thousands of years old — that were returned after a Turkish art dealer looted them from the ethnically divided island nation decades ago. Aydin Dikmen took the artifacts from the country's breakaway...

San Antonio church leaders train to serve as mental health counselors

Jul. 22, 2024 16:35 PM EDT

After months of classes on counseling, Veron Blue got her chance to put what she has learned all year, to work. Across from her, was fellow trainee Deborah Johnson, who, as part of a lesson, assumed the role of a hypothetical client, who had come to Blue for help dealing with...

Book Review: Call the script doctor! 'Feh' explores the toxic storyline of a religious education

Jul. 22, 2024 11:24 AM EDT

A few years ago, the writer Shalom Auslander was hospitalized with a potentially fatal case of pancreatitis after taking a banned performance-enhancing drug to lose weight. His psychiatrist said he was trying to kill himself. Auslander, then unemployed, in his 40s, with a wife and two children,...

Vatican's Pius XII archives shed light on another contentious chapter: The Legion of Christ scandal

Jul. 21, 2024 20:59 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The recently opened archives of Pope Pius XII have shed new light on claims the World War II-era pope didn’t speak out about the Holocaust. But they’re also providing details about another contentious chapter in Vatican history: the scandal over the founder of the...

As a scholar, he's charted the decline in religion. Now the church he pastors has closed its doors

Jul. 21, 2024 16:23 PM EDT

They gathered one last time on Sunday — the handful of mostly elderly members of First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The members, joined by well-wishers, said the Lord's Prayer, recited the Apostle's Creed and heard a biblical passage typically used at funerals, “To...

Pastor Robert Jeffress vows to rebuild historic Dallas church heavily damaged by fire

Jul. 21, 2024 13:39 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The leader of an historic church in downtown Dallas nearly destroyed by a fire told congregants on Sunday that they will rebuild the iconic structure. Services for First Baptist Dallas were held at the nearby Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, where senior Pastor...

Israel shoots down a missile fired from Yemen hours after a deadly Israeli strike on Houthi rebels

Jul. 21, 2024 13:21 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen early Sunday, hours after Israeli warplanes struck several Houthi targets in the Arabian Peninsula country. The Israeli airstrikes — in response to a deadly Houthi drone strike on Tel Aviv —...

Pope Francis calls for Olympic truce for countries at war, prays for peace

Jul. 21, 2024 11:03 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday voiced his hope that the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games will provide an opportunity for countries at war to respect an ancient Greek tradition and establish a truce for the duration of the Games. “According to ancient tradition, may...

Pope Francis accepts the resignation of a Colombian bishop mentioned in a book on sexual abuse

Jul. 20, 2024 14:46 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of a Colombian bishop who was mentioned in a book about members of Colombia's clergy who have allegedly committed acts of sexual abuse. The Vatican said in its daily news bulletin that the pope approved the...

A fire severely damages the historic First Baptist Dallas church sanctuary

Jul. 20, 2024 14:22 PM EDT

A fire all but destroyed the historic church sanctuary at First Baptist Dallas, sending smoke billowing over the city but causing no deaths or injuries, Dallas firefighters said. The fire in the Texas Historic Landmark, a Victorian-style red brick church built in 1890, was reported...