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Texas man gets execution delay over pastor’s touch request

Sep. 08, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate won a reprieve Wednesday evening from execution for killing a convenience store worker during a 2004 robbery that garnered $1.25 after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the...

San Xavier del Bac Mission is rethinking impact of tourism

Sep. 05, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A little black sign greets visitors as they walk into the San Xavier del Bac Mission south of Tucson. “Welcome to this house of worship. Please speak quietly, so as not to disturb those in prayer, God bless you.” This is what the...

Pope asks for prayers for pilgrimage to 'heart of Europe'

Sep. 05, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for his visit later this month to “the heart of Europe,” a four-day pilgrimage to Hungary and Slovakia, which will be his first travels since surgery earlier this summer. Francis spoke of his trip that begins in...

Boy who lost dad to COVID talks to brightest star in the sky

Sep. 04, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — What do you say to a five-year-old boy whose father has died of COVID-19? That’s the question that faced the family of Michael Mason, a truck driver living in Olive Branch who hadn’t received a vaccination and died in a hospital in July at the...

Alone in the sky, pilot and fiancee save 17 in Tenn. flood

Aug. 27, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville-based helicopter pilot Joel Boyers had just finished helping his fiancee earn her pilot's license on Saturday morning, and they were heading home to celebrate, when he received a frantic call from a woman in Pennsylvania. Her brother's home in Waverly,...

Jewish prayers held discreetly at contested Jerusalem shrine

Aug. 25, 2021 02:09 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — As police protected them, three Jewish men stepped forward, placed their hands out at chest level and began reciting prayers in low tones in the shadow of Jerusalem’s golden Dome of the Rock. Jewish prayers at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site,...

Wisconsin lawmaker asks for prayers for colleague with COVID

Aug. 24, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The office of a Wisconsin lawmaker who has been an outspoken critic of vaccine and mask mandates declined to update his condition on Tuesday, even as a fellow legislator asked for prayers, saying the state senator was hospitalized with COVID-19-induced pneumonia. ...

Many Bible Belt preachers silent on shots as COVID-19 surges

Aug. 16, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

Dr. Danny Avula, the head of Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination effort, suspected he might have a problem getting pastors to publicly advocate for the shots when some members of his own church referred to them as “the mark of the beast,” a biblical reference to allegiance to the devil, and...

Japanese defense chief visits contentious war shrine

Aug. 13, 2021 20:49 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's defense minister on Friday visited a Tokyo shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression to pray for the war dead just days before the nation marks the 76th anniversary of its World War II defeat. Victims of...

Some praise, some doubts as Facebook rolls out a prayer tool

Aug. 08, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

Facebook already asks for your thoughts. Now it wants your prayers. The social media giant has rolled out a new prayer request feature, a tool embraced by some religious leaders as a cutting-edge way to engage the faithful online. Others are eyeing it warily as they weigh...