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Prayer service, open house all part of McMaster inauguration

Dec. 06, 2022 15:06 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster plans a prayer service, open house and an inaugural ball when he is sworn into office next month for a second full term. Inauguration day on Jan. 11 will start with a prayer service at First Presbyterian Church in downtown...

Pope reschedules Congo, South Sudan trip for Jan. 31-Feb. 5

Dec. 01, 2022 11:42 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has rescheduled his delayed trip to Congo and South Sudan for Jan. 31-Feb. 5, cutting out a stop in Congo’s conflict-ravaged east but fulfilling a years-long wish to accompany other Christian leaders to the young nation of South Sudan. The Vatican...

Colorado Springs reckons with past after gay club shooting

Nov. 25, 2022 19:12 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — When officials unfurled a 25-foot rainbow flag in front of Colorado Springs City Hall this week, people gathered to mourn the victims of a mass shooting at a popular gay club couldn't help but reflect on how such a display of support would have been unthinkable just...

Prayers go on, sometimes out of sight, in prep football

Nov. 23, 2022 13:24 PM EST

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Surrounded by a slew of players with their arms draped over shoulders, West Bloomfield High School assistant coach Justin Ibe bowed his head and led a Christian prayer before a recent Friday night game. Forty yards down the sideline, three...

In Barron, Somali-Americans drop call-to-prayer request

Nov. 22, 2022 09:04 AM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Somali-American residents in Barron have withdrawn a request to play an amplified call to prayer from two mosques after facing opposition from some community members. Barron, a town of about 3,400, is home to some 470 Somali refugees and their families, many of...

Tennessee school staff accidentally broadcast prayer meeting

Oct. 22, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Employees of Chattanooga's Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School blasted a prayer meeting over the school's exterior loudspeaker during the night, although district officials said it was an accident. An unidentified neighbor who could hear the praying from...

Prominent mosque in Germany sounds 1st public call to prayer

Oct. 14, 2022 09:10 AM EDT

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — The Islamic call to prayer was sounded in public for the first time from one of Germany’s biggest mosques on Friday, but at limited volume, as part of a project agreed with authorities in Cologne, which has one of the country’s largest Muslim communities. ...

Mourners pray at Thai temple filled by children's keepsakes

Oct. 08, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

UTHAI SAWAN, Thailand (AP) — Grief-stricken families prayed Saturday at a Buddhist temple filled with children's keepsakes, flowers and photos of the smiling toddlers who were slain as they napped on blankets at a day care center in northeastern Thailand. Coffins containing the 36...

Orthodox Church leads protest against Montenegro pride

Oct. 07, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Friday for a protest prayer led by the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro against the holding of an LGBTQ pride march this weekend. The influential church has called its followers in Montenegro to join the prayer for...

Texas executes inmate who fought prayer, touch rules

Oct. 05, 2022 21:35 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate whose case redefined the role of spiritual advisers in death chambers nationwide was executed Wednesday, despite the efforts of a district attorney to stop his lethal injection. John Henry Ramirez, 38, was executed at the state...