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What we know about the young missionaries and religious leader killed in Haiti

May. 26, 2024 19:44 PM EDT

The bodies of a young missionary couple from the U.S. who were attacked and fatally shot by gang members in Haiti are expected to be transported to Missouri this week, a spokesperson for the families said Sunday. Thursday’s killings of Davy and Natalie Lloyd, and Jude Montis, the...

California evangelical seminary ponders changes that would make it more welcoming to LGBTQ students

May. 26, 2024 19:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fuller Theological Seminary, an evangelical school in Pasadena, California, is deliberating whether to become more open to LGBTQ+ students who previously faced possible expulsion if found to be in a same-sex union. That's according to a draft of proposed revisions to the...

Christian group temporarily opens beaches it has closed on Sunday mornings as court fight plays out

May. 26, 2024 17:21 PM EDT

OCEAN GROVE, N.J. (AP) — For the first time in generations, beachgoers were out on the sand in a New Jersey shore community on the Sunday morning before Memorial Day as a Christian religious group fights the state over its regular beach closures there during Sunday services. The...

What we know about the young missionaries and religious leader killed in Haiti

May. 25, 2024 18:53 PM EDT

The local director of a mission group in Haiti and a young missionary couple from the U.S. were attacked and fatally shot by gang members after leaving a youth group activity at a church, a family member told The Associated Press. Thursday’s killings of Jude Montis, the local...

Theater show spotlights the stories of those who are Asian American and Jewish

May. 25, 2024 08:52 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Chiu’s mother comes from a long line of Lithuanian Jews; his father is an immigrant from Hong Kong. For most of his life, the 42-year-old Southern Californian has felt like he “never completely belonged in either world.” It wasn’t until a few years...

A mob in Pakistan burns down a house and beats a Christian over alleged desecration of Quran

May. 25, 2024 08:33 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of Muslims in eastern Pakistan went on a rampage over allegations that a Christian man had desecrated the pages of Islam's holy book, ransacking and burning his house and beating him before police officers rescued the man and his father, officials said. ...

Florida priest accused of biting woman who grabbed Holy Communion wafers during Mass

May. 24, 2024 19:10 PM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Fla. (AP) — The Diocese of Orlando is defending a Catholic priest accused of biting a woman who tried to grab Holy Communion wafers during Mass at a central Florida church. The confrontation occurred Sunday afternoon at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Cloud....

Mississippi man accused of destroying statue of pagan idol at Iowa state Capitol takes plea deal

May. 24, 2024 17:34 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Mississippi man accused of destroying a statue of a pagan idol at Iowa’s state Capitol pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge in return for prosecutors dropping a felony hate crime count. Michael Cassidy, a former congressional and legislative...

Catholic church in downtown Madison catches fire following storms

May. 24, 2024 16:14 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Catholic church in downtown Madison caught on fire Friday after witnesses said they heard a loud clap of thunder as storms rolled through the area. The Madison Fire Department said it had extinguished the fire at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, which is...

Notre Dame cathedral cross reinstalled in Paris amid restoration efforts

May. 24, 2024 15:50 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The cross at the apse of Notre-Dame de Paris, which survived the devastating 2019 fire, was reinstalled atop the cathedral’s framework Friday after a meticulous restoration by artistic ironworkers from Normandy. The imposing cross, spanning 12 meters and weighing 1.5...