Latest Prayer News

Group clings to faith as US works on Haiti kidnapping case

Oct. 22, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.S. religious organization whose 17 members were kidnapped in Haiti asked supporters on Friday to pray and share stories with the victims' families of how their faith helped them through difficult times as efforts to recover them entered a sixth day. ...

Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 47

Oct. 15, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 47 people and wounding 70, a Taliban official said. It was the deadliest day since the U.S. military withdrawal. ...

Taliban official says explosion strikes mosque in southern Afghanistan during Friday prayers

Oct. 15, 2021 05:31 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban official says explosion strikes mosque in southern Afghanistan during Friday prayers.

German city of Cologne permits broadcast of muezzin's call

Oct. 11, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German city of Cologne will start permitting mosques to broadcast muezzin calls for prayer, the city said Monday. The calls can be broadcast for five minutes every week for the Friday prayer around noon and audible outside the Muslim houses of prayer,...

Witnesses report explosion in a mosque in northern Afghanistan after a Friday prayer service leaves several casualties

Oct. 08, 2021 06:25 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Witnesses report explosion in a mosque in northern Afghanistan after a Friday prayer service leaves several casualties.

Israeli court ruling on major holy site angers Palestinians

Oct. 07, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A ruling by a local Israeli court in favor of a Jewish man who prayed quietly at a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site has angered Muslim authorities, who denounced it on Thursday as a violation of the fragile status quo governing the compound. The Al-Aqsa...

Mattoon church dedicates earth-friendly prayer garden

Oct. 03, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — As vehicles sped by on nearby Illinois Route 16, First Presbyterian Church members stopped and took time on a recent Sunday afternoon to appreciate a new garden oasis on the church’s campus. The parishioners were taking part in a dedication...

La Crosse Muslim community reaches out to Afghan evacuees

Oct. 02, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — La Crosse has a relatively small Muslim community, but it’s ready to assist any immigrants from Afghanistan who settle in the area. Wahhab Khandker says that Othman Bin Affan Mosque in La Crosse has provided resources to Afghans being treated in...

AP PHOTOS: Across faiths and borders, the faces of prayer

Oct. 01, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

Blue sky and wispy clouds framed the outline of an ultra-Orthodox man of the Kiryat Sanz Hasidic sect on a hill in Israel during a Tashlich ceremony, in which Jews symbolically cast off their sins into a body of water, ahead of the Yom Kippur holiday. Tibetan exiles in...

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...