Health & Spirit

Detective says he warned of key witness in trial of monsignor

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PHILADELPHIA -- It was January 2012, a month before the start of the child endangerment trial of Monsignor William J. Lynn, and retired Philadelphia Police Detective Joseph Walsh was called back to work by the district attorney's office to prep a key prosecution witness.

Instead, Walsh told a Philadelphia judge Friday, the veteran detective ...Read more

NC pastors — one white, one black — seek to build bonds between their churches

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APEX, N.C. -- On the day of 2015's racially motivated attack on nine black worshipers in Charleston, S.C., Pastor Kyle Meier of Peak United Methodist Church picked up the phone to call Rev. James Taylor at nearby St. Mary AME Church.

Meier, who is white, asked if there was anything he and his predominantly white church on North Salem Street ...Read more

Americans are less Christian, but not so Congress

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WASHINGTON -- The share of U.S. adults who describe themselves as Christians has been declining for decades, but today's Congress is about as Christian as it was in the early 1960s, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.

The survey finds that among members of the new, 115th Congress, which took office Tuesday, 91 percent ...Read more

Hindus strive to end commercialization of their faith's sacred images

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Bathroom mats. Toilet seats. Shoes. Dog tags.

All of these items have, in recent years, gone on sale adorned with images of Hindu deities, particularly that of Ganesha, known most commonly in the West for his elephant face.

"It is inappropriate, and it is offensive to devotees," said Rajan Zed, a Reno-based Hindu activist who protests against ...Read more

Feds sue Michigan city for rejecting mosque; call move anti-Muslim

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DETROIT -- The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the city of Sterling Heights claiming the Detroit suburb was biased against Muslims when it shot down a plan to build a mosque there last year.

The Justice Department claims in the lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit that Sterling Heights officials ...Read more

These angels are on a mission to feed the hungry

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Donna Rincon once needed the help of Angels On A Mission, the food closet at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship. Little did she know that she'd find herself leading the food ministry before too long.

But that's how God works, said John Jernigan, who founded 17-year-old Lighthouse Christian Fellowship to save souls and help the ...Read more

Somali-American teen makes semifinals at Miss Minnesota USA pageant

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MINNEAPOLIS -- It seemed only fitting that Halima Aden was the first contestant to introduce herself to the audience. Many of the cameras were there for her, after all.

The 19-year-old Somali-American sauntered on stage during the Miss Minnesota USA pageant Saturday night in a "burkini," a bathing suit covering her from neck to wrist to ankle. ...Read more

Pope indefinitely extends provision on seeking pardon for abortion

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis on Monday indefinitely extended a provision that makes it easier for Catholics to seek a pardon for the "grave sin" of abortion.

The special provision was originally meant to last only throughout the Jubilee of Mercy, a Catholic festival that started on Nov. 8, 2015, and ended Sunday.

During the jubilee -- also ...Read more

Baltimore archdiocese pays settlements to people alleging abuse by late priest

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BALTIMORE -- The Archdiocese of Baltimore has paid a series of settlements to people alleging they were sexually abused by a priest who worked at Archbishop Keough High School decades ago.

The payments stem from allegations of abuse by A. Joseph Maskell, who denied an initial allegation before he died in 2001.

Sheldon Jacobs, an attorney ...Read more

Cardinal from Galveston-Houston archdiocese to lead US bishops

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PITTSBURGH -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday elected Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who leads the large Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in Texas, to be its new president.

The conference also elected another cardinal from a heavily Hispanic archdiocese, Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, to be its vice president.

The election comes just ...Read more

He used to arrest Fresno gang members. Now, he's turning them into 'warriors for Christ'

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FRESNO, Calif. -- Police officer Dave Standley no longer patrols the streets of Fresno on Friday nights -- he leads church.

The founder of Gangland Redemption Ministries preaches in a gymnasium at Valley Dream Center in east-central Fresno. Worship includes rap and hip-hop music, church volunteers wear sports jerseys and churchgoers call ...Read more

NC churches reach out to younger crowds

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- For more than 200 years, members of Edenton Street United Methodist Church have worshiped from wooden pews that are bathed in sunlight filtering in through stained-glass windows.

Six blocks away in downtown Raleigh, some worshipers now gather at the church's second campus: a modern white building with a garage door that opens ...Read more

Beside the dying, nun stands vigil each night

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LOS ANGELES -- Esperanza Calderon stared at Sister Maria Socorro with half-closed eyes. The nun hunched over her as she reclined in a living room chair, wrapped in a blanket and slowly but inexorably dying.

As the 70-year-old woman's sister clasped her hand, Socorro held a book open across her palms. Together the three women prayed.

"Lord, I ...Read more