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  • Boy Scouts ban church that let gay man lead troop

    Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    SEATTLE — The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult to continue leading a troop. A Boy Scouts of America attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it could no longer hosts troops under the Boy...

  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    Associated Press
    Updated: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY — Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians. More than 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young...

  • At conference, chaplains learn to care for others, themselves

    by tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Chaplains from Pikes Peak-region military bases and the civilian community gathered at U.S. Northern Command this month to learn how to care for caregivers. In the past, the annual chaplains conference focused on how military preachers can help in disaster response and wartime events....

  • Easter reflections from the Springs

    BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Published: Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Coined by author J.R.R. Tolkien, a "eucatastrophe" is a sudden plot twist near a story's close that saves the characters from certain doom, making way for a happy ending. A devout Catholic, Tolkien saw the story of Jesus as a perfect example of a eucatastrophic tale, a story of good...

  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't...

  • Thousands take Good Friday path to Chimayo's sacred grounds

    by Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The road to Chimayo, N.M. is long and tiring during the Christian holy week leading up to Easter. But the spirits of the estimated 30,000 to 50,000 pilgrims who walk for hours to reach a famous Roman Catholic church outside of Santa Fe are anything but weary. George Warda of Parker...

  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites. Christians believe Jesus was...

  • Egypt's el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter

    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency. Pope Tawadros II is a strong backer of retired Field...

  • Atheist national conference aims at Mormon church

    ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Leaders of a national atheist group say the best spot to find a nonbeliever is in a place of faith. To that end, the American Atheists, in an effort to raise awareness and attract new members, are holding their annual conference over Easter weekend in the home...

  • Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

    MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS, Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus (AP) — An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island. It came...

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