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Across Africa, major churches strongly oppose LGBTQ rights

KWASI GYAMFI ASIEDU, CHINEDU ASADU, RODNEY MUHUMUZA and MOGOMOTSI MAGOME Associated Press In Ghana, home to a diverse array of religions, leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a “perversion” and endorsing legislation that would, if enacted, impose some of the harshest anti-LGBTQ policies in Africa. In Nigeria, the umbrella body for…

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Pope praises freedom of children after boy gets a skullcap

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday praised the “spontaneity and freedom” of children after a young boy approached him during his weekly general audience and motioned that he wanted the pope’s white skullcap. A good-humored Francis kept the boy by his side, and the head of the papal household, Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, gave…

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D.C. Cardinal pours praise on the press

ON RELIGION BY TERRY MATTINGLY With a controversial Catholic in the White House, there was no way for Cardinal Wilton Gregory to face a pack of Beltway journalists without fielding political questions. Job 1 was addressing President Joe Biden’s statement: “I respect them — those who believe life begins at the moment of conception and…

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Democratic governor woos believers in Brooklyn megachurch

On Religion Terry Mattingly In an age in which satire and news often overlap, it was hard to know what to make of this headline: “New York Atheists Claim Religious Exemption From Vaccine After Governor Claims That It’s From God.” This was satire, care of the Babylon Bee website. But the barbed humor focused on…

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Pope expresses ‘shame’ at scale of clergy abuse in France

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed “shame” for himself and the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday for the scale of child sexual abuse within the church in France and acknowledged failures in putting the needs of victims first. The pope spoke during his regular audience at the Vatican about a report released Tuesday that…

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Remnants of Black church uncovered in Colonial Williamsburg

BEN FINLEY Associated Press   WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The brick foundation of one of the nation’s oldest Black churches has been unearthed at Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum in Virginia that continues to reckon with its past storytelling about the country’s origins and the role of Black Americans. The First Baptist Church was…

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Grand Ole Opry Veteran Daryl Mosley comes to Taylorville!

  Waverly, TN – The community is invited to attend a concert by singer, songwriter, and storyteller Daryl Mosley on Sunday, October 17 at 6:00pm at Taylorville United Methodist Church, 200 S. Walnut Street, Taylorville, Ill. From countless appearances on “The Grand Ole Opry” to classic shows at the famous Bluebird Cafe to a touring…

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The Gospel according to the late Bishop John Shelby Spong

Bishop John Shelby Spong of Newark, New Jersey, never stuck “Why Christianity Must Change or Die” on the doors of Canterbury Cathedral, since it was easier to post a talking-points version of his manifesto on the internet. “Theism, as a way of defining God, is dead,” he pro- claimed in 1998. “Since God can no…

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Pope keeps German archbishop criticized over abuse scandal

GEIR MOULSON Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Pope Francis has decided to leave in office a prominent German archbishop who faced criticism for his handling of the church’s sexual abuse scandal, but the pontiff also gave the cleric a “spiritual timeout” of several months after he made “major errors” of communication, the Vatican said Friday.…

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The serious, mysterious faith of comedian Norm Macdonald

On Religion by Terry Mattingly While debating heretics, early Christians used the Greek term “hypostasis” — meaning “substance” and “subsistence” — to help define their belief in the Incarnation of Jesus as one person, yet with divine and human natures. This “hypostatic union” is not the kind of subject a comedian typically raises on a…

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