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Old Danville Cemetery remembered, cared for

- Associated Press

The long dead buried in the old Danville cemetery finally may be resting in peace, thanks to recent improvements made by the Des Moines County Pioneer Cemetery Commission.

In Elton, a church struggles to survive

- Associated Press

Elton United Methodist Church, which dates from about 1911, is facing an uncertain future and may close due to financial struggles, a dwindling congregation and an aging structure.

Religious services protest Upper Peninsula mine

Associated Press

Opponents of a nickel and copper mine that recently began operating in Michigan's Upper Peninsula are planning religious services to mourn what they say will be a loss of peacefulness and a clean environment in the area.

Site for Greek church near WTC gets blessing

- Associated Press

Hundreds of members of New York's Greek Orthodox community attended a blessing ceremony on Saturday for a church that will replace a house of worship that was destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

MEMBER FEATURE EXCHANGE ADVANCE FOR OCT. 19 -- In this Oct. 8, 2014 photo, patient Anna Pacheco, left, talks with Sister Carole Mello, center, and chaplain, and chaplain Marika Hull, right, at Saint Anne's Hospital Regional Cancer Center in Fall River, Mass. Hull and the other chaplains at the hospital aim to help people diagnosed with cancer ponder ways in which they can connect to other people and things in life they value. (AP Photo/The Herald News, Dave Souza)

Fall River cancer center's chaplain helps patients

- Associated Press

A significant part of Marika Hull's role as a chaplain at the Saint Anne's Hospital Hudner Oncology Center in Fall River is to help cancer patients discover their inner strength.

Care Fair shines light on caregivers' needs

- Associated Press

As a wife, mother and businesswoman, Gayle Twigger-Shaw, a well-known Charleston interior designer, was accustomed to wearing many hats. But after her husband was diagnosed with a life-changing illness, she said her amazing multi-tasking skills nearly came to a halt.

CORRECTS TO TARA SINGH KANG FROM TARA SING KANG - Harmeet Dhillon, left, speaks with Tara Singh Kang, and his wife Rachhpal during a precinct walk to gather support in the Sikh community for Congressional candidate Doug Ose in Elk Grove, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Sikh political activists in California are campaigning against freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera for what they call his refusal to acknowledge the Indian government's complicity in the massacre of thousands of Sikhs in 1984. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

Sikh massacre in India is issue in California race

- Associated Press

Anger stemming from a 30-year-old religious clash in India that left thousands dead has crept into one of the closest and most expensive congressional races in the country.

Houston changes approach to sermon subpoenas

- Associated Press

Houston city attorneys are no longer seeking through subpoenas sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents.

Bishop objects to Notre Dame gay marriage policy

Associated Press

A northern Indiana Catholic bishop said he believes University of Notre Dame leaders should have waited before deciding to extend benefits to same-sex spouses after court rulings legalized gay marriage in the state.

In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2014, Chinese artist Li Dapeng talks to reporters in front of one of his works depicting a typical Chinese scene featuring figures with grotesque pig heads at his studio in the Songzhuang art district in eastern Beijing, China. Artists in Songzhuang have long enjoyed rare creative freedoms by keeping their art and conversation mostly away from the public, but police arrested 13 people who work or live in the district in October after they posted online pictures and commentary support pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.(AP Photo/Jack Chang)

Chinese art colony's free-speech illusion shatters

- Associated Press

Just a few weeks ago, oil painters in eastern Beijing's Songzhuang art district had welcomed foreign reporters into their studios and shown off works tackling such touchy subjects as China's prisons and Communist Party politics. Over lunch, they candidly lamented the state of free speech in China while chewing on chicken and downing glasses of beer.

Harmeet Dhillon, left, speaks with Tara Sing Kang, and his wife Rachhpal during a precinct walk to gather support in the Sikh community for Congressional candidate Doug Ose in Elk Grove, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Sikh political activists in California are campaigning against freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera for what they call his refusal to acknowledge the Indian government's complicity in the massacre of thousands of Sikhs in 1984.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

Sikh massacre in India is issue in California race

- Associated Press

Anger stemming from a 30-year-old religious clash in India that left thousands dead has crept into one of the closest and most expensive congressional races in the country.

Hopes of Catholic church reform rise after deal

- Associated Press

The landmark clergy abuse settlement announced Monday buoyed hopes for reform in Minnesota's Catholic church, but it leaves unanswered questions about what comes next for survivors, church finances and future transparency.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi poses for a photo in his office before meeting with the media, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. Choi announced that he won't file criminal charges in seven cases of alleged sexual misconduct involving eight Catholic priests. Choi said police are investigating three other cases, one of which is likely to lead to prosecution. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Charges possible in a Minnesota priest abuse case

- Associated Press

A Minnesota prosecutor said Friday that charges may be brought in at least one case of alleged sexual misconduct by a Catholic priest, and that a case involving allegations that Archbishop John Nienstedt improperly touched a boy remains open despite an earlier decision not to charge him.