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  • Pastor draws parallels from comic strips to faith

    Growing up in the 1950s, the Rev. Nick Phillips, pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church in Biggersville and lawyer at Phillips and Phillips law firm in Iuka, remembers his family tradition of reading the Sunday morning comic strips together before getting up to do anything else.

  • Misa Panamericana a tradition at Houston church

    It's the final Mass on Palm Sunday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, and although the rows of hard oak pews already are packed, an insistent throng pushes through the door. Each worshipper receives a palm frond, then genuflects to God before moving into the holy interior that smells faintly of candle wax.

  • Goat-raising rabbi leader in Jewish food movement

    When Rabbi Marc Soloway is troubled, he goes to the goats. It's a short walk to the Jewish goat-milking co-op in his semirural neighborhood, and when he cradles a kid in his arms, his face radiates joy. "It really lifts my spirits after a hard day when there's a lot of emotional trauma going on," he said. "The energy of the animals is so calming to be around."

  • Texas Department of Public Safety cars idle along a road on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, Thursday, April 17, 2014, near Eldorado, Texas. State agents have seized the property, which belonged to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and was where hundreds of children were removed during a 2008 FBI raid prompted by child sex abuse allegations. The group's leader, Warren Jeffs, is serving life in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting two girls he took as child brides. The state sought to seize the property over allegations of mismanagement by Jeffs. (AP Photo/San Angelo Standard-Times, Jennifer Rios)

    Texas seizes polygamist group's secluded ranch

    The secluded Texas ranch where followers of imprisoned polygamist Warren Jeffs lived in near isolation was seized by state agents on Thursday, nearly six years after FBI agents raided the property and removed hundreds of children amid child sex abuse allegations.

  • ** FILE ** This May 5, 2011 photo shows Rep. Walter Jones, North Carolina Republican, speaking on Capitol Hill. House Speaker John Boehner's decision to take plum committee assignments away from four Republican lawmakers after they bucked party leaders on key votes isn't going over well with conservative advocacy groups. Jones will lose his seat on the House Financial Services Committee. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

    Lawmakers rail against Air Force rules on religious expression

    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing back at the Air Force's crackdown on religious expression, penning a letter that requests the military branch adopt what they say is a more constitutional policy regarding First Amendment freedoms, especially for cadets.

  • Illustration on Easter by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

    OVERBECK: Easter's message to the secularist

    Now that a CEO can be forced from his job because he once contributed to a pro-heterosexual-marriage campaign, and a baker cannot legally refuse to bake a cake celebrating a "wedding" that he believes violates God's law, don't look for secularists to pause from their labors on Good Friday.

  • Popularity of religious tattoos seems enduring

    Jes Farris says it happens two or three times a day. Someone walks into Studio 13, a local tattoo shop he owns with his brother, Jake, and inquires about getting a religious tattoo.

  • Man charged with stealing from church, school

    Police in Van Buren have arrested a man for allegedly embezzling $94,000 from a church and a school where he handled the organizations' finances.

  • Richmond diocese works to reinvigorate church

    The Diocese of Richmond is reaching out to disaffected or lapsed parishioners as part of a push to reinvigorate the local church.

  • Funerals scheduled for 2 Atlanta firefighters

    Atlanta Fire Rescue officials say they're preparing for the funerals of two firefighters who died recently.

  • San Diego Roman Catholic bishop suffers stroke

    Church officials say the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego is being treated at a hospital after suffering a stroke.

  • Higher Ground: Colbert the Catholic

    Stephen Colbert has made it clear that when he takes over "The Late Show" from David Letterman next year, it will be himself, not "Stephen Colbert," sitting behind the desk. In an interview with The New York Times, Mr. Colbert, 49, said he would not use his satirical character from Comedy Central in his new job.

  • Court: Religious jobs exempt from some labor laws

    Religious institutions in Kentucky may hire and fire people from strictly ecclesiastical jobs as they see fit, but could face legal action if an employment contract is involved, the Kentucky Supreme Court rules Thursday.

  • Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates after Clemson defeated Ohio State 40-3 in the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Atheists lodge complaint against Clemson football program for prayers, Bible studies

    The Freedom From Religion Foundation has lodged a complaint against the Clemson football program, accusing coach Dabo Swinney of hosting a team that's "entangled" and "entrenched" in religion.

  • Christian broadcaster wins health care injunction

    Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception in its health insurance.

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