Christianity

FILE - In this April 12, 2020 file photo, Pastor W.R. Starr II preaches during a drive-in Easter Sunday service while churchgoers listen from their cars in the parking lot at Faith City Christian Center in Kansas City, Kan. As states grapple with when and how to reopen establishments amid the coronavirus pandemic, churches and nonprofits across the country are defending their religious freedom in court, finding success in the less polarizing practice of a drive-in worship designed to gather the faithful in person, at a distance. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
April 27, 2020 - 12:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — As states grapple with when and how to reopen establishments amid the pandemic, religious freedom remains a legal flashpoint – particularly for the conservative nonprofits that have taken a leading role in representing churches which have challenged stay-home orders. At least a...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 10, 2020 file photo, two visitors wear masks due to the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus as they walk through the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The institution is bracing for a $100 million shortfall in revenue due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
April 22, 2020 - 12:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — While celebrities and billionaires have announced huge gifts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, many charities and nonprofits are still struggling. Donations to some churches have plummeted, and many charities have had to cancel crucial fundraising events such as galas, bike races and...
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CORRECTS DATE IN PICTURE TO 2014 NOT 2016 - In this April 16, 2020, photo, John O’Connor, a reporter for The Associated Press in Springfield, Ill., holds a photo of his parents, Jack and Shirley O’Connor, and him at their 60th wedding anniversary celebration on Jan. 2, 2014. Jack and Shirley O’Connor, both 90, live in the house they bought in 1959 in Freeport, Ill. O’Connor says he and his siblings have focused on keeping their parents healthy during the coronavirus pandemic, which has kept the couple home, but hasn’t stopped the prayerful life they lead. (AP Photo/John O’Connor)
April 21, 2020 - 12:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — We call them “Madad,” my siblings and I: So inseparable, not to say indistinct, have my parents become during 66 years of marriage. When they call it's a twofer, dueling voices on separate extensions cheerfully greeting the new arrival on the line. But they don't call often...
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Pope Francis presides over a Mass in the Santo Spirito in Sassia church, in Rome, Sunday, April 19, 2020. The Pope celebrated the Sunday mass in the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, calling also to stop inequalities because, he said: "We are all frail, all equal, all precious. May we be profoundly shaken by what is happening all around us: the time has come to eliminate inequalities, to heal the injustice that is undermining the health of the entire human family.” (Vatican News via AP)
April 19, 2020 - 12:02 pm
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is urging the faithful to use the coronavirus pandemic's “time of trial” to prepare for a future where inequalities are abolished and the poorest are no longer left behind. “This is not some ideology,” Francis said. “It is Christianity.” Francis traveled a few blocks...
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Russian Orthodox Church nuns, observe social distancing guidelines as they attend the church's main service celebrating Orthodox Easter at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, early Sunday, April 19, 2020. Orthodox priests in much of Europe held Easter services in churches empty of parishioners because of restrictions imposed to block the spread of coronavirus. (Oleg Varov, Russian Orthodox Church Press Service via AP)
April 19, 2020 - 9:59 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The holiest day of the year for Orthodox Christians was reserved and glum in many countries where churches were closed to worshipers for Easter services because of restrictions aimed at suppressing the spread of the coronavirus. From Moscow to Addis Ababa, believers were either banned...
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A priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Nazariy, wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, blesses family members on the Easter eve near their house in the village of Nove close to capital Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, April, 18, 2020. All the Ukrainian churches have been closed for people because of COVID-19 outbreak, and believers wait for the priest right near their houses. For Orthodox Christians, this is normally a time of reflection, communal mourning and joyful release, of centuries-old ceremonies steeped in symbolism and tradition. But this year, Easter - by far the most significant religious holiday for the world's roughly 300 million Orthodox - has essentially been cancelled. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
April 18, 2020 - 6:39 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Orthodox priests in much of Europe held Easter services in churches empty of parishoners because of restrictions imposed to block the spread of coronavirus. In Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kyiv, priests at the services that began late Saturday night wore the elaborate robes that...
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An Orthodox clergyman holds holy fire to transfer to predominantly Orthodox countries from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many Christians to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's old city after the traditional Holy Fire ceremony was called off amid coronavirus, Saturday, April 18, 2020. A few clergymen on Saturday marked the Holy Fire ceremony as the coronavirus pandemic prevented thousands of Orthodox Christians from participating in one of their most ancient and mysterious rituals at the Jerusalem church marking the site of Jesus' tomb.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
April 18, 2020 - 9:06 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — A small group of Christian clerics celebrated the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on Saturday as the coronavirus pandemic prevented worshippers from taking part in the ancient ritual. They entered the Edicule, a chamber built on the site where...
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President Donald Trump listens as Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, April 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
April 17, 2020 - 8:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump held a call with faith leaders on Friday that included discussion about a phased-in return to broader in-person worship after weeks of religious services largely shifting online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Trump's call with faith leaders came one...
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In this Monday, April 13, 2020, photo a priest takes part in a Holy Monday ceremony held without worshippers at the Athens Cathedral, in Greece, during a lockdown order by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. For Orthodox Christians, this is normally a time of reflection and communal mourning followed by joyful release, of centuries-old ceremonies steeped in symbolism and tradition. But this year, Easter - by far the most significant religious holiday for the world's roughly 300 million Orthodox - has essentially been cancelled. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
April 17, 2020 - 3:08 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — For Orthodox Christians, this is normally a time of reflection and mourning followed by joyful release, of centuries-old ceremonies steeped in symbolism and tradition. But this year, Easter — by far the most significant religious holiday for the world’s roughly 300 million...
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April 17, 2020 - 10:49 am
BERLIN (AP) — Catholic Church officials in Germany say they are transferring a black priest to another post over concern for his safety, after his house and car were attacked and he received a death threat. The diocese of Speyer in southwest Germany said Friday that the priest, Patrick Asomugha,...
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