Christianity

Pope Francis holds a candle as he presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
April 20, 2019 - 4:31 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — At an Easter vigil in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the "glitter of wealth," and to avoid seeking life's meaning in "things that pass away." "Do not bury hope!" Francis exclaimed, after noting that when things go...
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Ukrainian presidential candidate and popular comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during their final electoral campaign debate at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 19, 2019. Friday is the last official day of election canvassing in Ukraine as all presidential candidates and their campaigns will be barred from campaigning on Saturday, the day before the vote. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
April 20, 2019 - 4:10 pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who plays the role of Ukraine's president on television is set to take on the job for real, pushing out the man who currently holds the office, according to public opinion surveys ahead of Sunday's election. Saturday was a so-called "day of quiet," on which...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2019, file photo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., worships at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, S.C. By now, most Democratic presidential candidates have polished their stump speeches. But when they’re in South Carolina, they may need to add in a sermon. In a large and diverse primary field, White House hopefuls are angling to develop relationships with black churches. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)
April 20, 2019 - 5:16 am
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — By now, most Democratic presidential candidates have polished their stump speeches. But when they're in South Carolina, they may need to add in a sermon. In a large and diverse primary field, White House hopefuls are angling to develop relationships with black churches...
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The Salt Lake Temple is shown Friday, April 19, 2019, in Salt Lake City. The iconic temple central to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith will close for four years to complete a major renovation, and officials are keeping a careful eye on construction plans after a devastating fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Church President Russell M. Nelson said Friday the closure will begin in December. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
April 19, 2019 - 5:57 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An iconic temple central to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith will close for four years for a major renovation to help it withstand earthquakes and be more welcoming to visitors, leaders said Friday. Authorities are also keeping a careful eye on...
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Striking workers stand on a picket line outside the Stop & Shop supermarket in Revere, Mass., Thursday, April 18, 2019. Some Jewish families in southern New England are preparing for Passover without the region's largest supermarket chain. Thousands of workers remain on strike and rabbis in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are advising their congregations not to cross the picket lines. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 18, 2019 - 5:01 pm
BOSTON (AP) — As thousands of Stop & Shop workers remain on strike in New England, some Jewish families are preparing for Passover without the region's largest supermarket chain, which has deep roots in the local Jewish community. A number of rabbis in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode...
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Pope Francis blows inside an amphora containing holy oil during a Chrism Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Thursday, April 18, 2019. During the Mass the Pontiff blesses a token amount of oil that will be used to administer the sacraments for the year. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
April 18, 2019 - 5:12 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is ushering in the most solemn period in the Catholic liturgical calendar by celebrating a Holy Thursday Mass, made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. The Crism Mass celebrates the unity of priests with their bishops...
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A worker checks on a wooden support structure placed on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Nearly $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a massive fire. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
April 17, 2019 - 1:41 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 7:40 p.m. The bells of France have tolled, ringing out from the nation's cathedrals and basilicas in commemoration of the Notre Dame fire. From Sacre Coeur in Paris' Montmartre district to...
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In this image made available on Tuesday April 16, 2019 flames and smoke rise from the blaze after the spire toppled over on Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. An inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument's "most precious treasures," including the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Jesus, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thierry Mallet)
April 16, 2019 - 8:46 pm
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Tuesday to rebuild Paris' beloved Notre Dame Cathedral "even more beautifully" after a raging fire destroyed its spire and its roof but spared most of the structure, including the church's twin medieval bell towers. Macron said he wanted to see...
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People make pictures of Notre Dame cathedral Tuesday April 16, 2019 in Paris. Firefighters declared success Tuesday in a more than 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral that claimed its spire and roof, but spared its bell towers and the purported Crown of Christ. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
April 16, 2019 - 5:23 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As foreign leaders expressed solidarity with France as it mourned the damage at Notre Dame Cathedral, people around the world shared their grief on social media along with unforgettable memories from the Paris landmark. They posted selfies and family photos that were taken at...
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FILE--In this Feb. 19, 2013 photo, a food preparer applies sherry to muskrat meat prior to the annual Muskrat Dinner at the Monroe Boat Club in Monroe, Mich. Roman Catholics are obligated to abstain from eating meat on Fridays as part of their Lenten penance. Except in the Detroit area, that is, where the faithful are free to dine on a certain rodent. The Archdiocese of Detroit says "there is a long-standing permission," dating to the region's missionary history in the 1700s, "to permit the consumption of muskrat on days of abstinence, including Fridays of Lent."(AP Photo/Mike Householder, File)
April 16, 2019 - 12:56 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate. A long-standing permission allows local Catholics to eat muskrat — a furry, marsh-dwelling rodent native to the...
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