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Vatican centralizes contracting to cut waste, corruption

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 4:54am

Gone are the days of the half-million euro Christmas Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square.

Lockdowns ease across Europe, Asia with new tourism rules

Nicole Winfield, Pablo Gorondi and Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 11:14pm

The first day of June saw coronavirus restrictions ease from Asia to Europe on Monday, even as U.S. protests against police brutality sparked fears of new outbreaks. The Colosseum opened its ancient doors in Rome, ferries restarted in Bangladesh, golfers played in Greece, students returned in Britain and Dutch bars and restaurants were free to welcome hungry, thirsty patrons.

Pope: Pull together, avoid pessimism in this coronavirus era

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 3:47am

Pope Francis is cautioning against pessimism as many people emerge from coronavirus lockdowns to lament that nothing will ever be the same.

Mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem amid virus woes

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 12:48am

Tens of thousands of mosques across Saudi Arabia reopened Sunday for the first time in more than two months, with worshipers ordered to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as Islam's holiest site in Mecca remained closed to the public.

'We Grieve': Community project unites neighbors in healing

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 12:46am

It’s nothing flashy. But then, it’s not supposed to be.

Pope presides over virus prayer in hint normalcy returning

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 1:14pm

Pope Francis prayed Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic and the development of a vaccine as he presided over an outdoor gathering that signaled a semblance of normalcy returning to the Vatican after a coronavirus lockdown lasting more than two months.

Some Old Order Mennonites feel called to return to church

Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 8:25am

For the first time in weeks, kids played in the church cemetery. Nearby, a group of men in their 20s reflected on what it meant to gather again during the pandemic.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 10:34pm

A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Officials cite mistakes as CDC removes coronavirus guidance

Mike Stobbe and Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 3:32pm

U.S. health officials removed some coronavirus reopening tips for religious organizations only hours after posting them late last week, deleting guidance that discouraged choir gatherings and the use of shared communion cups.

Vice President Pence mourns loss of evangelist at service

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 1:47pm

The world has lost a great evangelist in Ravi Zacharias, who could use his intellect and kindness to make the case for the Christian faith, Vice President Mike Pence said Friday.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 7:25am

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The Latest: 400 German managers, workers returning to China

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 2:12am

Around 400 German managers, workers and family members have begun returning to China aboard charter flights as multinational companies in the world’s second-largest economy seek to get their operations running again at full speed.

AP Explains: What's behind latest India-China border tension

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 1:25am

Tensions along the China-India border high in the Himalayas have flared again in recent weeks.

Communion unchanged in Greek Orthodox Church despite virus

Elena Becatoros and Costas Kantouris, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 12:15am

One by one, the children and adults line up for the centuries-old ritual of Holy Communion, trying to keep a proper social distance. The priest dips a spoon into the chalice of bread and wine, which the faithful believe is the body and blood of Christ, and puts it into the mouth of the first person in line.

GOP lawyer fights California governor on stay-at-home orders

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 11:01pm

Long before Harmeet Dhillon became the leader of the legal fight against California's stay-at-home order, she was a new elementary school student in North Carolina uncomfortable because she didn't know the Christian prayer her classmates recited every morning.

Officials announce cancellation of Logan Pioneer Day parade and celebration

Sahalie Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted May 28th - 2:33pm

Logan officials announced the cancellation of the city’s Pioneer Day parade and celebration Thursday morning — the latest in a string of summer events around the state canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Man charged in Mennonite woman's death grew up in the faith

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 11:02am

In a forest clearing outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Sasha Krause was found cold and stiff, with a bullet wound to the back of her head. She was face down beneath brush, wearing a gray dress, white coat and hiking shoes. Her hair was pinned in a bun and her hands bound by duct tape. Her underwear was missing.

AP PHOTOS: Romanian port city marks Easter late due to virus

Vadim Ghirda, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 2:07am

Stretching the church calendar, Orthodox Easter arrived over a month late in a Romanian city on the shores of the Black Sea.

Parents settle lawsuit over disabled son's forced baptism

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 9:52am

The parents of a disabled Ohio teen have settled a lawsuit against a church and others over what they said was the boy's forced baptism at a picnic in 2016, the parents' attorneys said.