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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.

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 11:02pm

The U.N. humanitarian chief is urgently appealing for $2.4 billion to help millions in war-torn Yemen cope with the conflict and COVID-19, saying programs are already being cut and the situation is “alarming.”

LA allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 7:00pm

Retail shops and offices were allowed to open Wednesday and the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. announced a plan to resume services as Los Angeles County took another step toward a reopening that seemed hard to imagine a week ago.

US priest who founded Knights of Columbus to be beatified

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 6:01am

The founder of the Knights of Columbus, the influential U.S.-based lay Catholic organization, is moving a step closer to possible sainthood.

Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 12:11pm

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday night that he would allow casinos to reopen June 4, welcoming tourists to return to the glitzy gambling mecca of Las Vegas.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:50am

a day after President Donald Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that state’s Democratic governor didn’t assure Trump that the August gathering can go forward despite coronavirus fears. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, sent an open plea to Trump on Tuesday to consider his state as an alternate site for the convention, which is set to gather more than 2,500 delegates and thousands more guests, press and security officials.

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.

St. Cloud diocese in Minnesota to pay abuse victims $22.5M

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 7:30am

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud in Minnesota will pay sexual abuse victims $22.5 million and file for bankruptcy, according to a settlement agreement.