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Trump campaign kicks off Catholic voter outreach project

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 10:32am

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is ramping up its courtship of Catholic voters ahead of a likely November matchup against a devout Catholic Democrat, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Feeding the front lines, one duck confit at a time

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 7:39am

On a break from the front lines, nurse practitioner Gabe Westhemier tucked into a plate of duck confit, the work of one of the city's celebrity chefs. ("It was wonderful.")

Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 2:50am

Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, when Muslims gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut down.

After ignoring warnings, Israeli ultra-Orthodox hit by virus

Ariel Schalit and Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 12:43am

Early this week, the streets of the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak were bustling with shoppers as ultra-Orthodox residents, obeying their religious leaders, ignored pleas to stay home in the face of the coronavirus threat.

Here’s what you told us general conference means to you

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 7:11pm

We asked readers to share what general conference means to them personally. Here is a collection of stories from our readers.

Crews will remove angel Moroni as they work to fix earthquake damage at the Salt Lake Temple

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 12:16pm

Crews will temporarily remove angel Moroni from the Salt Lake Temple while they work to remove stones displaced by Utah's 5.7 magnitude earthquake.

South African cops storm Cape Town church to expel migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 8:37am

South African police wearing riot gear forced their way into a church in central Cape Town on Thursday to remove hundreds of foreign migrants who had been sheltering there for months.

Timeline: How general conference has changed over the past 190 years

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Apr 1st - 7:33pm

Here’s a timeline of how the church’s general conferences have changed over the years.

Australia's highest court to rule on Pell's appeal next week

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 7:26pm

Australia's highest court will deliver its ruling next week on whether to overturn the convictions of Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse.

Virus lockdown changes how Hindus celebrate holy period

Biswajeet Banerjee and Gary Fields, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 12:21pm

Rukmani Sharma fears the virus that has turned the world upside down. But as a devout Hindu, she also fears for her soul.

Here’s how to watch general conference this weekend

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Apr 1st - 11:00am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' April conference will be held "via technology only." Here's how to watch it.

Saudi official urges Muslims to delay hajj plans over virus

Aya Batrawy and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 12:08am

A senior Saudi official urged more than 1 million Muslims intending to perform the hajj to delay making plans this year — comments suggesting the pilgrimage could be cancelled due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

Here are 5 of the most impactful moments in general conference history

Ryan Miller,  |  Posted Mar 31st - 4:07pm

President Russell M. Nelson is far from the first church president to make stirring announcements at general conference. Here are some of the more impactful moments in the long history of general conference.

Too little too late? Experts decry Mexico virus policy delay

MarÍa Verza and Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 31st - 3:57pm

Mexico has started taking tougher measures against the coronavirus after weeks of its president hugging followers and saying religious medals would protect him. Some experts warn the sprawling country of 129 million is acting too late and testing too little to prevent the type of crisis unfolding across the border in the United States.

UN begins home food drops for Gaza's needy to stem virus

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 31st - 10:56am

A U.N. aid agency Tuesday began delivering food to the homes of impoverished Palestinians instead of making them pick up such parcels at crowded distribution centers — part of an attempt to prevent a mass outbreak of the new coronavirus in the densely populated Gaza Strip.

Virus forces world religions to similar plans for holidays

Gary Fields, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 31st - 10:12am

The global pandemic is upending the season’s major religious holidays, forcing leaders and practitioners across the spectrum to improvise. They’re having to finding new ways to live out their beliefs in a time of social distancing and empty houses of worship.

Correction: Brazilian churches bristle at virus quarantines

Diane Jeantet, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 11:03pm

In a story March 31 about Brazilian churches criticizing quarantine measures, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Presbyterian choir members in the U.S. were infected by the new coronavirus. In fact, they were members of a community choir that rehearsed in a Presbyterian church.

Liberty University: We're complying with virus-related ban

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 12:53pm

Virginia's governor on Monday ordered all higher education institutions to halt any in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic, a move likely directed at Liberty University, which initially declined to stop all on-campus teaching.

Rabbi who spied on women taking ritual baths released

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 7:20am

A once-prominent Orthodox rabbi who secretly videotaped nude women at a Jewish ritual bath in Washington was released early from prison amid the coronavirus pandemic.