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Army veteran, minister says Chicago police mistakenly raided his home

Police say they’re looking into how this happened. The minister says he holds no ill will but wants the department to admit it made a mistake.

Trump hosts winning Baylor women’s basketball team

FBI got tips minutes before California synagogue attack

Hackers strike Ohio Catholic church, steal $1.75M in email scheme

  As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

Woman carrying gun, infant tackled by parishioners after threatening to blow up San Diego church

  Woman has baby days after having a stroke

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  Short-circuit ‘likely caused’ Notre Dame fire

Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

  Official: Notre Dame faced ‘chain-reaction collapse’ in fire

  Buttigieg handles anti-gay hecklers during Iowa rally

  Middle school textbook in East Tennessee stirs religious controversy

Oklahoma couple visiting Paris saw the Notre Dame fire in person

  Police: Murder suspect tried to escape police custody after shooting Memphis pastor, wife

A murder suspect tried to escaped police custody hours after killing a Memphis pastor and injuring his wife.

Mormons to allow baptisms for children of gay parents, repealing 2015 rule

The surprise announcement by the faith widely known as the Mormon church reverses rules that triggered widespread condemnations from LGBTQ members and their allies and marked a jarring shift from the religion's push to carve out a more compassionate stance on LGBTQ issues.

Arkansas pastor to lead Southern Baptist committee

Arkansas Pastor Ronnie Floyd has been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee

  59 graves at Jewish cemetery vandalized with anti-Semitic symbols and language

Police are searching for suspects in the mass vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts.

  Arkansas church having services at community center after losing building to fire

  Boy forced to wipe Ash Wednesday cross off forehead at Utah school

Dems struggle to respond to Rep. Omar over Israel comments

  Woman burned in Palestine robbery shares story of survival, faith

  Vatican admits secret rules for priests who have kids, report says

  Former Memphis bishop accused of sexual abuse

  Alabama lawmakers file bill for elective Bible course in public schools

Would you give your blessings for your child to take a Bible class in his or her public school?

  “Heaven Has A Wall” grocery store ad ignites controversy

A family-owned Christian grocery store with locations across several states in the Southeast is dealing with backlash as customers argue a weekly ad mailer included a controversial political message.

Report: Hundreds abused by Southern Baptist leaders, workers

Two newspapers uncovered that hundreds of Southern Baptist church leaders and workers have been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years.

Holy water: Giant cross washes ashore on Florida beach

The sacred symbol appeared on a Fort Lauderdale beach over the weekend.

Sarah Sanders: God wanted Trump to be president

Speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested a possible factor in Trump's win: divine will.

’Bible literacy’ bills, endorsed by Trump, reopen divide over religious studies in public schools

Laws proposed in a handful of states promote the academic examination of the Bible, but critics have argued that in practice it amounts to religious education.

‘I pray every day for the Lord to use me:’ SC FedEx delivery driver recounts chance meeting with stranger on a delivery route

A South Carolina woman’s passionate and heartfelt video after an encounter with a woman on her delivery route and her message to help others in need has gone viral, with the video amassing more than 14 million views.

  Celebration of life held for prominent Jonesboro woman

Community members came together Saturday to celebrate Elder Susan Woods Rodgers.

  Pastor tumbles on trampoline while trying to make analogy

Matthew Thompson’s sermon didn’t go as planned but his message was widely seen on social media.

Vatican spokesman, deputy resign amid crisis period for pope

The Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, and his deputy resigned suddenly Monday amid an overhaul of the Vatican's communications operations that coincides with a troubled period in Pope Francis' papacy

  Cameras given access near site of Jesus Christ’s baptism for first time in 50 years

The churches are near what is believed to be the baptismal site of Jesus, one of the holiest places in The churches are near what is believed to be the baptismal site of Jesus, one of the holiest places in Christianity. (Source: CNN). (Source: CNN)

Satanic Temple allowed to intervene in Ten Commandments case

A federal judge is allowing the Satanic Temple to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a Ten Commandments monument installed near Arkansas' state Capitol

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

  Group asks 3 Wise Men display be taken down, residents of Michigan town rush to defend it

A group asked that the Christmas display be removed from a public school's roof overlooking town.

  Church goes “no shave” for November

Sutton Free Will does no shave November for prostate cancer

Firefighters battle blaze at old church

White County firefighters spent most of Saturday battling a fire at a old church, with crews working feverishly to help save the building.

Church to offer free Thanksgiving dinner

An area church will be providing a free Thanksgiving dinner early this year for families who are in need.

Springfield yoga community responds to pastor’s sermon

Springfield's yoga community is speaking out after a pastor at an Assemblies of God megachurch warned Christians to avoid the popular activity because he claims it has "demonic roots."

Birth control mandate dropped for some businesses with religious, moral objections

Government programs that provide free or subsidized contraceptive coverage to low-income women will continue.

Jewish nurse: I treated mass shooting suspect out of love

A Jewish nurse who treated the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect says that he saw confusion but not evil in the man's eyes, and that his own actions stemmed from love

Pope decries attack on Christian worshippers in Egypt

Pope Francis has decried the attack on pilgrims in Egypt, saying they were killed "for being Christians."

Muslim crowdfunding campaign for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims tops $200,000

The money raised will go to support the short-term needs of the shooting victims, paying for things like funeral expenses and medical bills

Teacher saves priest after he passes out while speaking

Staff members from one Memphis catholic school are being praised for saving a priest's life.

  Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims remembered: ‘The loss is incalculable’

A day after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead, officials released the names of the victims. The oldest of them was 97. The youngest was 54. They included a pair of brothers and a husband and wife.

  Police: Synagogue gunman said he wanted all Jews to die

A gunman who expressed hatred of Jews exploited a vulnerability common in so many houses of worship across the country – doors that are unlocked for worship – to target a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Pope Francis grieves for Jewish victims in Pittsburgh

Pope Francis is grieving with Pittsburgh's Jewish community following the massacre at a synagogue there, denouncing the "inhuman act of violence" and praying for an end to the "flames of hatred" that fueled it

Pope forcibly removes Memphis bishop after investigation

Pope Francis has forcibly removed the bishop of Memphis, Tennessee, Monsignor Martin Holley, following a Vatican investigation into leadership in the diocese

Young Catholics urge Vatican to issue inclusive LGBT message

Catholic bishops are entering the final week of debate over hot-button issues facing young Catholics, including how the church should welcome gays and respond to the clerical sex abuse scandal that has discredited many in the church hierarchy

Birth of a new Ukrainian church brings fears of violence

Tensions over the imminent formation of a Ukrainian Orthodox church independent of Moscow are raising fears that nationalists will try to seize Russian church properties

US pastor freed from Turkey prays with Trump in Oval Office

American pastor Andrew Brunson prays with Trump in Oval Office after being freed from confinement in Turkey

AP Interview: Jerusalem mayor wants UN agency out of city

Jerusalem's outgoing mayor has called on the international community to consider his proposal to close the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees in the city, saying there is "no such thing" as a refugee in Jerusalem

Vatican defends pope against 'blasphemous' cover-up claims

Vatican official defends pope against 'blasphemous' claims of cover-up by ex-ambassador over McCarrick scandal

  Nobel prize-winning ‘God Particle’ physicist dies; sold prize to pay for medical care

He's described as a giant in his field who also had a passion for sharing science, resulting in his book, "The God Particle." Lederman won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1988 with two other scientists for discovering a subatomic particle called the muon neutrino.

  Church catches fire hours before firefighter’s wedding

Conrad and DaLiza Fernandes were married at a nearby church.

Hurricane Florence victims need help

Thousands displaced by Hurricane Florence.

  St Paul United Methodist Church builds “blessing box”

St Paul United Methodist church gives back to the community

Jewish group in Germany condemns 'strongly rooted' extremism

Germany's Central Council of Jews says the attack on a kosher restaurant in Chemnitz by masked neo-Nazis shows problems in the region are deeper than simply concerns over new migrants

Catholic faithful demand change after sex abuse scandals

Catholics shaken by revelations of sex abuse and alleged cover-ups are rising up and demanding change in hopes of saving the church they love

  Parents charged after son dies during month of fasting to get ‘blessing from God’

Both the deceased 15-year-old and his younger brother, who is being treated at the hospital, were described as extremely emaciated.

A Shreveport faith-based water park ends the season with bang

President and CEO of Splash Kingdom Johnny Blevins talks goes behind the scenes and talk about his business started up. He also talks about how Splash Kingdom is ending the season with a splash by having some fun with your furry friend.

  Man alleges he was fired for not attending Bible study

A man is taking his former employer to court alleging he was forced to attend Bible study. The construction company owner says that’s not what happened.

Trump reportedly warns evangelical leaders of violence against them if GOP loses midterms

During a closed-door meeting with evangelicals Monday, Trump warned of violence from left-leaning groups if Republicans lose, based on a recording made by people in the room.

Hawley: Law prohibiting politics at the pulpit should change

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, wants to do away with a provision in the federal tax code that bars religious organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates

  City Youth Ministries adding new programs

City Youth Ministries is providing the children they serve even more learning and extra-curricular opportunities this year.

  Church gives Jonesboro teen bike; teen wants to make community better

One Jonesboro teen said Tuesday he's looking to help make his community a better place than it is today.

  Gospel bands help give back to local organization

Two gospel bands gave back to a local non-profit organization by performing at a benefit concert.

Church posts warning about gay pride event at AR theme park

An Arkansas church warned parents about bringing their children to Magic Springs because of a gay pride event.