Religion

Latest Religion

Video posted on YouTube of Pastor's 49ers joke.

Pastor, 49ers fan, fakes abbreviated service (VIDEO)

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — For Pastor Tim Christensen, San Francisco 49ers football trumps church — but only temporarily. Christensen and his son John pulled a little prank on their parishioners at Gold Hill Lutheran Church […]

01/14/2014

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Dec. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope says abortion is evidence of ‘throwaway culture’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday criticized abortion as evidence of a “throwaway culture” that wastes people as well as food, saying such a mentality is a threat to world peace. Francis also […]

01/13/2014

Rev. Fabian Baez, bottom right, sits behind Pope Francis on his popemobile as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope invites friend for spin in St. Peter’s Square

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has broken with papal protocol once again, inviting a friend for a spin in his panoramic white car. The Rev. Fabian Baez, a priest from Francis’ hometown in Buenos […]

01/08/2014

(AP Photo)

Bishops seek prayers to relieve dry California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Catholic bishops are asking for divine intervention as California endures what appears to be its third straight dry winter. The California Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday called on people of […]

01/07/2014

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope stresses strength, courage, hope in new year

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, laying out his hopes Wednesday for the just-begun year, urged people to work for a world where everyone accepts each other’s differences and where enemies recognize that they are […]

01/01/2014

Pope Francis holds a monstrance as he celebrates a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope asks people if they used 2013 to help others

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used his year-end prayer service on Tuesday evening to urge people to ask themselves a tough question: Did they mainly spend 2013 promoting self-interests or helping others? That’s what […]

12/31/2013

A man walks past a shop selling decorations ahead of New Years Eve in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israel likes a party but is torn about New Year’s

JERUSALEM (AP) — Happy New Year? Not so fast, if you’re in Israel, where the somber, soul-searching and autumnal new year of the lunar Jewish calendar overshadows the Gregorian’s Jan. 1. The highly diverse country […]

12/30/2013

Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Dec. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope prays for Christians persecuted for faith

  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging people to speak out against persecution of Christians, whom he likened to the Church’s first martyrs. His denunciation of discrimination suffered by Christians came a day […]

12/26/2013

Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Dec. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope carries baby Jesus statue on Christmas Eve

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has begun celebrating his first Christmas Eve Mass as pontiff by placing a baby Jesus statue in a replica of a manger in St. Peter’s Basilica. Francis, who turned […]

12/24/2013

The sign outside Cornerstone Baptist Church displays its message to drivers in Farmington Hills, Mich.  (AP Photo/Detroit News, Neal Rubin)

Church signs roll the dice getting hip with quips

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church’s marquee read: “Christmas — Easier to spell than Hanukkah.” But after a passer-by told him she […]

12/24/2013

Former United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pa. pastor defrocked after performing gay wedding

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — United Methodist officials defrocked a pastor from central Pennsylvania on Thursday for violating church doctrine by officiating his son’s gay marriage. Frank Schaefer immediately appealed the penalty, which he believed was meted […]

12/19/2013