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This image released by ModernTribe.com shows an American Gothic Thanksgivukkah Poster celebrating Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.  (AP Photo/ModernTribe.com)

Gobble tov! American Jews ready for Thanksgivukkah

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a turkey. It’s a menorah. It’s Thanksgivukkah! An extremely rare convergence this year of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah has created a frenzy of Talmudic proportions. There’s the number […]

10/07/2013

Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir look on during the opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Mormon leader: Essential to have women at home

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The president of the Mormon church announced Saturday that its worldwide membership has hit 15 million – a three-fold increase over the last three decades – as the Utah-based faith […]

10/05/2013

Pope Francis smiles during his meeting with cloistered nuns at the St. Chiara Basilica, in Assisi, Italy, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

6 goals the Pope highlights in St. Francis’ town

ASSISI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis broke bread with the poor and embraced the disabled on a pilgrimage to his namesake’s hometown Friday, urging the faithful to follow the example of the 13th-century St. Francis, […]

10/04/2013

Kuma's Corner Restaurant's October burger of the month Ghost, named after the Swedish heavy metal band, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kuma's Corner)

Chicago burger garnished with communion wafer

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago restaurant has cooked up a controversial burger of the month for October, garnishing it with an unconsecrated communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce. Kuma’s Corner, a foodie destination […]

10/03/2013

Pakistani Christians chant slogans during a protest to condemn a suicide bombing on a church in Peshawar,  Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.  (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

Pakistani Christians protest deadly church bombing

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani Christians rallied Monday to denounce the deadliest attack ever in this country against the religious minority as the death toll from the church bombings the day before climbed to 85. […]

09/23/2013

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men participate in a Tashlich ceremony at the Mediterranean sea, in the southern Israeli port city of Ashdod, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Tashlich, which means 'to cast away' in Hebrew, is the practice by which Jews go to a large flowing body of water and symbolically 'throw away' their sins by throwing a piece of bread, or similar food, into the water before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which start on Friday. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israel ushers in solemn Jewish holiday

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis ushered in the holiest day of the Jewish calendar at sundown Friday as the entire country ground almost to a halt for Yom Kippur, Judaism’s day of atonement, observed with a […]

09/13/2013

In this Sept. 7, 2013 picture made available by the Vatican newspaper l'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis, right, speaks with Rev. Renzo Zocca, second from right, and owner of the Renault 4L seen at left, his assistant Luigi Macchioni, and car-body repairer Stefano Veronesi, fourth from right. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

Priest gives used car to pope, who wants to drive

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis now has his own mini popemobile after getting a good deal on a used car that he plans to drive himself. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, says Francis […]

09/11/2013

Televangelist Schuller has cancer

  GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — Crystal Cathedral founder and former televangelist the Rev. Robert H. Schuller has been diagnosed with cancer, his daughter said Thursday. Carol Schuller Milner told The Associated Press that Schuller, […]

09/05/2013

Rabbi Joshua Hearshen blesses children while they reach to dip apples into honey during the Erev Rosh Hashana, the eve of the Jewish New Year, family service held at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The dipping of apples into honey is a traditional blessing to bring a sweet new year. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Will Vragovic)

You’re welcome! Once-a-year Jews find wide embrace

NEW YORK (AP) — You can search an interactive map to find synagogues that have last-minute seats at services. When you arrive, the temple’s board members will greet you at the door. You can confess […]

09/05/2013

Rosh Hashana

Jewish New Year starts at sundown

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – At sundown today, Jews will begin the observance of Rosh Hashana, the two-day holiday marking the Jewish New Year. Services ushering in the year 5774 on the Hebrew calendar will feature […]

09/04/2013

Pope Francis recites the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St.Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope announces day of fasting for peace for Syria

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the use of chemical weapons, but he called for a negotiated settlement to the civil war in Syria, and announced he would lead a worldwide day […]

09/01/2013