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Nativity features Trayvon Martin instead of Jesus

CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California church nativity scene is featuring a bloody Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about gun violence. The nativity […]

12/29/2013

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

Actor Brady White portrays Santa Claus as he looks at a 25-carat rough Forevermark diamond  offered in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, Oct. 8, 2013, in Dallas.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Christmas is more cultural than religious for many

NEW YORK (AP) — For a number of Americans, Christmas has largely lost its religious meaning, becoming an occasion focused instead on visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts, according to a new survey released […]

12/18/2013

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Two brothers charged with murder in 7-year-old girl’s shooting death

LANCASTER (CNS) – Two brothers were charged today with murder and other counts in connection with a car-to-car shooting in Palmdale that killed a 7- year-old girl. The charges against Jesus Alberto Peralta, 22, and […]

09/06/2013

In this undated photo provided by WBIR-TV, 7-month old Martin DeShawn McCullough is held by his mom, Jaleesa Martin. (AP Photo/WBIR-TV, Heidi Wigdahl)

Judge changing baby’s name Messiah draws reaction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge’s decision to change a baby’s first name from Messiah to Martin is drawing strong reactions from people who believe the judge overstepped her powers and those who think […]

08/12/2013

Tentative settlement on Ohio Jesus portrait suit

JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — A tentative settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit challenging the display of a portrait of Jesus that had been in a southern Ohio school for decades. The Columbus Dispatch […]

07/12/2013

The Crystal Cathedral in a 2010 AP file photo.

Crystal Cathedral church gets new name

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The church once known as California’s Crystal Cathedral has been renamed Shepherd’s Grove. The church is moving next month to St. Callistus Catholic Church in Orange. The Roman Catholic Diocese of […]

05/17/2013

Pope Francis (c) waves from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in celebration of Easter, Vatican. (AP Photo)

With Pope Francis, it’s prime time for Jesuits

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, the Society of Jesus has faced the same struggles to find priests that have plagued the wider Roman Catholic Church.

04/07/2013

Ohio school says Jesus portrait down

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Jesus portrait that has hung in a southern Ohio school district since 1947 was taken down Wednesday, because of concerns about the potential costs of a federal lawsuit against its display.

04/03/2013

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Christians mark Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Christians streamed through the cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday, hoisting wooden crosses and chanting prayers to mark the crucifixion of Jesus.

03/29/2013

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