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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2020

Mourning daughter, a Guatemalan couple find healing in dance

Jenifer Vásquez was 32 when she died of renal insufficiency in June, leaving behind grief-stricken parents already struggling with the isolation of the coronavirus lockdown in Guatemala.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 26, 2020

Thousands of Israelis protest in Jerusalem, despite lockdown

JERUSALEM – Thousands of Israelis gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night to demand his resignation, pressing ahead with weeks of protests against the …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 26, 2020

Trump taps ‘eminently qualified’ Barrett for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 24, 2020

Politics mixes with law as Trump closes in on court pick

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is infusing deliberations over his coming nomination of a new Supreme Court justice with political meaning as he aims to maximize the benefit before Nov. …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 22, 2020

Vatican: Assisted suicide, euthanasia “intrinsically evil”

ROME — The Vatican on Tuesday reaffirmed its stance that euthanasia and assisted suicide are “intrinsically evil,” and told priests they should minister to those contemplating such deaths to try …

Faith and Values: Spokane Indians baseball, tribal partnership shows right way to honor Indigenous people

The decision to incorporate the tribal language in logos and imagery several years ago shows what can happen when sports teams work with tribes to create relationships.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 19, 2020

Carpenters wow public with medieval techniques at Notre Dame

PARIS — With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up — by hand — a three-ton oak truss Saturday in front of Notre …

Spokane judge weighs arguments in Planned Parenthood legal battle

A Spokane judge is expected to decide next week on a request to temporarily halt and relocate demonstrations next to Planned Parenthood .

Faith and Values: Racism in today’s society more difficult to call out, but we must

I am the person that stood and watched Mr. Floyd being murdered and did nothing. It’s easy to watch the scene and blame others for not intervening, for not standing …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 11, 2020

Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognize Israel

Bahrain is the latest Arab nation to agree to normalize ties with Israel

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 11, 2020

Patriot Prayer leader sues Multnomah County DA

Associated Press

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 5, 2020

As Africa’s COVID-19 cases rise, faith is put to the test

KAMPALA, Uganda – The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the patience of some religious leaders across Africa who worry they will lose followers, and funding, as restrictions on gatherings continue. Some …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 5, 2020

Gas pipeline blast kills 16 praying at Bangladesh mosque

Associated Press

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 25, 2020

Jerrry Falwell Jr. says he’s resigned from Liberty University

RICHMOND, Va. – Jerry Falwell Jr. announced his resignation Tuesday as the head of Liberty University after a provocative photo and revelations of his wife’s extramarital affair roiled the evangelical …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 22, 2020

Man with religious objection to filing tax returns sentenced

Associated Press

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 20, 2020

Without traditional events to raise cash, South Hill church gets creative

While church leaders have found ways to connect with their congregations while physically apart, some are looking to invest in long-term solutions to continue to offer virtual services, which may …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 3, 2020

Faith and Values: ‘Interfaith’ work means everyone gets a seat at the table

“Interfaith” has come to mean different things to different people, and it’s not always flattering. The community should work to recognize it as a neutral term for increasing understanding of …

Longtime pastor of Bethel AME, Lonnie Mitchell steps aside to focus on community work

After nearly three decades bringing people together as the pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Lonnie Mitchell Sr. will give his last sermon Sunday morning.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 8, 2020

Idaho church removes glass window of Confederate general

Associated Press

‘We do what we can’: Spokane churches work to keep faith communities together despite need to distance

When a small group returns to Bethel African Methodist Church to resume in-person services on Sunday after weeks of holding services online, they will find a form of worship that …

UPDATED: Wed., July 29, 2020

Former Gonzaga Prep Jesuit priest added to list of credibly accused abusers

Richard Perry, a former priest at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Missoula, was assigned to Gonzaga Preparatory in Spokane in the 1960s and ‘70s. He has since been credibly accused …

Unitarian Universalist congregation in Spokane splits over pastor’s approach

A year after the Rev. Todd Eklof of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane released a controversial book and a month after he was ousted from a ministerial body over …

UPDATED: Fri., July 17, 2020

Rabbi: Cannon ‘genuinely concerned’ after apology, meeting

A prominent rabbi who met with Nick Cannon said the television host and producer is “genuinely concerned about the hurt” he caused by making anti-Semitic remarks, and they intend to …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 3, 2020

Faith and Values: Policing, like other aspects of society, can be prone to bad influences

Policing is not new and its history is not evil. However, the response from some officers to peaceful protesters across the nation has very publicly demonstrated that some policing tactics …

UPDATED: Wed., July 8, 2020

Supreme Court sides with Catholic schools in employment suit

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is siding with two Catholic schools in a ruling that underscores that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can’t sue for …

UPDATED: Tue., June 30, 2020

High court sparks new battle over church-state separation

The Supreme Court elated religious freedom advocates and alarmed secular groups with its Tuesday ruling on public funding for religious education, a decision whose long-term effect on the separation of …

UPDATED: Tue., June 30, 2020

Pope urges U.S. Catholic media to work to overcome racism

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Band’s pandemic diversion leads to every-night gig in park

NEW YORK – What started as a way for two musicians to get out of the house during the pandemic has turned into nightly concerts at the boathouse in Brooklyn’s …

UPDATED: Sun., June 28, 2020

Mike Pence in Dallas as Gov. Abbott says COVID-19 has taken ‘very dangerous turn in Texas’

DALLAS – Vice President Mike Pence met with Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday, pledging additional resources and testing in wake of what Abbott called “the very swift and very dangerous …

UPDATED: Mon., June 22, 2020

Surging U.S. virus cases raise fear that progress is slipping

World leaders must not politicize the coronavirus pandemic but unite to fight it, the head of the World Health Organization warned Monday, reminding all that the pandemic is still accelerating …