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Baghdad–Bombs hit Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad and a central Iraqi city Thursday, killing at least 26 people and wounding dozens more, in the latest attack in the lead-up to Ashoura, the sect’s most solemn annual rite. The blasts raised fears […]

Bethlehem, West Bank–Thousands of pilgrims from around the world descended on the traditional birthplace of Jesus on Thursday, greeted by choruses, scout troops and rock bands for the most upbeat Christmas celebrations this Palestinian town has seen in years. But […]

(RNS) For six seasons, Ed Alstrom has performed regularly as organist for 50,000-plus fans at weekend games in one of the nation’s highest-profile baseball venues — Yankee Stadium. Now, he’s got a second gig where crowds usually top out at […]

KATMANDU, Nepal, Dec. 25 – A steel footbridge collapsed under the weight of hundreds of people in remote western Nepal on Tuesday, sending scores plunging 30 meters (100 feet) into the icy Himalayan waters below. At least 15 people were […]

Associated Press DHARMSALA, India – A Chinese order claiming Beijing must approve all of Tibet’s spiritual leaders is an attempt to further repress and undermine the religious culture of the Himalayan region, the Tibetan government-in-exile said Sunday. For centuries, the […]

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON–Liberal religious leaders will begin a 40-day fast this week (Sept. 6) to advocate for legislation that would cancel the debts of the world’s 67 poorest countries. The Rev. David Duncombe, a veteran social […]

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service On Wednesdays and Friday afternoons, sophomore Emily Felts will be attending a course at the College at Southwestern in Fort Worth, Texas, that’s not held in a typical classroom. One of a dozen […]

Associated Press ATLANTA – The minister husband of evangelist and gospel singer Juanita Bynum turned himself in Friday morning to face charges that he beat her outside a hotel earlier this week. Thomas W. Weeks III, known to his followers […]

Associated Press Among America’s young people, godliness contributes to happiness. An extensive survey by The Associated Press and MTV found that people aged 13 to 24 who describe themselves as very spiritual or religious tend to be happier than those […]

Associated Press CHICAGO – On Sundays at La Casa del Carpintero, or the Carpenter’s House, they’ve raised twin yellow banners for churchgoers that read “Welcome” and “Bienvenidos.” As a complement to the regular 11:30 a.m. Spanish service at the independent […]