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'Queen of Great Power' chosen at Bolivian festival

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Organizers of the Lord Jesus of the Great Power Festival, which fuses Andean and Catholic cultures, have...

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Pope: Abortion is never OK, equates it to "hiring a hitman"

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or...

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Oklahoma Methodists to vote on conference delegates

Oklahoma Methodists soon will select delegates to their denomination's much-anticipated 2020 General Conference. Ballots for...

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Religion briefs for May 25

DEL CITY The Williamsons will perform at concert The Williamsons and Summit Trace will perform at the Del City Gospel Singing...

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Texas church opens new sanctuary 18 months after massacre

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — A South Texas church recently began a fresh chapter of worship as it unveiled a new sanctuary a...

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Event to inaugurate barn in honor of martyred priest

The next GOLD First Saturday FunRaiser will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on June 1 at the St. John Paul II Dwelling, 4113 S Eastern...

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Priest marks 60th anniversary of ordination with liturgical service, celebration

First Mass, last Mass. The similarities between the two services led by the Rev. Marvin Leven were humorous and touching. Leven...

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Bible lesson

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable...

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OKC area vacation Bible school events are coming soon

The traditional summer Bible classes mixed with fun activities are about to start for another season. Here are several churches...

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India's ruling party takes 303 of 542 seats in election win

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with leaders of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday...

Crime

Jury finds man guilty of murder in Tennessee church shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury on Friday found a man guilty of first-degree murder in a shooting at a Nashville church two...

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Jury finds man guilty of murder in 2017 Nashville church shooting; he said he didn't remember doing it

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jury finds man guilty of murder in 2017 Nashville church shooting; he said he didn't remember doing it.

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The Latest: Modi's party surges to victory in Indian vote

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on India's general elections results (all times local):5:10 a.m.With nearly all constituencies...

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India's ruling party claims win with assured lead in votes

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party claimed it had won reelection with a commanding lead in Thursday's...

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Early results show Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party leading India's vote count

NEW DELHI (AP) — Early results show Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party leading India's vote count.

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Efforts to protect First Christian Church from demolition, meet Crossings Community Church's needs to grow anchor agreement

Iconic domed sanctuary near downtown Oklahoma City will be protected from demolition while churches negotiate a real estate...

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Council approves agreement to save First Christian from demolition

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement bestowing a reprieve from demolition on First Christian Church....

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Officials say Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran's atomic...

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he wants to fire interior minister over video scandal that's rocked government

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he wants to fire interior minister over video scandal that's rocked...

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Trump tells anti-abortion activists to stay united for 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump distanced himself from Alabama's restrictive new abortion law by laying out differing...

Community colleges serve diverse student population with limited resources

NewsApr 28, 2019

Oklahoma's 14 community colleges serve students that range from high school students getting an early jump on college credits to displaced workers seeking a certification for new skills. The majority are part-time students. The average age is...

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Refuge of faith: Catholic Charities, Temple B'nai Israel welcome refugee Muslim family to Oklahoma City

Michael Korenblit had to have help creating the sign he held up at Will Rogers World Airport. He didn't know the Myanmar...

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Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache says he is resigning amid video scandal

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache says he is resigning amid video scandal.

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MIDWEST CITY Church will host Italian Festival St. Philip Neri Catholic Church will host an Italian Festival from 12:30 to 4:30...

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Crossings Community Church marks 60th anniversary

When a member invited him to sit in on an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in 1985, the Rev. Marty Grubbs didn't know what to...

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Bible lesson

"Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you...

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Life.Church partners to aid local community center

WARR ACRES — A community carnival seemed to be a fitting prelude to summer as youths swarmed a local community on a recent...

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Theological foundation finds a new home in Bricktown

Religious scholars are making their way to Oklahoma City to participate in continuing education programs offered by a religious...

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Gay couples plan mass weddings after Taiwan legalizes unions

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Gay couples in Taiwan plan a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex...

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AP NewsAlert

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigation points to safety failures by California utility prior to largest natural gas well blowout in...

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Man killed over allegation of cow smuggling in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A Muslim man was fatally shot and another was injured by Hindu vigilantes in Indian-controlled Kashmir...

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Taiwan to vote on formal recognition of same-sex marriage

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese legislators are scheduled to decide Friday on legalizing same-sex marriage, marking a potential...

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Polish lawmaker panned for excusing priest who abused girls

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition lawmakers demanded Wednesday that a member of the ruling party be excluded from...

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Pope gives joyride to migrant kids newly arrived in Italy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis gave a joyride in his popemobile Wednesday to eight migrant children who recently arrived in...

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'Bathroom bill' sponsor Bishop wins N. Carolina GOP primary

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state senator best known as the sponsor of a headline-grabbing "bathroom bill" that voided...

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Suit seeks to hold Vatican at fault for abuse by US priests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three brothers who were sexually abused by a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis...

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UN mission urges financial isolation of Myanmar's military

BANGKOK (AP) — A United Nations fact-finding mission urged Tuesday that countries cut off all business with Myanmar's military...

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OKC Archdiocese: Delay on priests list aimed at getting it right

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is still working on its list of priests who have been credibly accused of sex abuse of...

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Trump cites Ramadan as time of 'hope, tolerance and peace'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated the month of Ramadan Monday evening as a time when people join forces in...

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Victims of clergy abuse to sue Vatican, seek abusers' names

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five men who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were minors are planning to...

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Dems say Trump, GOP, twisting Tlaib's Holocaust remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats from Congress to the 2020 presidential campaign trail on Monday demanded that Republicans apologize...

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Motorcycle bomb kills 4 Pakistani police near mosque

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say a powerful bomb attached to a motorcycle has killed four policemen guarding a...

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Leaders celebrate holy book with Bible reading

A group of Oklahomans recently found a different place to read some of their favorite passages of Scripture — the state...

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Story of hope: Premiere helps raise money for film about inspirational Newcastle teen

MOORE — The film premiere had it all — a large crowd, the red carpet, commemorative posters and a chance to visit with a...

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Bible lesson

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give...

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Sikhs celebrate spring with community

The metro Oklahoma City Sikh faith community recently held its annual Baisakhi Mela on the grounds of the Sikh Gurdwara of...

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Survivor says world should heed Holocaust lessons

A nationally renowned Holocaust survivor said there are important lessons to be gleaned from the Nazi's mass murder of Jews and...

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In brief

OKLAHOMA CITY Senior event set Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church will host its Senior Players gathering at 11 a.m. May 16...

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Funeral for bombing victim's dad in church where she died

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The funeral for one of the first black members of the Alabama Legislature will be held in the same...

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Pope mandates reporting of sex abuse to church, not police

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around...

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San Diego US attorney announces federal hate crimes charges against suspect in deadly California synagogue shooting

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego US attorney announces federal hate crimes charges against suspect in deadly California synagogue...

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Pope outlines new procedures to report, investigate bishops accused of sexual misconduct, cover-ups

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope outlines new procedures to report, investigate bishops accused of sexual misconduct, cover-ups.

Federal grants are preparing a more diverse student body in Oklahoma

NewsApr 28, 2019

NORMAN — The freshmen who enter Oklahoma colleges in 2025 are likely to be more racially diverse than today’s student body, thanks to three federal grants targeting 12,000 pupils in 48 schools across the state. Last fall, the University of...

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Pope issues groundbreaking law ordering all Catholic priests, nuns to report sex abuse and cover-ups to church

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope issues groundbreaking law ordering all Catholic priests, nuns to report sex abuse and cover-ups to...

Life

OBU renames former St. Gregory's campus

SHAWNEE — Oklahoma Baptist University has renamed it's new addition, the former St. Gregory's University campus, to honor the...

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Travel ban forces Americans to wait years for loved ones

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight-year-old Mutaz cries when he sees his classmates with their mothers at teacher conferences. His...

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Pompeo revels in US-UK 'special relationship' despite cracks

LONDON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Britain and America on Wednesday not to waver in their friendship as...

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The Latest: Colorado school closes for week after shooting

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a school shooting in suburban Denver (all times local):11 p.m.A suburban Denver...

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Pakistani police say a bomb targeting security forces guarding Sufi shrine in city of Lahore kills 4, wounds several

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say a bomb targeting security forces guarding Sufi shrine in city of Lahore kills 4,...

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Pressured over media rights, Myanmar frees Reuters reporters

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Two Reuters journalists whose imprisonment for their reporting on the Myanmar military's abuses of...

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Review of church’s eligibility for historic status would be halted if council goes ahead on May 21

The council has been threatened with litigation over the fate of the church.

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Pakistani Christian girls trafficked to China as brides

GUJRANWALA, Pakistan (AP) — Muqadas Ashraf was just 16 when her parents married her off to a Chinese man who had come to...

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The Latest: Pope hears from married Eastern rite priest

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to North Macedonia (all times local):6 p.m.An Eastern rite...

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Pope makes historic first visit to North Macedonia

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Pope Francis made the first-ever papal visit to North Macedonia on Tuesday and sought to...

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Leaders encourages vigilance following anti-Islam demonstration

A local Islamic leader is encouraging metro-area Muslims not to be deterred and to continue with their Ramadan activities...

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Demand for trial against clergy accused of abusing deaf kids

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — International and Argentine activists on Monday called on Pope Francis to ensure that his "zero...

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Council to review historic designation for church

The Oklahoma City Council will consider Tuesday whether to reverse steps taken by the Historic Preservation Commission to...

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'Hidden child': Survivor of the Holocaust shares his testimony of two faiths

In early childhood, Abraham H. Foxman learned the rites and rituals of the Roman Catholic faith. LIke many Catholics, he wore a...

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Some states seek to close loopholes in marital rape laws

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that...

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Bible lesson

"It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in...

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In brief

MOORE Ministry plans 'fun raiser' The Gospel of Life Dwellings First Saturday Fun Raiser will be a benefit concert from 2 to...

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German journalists use Snapchat to teach teens about Holocaust

Decades later, Maja Krapina is still haunted by the death of her 9-month-old sister. "We hid from the Nazis, but my sister was...

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Reaching out for Ramadan

Metro area Muslims hope to share the traditions surrounding Ramadan through a series of community events planned for the coming...

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Author will speak at Shawnee church

SHAWNEE — Author Chuck M. Garriott will be guest preacher at 9 a.m. Sunday at Shawnee Presbyterian Church, 214 W Farrall....

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VP Pence praises members of black churches torched by arson

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence praised the parishioners of three African American churches Friday for the...

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Oklahoma governor, preacher father participate in annual prayer gathering at Capitol

A popular prayer gathering at the state Capitol became a family affair on Thursday. Both Gov. Kevin Stitt and his father shared...

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Tornado survivor shares her story of hope and resilience

Carolyn Stager jokes that she doesn't complain about bad hair days. Her Del City home was destroyed on May 3, 1999, when...

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New attacks on Sri Lanka churches planned, cardinal says

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Catholic cardinal received "foreign information" that attempts would be made this week to...

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Pro-vaccine lawmaker reports online threat to her children

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state lawmaker says her children were threatened online by a person who opposes mandatory...

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Cruise ship in St. Lucia quarantined over confirmed measles case

A cruise ship with nearly 300 passengers and crew was ordered quarantined in the Caribbean port of St. Lucia after a case of...

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Trump says violence against people of all faiths must end

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says people of faith around the world have faced terrible hardship of late.Trump says...

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Falun Gong US compound's neighbors fret over expansion plans

DEERPARK, N.Y. (AP) — Falun Gong practitioners found a peaceful refuge in the forested hills of upstate New York after their...

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Sri Lanka lifts social media ban imposed after Easter blasts

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka on Tuesday lifted a social media ban that was imposed after the Islamic State-claimed...

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BYU student comes out as gay in valedictorian speech

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A student who came out as gay during a valedictorian speech at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University has...

Students' inclusion is 'Cornerstone' of Mount St. Mary program

NewsApr 28, 2019

Kerri Brooks' sons always had attended school together, and she wanted that tradition to continue when they left elementary and middle school. It didn't matter that Jacob had Down syndrome and his brother, Jesse, didn't. "Through elementary...

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US authorities: Army vet who converted to Islam plotted bombing in California as revenge for New Zealand mosque attacks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — US authorities: Army vet who converted to Islam plotted bombing in California as revenge for New Zealand...

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Islamic State leader: Sri Lanka attack was revenge for Syria

BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State group praised the Easter suicide bombings that killed more than...

Crime

Family of suspect in California synagogue shooting: "To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil"

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Family of suspect in California synagogue shooting: "To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil"

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Rabbi says gun 'miraculously jammed' in California attack

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — In the minutes after the gunman fled the scene of a shooting that killed a woman inside a Southern...

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Online hate forges a dark path for suspect in attack plot

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — A few months after he turned 17 — and more than two years before he was arrested — Vincent Vetromile recast...

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OKC Jewish Federation responds to Calif. shooting

The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City released a statement in response to a fatal shooting on Saturday at a Southern...

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No Mass for Sri Lanka's Catholics; no veils for Muslim women

AMPARA, Sri Lanka (AP) — The effects of Sri Lanka's Easter suicide bombings reverberated across two faiths Sunday, with...

Crime

19-year-old kills 1, wounds rabbi and 2 others at synagogue

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A 19-year-old gunman opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego as worshippers celebrated the last day...

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Sheriff: Suspect in shooting at California synagogue is John Earnest; he's being investigated in mosque arson last month

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff: Suspect in shooting at California synagogue is John Earnest; he's being investigated in mosque...

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Authorities say 1 woman dies from wounds in shooting at Southern California synagogue; 19-year-old man in custody

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say 1 woman dies from wounds in shooting at Southern California synagogue; 19-year-old man in...

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Hospital says it's treating four people injured in a synagogue shooting near San Diego but their conditions are unclear

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — Hospital says it's treating four people injured in a synagogue shooting near San Diego but their...

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San Diego County sheriff: Man detained in connection with shooting at synagogue; injuries reported but extent is unclear

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — San Diego County sheriff: Man detained in connection with shooting at synagogue; injuries reported but...

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Sri Lanka militants set off bombs during raid, killing 15

AMPARA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri...

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NORMAN Tibetan teacher to visit The Norman Cultural Connection will host five evening talks with Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim...

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Bible lesson for April 27

"And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ ” — Matthew 28:18The Judeans...

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Public Bible reading for 'Celebration of the Bible' is set

The 2019 Celebration of the Bible Public Reading will be at noon May 7 on the Second Floor Rotunda of the Capitol. The event,...

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Houses of worship host events in conjunction with marathon

Several houses of worship will host special activities in conjunction with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Activities are...

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Day of Prayer: 67th annual National Day of Prayer theme is 'Love One Another: United in Prayer'

National Day of Prayer activities in Oklahoma include a State Capitol observance with Gov. Kevin Stitt as a participant. Mike...

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Death toll lowered to 253, Sri Lanka braces for more attacks

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka on Thursday lowered the death toll from the Easter suicide bombings by nearly one-third, to...

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Sri Lanka prime minister acknowledges to AP attacks against Ahmadi Muslims from Pakistan; security forces assisting them

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka prime minister acknowledges to AP attacks against Ahmadi Muslims from Pakistan; security...

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Radicalization among Sri Lanka's Muslims was slow and steady

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Attacks against mosques, shrines and followers of Sufi sheikhs in Sri Lanka more than a...

Health

US measles cases hit highest mark in 25 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Measles in the U.S. has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a...

Business

Boy Scouts could be hit with more sex abuse claims

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of...

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Rep. King compares criticism of him to persecution of Christ

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Steve King says the criticism he has faced from fellow members of Congress over his...

Life

Edmond church refurbishes, cleans school

EDMOND — Almost 150 church and community members came together to refurbish Central Middle School recently. In the second...

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Oklahoma City Temple has open house

YUKON — One of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' most sacred houses of worship stands out amid the residential...

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Sri Lanka bombing victims were from at least 12 countries

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 300 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday....

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Sri Lankan state minister says the Easter church bombings were retaliation for New Zealand mosque attacks

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan state minister says the Easter church bombings were retaliation for New Zealand mosque...

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Myanmar Supreme Court to rule on appeal of Reuters reporters

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's Supreme Court is to rule Tuesday on the appeal of two Reuters journalists who were...

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Jewel Box Theatre at First Christian Church announces 62nd season plans as sale talks are underway

The Jewel Box Theatre at First Christian Church has announced plans for its 62nd season even as the church is in talks to sell...

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The Latest: Iran brushes off US decision on sanction waivers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. sanctions on countries importing Iranian oil (all times local):12:05 p.m.Iran has brushed...

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A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday has exploded, but no injuries have been reported

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday has exploded, but no injuries...

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Crossings in talks to buy dome church

Crossings Church announced Sunday it is moving forward with talks to open a satellite campus at First Christian Church’s iconic...

Building interest: STEM programs help encourage girls to become engineers

NewsApr 28, 2019

An interest in science, math and how things work comes naturally for some girls. For those who are more hesitant, great role models help. Most of the teachers at Arthur Elementary School in the Oklahoma City school district are women, said...

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Sri Lankan government forensic analyst tells AP that 6 church, hotel bombings carried out by 7 suicide bombers

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan government forensic analyst tells AP that 6 church, hotel bombings carried out by 7...

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Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 200 people...

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Paris Easter Mass honors firefighters who saved Notre Dame

PARIS (AP) — The archbishop of Paris and Catholics from around France and the world honored the firefighters who saved Notre...

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Crossings looks to purchase iconic dome church

Crossings Church announced this morning it is moving forward in talks with First Christian Church to open a satellite Crossings...

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Pair celebrate birthday, Easter convergence once again

They waited 62 years for this day and it finally arrived. Shirley O'Reilly McGuire and Bob McLauchlin are celebrating the...

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Pope offers advice during Easter vigil

VATICAN CITY — At an Easter vigil in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or...

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Hope springs eternal at flower shop

OKARCHE — Flowers and plants receive a lot more than water to keep them vibrant and alive at Kristy Lyn's Flowers & Gifts....

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Sri Lanka state-run newspaper reports 129 dead in Easter Sunday blasts targeting 3 churches and 3 hotels

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka state-run newspaper reports 129 dead in Easter Sunday blasts targeting 3 churches and 3...

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A second explosion rocks St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo in Sri Lanka, north of capital Colombo

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A second explosion rocks St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo in Sri Lanka, north of capital Colombo.

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An explosion hits church in Sri Lanka's a capital on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among worshippers

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An explosion hits church in Sri Lanka's a capital on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among...

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Tourists, Easter worshippers lament closure of Notre Dame

PARIS (AP) — Tourists, devout Catholics and others looked on mournfully at Notre Dame Cathedral Saturday, regretting that they...

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Leader discusses surviving Holocaust as 'hidden child'

Abraham H. Foxman, national director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Yom...

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Couples sought for 'Longest Married Couple Project'

The Longest Married Couple Project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a faith-based marriage enrichment program in...

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Seder house rules: Jewish center holds practice ritual to prepare kids for Passover meal

Fresh from their afternoon naps and dressed in their finest clothes, the youngest members of a local Jewish congregation looked...

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Religion briefs for April 20

Earth Day vigil set The Oklahoma Conference of Churches Environmental Committee will host an Earth Day public vigil from 12:15...

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Easter-related activities are planned

Numerous churches will host Easter egg hunts and family friendly activities in the metro area on Saturday and Sunday....

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Bible lesson

"And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone...

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Symbol of renewal: Church building gets fresh look, new life for Easter

A historic downtown Oklahoma City church received a makeover of sorts just in time for Easter Sunday, and some of the...

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Fundraiser movie screening will share story of 'Caleb's Hope'

NEWCASTLE — A big-screen fundraiser is being held to help complete a documentary that chronicles the faith journey of Caleb...

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Don't waste opportunity to accept Christ, ex-mob boss says

Like his father before him, Michael Franzese was determined to live out his life as a mob boss, despite the violence and...

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Man held in New York after taking gasoline into St Patrick's Cathedral

Only days after flames ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, a man has been arrested after entering St...

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Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

NEW YORK (AP) — The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20...

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The Latest: Macron pledges to rebuild cathedral in 5 years

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris' Notre Dame cathedral (all times local):11:50 p.m.Among those...

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Macron: France to rebuild Notre Dame 'even more beautifully'

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Tuesday to rebuild Paris' beloved Notre Dame Cathedral "even more...

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Shared grief and memories make Notre Dame a unifier online

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As foreign leaders expressed solidarity with France as it mourned the damage at Notre Dame Cathedral,...

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Church sorry for Easter lesson encouraging attacks on pastor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio church has apologized for an Easter lesson in which a pastor encouraged students to slap, cut and...

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Russian court grants early release to would-be IS bride

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Tuesday granted parole to a Moscow student who was sent to prison for trying to join the...

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Notre Dame fire: What Oklahomans said

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City: Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most iconic...

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Prayers, hymns, community shared in firelight of Notre Dame

PARIS (AP) — Some kneeled, some folded their hands to make silent entreaties. Others sang with their eyes focused on the sky...

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Notre Dame's age, design fueled fire and foiled firefighters

NEW YORK (AP) — Is there anything firefighters could have done to control the blaze that tore through Paris' historic Notre...

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Words and consequences: A look at the Omar and Trump feud

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't backing down from his tweets about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first...

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Officials say evidence points to church fire suspect

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The white man charged in the burnings of three Louisiana black churches faces a mountain of evidence...

'It’s about identity': How Children's Hospital is leading in care for gender diverse teens

HealthApr 21, 2019

You won’t find a sign on the door for the Roy G. Biv program at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, and if you weren’t looking for messages, you might assume whoever picked out the decorations had a soft spot for rainbows. That’s part...

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Catastrophic fire engulfs beloved Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

PARIS (AP) — A massive fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris' soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations...

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Pakistan watchdog decries forced conversions, curbs on media

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An independent rights watchdog on Monday raised concerns about incidents in Pakistan of forced conversions and...

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Urban farm, garden blossoms in northeast neighborhood

When strangers showed up on her doorstep with a bag of mustard greens, Swarnnie Hill-Law finally had the answer she'd sought...

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Two faith observances to converge

An observance meaningful to Christians and a holiday observed in the Jewish faith tradition will converge on Friday. Friday is...

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Why Easter is called Easter and other holiday facts

On April 21, Christians will be celebrating Easter, the day on which the resurrection of Jesus is said to have taken place. The...

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Religion briefs for April 13

Angels, demons will be discussed at Catholic event YUKON — A presentation entitled "The Catholic Truth About Angels, Demons,...

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Bible lesson

"Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of...

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Pope's meditation to focus on human trafficking

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is dedicating this year’s Good Friday meditations to victims of human trafficking.The Vatican said...

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Simultaneous Revival marks 75th anniversary

Numerous northeast Oklahoma City churches will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Simultaneous Revival this year. The annual...

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Accused priest list from diocese where abuse 1st made public

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Catholic diocese where the first widely reported case of clergy sex abuse became public in the...

Crime

N. Carolina DA: No death penalty for 3 Muslim student deaths

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina prosecutor is scrapping the death penalty in hopes of scheduling a trial in July for a man...

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Authorities say deputy's son behind fires at black churches

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The suspect in a string of fires that destroyed three black churches in rural Louisiana is the white son...

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Report: Myanmar rebels kidnap civilians from police base

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Three people were killed and seven civilians abducted in an attack on a police installation in western...

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US jury finds ex-priest guilty of sex abuse at veterans cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — US jury finds ex-priest guilty of sex abuse at veterans cemetery and Air Force base in New Mexico.

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The Latest: Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a trial centered on a cult-like group based in upstate New York (all times local):12:50 p.m.TV...

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Two prayer gatherings were held at a Christian house of worship, but many faith traditions were represented. Several days...

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Ministers' conversations lead to church camaraderie

Editor’s note: This is one in an occasional series called “One Voice,” aimed at fostering healthy conversations about race and...

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Women accept divine calling, create diversity among the clergy

The Rev. Emily Schnabl remembers an encounter she had one day outside the Midwest City Library. A man looked at the cleric's...

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The Latest: Beto O'Rourke says he's focused on White House

The Latest on the 2020 presidential race (all times EDT):8 p.m.Beto O'Rourke says he hasn't thought about running for Senate in...

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Sanders, O'Rourke face off in Iowa; other hopefuls in NH, NV

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — They became notable presidential candidates in Iowa after narrow losses that nonetheless put them on...

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Arkansas pastor to lead Southern Baptist executive panel

DALLAS — Arkansas pastor the Rev. Ronnie Floyd has been elected president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s...

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'Angels' needed to help children, families in crisis

The preacher speaking at the pulpit almost paused as a man walked into the church. The Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong was delivering...

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OKC church with legacy of civil rights is marking 100 years

An eye-catching Centennial Quilt tells a story of the hope of the past and the promise of the future from its place of...

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Easter approaches: Find an egg hunt near you

Metro-area churches hosting egg hunts and other Easter activities for children (activities are free unless otherwise noted): •...

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Religion briefs for April 6

Gospel singing event is planned DEL CITY — The Del City Gospel Singing will be 7 p.m. Saturday at Del City Church of the...

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Church refurbishes vintage bus to continue youth ministry's legacy

Ron Wheeler remembers riding a church bus in the 1940s, singing a children’s Bible song with as much gusto as his preteen voice...

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Malaysia won't join ICC over pressure from Muslim opposition

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Friday Malaysia won't ratify the Rome Statute of the...

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Mormons ease opposition to same-sex couples and their kids

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday repealed rules that banned baptisms for...

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Judge considers whether terror watchlist is unconstitutional

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge says he will rule in the near future on the constitutionality of a government watchlist...

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Pope names moderate Gregory as Washington, DC, archbishop

WASHINGTON (AP) — Archbishop Wilton Gregory promised Catholics he would "rebuild your trust" after Pope Francis on Thursday...

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Can redevelopment finally purge an old orphanage's demons?

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An imposing Italianate-style building that looms over part of Vermont's largest city had such a troubled...

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Brexit compromise may rest on UK odd couple May and Corbyn

LONDON (AP) — She is the strait-laced daughter of an Anglican priest who has championed conservative values all her life; he...

OMRF scientists may be nearing breakthrough in understanding of sarcoidosis

HealthApr 21, 2019

Researchers at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation are working on a project they hope will help them better understand a debilitating disease that seems to affect people of African descent disproportionately. Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory...

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The Mormons have repealed rules that banned baptisms for kids of gay parents, made gay marriage a sin for expulsion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormons have repealed rules that banned baptisms for kids of gay parents, made gay marriage a sin for...

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Vatican upholds conviction of Guam's ousted archbishop for sexually abusing minors and adds further penalty on appeal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican upholds conviction of Guam's ousted archbishop for sexually abusing minors and adds further penalty...

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Pope names Wilton Gregory as archbishop of Washington, DC, epicenter of US sex abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope names Wilton Gregory as archbishop of Washington, DC, epicenter of US sex abuse crisis.

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Rev. Calvin McCutchen, longtime north Tulsa pastor, civil rights leader, dies at 92

TULSA — The Rev. G. Calvin McCutchen, longtime pastor of one of Tulsa's oldest black churches and a leader in civil rights...

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Polish priest apologizes for burning of 'Harry Potter' books

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A priest in northern Poland who led a public burning of books that included titles from the "Harry...

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Bomb injures at least 18 people in southern Philippine town

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A bomb injured at least 18 people Wednesday in a southern Philippine town in an attack believed to...

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Texas Senate OKs religious refusal bill panned by businesses

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved a bill allowing social workers, attorneys and others with...

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Pope: Women have 'legitimate claims' for justice, equality

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said in a document released Tuesday that women have "legitimate claims" to seek more equality...

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Pope says women have 'legitimate claims' to more justice and equality in church but stops short of more sweeping calls

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope says women have 'legitimate claims' to more justice and equality in church but stops short of more...

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Arizona repository houses dead animals for use by tribes

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Native American tribes on the hunt for animal hides, antlers, teeth and other parts for...

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Afghans recruited to fight in Syrian war struggle back home

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his...

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Pope tells Moroccans "we are brothers and sisters"

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Pope Francis sought Sunday to encourage greater fraternity between Christians and Muslims in Morocco,...

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Pope in Morocco: Walls, fear-mongering won't stop migration

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Pope Francis praised Morocco as a model of religious moderation and migrant welcome as he kicked off a...

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Comedian leads presidential polling in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who's never held political office tops the public opinion polls ahead of Ukraine's presidential...

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Community event will focus on implicit bias

The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City...

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Interfaith group comes together to help YWCA

Michael Korenblit and Naila Aziz swapped stories and jokes about parenthood as they cleaned and organized toys and wooden...

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SHAWNEE OBU ensemble sets spring concert True Voice, Oklahoma Baptist University's 12-member a cappella ensemble, will host its...

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Ministry completes 'miracle' journey of purchasing Edmond property

EDMOND — Nine months ago, Kaylene Balzer and Lisa Clark led a series of prayer walks on property they hoped to claim for...

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"From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” — Matthew 4:17 To prepare his...

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Prayer breakfast is just one aspect of business ministry

A Christian business leaders' ministry will host the 2019 Metro Prayer Breakfast on April 17 at the Cox Convention Center. More...

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Methodist church will dedicate giant bell in Edmond

EDMOND — St. Luke's United Methodist Church will celebrate the fifth anniversary of it's suburban satellite in grand style on...

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George Clooney calls for boycott of hotels over anti-gay law

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney is calling for the boycott of nine hotels in the U.S. and Europe with ties to the sultan of...

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Pope requires sex abuse claims be reported in Vatican City

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has issued sweeping new sex abuse legislation for the Vatican City State and Vatican diplomats...

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MercyMe returns to OKC for March 30 concert

Contemporary Christian band MercyMe will perform in concert at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown...

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Supreme Court delays execution of Texas inmate who claimed religious discrimination over use of spiritual adviser

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Supreme Court delays execution of Texas inmate who claimed religious discrimination over use of...

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Muslim group draws attention to county official's anti-Islamic comments

An Oklahoma County official accepted a lunch invitation with a local Muslim leader this week after drawing continued criticism...

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Top firms decry religious exemption bills proposed in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some of the world's biggest companies are back to oppose a range of new Texas legislation they say is...

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Democrats, Muslim lawmaker decry opening prayer as divisive

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The first female Muslim member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives said Tuesday she was...

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Founder, editorial board of Vatican women's magazine quit citing climate of distrust after nun abuse articles

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Founder, editorial board of Vatican women's magazine quit citing climate of distrust after nun abuse articles.

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Spread spirit Lent throughout your year

Lent is most typically associated with the Catholic Church, but also observed by Lutherans, Methodists Presbyterians,...

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Erdogan proposal to make Hagia Sophia a mosque irks Greece

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Greek government voiced opposition Monday to the suggestion from Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

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Banning of manifesto raises free speech debate in N. Zealand

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned the 74-page...

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IS loses all territory but its shadowy leader still at large

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader...

UCO honors diversity work

NewsApr 28, 2019

The University of Central Oklahoma recently honored three metro-area residents and one organization for contributing to diversity in the Sooner State. On Feb. 22, UCO’s 36th Multicultural Education Institute recognized diversity work in...

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Somalia police: At least 5 people, including deputy labor minister, killed in attack by Islamic extremists

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia police: At least 5 people, including deputy labor minister, killed in attack by Islamic...

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"And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.’ ” — Luke 19:9 Jesus Christ...

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Conference offers clergy training in child trauma

Several faith organizations and other agencies are joining forces to offer a special clergy training conference. The "Faith...

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After more than two decades, OKC church to dedicate building

A congregation's dream for a new church building has come true after more than 20 years. Holy Temple Baptist Church, 1536 NE...

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EDMOND Lenten mission set at St. John the Baptist St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in partnership with other Catholic...

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Polished ministry focuses on young professional women

A ministry new to the metro area aims to bring young professional women together explore faith and navigate the world of...

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NZ says mosque gunman faces life in prison in isolation

ISTANBUL (AP) — New Zealand's deputy prime minister said the gunman accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in the South...

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US abruptly endorses Israel's Golan sovereignty in big shift

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the...

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People across New Zealand are observing the Muslim call to prayer a week after 50 people were slaughtered at two mosques

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — People across New Zealand are observing the Muslim call to prayer a week after 50 people were...

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Dozens of headstones at Jewish cemetery defaced with swastikas, anti-Semitic messages

A hate crime investigation is underway after 59 headstones were defaced and two were knocked over at a Jewish cemetery in...

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Turkey's Erdogan sparks spat with Australia, New Zealand

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has sparked an acute diplomatic spat with far-off New Zealand and Australia, referring...

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New Zealand police: Mosque gunman had planned a 3rd attack

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were...

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NZ city scarred by shooting is home to white supremacists

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The leafy New Zealand city where a self-proclaimed racist fatally shot 50 people at mosques...

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Why Facebook didn't block live New Zealand shooting video

LONDON (AP) — Why did Facebook air live video of the New Zealand mosque shooting for 17 minutes? Didn't anyone alert the...

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Vatican: Pope declines to accept resignation of French cardinal convicted of failing to report pedophile

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican: Pope declines to accept resignation of French cardinal convicted of failing to report pedophile .

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French minister attends memorial of Jewish school attack

PARIS (AP) — Amid a recent rise in anti-Semitic acts in France, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has attended a ceremony...

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NZ leader vows to 'absolutely deny' mosque gunman a platform

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has...

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Premier League, EFL & FA accused of 'double standards' for not holding mosque attack tribute

The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association have been accused of "double standards" for not holding...

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Metro faith community gathers for NZ prayer vigil

A metro Muslim leader said his faith community won't cower in fear in the wake of a deadly shooting spree at two New Zealand...

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Once sanctuaries, houses of worship struggle with security

DETROIT (AP) — A rabbi who packs a gun. A church installing security cameras. A police car protecting a mosque.Houses of...

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New Zealand digs graves as mosque massacre toll rises to 50

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Anguished relatives were anxiously waiting Sunday for authorities to release the remains of...

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Slovak president race: upstart vs. EU official in runoff

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The two leading contenders in Slovakia's presidential election will meet in a runoff vote that...

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New Zealand gunman entranced with Ottoman sites in Europe

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 50 people dead in New...

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Man who stood up to mosque gunman probably saved lives

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — When the gunman advanced toward the mosque, killing those in his path, Abdul Aziz didn't hide....

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'RUN!': NZ shooting victims recount horror, mourn the lost

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — They had walked that once innocuous stretch of sidewalk side-by-side so many times. Every...

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The Latest: Death toll in mosque attacks rises to 50

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand (all times local):10:05 a.m....

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Vatican pushes back about work conditions at UN mission

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is pushing back against whistleblower reports about problematic work conditions at its U.N....

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Teen eggs Australian senator who blames Muslims for attack

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian senator had a raw egg cracked over his head and faces censure from his fellow...

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Pope still hopes to visit South Sudan to promote peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has met with the president of South Sudan and told him that he still hopes to visit the...

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Author inspires students with message of ‘healing hope’

SHAWNEE — Author and ministry leader Katherine Wolf recently shared her remarkable story of suffering from a brainstem stroke...

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NORMAN Tibetan monks set to visit Norman Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery will visit Norman to share their...

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Delegate shares reasons for backing Traditional Plan

Editor's note: Delegates at the United Methodist Church's Feb. 23-26 General Conference in St. Louis voted in favor of...

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"For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate." — Luke 15:24 The...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

BusinessMay 16, 2019

SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Muslim group, interfaith partners respond to New Zealand attack

The leader of a Muslim advocacy group said he could hardly sleep because he worried about the safety of Oklahoma Muslims and...

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OKC pastor decrys Methodist anti-gay stance

Editor's note: Delegates at the United Methodist Church's Feb. 23-26 General Conference in St. Louis voted in favor of...

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New Zealand mosque shooter broadcast slaughter on Facebook

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A white supremacist suspected in shootings at two mosques that killed 49 people during midday...

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New Zealand's prime minister says main suspect in mosque shootings legally acquired 5 guns used in shootings

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's prime minister says main suspect in mosque shootings legally acquired 5 guns...

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49 killed at mosques in 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — At least 49 people were shot to death at two mosques during midday prayers Friday — most if...

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Mosque attacks spark outrage, fuel concern over Islamophobia

BRUSSELS (AP) — World leaders expressed condolences and condemnation Friday following the deadly attacks on mosques in New...

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Mosque shooter brandished white supremacist iconography

The self-proclaimed racist who attacked a New Zealand mosque during Friday prayers in an assault that killed 49 people used...

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New Zealand mosque shootings kill 49

Forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prime...

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says mosque shootings appear to have been a well-planned "terrorist attack"

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says mosque shootings appear to have been a well-planned...

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New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern says 40 people were killed in the Christchurch mosque shootings

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern says 40 people were killed in the Christchurch mosque...

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Australia's prime minister confirms an Australian citizen has been arrested in New Zealand's mosque shootings

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister confirms an Australian citizen has been arrested in New Zealand's mosque shootings.

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New Zealand police say they're not aware of other suspects beyond 4 arrested after mosque shootings but can't be certain

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police say they're not aware of other suspects beyond 4 arrested after mosque...

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New Zealand police say they've defused a number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles after mosque shootings

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police say they've defused a number of improvised explosive devices found on...

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Third cricket test against New Zealand canceled after Bangladesh team narrowly escapes shooting at Christchurch mosque

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Third cricket test against New Zealand canceled after Bangladesh team narrowly escapes...

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says one suspect is in custody but "there could be others involved" in mosque shootings

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says one suspect is in custody but "there could be others...

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Witness: Many dead in New Zealand mosque shooting

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Many people were killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch...

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Media in New Zealand are reporting a shooting at a second mosque in the city of Christchurch

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Media in New Zealand are reporting a shooting at a second mosque in the city of Christchurch.

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Pope anniversary marked by Pell sentencing, scandal fallout

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marked his sixth anniversary as pontiff in prayer Wednesday, attending a weeklong spiritual...

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City council delays vote on First Christian Church designation

Representatives of First Christian Church promised Tuesday they have no plans to tear down the architectural landmark and do...

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3 Philippine priests say they, Catholic bishops under threat

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Three Philippine Catholic priests said Monday they and some church leaders who are critical of the...

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Town ravaged by tornado prays at church that sheltered many

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — The pastor of a church that became a center for shelter, help and grieving when a tornado killed 23...

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University expulsion incident made headlines

It should come as no surprise that news of the student demonstration at (then) Oklahoma Christian College made headlines. The...

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Vatican next year to open archives on wartime Pius XII

VATICAN CITY — Declaring that the church "isn't afraid of history," Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the...

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Oklahoma Christian works to right a wrong against black students 50 years ago

"We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord. And we pray that our unity will one day be restored. And they'll know we are...

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Omar furor reflects intensifying national debate over Israel

NEW YORK (AP) — For Congress, the allegations of anti-Semitism directed toward Rep. Ilhan Omar have no precedent. Yet on...

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$6.3M raised for synagogue massacre families, survivors

A $6.3 million fund established after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre primarily will be split among the families of the dead...

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Xavier University nun never stops helping

CINCINNATI — It's no easy task, living a great life. That distinction is reserved for rare circumstances when a person lives...

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"Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:27 Jesus attracted great crowds...

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Mormon websites renamed in push to end use of nicknames

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church said it will rename websites, social media accounts and employee email addresses to get rid...

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Religion briefs

Lenten dinner-discussion event is set at church "Soup for the Soul," a Lenten meal and lesson series, will begin at 6 p.m....

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Trump pays his respects to 23 killed by Alabama tornado

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Head bowed, President Donald Trump paid respects Friday to the 23 people killed when a powerful tornado...

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Belgian court finds suspected jihadi Mehdi Nemmouche guilty of 2014 Jewish museum slayings of four people

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian court finds suspected jihadi Mehdi Nemmouche guilty of 2014 Jewish museum slayings of four people.

Oklahoma college grads find jobs in business, health, education fields

NewsApr 28, 2019

Oklahoma’s public and private colleges and universities awarded degrees to more than 193,300 graduates during the past five years. Nearly half of those were bachelor’s degrees. Business, health professions and education were the most popular...

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Blasts in Kabul hit near ceremony attended by top officials

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mortar shells exploded Thursday outside a ceremony in the Afghan capital Kabul attended by the...

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French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin offers his resignation after being convicted of failing to report a pedophile priest

LYON, France (AP) — French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin offers his resignation after being convicted of failing to report a...

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Mahathir: China should define claims in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday that China should define its "so-called...

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French cardinal guilty of abuse cover-up

France's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, has been handed a six-month suspended sentence for his...

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A French court finds Cardinal Philippe Barbarin guilty of failing to report accusations against a pedophile priest

LYON, France (AP) — A French court finds Cardinal Philippe Barbarin guilty of failing to report accusations against a pedophile...

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Muslim convert jailed for plot to attack London's Oxford St

LONDON (AP) — A British Muslim convert was sentenced Wednesday to at least 15 years in prison for plotting a van attack on...

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Jane Jayroe partners with The Oklahoman for Lenten podcasts

Practice: Unleashing the Power of Faith - Kristin Chenoweth This is an excerpt from Jane Jayroe's daily devotional "Practice:...

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Colorado, baker end legal spat over transgender woman's cake

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially...

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Correction: Vatican-Pius XII story

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story March 4 about Pope Francis opening Vatican archival documents on World War II-era Pope Pius XII...

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3 get prison in college basketball recruiting scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Adidas executive and two others who paid families to persuade top college basketball recruits to play...

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Islamic council rejects Israeli court closure at holy site

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Islamic authority that oversees Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem has rejected an Israeli court order to...

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Oklahoma governor welcomes Muslims to 'Day at the Capitol'

Oklahoma Muslims were surprised by an unexpected visitor on Monday at an annual advocacy gathering at the state Capitol. Gov....

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The Latest: Search ongoing for Alabama tornado victims

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the tornado that killed more than 20 people in Alabama (all times local):5 p.m.An Alabama...

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No trial date set for man accused of slaying Muslims in 2015

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — After four years, no trial date has been set for the man accused of gunning down his Muslim neighbors in...

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Anti-abortion prayer campaign set

NORMAN — A kick-off rally for the 2019 "40 Days for Life" campaign is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at St. Mark the Evangelist...

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Egypt's top cleric calls polygamy 'injustice,' draws debate

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top Muslim cleric has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an "injustice" for women, but...

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Methodists aim to promote unity, love after LGBTQ ban upheld

To some people, the results of a recent international Methodist gathering may have been disheartening. To other individuals,...

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The Latest: Global Muslim body urges India, Pakistan to talk

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Latest on tensions between India and Pakistan (all times local):9:20 p.m.Pakistan's foreign ministry...

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Bible lesson for March 2

"And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just." — Luke 14:14...

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Oklahoma Methodist leader helped guide historic gathering

An Oklahoma minister helped guide the legislative portion of the recent historic gathering of United Methodists in St. Louis....

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Ash Wednesday is on the horizon

Many of Oklahoma's faithful are expected to observe Ash Wednesday, March 6, which marks the first day of the Christian season...

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Midwest City church will host 'Chasing Joy' women's event

MIDWEST CITY — Women of Wickline United Methodist Church will host the "Chasing Joy Women’s Conference" from 8:30 a.m. to 3...

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Steven Curtis Chapman to bring unique tour to Edmond church

EDMOND — Grammy Award-winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman will share his musical journey with fans during a concert...

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Religion briefs for March 2

Gospel singing is set DEL CITY — The monthly Del City Gospel Singing will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Del City Nazarene Church,...

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Former Miss America is putting faith into 'Practice'

Putting her best faith forward is nothing new for author, former Miss America and TV personality Jane Jayroe. As the author of...

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GOLD house offers day of fun

Gospel of Life Dwellings (GOLD) is hosting its monthly First Saturday Fun Raiser, 1 to 5 p.m. at the St. John Paul II Dwelling,...

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Calls for Maryland lawmaker to resign renewed after censure

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Lawmakers, civil rights leaders and voters renewed calls for a white Maryland lawmaker to resign Friday,...

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Calls growing for Maryland lawmaker to resign over slur

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland political leaders from both parties and civil rights groups made growing calls for the...

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Oklahoma Methodists discuss St. Louis gathering

The Rev. Scott Spencer said he wasn't surprised when United Methodists ultimately upheld the denomination's ban on full...

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OC renames Hardeman Auditorium

A metro-area university renamed its largest auditorium on Tuesday to pay tribute to a Texas family that has donated more than...

Oklahoma districts seek to bring teacher diversity in line with student body

NewsApr 28, 2019

Oklahoma City Public Schools, the state's largest school district with 45,000 students, is also among the most diverse. They speak more than 78 languages, including Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Russian and Vietnamese, data provided by the...

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Judge reveals senior Vatican cleric convicted in Australia of sexually abusing 2 choirboys

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Judge reveals senior Vatican cleric convicted in Australia of sexually abusing 2 choirboys.

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Iowa diocese identifies 28 priests accused of abusing minors

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — At least 28 priests are credibly accused of having sexually abused more than 100 boys and girls while...

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Pope vows to end cover-ups

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront...

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Church perseveres after tornado blows its building apart

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — When it came time for Sunday services at First Pentecostal Church in Columbus, Mississippi, the...

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Oklahoma bishop discusses Episcopalian decisions regarding gay inclusion

United Methodists aren't the only denomination to grapple with the issue of gay inclusion in recent years. The Presbyterian...

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Pope Francis ends summit on clergy sex abuse; vows to confront abusers with the "wrath of God" and prioritize victims

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis ends summit on clergy sex abuse; vows to confront abusers with the "wrath of God" and...

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Oklahoma Methodists join historic gathering over gay rights in the Church

As United Methodists gather to discuss the future of gay people in the church, the Rev. Linda Harker, of Norman, believes "the...

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Skyline Urban Ministry moves forward with public's help in aftermath of theft

Skyline Urban Ministry has continued its outreach to the homeless despite the recent theft of most of its ministry materials....

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Religion briefs for Feb. 23

Gospel singing events are set DEL CITY — Two musical events are planned at Del City Church of the Nazarene, 4701 SE 26. The...

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“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” — Psalms 91:11 When we read this verse, we might...

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Navy Seal 'frogman' will mark moon landing anniversary at Mustang church

MUSTANG — The Rev. John Wolfram, Apollo 11 frogman, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on a speaking...

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Oklahoma City Archdiocese to delay clergy abuse disclosure

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is delaying its release of names of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children. The...

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Interfaith Jummah Prayer event held at Capitol

The Council on American-Islamic Relations recently held its annual Interfaith Jummah Prayer event at the state Capitol. The...

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Filipino rebel commanders become officials under peace deal

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines were sworn in Friday as...