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Interfaith Youth Tour is planned once again

The 2018 annual Interfaith Youth Tour is planned for 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at three houses of worship in Edmond.

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Catholics will celebrate first Rother feast day: Mass, festival, 'Rosary Run' and broadcast presentation set to honor Okarche priest

Catholics across Oklahoma will celebrate first feast day for Blessed Stanley Rother on July 28. A Mass, festival, rosary run...

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How churches are using their buildings to address the affordable housing crisis

WASHINGTON — Helen McIlvaine gets excited when she sees a church. Driving around her hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, on a...

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Leap of faith

About 200 young people participated in KampOut!, Kanakuk Camp's traveling day camp set up at Heritage Baptist Church, 14317 N...

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Abbey honors American Indian saint

The annual St. Kateri Tekakwitha Pilgrimage Mass and Picnic was July 14 at St. Gregory's Abbey, 1900 W MacArthur in Shawnee

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Episcopal Church will revise prayer book but doesn't know when

After more than a week of debate among church leaders about whether God should be referred to by male pronouns — and about the...

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Churches host back-to-school activities, giveaway events

With a mission to help families, several metro-area churches and faith-based organizations will offer free school supplies,...

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Religion briefs for July 21

Religion briefs for July 21

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Virgin Mary statue has been 'weeping' olive oil, but church leaders can't explain it

Inside a Catholic church in New Mexico, a 7-foot tall bronze statue of the Virgin Mary appears to be "weeping," according to...

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Bible lesson for July 21

Bible lesson for July 21

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Israeli parliament passes contentious Jewish nation bill

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament approved a controversial piece of legislation on Thursday that defines the country as the...

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US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Wednesday again denied a request for the release from custody of an American pastor...

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Oklahoma religion briefs for July 14

Religion briefs for July 14

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Justice and mercy: Young adults tour Oklahoma County jail

A local pastor recently took a group of young adults from his church for a tour of the Oklahoma County jail to learn about some...

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Catholics on the court: The historical struggle between canon and constitutional law

The story of Justice William Brennan's seminal role in legalizing abortion had been largely overlooked as President Donald...

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Unmasking 'The Changing Face of Hatred'

The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City and the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma are partnering to host a program called...

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In brief

Texas church receives aid SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — A South Texas church has received nearly $3 million in donations for...

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Vacation Bible school listing for July 14

Vacation Bible school listing for July 14

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Bible lesson for July 14

Bible lesson for July 14

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132 die in Pakistan election violence ahead of Sharif return

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The deadliest attacks in Pakistan's troubled election campaign killed at least 132 people, including a...

GOP House members who opposed tax package for teachers defend their position in runoff primaries

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Most of the state House incumbents in runoff primaries are having to defend their votes against tax hikes for teacher pay raises.

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Greece hints at Russian diplomats' expulsion

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Relations between Greece and Russia came under strain Wednesday after Greece's government spokesman...

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Trial begins for man accused of setting fire to Texas mosque

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a "rabid hatred" of Muslims led a 26-year-old man to set fire to a Southeast...

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Americans confident in high court, but what about issues?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next Supreme Court justice will join the bench at a time when the public has more confidence in the high...

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Bishops call for 3-day fasting after Duterte says God stupid

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine Catholic bishops on Monday called for fasting and prayers after President Rodrigo Duterte...

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Oh App-y day!: Life.Church marks 10th anniversary of popular Bible app

The popular YouVersion Bible app developed by Edmond-based Life.Church marks its 10th anniversary in July.

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YouVersion Bible App provides connections

A huge part of the popularity of the YouVersion Bible App has been the way it helps connect people to the word of God and each...

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Haiti unrest strands a number of US volunteer groups

Volunteer groups from several U.S. states were stranded in Haiti Sunday after violent protests over fuel prices canceled...

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Smokie Norful, Point of Grace and Dennis Jernigan to be inducted into Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame

Contemporary Christian artists Smokie Norful, Point of Grace and Dennis Jernigan have been selected for induction in the...

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Under construction: New house of worship being built for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

A new house of worship for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently is under construction in the northwest...

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Religion briefs for July 7

Religion briefs for July 7

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OKC musician partners with church to help youths put 'Arts in action'

Oklahoma City musician Am're Ford recently partnered with Quayle United Methodist Church to offer 'Arts in Action,' a summer...

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Church will host service at new site

The Springs Church of Christ's new church property in north Edmond, Oklahoma, features a 19,000-square-foot worship and...

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Bible lesson for July 7

Bible lesson for July 7

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You can help get wheels turning on fundraiser

The 2018 Buck$ 4 Bikes program goal is to raise $50,000 to purchase bikes the coming holiday season for needy central Oklahoma...

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Vacation Bible school listing for July 7

Vacation Bible school listing for July 7

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UN: June saw "exceptional" rate of deaths in sea off Libya

ROME (AP) — Roughly one of every six migrants who set out in traffickers' unseaworthy boats from Libya perished at sea last...

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Japanese media report several followers of Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult also executed over deadly attacks.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese media report several followers of Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult also executed over deadly attacks.

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Media reports say Japanese doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara, mastermind of deadly Tokyo subway gassing, is executed

TOKYO (AP) — Media reports say Japanese doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara, mastermind of deadly Tokyo subway gassing, is...

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Thrift and uplift

The Surayya Anne Foundation of Oklahoma City recently opened a store at 1143 N Meridian. The nonprofit started by the Muslim...

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UK-based nurse used threat of voodoo to force Nigerian women into sex work | DW | 04.07.2018

A Liberian-born British woman was sentenced to 14 years under UK's modern slavery law on Wednesday, after a jury found her...

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Roman Catholic bishop in Australia sentenced to 12 months detention for child abuse cover-up

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — Roman Catholic bishop in Australia sentenced to 12 months detention for child abuse cover-up.

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Afghan official: Suicide bombing in eastern Nangarhar province kills 10, including Sikhs, Hindus

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official: Suicide bombing in eastern Nangarhar province kills 10, including Sikhs, Hindus.

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Priest marks 20th anniversary of ordination

The Rev. Timothy Fuller, pastor of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his priestly...

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Cristo Rey OKC adds corporate partner

The Oklahoma City Thunder joins a growing list of companies and nonprofits that represent sectors as diverse as banking, health...

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Religion briefs for June 30

Religion briefs for June 30

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Groups work to help Catholic nun build hermitage brick by brick

Helping transform large piles of red dirt into brick-like blocks, volunteers from a Catholic youth mission program did their...

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Faith Q&A: Oklahoma Conference of Churches chooses new director

The Rev. Shannon Fleck, a Guthrie native, has been named as the new executive director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches,...

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Bible lesson for June 30

Bible lesson for June 30

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In the game

Vacation Bible school continues in the Oklahoma City metro area.

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HBO's 'Believer' feels like Muzak for the soul

Dan Reynolds is the tall, 30-year-old lead singer of the rock band Imagine Dragons, which, since 2012, has found great success...

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Mother: Girl at center of debate over brain death dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A girl at the center of the medical and religious debate over brain death has died after surgery in New...

Substance abuse, mental illness contribute to Oklahoma's foster care challenges

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Oklahoma has been plagued for years by high rates of abuse and neglect of children — statistics driven in large measure by the state's high level of methamphetamine addiction, officials say. Opioid addiction has added to that crisis in recent...

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The Latest: Minneapolis protesters oppose travel ban ruling

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several...

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Muslims, advocates saddened over court's travel ban decision

DETROIT (AP) — Maryam Bahramipanah is torn between staying with her husband, who came to Michigan from their native Iran, and...

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High court OKs Trump's travel ban, rejects Muslim bias claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim...

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Supreme Court upholds Trump ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court upholds Trump ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries.

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Latest: US official: Fort Bliss to house detained families

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents (all times local):10 p.m.A federal...

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Supreme Court passes on new appeal over religious objection to gay rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court passes on new appeal over religious objection to gay rights.

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Two men will face off for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma County treasurer

Two men, incumbent Forrest "Butch" Freeman and Daren Ward, will face off for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma County...

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National Baptist Convention USA's gathering highlighted education, unity

Thousands of people visited Oklahoma City for the recent National Baptist Convention USA's 113th annual Congress of Christian...

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God Squad

United Methodists youths from Oklahoma and other states spread out into the metro area to perform community service projects as...

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What one Georgia man did that made the world take notice

Video of a Smyrna, Georgia, man helping a wheelchair-bound stranger has gone viral as people praise him for his kind actions.

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Kids go on adventure at Bible school

Capitol Hill Assembly of God, 2400 SW 74 recently held its "Rolling River Rampage" vacation Bible school. Also, find out about...

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Life.Church hosts North Highland picnic in the park

Life.Church Britton & Broadway recently hosted a community picnic for residents of the North Highland neighborhood in...

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Bible lesson for June 23

Bible lesson for June 23

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Religion briefs for June 23

Religion briefs for June 23

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Turkey heads to landmark presidential, parliamentary vote

ISTANBUL (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has never lost an election, is taking a gamble that will consolidate his...

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Mormons post questions asked during youth interviews

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church for the first time Wednesday posted the list of questions lay leaders are supposed to...

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The Latest: Texas governor seeks bipartisan border solutions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation (all times local):4:30 p.m.Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is asking...

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The Latest: Reports: Europe to toughen migrant checks

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on global migration and World Refugee Day (all times local):7 p.m.European governments are reportedly...

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Divers search Indonesian lake for 192 missing after sinking

TIGARAS, Indonesia (AP) — Distraught relatives slammed Indonesia's government for not enforcing basic safety measures on...

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Pray. Preach. Praise: Members of America's largest black Christian faith denomination continue week of activities in Oklahoma City

The National Baptist Convention USA has made its presence known in Oklahoma City, converging on the downtown with church vans...

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Religious leaders criticize use of Scripture to justify immigration policy

Religious leaders criticize use of Scripture to justify immigration policy

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The Latest: Cruz promises bill to deal with border crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times EDT):8 p.m.Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says he is...

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H. Clinton: Separating families at border a 'moral crisis'

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday called the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy...

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US urges Russia to release political and religious prisoners

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration urged Russia on Monday to release what it called a growing number of political and...

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Pope: Abortion is 'white glove' equivalent to Nazi crimes

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the "white glove" equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics...

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Nation's largest black Baptist denomination distributes food in OKC

In an effort to make an indelible impact beyond the economic and spiritual boost they bring to a city, members of the nation's...

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Bible lesson for June 16

Bible lesson for June 16

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Vacation Bible school listings for June 16

Vacation Bible school listings for June 16

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Mister Rogers film might help redefine the meaning of 'Christian film'

Mister Rogers is most famous as the sweater-clad television host who pioneered children's programming and, in later years,...

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Religion briefs for June 16

Religion briefs for June 16

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Making connections: Two metro-area churches become one

Westminster Presbyterian Church at 4400 N Shartel and Connecting Point Presbyterian at 14501 N Rockwell have become one in what...

Cleanup to resume at former oil refinery site near Duncan, Oklahoma

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On a sweltering midsummer evening last week, 80 people gathered at a school gymnasium in this southern Oklahoma town to talk about the air.

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A 3,000-year-old glass head deepens one of the Bible's oldest mysteries

Buried under a pair of hills at Israel's northern border, at the nexus of three ancient kingdoms, is one of the last large...

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Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore

The outdoor wedding, stuff of girlhood fantasy and bridal-magazine photography, has long been off-limits to most Catholics. No...

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Oklahoma Southern Baptists flocked to annual meeting in Dallas

Highlights of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.

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Gaza residents pray near Israel as Muslims mark major feast

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Several thousand Gaza worshippers knelt on prayer rugs spread on sandy soil, near the perimeter...

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Chilean police raid Roman Catholic Church offices amid a growing sexual abuse scandal involving clergy

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean police raid Roman Catholic Church offices amid a growing sexual abuse scandal involving clergy.

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The house that love filled

Sister Maria Faulkner founded the Gospel of Life Dwellings ministry to provide a home and care for older adults in the Oklahoma...

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Baptist pastor requests predator database

Women demonstrating at rally said the #ChurchToo must be accountable

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#MeToo cases in the spotlight as Southern Baptists convene

DALLAS (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention opened its annual national meeting Tuesday in an anxious mood as the...

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Syrian orphans who fled Aleppo find new home

JARABLUS, Syria (AP) — Nearly 50 children orphaned by the Syrian war escaped the hell that was their hometown of Aleppo after...

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Pope accepts resignation of bishop at center of Chile's sex abuse scandal as purge of troubled church hierarchy begins

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope accepts resignation of bishop at center of Chile's sex abuse scandal as purge of troubled church...

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Baptist church's 'Catholic' Jesus statue to find new home

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A statue of Jesus that a Baptist church in South Carolina voted to remove because the congregation deemed...

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Report on Pennsylvania priest abuse to be most extensive yet

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The results of a lengthy probe into the handling of sexual abuse claims by Roman Catholic dioceses...

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New exhibit highlights biblical artifacts from time of biblical King Hezekiah

The biblical story of King Hezekiah, the Prophet Isaiah and divine intervention on behalf of Jerusalem is told through ancient...

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#MeToo crisis jolts Southern Baptists ahead of key gathering

The Southern Baptists are facing their own #MeToo crisis as the biggest Protestant denomination in the U.S. heads into its...

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Review: “Patriot Priests: French Catholic Clergy and National Identity in World War I”

Review: “Patriot Priests: French Catholic Clergy and National Identity in World War I”

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Metro-area author explores letters of 'Patriot Priests'

Anita May, a lifelong Catholic and retired former director of the Oklahoma Humanities Council, has written a new book called...

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Vacation Bible school listing for June 9

Vacation Bible school listing for June 9

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Southern Baptists will gather in Dallas: Annual meeting is expected to draw largest number of delegates since 2010

Attendance at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas is expected to be higher than it has been in the last...

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Religion briefs for June 9

Religion briefs for June 9

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Mass choir is preparing to offer slice of 'Heaven'

Rehearsals are ongoing as momentum builds for the much-anticipated musical that will be held on June 18, the opening day of the...

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In brief: Life.Church will host North Highlands block party

Life.Church will host North Highlands block party on June 16

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Edmond church gains new lead pastor

A Fairview native has been named new lead pastor of Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, one of the metro area’s more...

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Bible lesson for June 9

Bible lesson for June 9

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'Meals by Muslims': Ramadan outreach provides meals for homeless at local day shelter for second year

For the second year in a row, a group of Muslim women coordinated the "Meals by Muslims" outreach to provide and serve meals...

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The Latest: AFP photographer wounded at Gaza protest

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on Gaza protests and Jerusalem Day demonstrations around the Middle East (all times...

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Austria to close 7 mosques, expel imams in crackdown

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's government said Friday that it is closing seven mosques and plans to expel imams in a crackdown on...

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Paige Patterson's 'break her down' email taken out of context, his lawyer says

The lawyer for Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson said he has “not found one credible” allegation against his client.

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Minister appointed to vacant seat on Oklahoma City Council

The Rev. Lee Cooper Jr., a longtime Oklahoma City minister, has been appointed to the vacant Ward 7 Oklahoma City Council seat....

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Bombing targets Afghan clerics calling for peace, killing 7

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of Afghanistan's top clerics on Monday, killing at least seven...

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College student, 21, parenting twin boys

Devaunjue "Jay" Williams, who just completed his sophomore year at Oklahoma City University, has assumed guardianship of his...

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Shaping an eternal legacy

Mother-daughter duo Jackie Green and Lauren Green McAfee have written a book entitled "Only One Life: How A Women's Every Day...

Rural hospitals fight to remain fiscally viable

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A community's physical and economic health is at stake as rural hospitals across Oklahoma and the United States struggle to remain viable. The largely rural Sooner State is particularly at-risk as changes in technology, insurance coverage and...

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America gave her a new language and an opportunity — now this interpreter is repaying the favor

Officially, Noelle Nguyen's task is to interpret. When she shows up at Culmore Clinic in Falls Church, Virginia, where...

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Jesus House marked 45th anniversary in May as leaders prepare for fall capital campaign

The Jesus House, a faith-based nonprofit, marked 45th anniversary in May as leaders prepare for fall capital campaign to...

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Karen Kingsbury book signing is set

New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury will sign copies of her new book based in Oklahoma from 5 to 9 p.m. on...

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Bible lesson for June 2

Bible lesson for June 2

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Religion briefs for June 2

Religion briefs for June 2

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Salvation Army begins new Adopt-a-Child fundraising effort

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City kicked off its first ever Adopt-a-Child campaign on Friday. The...

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Vacation Bible school listing for June 2

Vacation Bible school listing for June 2

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Christianity's presence at Santa Fe High grows after shooting

Communal displays of faith have defined this district's response to the shooting that left eight students and two teachers dead...

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Court: Iowa church didn't defame women exploited by pastor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that an all-male church board's characterization of female...

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Lankford, faith leaders speak against proposal to legalize medical marijuana

A grassroots coalition of Oklahoma Christian faith leaders — including U.S. Sen. James Lankford — has formed to help defeat a...

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Attorney: Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis reaches $210M settlement with clergy sex abuse victims in bankruptcy case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorney: Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis reaches $210M settlement with clergy sex abuse victims in...

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Conservative Christian attorneys gain influence under Trump

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lawyers who espouse a conservative Christian agenda have found plenty of opportunities in Texas, suing on...

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Prominent Baptist churches are without leaders

Several prominent Southern Baptist churches are on the hunt for new leadership. Of the trio made up of Henderson Hills Baptist...

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MercyMe concert is rescheduled for June

A new date has been set for the MercyMe concert that was postponed in April because of inclement weather. The contemporary...

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Summer sanctuary

The popular program Midnight Basketball will kick off its 20th year on June 8 at Christ Temple Community Church in northeast...

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Religion briefs for May 26

Religion briefs for May 26

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United Methodists will gather for annual meeting

The Oklahoma United Methodist Conference will gather for its annual meeting Tuesday through Thursday at Oklahoma City University.

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Oklahoma City-area Muslims share Ramadan revelations

Oklahoma Muslims shared insights about an important time of the year for their faith tradition at a gathering on Tuesday at the...

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Sermon on 'love' was about more than royal couple

The sermon delivered at May 19's royal wedding was about the love shared by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But Bishop Michael...

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Oklahoma author hopes to help others give God the glory

Edmond author Angela Sanders' new book "100 Days: The Glory Experiment" is a personal Bible study and discipleship guide all in...

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More than 500,000 people have visited the Museum of the Bible in its first 6 months

More than half a million people have visited the Museum of the Bible since Washington's newest museum opened near the National...

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Bible lesson for May 26

Bible lesson for May 26

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Stocking up: Pine Pantry program offers simple way to help and get help

In it's first year, Pine Pantry, a unique food pantry outreach, has exceeded its founder's expectations because of the Oklahoma...

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Pope to China Catholics: Make gestures showing communion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged Chinese Catholics on Wednesday to show they are in full communion with the Holy See,...

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Former Tulsa priest charged with sexual assault

A former Catholic priest in the Tulsa Diocese has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old-boy in a suburban Chicago...

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Danish govt: Minister's views on fasting Muslims are her own

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Assertions by Denmark's immigration minister that Muslims fasting for Ramadan pose a safety hazard...

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CORRECTS: An Australian archbishop has become most senior cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — CORRECTS: An Australian archbishop has become most senior cleric in the world convicted of covering...

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LGBT community cheers pope's 'God made you like this' remark

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBT...

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Iran's transgender people face discrimination despite fatwa

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Nahal smokes yet another cigarette on her mother's balcony overlooking Tehran, one of the few peaceful...

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Pope Francis announces he will make 14 new cardinals June 29 at Vatican

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis announces he will make 14 new cardinals June 29 at Vatican.

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Council of Churches: 20 priests from evangelical church among dead in Cuban plane crash

HAVANA (AP) — Council of Churches: 20 priests from evangelical church among dead in Cuban plane crash .

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Bible lesson for May 19

Bible lesson for May 19

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Orthodox priest offers biblical discussion on 'Lord of the Rings'

The Rev. Jeremy Davis will host a five-week series of classes called "'The Lord of the Rings' and the Spiritual Life" at Holy...

From despair to hope: One woman's journey through mental illness

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MUSKOGEE — After two years of hearing voices, Mary Hicks became convinced she needed to kill herself to save her children. She failed. Sometimes failure can be a good thing. In Hicks' case, failure meant that she finally got treatment for...

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Religion briefs for May 19

Religion briefs for May 19

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Arise Ministries will host annual single mothers conference

Arise Ministries will host its Thrive Gathering for single mothers from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 23 at Crossings Community...

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This 400-year-old church is older than almost any institution in America

DISPUTANTA, Va. — Long before American independence, before the Pilgrims even landed at Plymouth Rock, there was Martin's...

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Meet the American who will preach at the royal wedding: Episcopal USA presiding bishop has visited Oklahoma City several times

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship is transatlantic, and now their wedding ceremony will be, too. The Most Rev....

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That's the spirit

Holy Spirit Catholic Church will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, May 20, for a new permanent church building at its...

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Teen held in Texas attack is said to have used father's guns

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The Texas student charged in the school shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack...

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Chile's bishops offer to resign over sex abuse cover-up, their fate now in hands of the pope

ROME (AP) — Chile's bishops offer to resign over sex abuse cover-up, their fate now in hands of the pope.

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Egyptian president announces on Twitter opening of Rafah border crossing with Gaza for entire Ramadan holy month

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian president announces on Twitter opening of Rafah border crossing with Gaza for entire Ramadan holy month.

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Vatican denounces offshore tax havens as harming the poor

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is denouncing offshore tax havens and financial instruments such as derivatives and credit...

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Egypt pardons hundreds jailed for demonstrating

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday pardoned more than 330 young people, most of whom had been...

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Muslim woman accuses Oklahoma deputies of forcing her to remove hijab

Two civil rights groups plan to file a federal lawsuit after they say deputies forced a Muslim woman to remove her hijab in...

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The Latest: OIC condemns US embassy move to Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and Palestinian protests (all times local):6:20...

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Gathering focuses on social justice

Organizers of an annual social justice conference in Oklahoma City said turnout continues to meet expectations as people become...

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Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is current front-runner as partial national election results announced

BAGHDAD (AP) — Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is current front-runner as partial national election results...

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Gov. Mary Fallin signs bill allowing display of Ten Commandments on public property

The bill by Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, and Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, requires the state attorney general to defend...

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Oklahoma Baptists weigh in on beleaguered seminary leader

Oklahomans are among those weighing in for and against Southwest Baptist Theological President Paige Patterson, a prominent and...

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Mormon Church breaks all ties with Boy Scouts, ending 100-year relationship

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Tuesday it will sever all ties with the Boy Scouts of America, ending a...

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Religion briefs for May 12

Religion briefs for May 12

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Oklahoma City-area Muslims prepare for Ramadan

Oklahoma City metro-area Muslims prepare for the Islamic holy month of fasting.

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Rescheduled Sikh festival is set for Saturday

The Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma's annual Baisakhi Mela will be 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 4529 NW 16.

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OBU hosts Global Outreach Commissioning service

Oklahoma Baptist University recently hosted a special Global Outreach Commissioning service at Raley Chapel on OBU’s campus,...

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Bible lesson for May 12

Bible lesson for May 12

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Great expectations

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has raised more than half the funds needed to build a 2000-seat church and...

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Mount St. Mary dedicates new $6 million addition

Mount St. Mary Catholic High School recently dedicated the newest addition to its 115-year-old campus with a ribbon cutting and...

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African Children's Choir set to perform in Oklahoma

The internationally renowned African Children's Choir will perform in concert at several churches throughout the state in the...

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South Africa probes 'extremism' element in mosque attack

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's elite police unit said Friday it was investigating an "element of extremism" in a mosque...

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Trump's move likely to worsen Mideast proxy battles

BEIRUT (AP) — There may not be much Iran can do about President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, but across the...

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Church bells ring

Metro-area houses of worship like Crown Heights United Methodist have been in high gear since wedding season has begun this...

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How Catholic style took over the Met

The items on loan, which include papal robes and accessories never viewed outside the Vatican, debut Thursday as a part of...

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The Latest: NK detainees express 'deep appreciation' to US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the release of three Americans from North Korea (all times...

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Mormon church to sever its 105-year-old ties to the Boy Scouts at end of 2019

The Mormon church is ending its 105-year relationship with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of next year. The Church of...

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Incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger loses GOP primary in North Carolina to Baptist pastor after battle for Trump supporters

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger loses GOP primary in North Carolina to Baptist pastor after battle for...

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OBU ministry program revamped with focus on marketplace skills and practical experience

To prepare future ministers for their careers, Oklahoma Baptist University recently updated its Christian ministry degree...

Health Department says medical marijuana rollout on schedule despite chaos

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The past two weeks have brought chaos as the Board of Health passed regulations their top lawyer said weren’t legal, two groups sued, the attorney general told the board it overstepped its authority, the top health department lawyer resigned in...

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Hezbollah, allies score major gains in Lebanon election

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group declared "mission accomplished" Monday after scoring major...

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Afghan official says 30 'killed and wounded' in explosion at a mosque being used as a voter registration center

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says 30 'killed and wounded' in explosion at a mosque being used as a voter...

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Bible lesson for May 5

Bible lesson for May 5

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OKC to host national gathering of black Baptist denomination

Pastors hosting a National Baptist Convention USA gathering said they are grateful for the changing Oklahoma City landscape,...

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Oklahoma religion briefs for May 5

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On a mission: Nonprofit's leaders step out on faith for funds to complete project

The faith-based nonprofit Mission Norman recently broke ground on a new $1.5 million mission center on its grounds at 2525 E...

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Ministry continues to 'Stand In The Gap'

Ministry continues to 'Stand In The Gap'

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Armstrong College to host archaeological exhibition

Armstrong International Cultural Foundation will host the world premiere of "Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered," an...

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Australian court convicts Muslim woman for failing to stand

SYDNEY (AP) — The wife of an Islamic State group recruiter gave the militants' single-finger salute outside a Sydney court on...

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Volkswagen's new CEO promises a more ethical culture

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's new CEO, Herbert Diess, has vowed to build a more ethical culture after the company's...

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Teachers flee, schools close in Kenya with al-Shabab attacks

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Every school day, Abdirizack Hussein Bashir rises at dawn for an eight-kilometer (five-mile) trek through...

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Palestinian leader's speech condemned as anti-Semitic

JERUSALEM (AP) — Remarks by the Palestinian president about the causes of 20th century anti-Semitism in Europe were sharply...

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AP review: Judges split along party lines on travel ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump has called courts unfair and political and repeatedly assailed the 9th Circuit, the...

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Police say at least 24 worshippers killed in attack on mosque in northern Nigeria

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Police say at least 24 worshippers killed in attack on mosque in northern Nigeria.

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The sounds of a Hindu mantra flowed through the Senate chambers as an international Hindu leader gave the invocation on Monday at the State Capitol.

The sounds of a Hindu mantra flowed through the Senate Chambers as an international Hindu leader gave the invocation on Monday...

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Top-level UN team meets Myanmar leader in Rohingya probe

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Ambassadors from the U.N. Security Council probing Myanmar's crisis over its ethnic Rohingya Muslim...

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New UK interior minister vows to resolve immigration scandal

LONDON (AP) — Britain's new interior minister vowed Monday to sort out an immigration scandal shaking the government, saying...

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UK accepts interior minister's resignation over immigration scandal

LONDON (AP) — UK accepts interior minister's resignation over immigration scandal.

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Digging in: Students discover rare coins during Holy Land archaeological endeavor

Students from Armstrong College recently helped discover dozens of 2,000-year-old coins tied to a Jewish rebellion against the...

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Baptist disaster relief teams aid in wildfire cleanup

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief's "ash out" crews are serving families in western Oklahoma in the aftermath of wildfires that...

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FBI honors local rabbi with community leadership award

FBI Director Christopher Wray recently presented the 2017 Director’s Community Leadership Award to Rabbi Vered Harris,...

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Bible lesson for April 28

Bible lesson for April 28

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TV producer discusses faith on the small screen

Television producer Nancy Miller, an Oklahoma native, recently discussed how her Catholic faith tradition has made its way into...

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Religion briefs for April 28

Religion briefs for April 28

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National Day of Prayer service will be at Oklahoma Capitol

The state Capitol will be the site of a National Day of Prayer service once again. The Capitol observance is set for 11:55 a.m....

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How Native American powwows evolved over years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Gathering of Nations, one of the world's largest gatherings of indigenous people, started Friday...

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Trump's travel ban likely to be upheld, justices indicate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed poised Wednesday to uphold President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the U.S. by...

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Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans lose UK court appeal

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected a new bid by the parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans to...

UK Labour Party under fire over anti-Semitism allegations

LONDON (AP) — Jewish groups say Britain's main opposition Labour Party is still failing to tackle anti-Semitism, despite a...

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Earning a master’s degree while working full-time

For Scott Pfister, earning a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy was always a goal. However, it initially felt...

Testing more than 7,000 unsubmitted rape kits in Oklahoma could cost $9.5M+

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Testing more than 7,000 untested rape kits that have been identified in Oklahoma could potentially cost anywhere from $9.5 million to close to $12 million, based on estimates provided in a report by a statewide task force that has been examining...

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Oklahoma religion briefs for April 21

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Rabbi and Muslim imam to discuss perspectives on Jerusalem

An interfaith event entitled "Faith Perspectives on Jerusalem" will be Tuesday at OKC First Church of the Nazarene, 4400...

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More Oklahoma religion briefs for April 21, 2018.

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Family advocates celebrate unity, progress of faith-based program

Members of the Count Me In 4 Kids Collaborative recently gathered to celebrate the group's sixth anniversary and to talk about...

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Serving together

The Interfaith Alliance's Many Beliefs Serving Together committee recently brought individuals of different faiths and beliefs...

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Barbara Bush on faith, finality: 'I have no fear of death'

Barbara Bush had spent an hour talking about legacy and family — about the Christmas dance where she met the man who'd become...

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Bible lesson for April 21

Bible lesson for April 21

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'Rother Men' reach out

Feeding the hungry is one of the basic duties of Christians and is considered a work of mercy by the Catholic Church. With that...

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The Latest: 2,500 attend public viewing for Barbara Bush

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local):5:30 p.m.Officials say around 2,500...

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AP Was There: The fiery end of the standoff in Waco, Texas

WACO, Texas (AP) — Around 6 a.m. on April 19, 1993, FBI agents moved in to end a 51-day standoff with the Branch Davidian...

Pope meets father of British toddler at center of battle

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The father of a terminally ill British toddler met Wednesday with Pope Francis and begged him to make...

Medical marijuana push spreads to Utah, Oklahoma

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The push for legalized marijuana has moved into Utah and Oklahoma, two of the most conservative states in...

Senators introduce new war powers resolution

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new resolution from leaders on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to authorize the use of military...

US pastor denies terror links, spying in Turkish court

ALIAGA, Turkey (AP) — An American pastor on Monday denied accusations that he aided terror groups or spied against Turkey,...

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Interview and video: 'Book of Mormon' actor Kevin Clay enjoys irreverent musical's message of positivity

Penn State University musical theater alumnus, Kevin Clay, 25, had no way of knowing six years ago when he read that...

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Man makes trek to share insights on Israeli technology

An Israeli entrepreneur who sees himself as a goodwill ambassador for the state of Israel recently visited Oklahoma City on a...

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Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod convention is planned

EDMOND — Leaders from all 82 Oklahoma Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod congregations will come together for the Oklahoma...

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Edmond church will hosts panel discussion on spirituality and sexuality

"Two Spirit in Native America: A Panel on Spirituality and Sexuality" will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist...

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Muslims open doors to mosques across state

Muslim leaders said the spring 2018 "Open Mosque Day" was successful at six mosques across Oklahoma.

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Sacred sites of support

Several metro-area churches became centers for child care or free meal and food distribution during the recent teacher walkout.

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Lexington prison becomes newest Crossings' satellite

Crossings Community Church has started a satellite church at Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington.

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Bible lesson for April 14

Bible lesson for April 14

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Religion briefs for April 14

Religion briefs for April 14

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Sikhs plan annual Baisakhi event

The Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma will present it annual Baisakhi Mela, a free spring fair, from 4 to 8 p.m. April 21 at 4529 NW 16.

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Indonesia's Aceh to take caning indoors after backlash

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's conservative Aceh province will no longer allow canings for violations of Shariah law...

Pope admits he made 'grave errors' in Chile sex abuse scandal, begs forgiveness, invites victims, bishops to Rome

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope admits he made 'grave errors' in Chile sex abuse scandal, begs forgiveness, invites victims, bishops...

Megachurch founder quits amid sexual misconduct allegations

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The founder of a Chicago-area evangelical church that grew to become one of the largest in the...

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Former state senator brings re-tooled faith-themed movie to the big screen

A former state senator turned filmmaker is bringing a new faith-themed movie to the big screen on Thursday. "The Amendment," a...

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Priest shares his 'Hidden Holocaust' findings

French Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Patrick Desbois, shared his story of finding the "Hidden Holocaust" at the 2018 Yom...

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Interviews: Oklahoma oboist marking Holocaust Remembrance Day with concerto dedicated to Amsterdam's 'February Strike'

University of Oklahoma oboe professor's new composition to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day

Federal pay prevents Oklahoma City VA from filling some doctor positions

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There are 21 job openings at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center and many of them may never be filled.

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Children enjoy holiday visit to church's Easter Land

Children and youths enjoyed a holiday-themed amusement park set up at a metro area church on March 31 and April 1.

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Nun better?

At 98 years old, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt became the international star of March Madness. Fans of Loyola Chicago's men's...

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Open house draws large crowd to historic church building

A March 31 open house to show off the newly renovated Eighth Street Church drew a large crowd to the old German Methodist...

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Oklahoma religion brief for April 7

Religion brief for April 7

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Interfaith prayer service set for OKC, mayor-elect

An interfaith prayer service for Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City Mayor-elect David Holt will be Sunday, April 8, at St....

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Bible lesson for April 7

Bible lesson for April 7

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What Oklahomans said about Sister Jean

Two religious sisters in the metro area recently weighed in on the Sister Jean phenomenon that swept the nation during the NCAA...

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Local doctor offers faith-full advice on being neighborly

A local doctor, Mark Mellow, has written a new book based on biblical principles called "The Good Neighbor: Stories That Teach...

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Sounds of the past: OU music professor to premiere new oboe concerto for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Dan Schwartz probably isn't the only professional musician or college professor who spent two weeks in Amsterdam last summer....

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Piano duo will perform at OBU SHAWNEE — The Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts and Oklahoma Baptist University Division of...

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Unified effort to share stories about race relations and dialogue

An initiative called United Voice Oklahoma is bringing local media outlets together to present a united voice in promoting...

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Churches continue aid during teacher walkout

Several churches are joining together to offer ongoing aid to families impacted by the teacher walkout.

Anger in India as lowest caste protests Supreme Court order

NEW DELHI (AP) — Violence has erupted in several parts of north and central India as thousands of dalits, members of Hinduism's...

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Season of miracles: Newcastle teen's recovery is nothing short of miraculous, family says

While churches across the state celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a Newcastle preacher and his family have even more...

Mormon church makes history with first-ever Latin-American and first-ever Asian chosen for top leadership panel

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church makes history with first-ever Latin-American and first-ever Asian chosen for top leadership...

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Egg hunts and Easter activities continue in OKC area

Many churches are hosting egg hunts and other Easter activities for children on Saturday and Sunday in the metro.

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Church building gets new lease on life in time for Easter Sunday

Midtown Church, a Church of the Nazarene congregation, will take on a new name to fit it's newly refurbished building: Eighth...

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Metro prayer breakfast is set for April 18

Astronaut Charles "Charlie" Duke will be the keynote speaker of the 2018 CBMC OKC Metro Prayer Breakfast.

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Statewide Open Mosque Day is planned

Six mosques in the state will open their doors for the Spring 2018 statewide Open Mosque Day on April 8.

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Locally produced Passion Story CD proves popular

William Cathey with Living Catholic Productions created the "Passion Story" CD, which included a narration of the "Passion of...

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Bible lesson for March 31

Bible lesson for March 31

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Religion briefs for March 31

Religion briefs for March 31

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One way to get people to church on Sunday: Give away free cars

COLUMBIA, Md. — If the pastor had ever wanted to channel his inner Oprah, this was his chance. "You ready to give a car away?"...

Bishop's fate highlights China's power amid Vatican talks

SAIQI, China (AP) — The twin-spired church in this southern Chinese village was packed with more than a thousand Catholics...

Pope presides over Good Friday amid security, controversy

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis presided over solemn Good Friday services amid heightened security at Rome's Colosseum for the Via...

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Vatican scrambles after pope appears to deny existence of hell

The Vatican has scrambled to clarify comments made by Pope Francis to a well-known Italian journalist that appeared to deny the...

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Megachurch pastor indicted on $3.5 million fraud

A former religious adviser to President George W. Bush has been accused by federal prosecutors of defrauding investors of $3.5...

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Journey to the cross

Parishioners at Little Flower Catholic Church recently participated in the Stations of the Cross, a devotional practice that is...

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Snoop Dogg tops gospel chart

The legendary rapper scores his first number one on the American Billboard gospel chart. Going straight in at the top, Bible of...

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Faith organizations will offer support for families impacted by walkout

Several churches and faith-based groups around the metro are preparing to offer child care and meals to children and families...

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Preachers and atheist leader debate America's need for God

An atheist and two preachers sat down for a chat at a downtown Oklahoma City Hotel on Wednesday and it wasn't a gag or a...

Tennessee church shooting suspect pleads not guilty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A black man accused of fatally shooting a white woman and wounding six other people at a Tennessee...

Oklahoma's drug court program not only saves tax dollars but saves lives

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Without Oklahoma’s drug court program, Cameron Rian Shores says he would be dead. “I can wake up and my life is not in chaos. Every day I don’t have to be sick and tired of being sick and tired," Shores said. Shores, 26, has been a drug addict for...

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Atheist group president will debate Oklahoma preacher

An atheist group set to host its national gathering in Oklahoma City has released the details of a pre-convention debate...

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Sutherland Springs unveils new church plans, with shooting site standing for now as memorial

Nearly five months after a gunman killed 26 parishioners at the First Baptist Church, the people of Sutherland Springs will...

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Metro church offering child care during teacher walkout

Edmond's Henderson Hills church will offer child care if teachers walk out next week.

UK Jewish groups accuse Labour of tolerating anti-Semitism

LONDON (AP) — Britain's main opposition leader vowed Monday that his Labour Party would have "zero tolerance" for...

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Oklahoma City remembrance ceremony will focus on 'Hidden Holocaust'

The Rev. Patrick Desbois, a French priest and founder of Yahad-In Unum, will discuss his mission uncovering the "Hidden...

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Joining in Jesus' journey

For Christians, reflecting on Jesus' journey to the cross is an integral part of the days and weeks leading up to Easter...

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Bible lesson for March 24

Bible lesson for March 24

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Baptist collegiate students aid clinics, host health fair in metro

Students with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Baptist Collegiate Ministry recently took part in a spring...

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Passing down Passover traditions

Children and families recently took part in a Passover-related PJ Library session sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater...

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Egg hunts and Easter activities continue in OKC area

Many metro-area churches are hosting egg hunts and other Easter activities for children in the days ahead.

Suspect in French hostage-taking requested release of sole surviving assailant from 2015 Paris attacks, minister says

TREBES, France (AP) — Suspect in French hostage-taking requested release of sole surviving assailant from 2015 Paris attacks,...

Mother: Nigerian schoolgirl blocked from Boko Haram release at last moment after refusing to convert to Islam

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Mother: Nigerian schoolgirl blocked from Boko Haram release at last moment after refusing to convert to...

Pope confirms plans to visit Dublin for August family rally

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis confirmed Wednesday he plans to attend a big Catholic family rally in Ireland in August,...

Monitoring group: Islamic State claims suicide bombing near Shiite shrine in Afghanistan that killed 26 people

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Monitoring group: Islamic State claims suicide bombing near Shiite shrine in Afghanistan that killed...

Police report large explosion on road to Shiite shrine in Kabul as Afghans celebrate new year, heavy casualties feared

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Police report large explosion on road to Shiite shrine in Kabul as Afghans celebrate new year, heavy...

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Edmond man spends time tuning, building organs

Roger Banks, 77, of Edmond, has been building and tuning organs across the world since 1964, even though it was not his plan.

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New Whiz Kids on the block

Putnam City Baptist Church is among the five new Whiz Kids Oklahoma sites added during the current school year. The faith-based...

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Jordan is ready to jam into the 'Future'

Contemporary recording artist Jordan Feliz will be one of the featured performers at the 2018 Winter Jam concert set for...

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Caviezel to speak in OKC in the fall

Actor Jim Caviezel stars in a faith-themed feature film premiering during the Easter season. He is set to speak at Deaconess...

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Rwandan genocide survivor shares story of prayer, forgiveness

Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of the book "Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust," shared her story of faith...

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Bible lesson for March 17

Bible lesson for March 17

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Religion brief for March 17

Religion brief for March 17

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The deep faith of 'A Wrinkle in Time' author Madeleine L'Engle

It took 26 publisher rejections before Madeleine L'Engle could finally get "A Wrinkle in Time" into print in 1962. The book was...

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Faith community prays for teachers during Oklahoma State Capitol vigil

In a show of faith-full solidarity with teachers, about 300 people gathered Thursday for the Churches For Teachers Prayer Vigil...

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Father testifies in Australian court cardinal abused son

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The father of a man who alleges he was sexually abused by a senior Vatican cleric during a...

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Cardinal's alleged victims end testimony in Australia court

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The alleged victims of the most senior Vatican official charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse...

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Syrian refugee baby gets life-saving surgery, others wait

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A one-year-old Syrian refugee girl with a heart defect has received life-saving pro bono surgery from...

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Senate OKs adoption bill opposed by LGBTQ group

A bill that opponents say would allow religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, single people...

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The encouragement of angels: Norman blogger meets TV celebrity who propelled her to face infertility challenges

Norman mom and blogger S.J. O'Hara recounts encouragement she received from television personality Giuliana Rancic regarding...

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Freedom Oklahoma launches campaign to stop adoption bill

Freedom Oklahoma Executive Director Troy Stevenson said Monday the bill is unnecessary and would deny children the right to a...

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Faith leaders voice support for adoption bill

Several Oklahoma faith leaders are supporting legislation that would exempt faith-based adoption and foster care agencies from...

Shortage of doctors can have deadly consequences

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Access to a primary care doctor is inadequate for a majority of Oklahomans. The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences trains, places and supports physicians in rural area where the shortage can have deadly consequences.

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Activist set for OKC Town Hall

Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy Dr. Zuhdi Jasser will speak at OKC Town Hall at First Baptist...

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On Friday the Roman Catholic Church came out strongly against legislation that would extend the time child abuse victims...

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Edmond church helps give school new look

More than 200 members of First Presbyterian Church of Edmond literally "loved their neighbor" across the street and spent a...

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Bible lesson for March 10

Bible lesson for March 10

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Keeping flu out of the pew

Some Oklahoma clergy and faith-based school leaders have changed their routines to combat the spread of the flu virus as flu...

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Religion briefs for March 10

Religion briefs for March 10

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Skillet heads the Winter Jam concert tour

Skillet, the contemporary Christian band known for is hard rock vibe, will headline Winter Jam 2018 on March 17 at the...

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Passion Awards honor ministries' efforts

The OKC Passion Awards were held for the first time on March 1, drawing a crowd of 1,200 to the Cox Convention Center to heap...

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Priest named chaplain of Cristo Rey OKC

The Rev. Aaron Foshee will become the founding chaplain of Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School, leaders of the school...

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Parish to break ground on new chapel at OU

Almost 40 years after relocating from their first parish home on Boyd Street to what then, was the fairly barren southeast edge...

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The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and other interfaith groups from five faith traditions say new rules imposed by Rep. Chuck Strohm on the House Chaplain...

A chaplain program at the state Capitol has come under fire once again as several leaders from the interfaith community...

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UCO speaker draws largely friendly crowd

EDMOND — Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham found little resistance to his views on creationism Monday, less than a month after...

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Muslims see progress in fewer protesters at Capitol: Legislator suggests they sever ties with advocacy group

The 2018 "Muslim Day at the Capitol" started Monday with fewer protesters than in previous years. About five protesters showed...