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Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Abul Kalam sits cross-legged on the floor of his tiny mud hut and whispers prayers into a small...

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Bishops delay votes on combating church sex abuse crisis

BALTIMORE (AP) — At the Vatican's insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new...

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Suicide bomber in Kabul targets anti-Taliban rally, kills 4

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck near an anti-Taliban rally in Kabul on Monday, killing at least four people,...

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Religion briefs for Nov. 10

Religion briefs for Nov. 10

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Sandi Patty gives 'Voice' to grace, faith

In her new book "The Voice," gospel recording artist Sandi Patty describes a period in her life when she felt voiceless and how...

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Baptist leader hopes to encourage churches in 'orphan care' ministry

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will be one of the...

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Kenya launches internal police probe to help reform force

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's internal security minister Friday launched a police internal affairs unit to investigate...

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The Latest: Calif. shooting survivor was at Vegas massacre

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at a Southern California bar that left 13 dead including the gunman...

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Pennsylvania dioceses outline child sex abuse victim funds

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Seven Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said Thursday that they have taken steps to set up victim...

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Woman freed in blasphemy case still in hiding in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A week after Pakistan's Supreme Court acquitted her of blasphemy, a Christian woman who had been on death row...

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Officials: Pakistani Christian woman transferred to capital

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted by Pakistan's Supreme Court eight years after being sentenced to death for...

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The Latest: European moderates welcome US political shift

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on global reactions to U.S. midterm elections (all times local):9:10 p.m.European moderates are...

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Apologizing for cover-up, diocese vows to ID accused priests

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese issued an apology Tuesday for covering up an Iowa priest's sexual abuse of boys...

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WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it's up to voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tweetstorms and a trade war. Kanye in the Oval Office. Kavanaugh in the hearing room.President Donald Trump's...

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Attorney criticizes OKC Catholic archdiocese for comments about priest

The attorney for a Catholic priest suspended from ministry by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City says he is considering filing a...

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Catholic priest removed from ministry in Oklahoma

Archbishop Paul Coakley on Sunday announced the removal of the Rev. James Mickus from ministry pending investigation of an...

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Egypt says perpetrators of attack against Christians killed

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said Sunday that security forces have killed 19 militants in a shootout, including the gunmen suspected of...

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Japan's mobile mosque takes 'omotenashi' hospitality everywhere

URAYASU, Japan — A "mobile mosque" was unveiled in Japan's Chiba Prefecture, in late September, with Muslim residents of the...

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Donations sought for Jesus House Thanksgiving baskets

The Jesus House has had a busy year commemorating its 45th year serving Oklahoma City’s homeless and those battling addiction....

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Oklahoma Baptists will install new leader at annual meeting; issue of foster care will be addressed at gathering

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma's 2018 annual meeting is set for Nov. 12-13 at First Baptist Church of Edmond. Theme...

Meetings yield few details about OKC school closures

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"I do know that there is some anxiety from teachers and principals about where they’re going to be next year," Capitol Hill High Principal Adam Jewell said.

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Bible lesson for Nov. 3

Bible lesson for Nov. 3

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Gift Goes On event in Bethany, OK, to aid adoption fund

A holiday shopping event called The Gift Goes On will be 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 at The Cube at Council Road Baptist Church, 7903...

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After massacre, painstaking and painful care for the dead

As the first funerals for the victims of the Pittsburgh massacre began, two rabbis and five other volunteers approached the...

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Gaineses bowled over by contest entry

Several things may have helped separate Rhonda Hefton's video entry from the rest of the entries submitted to the Chipstarter...

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Chipping in: Help for HopeHouse

The faith-based nonprofit HopeHouse OKC has big plans to fix up a house in desperate need of a makeover. The organization...

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IS attack on Christian pilgrims in Egypt kills 7, wounds 19

MINYA, Egypt (AP) — Islamic militants on Friday ambushed three buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote...

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Congregations attacked at synagogue to hold joint service

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The three congregations attacked at a Pittsburgh synagogue will gather for a joint service Saturday, while a...

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Prosecutor: Altar girl in relationship with priest pregnant

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether a Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio responded appropriately last November...

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Abuse cover-up over, priest leaves home next to Iowa school

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A retired priest who lived for months next to a Roman Catholic school in Iowa moved out Thursday, hours...

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After massacre, painstaking and painful care for the dead

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the first funerals for the victims of the Pittsburgh massacre began, two rabbis and five other volunteers...

Crime

Christian woman acquitted in Pakistan to leave country

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted in Pakistan after eight years on death row for blasphemy plans to leave the...

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Suspect in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that killed 11 pleads not guilty to federal murder, hate crimes charges

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Suspect in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that killed 11 pleads not guilty to federal murder, hate crimes...

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The Latest: Synagogue suspect indicted on 44 counts

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the funerals of the victims of the massacre at the synagogue in Pittsburgh (all times local):2...

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Federal grand jury indicts Robert Bowers on 44 counts, including hate crimes, in synagogue shooting

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal grand jury indicts Robert Bowers on 44 counts, including hate crimes, in synagogue shooting.

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Searching for room in the inn

A re-enactment of the biblical story of Jesus' birth is a holiday tradition for some metro-area residents. The re-enactment,...

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Trumps pay tribute at synagogue where 11 were fatally shot

PITTSBURGH (AP) — One stone and one white rosebud for each victim.President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid...

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'I'm going to die': Survivors relive horrors at Tree of Life

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Up in the choir loft, alone, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers whispered to a 911 dispatcher on his cellphone.Below him,...

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Pittsburgh begins burying its dead as Trump faces protesters

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's Jewish community began burying its dead Tuesday after the synagogue massacre, holding funerals...

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The Latest: Trump arrives in Pittsburgh amid protests

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the first funerals from the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre (all times local):4:45 p.m.President...

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Scottish ex-cage fighter suffering ‘recurring flashbacks’ after taxi driver bashing in Melbourne

EUAN Fraser’s night out in Melbourne almost cost him his life. The 30-year-old former cage fighter from Dundee in Scotland was...

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Attacks renew debate: Should US have domestic terrorism law?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The package bombs sent to Democrats across the country and the killings of Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue may...

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Metro faith community comes together to pray for Pittsburgh

About 450 people gathered on Sunday at Temple B'nai Israel, 4901 N Pennsylvania, for a prayer vigil for victims of the...

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The Latest: 2 funerals set for same day as Trump visit

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue (all times local):6 p.m.Funerals for all but one of...

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Trump visit stirs debate; massacre defendant in court

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was brought into court in a wheelchair Monday, as some...

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Violence prompts churches to weigh security vs. welcoming

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Before he was accused of shooting and killing two black people in a Kentucky grocery store last week,...

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Merkel won't seek a 5th term as German chancellor

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel set off Monday on what could be a three-year countdown to the end of her leadership of Germany, a...

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Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect appears briefly in court in wheelchair, accepts public defender

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect appears briefly in court in wheelchair, accepts public defender.

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Anti-Semitic incidents were on the rise even before shooting

NEW YORK (AP) — Swastikas scrawled into Jewish students' notebooks. Headstones toppled and desecrated by vandals at Jewish...

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Metro Jewish community hosts prayer vigil for Pittsburgh

A crowd of about 450 people filled the sanctuary and an overflow room as the Jewish faith community hosted a prayer vigil for...

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US marshals say Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers has arrived at courthouse

PITTSBURGH (AP) — US marshals say Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers has arrived at courthouse.

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'I'm barely breathing': Synagogue survivor recounts terror

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A survivor of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre described Sunday how he and other terrorized worshippers...

Rural vote helped Stitt win governor's race

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Kevin Stitt not only won the election for Oklahoma governor, he did so by 12 percentage points, a wide margin of victory that surpassed most expectations and indicated the enthusiasm behind Stitt, especially in rural communities, was greater than...

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Synagogue attack shatters safety of longtime Jewish enclave

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In a city known for its Jewish population, the neighborhood was the faith's spiritual heart and the synagogue...

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Authorities: Synagogue shooting victims ranged in age from 54 to 97 and included brothers and a husband, wife

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities: Synagogue shooting victims ranged in age from 54 to 97 and included brothers and a husband, wife.

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Pittsburgh synagogue massacre leaves 11 dead, 6 wounded

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A gunman who's believed to have spewed anti-Semitic slurs and rhetoric on social media barged into a...

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Trump calls Pittsburgh synagogue attack 'evil' anti-Semitism

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — President Donald Trump mourned the dead and forcefully condemned anti-Semitism Saturday after a mass...

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Trump orders flags flown at half-staff at federal buildings in "solemn respect" for the synagogue shooting victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump orders flags flown at half-staff at federal buildings in "solemn respect" for the synagogue shooting...

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Federal prosecutors charge suspected gunman in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting with 29 counts in deaths of 11 people

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal prosecutors charge suspected gunman in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting with 29 counts in deaths of 11...

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President Donald Trump tells reporters he will travel to Pittsburgh following synagogue shooting, offers no details

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — President Donald Trump tells reporters he will travel to Pittsburgh following synagogue shooting,...

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FBI official: No indication suspect was known to law enforcement before synagogue shooting

PITTSBURGH (AP) — FBI official: No indication suspect was known to law enforcement before synagogue shooting.

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City official says 11 killed, six injured in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

PITTSBURGH (AP) — City official says 11 killed, six injured in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue.

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Trump condemns Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, says 'there must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in America'

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Trump condemns Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, says 'there must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in America'

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AP sources: At least 10 people killed in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

WASHINGTON (AP) — AP sources: At least 10 people killed in shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue.

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Trump says 'a lot of people killed' in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, 'looks definitely like it's an anti-Semitic crime'

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Trump says 'a lot of people killed' in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, 'looks definitely like it's an...

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Law enforcement official: Suspect in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting identified as Robert Bowers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Law enforcement official: Suspect in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting identified as Robert Bowers.

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Trump on 'devastating' Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: It's a 'terrible thing what's going on with hate in our country'

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland (AP) — Trump on 'devastating' Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: It's a 'terrible thing what's going...

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Police official: Suspect in custody after fatal Pittsburgh synagogue shooting; 3 police officers also shot

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police official: Suspect in custody after fatal Pittsburgh synagogue shooting; 3 police officers also shot.

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Police official: Multiple casualties reported after shooting near Pittsburgh synagogue

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police official: Multiple casualties reported after shooting near Pittsburgh synagogue.

Life

Bible lesson for Oct. 27

Bible lesson for Oct. 27

Life

St. Elijah's festival to offer taste of cuisine, culture

St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church will host its annual Food Fest on Friday through Nov. 3 at 15000 N May.

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Religion briefs for Oct. 27

Religion briefs for Oct. 27

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Historic moment for church

The First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City congregation recently called the Rev. Sarah Stewart as the church's first female pastor.

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Incarceration outreach church seeks support

Pennsylvania Avenue Redemption Church, 1320 N Pennsylvania Ave, is seeking support to continue its mission to serve...

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In brief

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Matthew Shepard, symbol for gay rights, laid to rest in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — After 20 years without a permanent resting place, the remains of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college...

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Sessions: Regardless of political beliefs, 'we will bring the full force of law' against anyone who make such threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sessions: Regardless of political beliefs, 'we will bring the full force of law' against anyone who make such...

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Israel's Netanyahu pays surprise visit to Oman

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday returned from an unannounced visit to Oman, the two...

Life

Walking 'In Her Shoes': Faith leaders participate in domestic violence simulation

As part of "In Her Shoes," a one-day seminar sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, clergy and others went through a...

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Sinéad O'Connor converts to Islam

Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor has announced she has converted to Islam. The artist, who is best known for her 1990 hit version...

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Court keeps Indonesia woman irked by noisy mosque in prison

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — A High Court on Thursday upheld an 18-month prison sentence for a woman convicted of blasphemy in...

Business

Hobby Lobby agrees to buy campus of closed university in Shawnee

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. agreed in September to purchase the university campus together with associated assets for the cash sum...

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Nonprofit seeks holiday food donations

An Oklahoma City nonprofit called the Free Food Pantry and Educational Center is seeking donations to help provide Thanksgiving...

Sports

Records: Suspect in Utah university killing was sex offender

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A University of Utah student and track athlete who was shot and killed on campus by a former boyfriend...

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Five fragments in Museum of the Bible's Dead Sea Scrolls collection may be fakes

Museum of the Bible was built in Washington, D.C., by the Green family. The family owns Oklahoma City-based craft retailer...

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Hope in 'hard places': Ministry's food truck delivers food, faith and fellowship

No Boundaries International, a ministry that aids individuals involved with human trafficking and people suffering trauma,...

On the road: Filling Tummies nonprofit makes its first road trip to combat hunger

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Filling Tummies, a nonprofit started by a group of local moms, recently made its first road trip with its mobile food pantry.

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A church for gamers: Virginia pastor draws thousands to worship on Twitch

The Rev. Matt Souza founded GodSquad, registered as a nonprofit under the evangelical Assemblies of God denomination, in 2016...

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Religion briefs for Oct. 20

Religion briefs for Oct. 20

Life

Gospel gift

With Christmas just a few months away, Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Oklahoma is seeking churches that wish to make a positive...

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Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City leader wins national award for suicide prevention program

Monica Palmer, senior director of clinical services for Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City, recently received the Bishop...

Life

Bible lesson for Oct. 20

Bible lesson for Oct. 20

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Edmond girls' group raises funds for animal aid

The Fourth Grade Little Flowers Girls' Club at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School recently raised funds to help animals...

Life

Seminar will focus on 'Trauma and the Environment"

The Kirbas Institute will host a dinner program 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder. The...

Crime

Pope accuser strikes back, blames gay priesthood for abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal is...

Crime

Federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in...

Crime

AP sources: US Justice Dept. investigating clergy sex abuse in Catholic church in Pennsylvania, serves subpoenas

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — AP sources: US Justice Dept. investigating clergy sex abuse in Catholic church in Pennsylvania, serves...

Business

Correction: Fired Fire Chief-Atlanta story

ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Oct. 16 about a settlement reached between the city of Atlanta and its former fire chief, The...

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Archdiocese releases names of 'credibly' accused clergy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after Washington's archbishop resigned over his handling of sexual abuse allegations, the Archdiocese of...

Business

Merkel vows to restore Germans' confidence in government

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Monday to do more to restore Germans' confidence in her unhappy coalition after a...

Business

India's accused minister files defamation suit amid protests

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's junior external affairs minister filed a criminal case for defamation in court Monday against a woman...

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Episcopal Church confronts past role in sexual exploitation

NEW YORK (AP) — With striking displays of candor, the Episcopal Church is acknowledging the potency of the #MeToo movement by...

Life

Inaugural Curiosity Fest planned at OKC Civic Center

The inaugural Curiosity Fest will celebrate the humanities and feature programs on Harry Potter, the electoral college,...

News

Trump says he'll meet Saturday with freed US pastor, calls Brunson a 'great Christian' who endured a 'tough experience'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump says he'll meet Saturday with freed US pastor, calls Brunson a 'great Christian' who endured a 'tough...

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Oklahoma religion briefs for Oct. 13

Religion briefs for Oct. 13

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Edmond mosque expansion is completed

A project to expand an Islamic mosque complex near the University of Central Oklahoma has been completed. Construction of the...

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Bible lesson for Oct. 13

Bible lesson for Oct. 13

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Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma will host domestic violence event

The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma will offer a one-day training and interactive presentation called "In Her Shoes" from 9...

Life

Church plants bloom

Memorial Road Church of Christ recently launched two new churches, one at Brown's Bakery in Midtown Oklahoma City and one that...

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The Latest: Trump says freed pastor to be checked in Germany

ALIAGA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the trial of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who is accused of espionage and terror related...

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Pennsylvania AG: Cardinal faces no penalties by resigning

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP) — Amid unfolding sex-abuse scandals, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald...

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In El Salvador, slain archbishop long seen as saint

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Bespectacled, smiling and with close-cropped hair, the late Archbishop Oscar Romero's visage...

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Missouri man charged with illegal circumcision of 2 teens

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who started his own religious ministry has been charged with illegally circumcising two...

Crime

All 15 Texas Catholic dioceses to name accused priests

DALLAS (AP) — All 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas will release early next year the names of clergy who have been "credibly...

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All Catholic dioceses in Texas will release list of accused priests

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Every Catholic diocese in Texas will release a list of members of its clergy — including bishops, priests and...

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US lawmakers call on Trump to help detained Chinese Muslims

BEIJING (AP) — A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers wants President Donald Trump to help Muslims respond to a sweeping...

Life

Native American Church marks 100 years

CONCHO — The seven teepees dotting the Cheyenne-Arapaho landscape stood out Tuesday as symbols of a culture and faith that...

Health

Marijuana backers look for Midwest breakthrough in November

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and...

News

Seoul says Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit N. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit the officially atheist country, South...

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Students plan volunteer park project

Antioch Christian Academy of southwest Oklahoma City has announced its 2018 community service project to serve the city of...

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HealthAug 5, 2018

I turned seven in 1968, the youngest of four, but old enough to remember the dinner table disagreements that sometimes grew heated. My dad, a combat veteran of World War II, at that point, still supported America's involvement in Vietnam. My...

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit: report

Despite a history of brutality and severe punishments toward Christians, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to...

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Stricter US screening splits anguished refugee families

WASHINGTON (AP) — Death threats drove Hadi Mohammed out of Iraq and to a small apartment in Nebraska, where he and his two...

Crime

Victims group in Poland maps 255 sex abuse cases by priests

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A private foundation published a map Sunday showing where Catholic priests in Poland have been accused of...

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Pope authorizes "thorough study" of Vatican archives into ex-Cardinal McCarrick scandal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope authorizes "thorough study" of Vatican archives into ex-Cardinal McCarrick scandal.

Life

Church forum will focus on issues of 'Life & Death'

Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene will host a panel discussion entitled "Life & Death: Science and Theology in...

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Interfaith dinner offers up customs of Jewish holiday

The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma hosted its annual dinner on Sept. 27 at Emanuel Synagogue, but instead of holding the event...

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Theologian Matthew Fox will visit Oklahoma City metro

Theologian Matthew Fox will speak and present workshops in the Oklahoma City metro area Oct. 18 -21 at two churches and...

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Religion briefs for Oct. 6

Religion briefs for Oct. 6

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Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief crews are helping North Carolina hurricane survivors

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have begun cleanup efforts following widespread damage after Hurricane Florence hit...

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OBU, church team up to host event

St. John Missionary Baptist Church is partnering with Oklahoma Baptist University to host the 2018 Institute on Church...

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Pulpit swap: Pastors preach to each others' congregations on "Reconciliation Sunday"

Metro-area ministers Daniel U'Ren and Dwayne Rodgers recently swapped pulpits as part of "Reconciliation Sunday" at their...

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Bible lesson for Oct. 6

Bible lesson for Oct. 6

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Oklahoma ministry plans 'Sobriety Sprint'

Hope is Alive Ministries, led by founder Lance Lang, will host the second "TZ Memorial Sobriety Run," a 5K run, at 5 p.m. Oct....

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir renamed to drop "Mormon" as church moves to phase out shorthand names for the faith

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon Tabernacle Choir renamed to drop "Mormon" as church moves to phase out shorthand names for the faith.

Health

Muslims pray for strength in quake-hit Indonesian city

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — As the sun slipped behind the mountains and a gentle breeze blew onshore, hundreds of people gathered on...

Health

Mormon church joins lawmakers, Utah governor in deal to legalize medical marijuana even if ballot initiative fails

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church joins lawmakers, Utah governor in deal to legalize medical marijuana even if ballot...

Life

With This Ring: Couple that labor together, stay together

A couple who work together at The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany recently married at an Edmond church....

Business

The Latest: Ford's lawyers criticize scope of FBI probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and sexual misconduct allegations against him (all times...

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Guard at Muslim cleric's US compound fires 'warning shot'

SAYLORSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A security guard at the Pennsylvania compound of a Turkish-born Muslim cleric fired a shot near an...

News

Oklahoma preacher's comments on Kavanaugh cause stir

The Rev. Bob Long said he's sure that his recent message on the need for more civility will probably be "the-most-listened-to...

News

Iraq tasks Shiite independent with forming new government

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new president has tasked veteran Shiite politician Adel Abdul-Mahdi with forming a new government nearly...

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State TV: Iraq's new president taps Shiite politician Adel Abdul-Mahdi to form new government

BAGHDAD (AP) — State TV: Iraq's new president taps Shiite politician Adel Abdul-Mahdi to form new government.

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Faith group lends helping hand in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer crew members are in North Carolina joining disaster relief efforts in the aftermath...

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Off limits: Report on state college abuse kept from public

Even as top Pennsylvania officials assail the Catholic Church over its cover-up of clergy sexual abuse, a state agency is...

Business

Palestinians in West Bank strike over Israel's nation law

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians are on a general strike across the West Bank in solidarity with Arab citizens of Israel...

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Unique underwater sculpture in the Maldives destroyed after deemed un-Islamic

A unique underwater sculpture exhibit at a Maldives resort was destroyed on order of the country's president after it was...

Life

'Hope Encounter'

Contemporary Christian recording artist Danny Gokey will bring his "Hope Encounter" concert tour to the metro area on Oct. 11....

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In brief

Church will host workshop Faith Crossing Baptist Church will host a workshop about human trafficking and domestic violence from...

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Weekly prayer gathering guides business leaders

A spiritual practice that began in the midst of uncertain economic times has continued to guide three leaders of Oklahoma...

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Ministry celebrates growth, community partnerships

A ministry that helps connect children to Christ recently celebrated its growth and a long list of community partnerships that...

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Religion briefs for Sept. 29

Religion briefs for Sept. 29

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OK Methodists will discuss 'human sexuality' plans

Oklahoma United Methodists have an opportunity to discuss the trio of proposed plans the denomination will consider in 2019...

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Bible lesson for Sept. 29

Bible lesson for Sept. 29

Shifting Congress changes Oklahoma representatives' committee plans

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Earlier this year, veteran congressmen from Oklahoma began jockeying for position in hopes of chairing key congressional committees. Their plans have changed.

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The Latest: Myanmar defends itself against UN report

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local):9 p.m.Myanmar is defending itself...

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Pope defrocks Chile predator priest Karadima, at center of sex abuse scandal rocking papacy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope defrocks Chile predator priest Karadima, at center of sex abuse scandal rocking papacy.

News

Magazine of Jesuits urges withdrawal of Kavanaugh nomination

ROME (AP) — The magazine of the Jesuit religious order in the United States has publicly withdrawn its endorsement of Judge...

Crime

In Nigeria, voodoo festival shows strength of traditions

AJIDO, Nigeria (AP) — Excitement grew in the crowd as the Zangbeto Voodoo festival reached a climax, with scores of colorful...

Business

1 French employee out of 4 discriminated in the workplace

PARIS (AP) — The French government's human rights watchdog says one out of four employees has experienced discrimination at...

News

Pope urges all Chinese Catholics to trust, reconcile after landmark bishop deal in new letter to faithful

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope urges all Chinese Catholics to trust, reconcile after landmark bishop deal in new letter to faithful.

Crime

2 held in Denmark suspected of buying drones for IS

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish authorities arrested two people Wednesday under Denmark's anti-terror laws on suspicion of...

Business

Pope: Priestly abuse scandals driving Catholic faithful away

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis conceded Tuesday that priestly sex abuse scandals are outraging the Catholic faithful and...

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Pope warns Lithuanians against rebirth of anti-Semitism

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Pope Francis warned against historic revisionism and any rebirth of anti-Semitism that fueled the...

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Retired Oklahoma City police lieutenant volunteers as chaplain

Dennis Frazier, a retired police lieutenant, has been a volunteer chaplain for Oklahoma City police since 1999.

News

Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments, says it hopes for greater bilateral collaboration

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments, says it hopes for greater bilateral collaboration.

Life

Faithfully fit

The Jesus House has begun a new "Fitness Club" program aimed at teaching health and wellness techniques to the faith-based...

Life

Bible lesson for Sept. 22

Bible lesson for Sept. 22

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Cambodia native shares her 'shoe box' story

A young Cambodia native who now lives in Oklahoma recently shared her story of faith that included being on the receiving end...

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Religion briefs for Sept. 22

Religion briefs for Sept. 22

Life

Pastor finds calling in post-Holocaust cemeteries

For years now, Steven Reece, an ordained Southern Baptist minister from Texas, has been cleaning Jewish cemeteries and erecting...

Life

Bethel Baptist Church dedicates playground, hosts block party

This past Sunday was a busy day for Norman's Bethel Baptist Church, which dedicated a playground and hosted a Block Party all...

Life

Oklahoma senator is named 'Friend of Faith'

State Sen. Stephanie Bice is the latest recipient of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Friend of Faith Award.

Life

Church will screen documentary

A screening of the award-winning documentary "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope." is set for 6:30 to...

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Rural Texas town council approves Muslim cemetery plan

DALLAS (AP) — Leaders of a rural Texas town have approved design plans for a Muslim cemetery three years after the project was...

Crime

Evangelicals push Senate Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — Evangelical activists want Republican leaders to act more forcefully to send Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme...

News

Dueling faith campaigns focus on abortion

A new abortion-rights campaign featuring billboards across the state began on Monday and will continue for a month. It will...

Life

Oklahoma City Catholic Archdiocese surpasses fundraising goal for Rother shrine

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley announced on Tuesday that the “One Church, Many Disciples” capital campaign has surpassed its $65...

Life

Mike Means to receive Salt and Light Award

Christian Business Men’s Connection (CBMC) will host its annual Salt and Light dinner gala at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the National...

Life

In brief: Oklahoma religion briefs for Sept. 15

In brief: Oklahoma religion briefs for Sept. 15.

Life

Pew report on religious types shows what Americans of different faiths have in common

Americans worship differently according to the faith groups to which they belong, but a new Pew Research Center report grouping...

Life

'Catholic Charities is part of our DNA'

Vi Le, a Vietnamese refugee whose family was embraced and aided by Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City, has become the...

Life

Sept. 15 Bible lesson

Sept. 15 Bible lesson

Life

Group has 'Passion' to share Gospel through music

"Passion Worship Night 2018," featuring the contemporary Christian band Passion, is set for Oct. 11 at Crossings Community...

Life

Norman church will celebrate 50th anniversary

Wildwood Community Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary with celebratory services on the next three Sundays, Sept. 16,...

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Residents of New Mexico compound indicted on federal charges

Five residents of a ramshackle desert compound in New Mexico are scheduled for arraignments and detention hearings after being...

Life

Jewish community prepares for holiday

The Oklahoma Jewish faith community is preparing to commemorate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. The holiday marks the...

Life

For Rosh Hashana, traditional sweets — and fond memories of Greece

When Paulette Nehama came to the United States from Greece as a new bride in 1958, she brought just a few treasured...

Bethany terminates city manager

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Bethany terminates city manager

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Life

Religion briefs for Sept. 8

Religion briefs for Sept. 8

Life

Different paths led couple to Salvation Army

Although they found The Salvation Army through different paths, Stephen and Susan Ellis said the faith-based nonprofit that...

Life

Shining light on loved ones' lives: Church will host 'Mass of Remembrance'

A "Mass of Remembrance" to honor and celebrate the lives of individuals who died by suicide, will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at...

Life

Bible lesson for Sept. 8

Bible lesson for Sept. 8

Life

Lectures will focus on ministry to aging population

The "Aging, Culture, Older Adult Ministry And Communities of Faith” lecture series will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19-20 in the...

Life

AME church in Tulsa added to National Register

The Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of north Tulsa’s oldest institutions, was recently added to the National...

Life

Ministry plans men's breakfast

Arise Ministries will host a men's fundraising breakfast to support single mothers from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Naifeh...

News

Catholic archdiocese launches new website

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City on Wednesday launched a new website to better serve Catholics and parishes in central and...

Around The Web

Franklin family found eulogy 'distasteful'

Aretha Franklin's family have said that they found the closing eulogy at her funeral offensive and distasteful. The Rev. Jasper...

Life

Angel Tree program needs volunteer Spanish translators

Volunteer Spanish translators are needed to assist with The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Christmas assistance program this year.

Life

‘Coffee guy’ perks up about fair trade mission work

Of Character: ‘Coffee guy’ perks up about fair trade mission work

Business

Executive Q&A with Debbie Ingraham: Urban ministry director loves caring for 'people in the shadows'

Executive Q&A with Debbie Ingraham: Urban ministry director loves caring for 'people in the shadows'

Life

Bible lesson

Bible lesson for Sept. 1

Life

Baskets of Hope luncheon will shed light on Christians in Middle East

The Missions Ministry at Crossings Community Church will host a luncheon entitled "Baskets of Hope: Planting Seeds of Hope in...

Life

Popular wedding venue becomes home to Presbyterian congregation

The popular Boulevard Wedding Chapel in Edmond has become the new home of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, a congregation...

Life

In brief

Archaeological exhibit is extended EDMOND — "Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered," an archaeology exhibit, is being...

Life

Church of the Servant plans 50th anniversary celebration

United Methodist Church of the Servant, 14343 N Portland, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special celebration that...

Life

'Hercules' actor will speak at Esther Women season premiere

Actor Kevin Sorbo will be guest speaker at the season opener of the "Esther Women" luncheon series.

Life

Newcastle teen shares his story of faith and family

Caleb Freeman recently joined his father the Rev. Jeremy Freeman in discussing the teen's recovery and faith journey in the...

Life

Pastor visits Syrian refugee camp with Muslim imam

The Rev. Mitch Randall, a moderate Baptist pastor who serves as executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics, visited a...

Life

Religion briefs for Sept. 1

Religion briefs for Sept. 1

Life

Celebration: Oklahoma Jail & Prison Ministries Appreciation Banquet

The Oklahoma Jail & Prison Ministries is hosting their appreciation banquet in September. Here's what you need to know.

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Can't top this

A new belfry, steeple and cross topper were recently installed atop the bell tower at Eighth Street Church of the Nazarene, 701...

News

Credible reports of past child sexual abuse by local priests to be made public by Oklahoma City archdiocese.

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City plans to publicly release two reports in the near future that will disclose all credible...

Life

Oklahoma Catholic bishops call for investigation into alleged cover-up

The state's top two Catholic leaders, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Bishop David Konderla, have joined their voices with other...

Life

New OBU students spend day serving Shawnee community

More than 400 students at Oklahoma Baptist University, including freshmen, transfers and upperclassmen, as well as faculty and...

Life

Catholic abuse report requires 'bold steps,' Baptist leader says

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said a Pennsylvania grand jury’s report alleging unprecedented levels of...

Life

Stop saying 'Mormon,' 'LDS,' church leader says

Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently announced that he wants people to...

Life

Bible lesson for Aug. 25

Bible lesson for Aug. 25

Life

Sewing and reaping

EDMOND — Each Tuesday morning in Edmond, as many as 15 women arrive at Elaine Brown's door. They are members of the "Serving...

Life

Religion briefs for Aug. 25

Religion briefs for Aug. 25

Life

Homecoming celebration: Pastor's family and community rejoice in youth's return

Caleb Freeman, son of the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Newcastle, has returned home after a months-long recovery...

Pardon and Parole Board recommends commutation for 22 people being assisted through campaign

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The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted Wednesday to recommend sentence modifications for 22 inmates who are being assisted through a commutation campaign led by Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform.

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Life

Son of famous atheist will speak at Randall University

William Murray, son of famous atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, will speak on Sept. 6 at Randall University

Life
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Musical chairs: Youth orchestra program is literally on the move

El Sistema Oklahoma, an after-school youth orchestra program, recently moved to a new home, First Presbyterian Church of...

Life

'Credible accusations' led to removal of OKC priest

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City said Wednesday that it removed a priest from duty in 2002 after receiving what...

News

OKC Catholic archbishop, priests respond to pope's letter regarding clergy sex abuse and cover-up

OKC Catholic archbishop, priests respond to pope's letter regarding clergy sex abuse and cover-up

Life

Upcoming Christian concerts in Oklahoma

Several contemporary Christian concerts are set for fall in the Oklahoma City metro area. TobyMac will perform in concert at 8...

Life

John Bisagno, Southern Baptist pastor with Oklahoma ties, dies at 84

John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston's First Baptist Church, died Aug. 5 in Nashville after a...

Life

Religion briefs for Aug. 18

Religion briefs for Aug. 18

Life

Church hopes to share Gospel during 'The Greatest Show'

Crossroads Church has become known over the years for its elaborate productions that help convey the Gospel narrative in new...

Life

'Mansion' ministry

A ministry called Beautiful Restoration is working to raise $1.3 million to purchase the "Mansion on the Hill" at 190200 Terra...

Life

Bible lesson for Aug. 18

Bible lesson for Aug. 18

Life

A new journey for Norman church

A prominent metro-area house of worship has become a satellite church for a Dallas, Texas-based ministry. Journey Church, 3801...

Life

OKC Catholic archbishop addresses Pennsylvania sex abuse report

Local Catholic archbishop, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, issues statement regarding safety of minors/vulnerable adults in...

Life

Guthrie church destroyed by fire

GUTHRIE — Members of a local church are trying to decide where they will gather for worship in the aftermath of a fire that...

Life

Archdiocese selects The Boldt Co. to build Rother shrine

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has chosen The Boldt Co. to serve as construction manager for the building of...

Life

Faith Q&A: New Baptist convention leader relishes role

The Rev. Hance Dilbeck discusses his life and ministerial career leading up to his acceptance of the position of executive...

Life

Religion briefs for Aug. 11

Religion briefs for Aug. 11

Life

Fundraiser featuring actor Jim Caviezel is Aug. 30

Fundraiser featuring actor Jim Caviezel is Aug. 30

Life

Bible lesson for Aug. 11

Bible lesson for Aug. 11

Life

Sikh youths turn spiritual lesson on sharing into action

A young member of the Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma recently led a school supply and hygiene drive for Positive Tomorrows, a school...

Life

Is a biblical food the next foodie fad?

Last year, as Todd Gray and his wife, Ellen Kassoff, prepared to open their 165-seat, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant at the...

Life

Saying no to hate: Anti-Defamation League leader says hatred should be challenged at the outset

The days when white supremacists hid behind hoods may largely be gone but the hatred they expressed is now being channeled...

Life
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Life.Church recently launched a new mobile app called Bible Lens.

Life.Church recently launched a new mobile app called Bible Lens.

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Fruits of their labor

Churches and other faith-based groups see community gardens as a way to offer both tangible aid and spiritual fellowship to...

News

Michigan Democrats pick Rashida Tlaib to run unopposed for Conyers' House seat, become first Muslim woman in Congress

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Democrats pick Rashida Tlaib to run unopposed for Conyers' House seat, become first Muslim woman in...

Business

Tap and pray: Churches using card readers for donations

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of Christian churches across the world are now using portable card readers or apps to take donations as...

Life

Oklahoma pastor hails Southern Baptist Convention's new effort toward reform on sexual abuse as a sign of progress

A new "study group" launched by the Southern Baptist Convention will focus on sexual abuse and harassment issues that have...

Life
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Welcome to the team

With much fanfare, students at the new Cristo Rey Catholic High School learned which businesses they would work for during the...

Life

Hugo couple score big dividends with 'Detours' album

Country gospel recording artists Mike and Doris Merritt have won a bevy of awards for their 2015 CD entitled “Detours.”

Life
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'Full of hope': New Cristo Rey Catholic High School students participate in ceremonies, series of firsts

The days leading up to new private school's grand opening have been filled with several firsts, as the students received their...

Life
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Faith community marks six-month anniversary of prayer vigils focusing on 'immigration justice'

The six-month anniversary of a prayer effort focusing on immigration was commemorated in a special way on Wednesday.

Life

Bible lesson for Aug. 4

Bible lesson for Aug. 4

Life

In a break with tradition, Orthodox Jewish women are leading synagogues

Taking on positions as clergy in a tradition where women have never been clergy before, they have adopted a variety of titles....

Life

Religion briefs for Aug. 4

Religion briefs for Aug. 4

'You could lose this thing' Russell's campaign manager told him a dozen days before loss

News5 days ago

An internal poll conducted by Russell's campaign last weekend showed Horn had caught up to Russell.

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Life

Churches help send youths back to school

Churches help send youths back to school

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Revisions to MBA program yield transformational knowledge in 16 months

Oklahoma Baptist University has updated its core MBA courses emphasizing the transformational nature of business in line with...

News

Pope changes church teaching on death penalty, says it is always inadmissible because it "attacks" human dignity

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope changes church teaching on death penalty, says it is always inadmissible because it "attacks" human...

Life

Vocation Bible School teaches kids of God's purpose in their lives

St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Midwest City recently hosted a Vocation Bible School retreat — a twist on the traditional...

News

Pope blasts "supermarket of idols" of money, drugs, vanity

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has returned from a month's vacation, blasting the "idols" of money, drugs and vanity that he...

Health

Argentine doctors protest legal abortion ahead of key vote

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A campaign to expand legal abortions in the homeland of Pope Francis is bitterly dividing...

News

Yemen officials: Bombing in Aden wounds politician, 3 others

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say a roadside bombing in the southern city of Aden has wounded a prominent politician,...

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Actor known for portrayal of Jesus in “The Passion of Christ” to speak about adoption in OKC

Most people know actor Jim Caviezel as Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ.” But to his kids he is just dad. Caviezel and his...

News

Sessions: US culture 'less hospitable to people of faith'

WASHINGTON (AP) — American culture has become "less hospitable to people of faith," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday...

Life

How OSU football prepared this Cowboy for his life's calling

Football helped prepare Wohlgemuth for his life's calling, the ministry

Life
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Faith-based crisis pregnancy centers applaud Supreme Court ruling

Leaders of some of Oklahoma's faith-based crisis pregnancy centers weigh in on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling against...

Life

Back-to-school events are planned

Several metro-area churches are offering back-to-school activities and school supply giveaways to help families as they prepare...

Life

Public is invited to Rother feast day Mass in Okarche: Pilgrimage sites will be open for priest's feast day

A Mass on the first feast day for the Rev. Stanley Rother is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church,...

Life
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Heart of the matter: Thunder star Paul George's foundation helped support cardiovascular health program

Members of 11 Oklahoma faith-based groups participated in the American Heart Association’s Battle of the Heart program this...

Life

St. Katharine Drexel's remains being moved to cathedral

The Rev. Dennis Gill, rector and pastor of the Cathedral Basilica, recently announced designs for an entombment at the city's...

Life

Bible lesson for July 28

Bible lesson for July 28

Life

Religion briefs for July 28

Religion briefs for July 28

Life

United Methodist collegiate ministries join forces for missions, discussions about race

A United Methodist mission trip to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., brought college students of different races and backgrounds...

Business

Radio hosts suspended for slur against Sikh attorney general

The hosts of a popular New Jersey radio show were suspended for 10 days Thursday for calling the nation's first Sikh attorney...

News

The Latest: Turkey calls US threats over pastor unacceptable

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-threatened sanctions on Turkey over a detained American pastor (all times local):2:15...

News

IS attack devastates community in southern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Mourners in southern Syria attended mass funerals Thursday for least 216 people killed in coordinated attacks by...

News

Japan executes last 6 condemned members of doomsday cult behind 1995 sarin gas attack on Tokyo subways and other crimes

TOKYO (AP) — Japan executes last 6 condemned members of doomsday cult behind 1995 sarin gas attack on Tokyo subways and other...

News

Funeral services held for 5 children killed in house fire

UNION CITY, N.J. (AP) — Funeral services have been held for five children who were killed in a raging New Jersey house fire...

News

Row delays Duterte speech, rebel deal; Arroyo named speaker

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A leadership row in the Philippine House of Representatives delayed President Rodrigo Duterte's...

Business

The Latest: Vigil held for family among boat sinking victims

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly sinking of a duck boat in a southern Missouri lake (all times local):7:50 p.m.A...

Crime

Pastor who admitted to sex assaults wants to withdraw plea

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey pastor who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting several children wants to...

Life

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...

Life

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...

Life

Leap of faith

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

Life

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

Legislation needed to implement rape kit task force recommendations

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Funding and legislation are needed to move forward with some of the recommendations developed by a task force that has been examining the issue of untested rape kits in Oklahoma.

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Life

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...

Life

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,...

Life

Religion briefs for July 21

Religion briefs for July 21

Life

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...

Life

Bible lesson for July 21

Bible lesson for July 21

News

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...

Crime

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...

Life

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...

Life

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...

Life

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...

Life

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.

Life

In brief

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

Life

Vacation Bible school listing for July 14

Vacation Bible school listing for July 14

Life

Bible lesson for July 14

Bible lesson for July 14

Crime

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...

Crime

Greece hints at Russian diplomats' expulsion

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

Crime

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...

News

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...

News

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.

Life

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...

Sports

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...

Life

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...

Life

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...

Life

Religion briefs for July 7

Religion briefs for July 7

Life

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...

Life

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...

Life

Bible lesson for July 7

Bible lesson for July 7

Life

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...

Life

Vacation Bible school listing for July 7

Vacation Bible school listing for July 7

Health

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...

News

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.

Wind farm abandons tax avoidance tactic that threatened school funding

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BLACKWELL — Operators of a northern Oklahoma wind farm are abandoning a creative tax avoidance scheme that was drawing statewide scrutiny because of its potentially damaging impact on Oklahoma school funding. Representatives of Rock Falls Wind...

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News

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...

Life

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...

Crime

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.

News

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.

Life

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...

Life

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...

Life

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...

Life

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,...

Life

Bible lesson for June 30

Bible lesson for June 30

Life

In the game

Vacation Bible school continues in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Life

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...

Health

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...