The film “Lady of Guadalupe,” first released in 2020 and now available on many streaming services, mixes a fictional retelling of the 16th-century appearance of the Virgin Mary to a Mexican peasant named Juan Diego with the tale of a wholly fictional 21st-century reporter named Juan working …
TUCSON, Ariz. — Alvaro Enciso plants three or four crosses each week in Arizona’s desert borderlands, amid the yellow-blossomed prickly pear and whip-like ocotillo, in honor of migrants who died on the northbound trek.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the second time, the Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to prohibit K-12 schools and interscholastic organizations from blocking the wearing of religious apparel by athletes during sporting events.
ROME — Pope Francis refused Thursday to let German Cardinal Reinhard Marx resign over the sex abuse scandal in the German Church, but said a process of reform was necessary and that every bishop must take responsibility for the “catastrophe” of the crisis.
What is the most important thing about being a father? I asked myself that question today as I sat down to write a few lines for this article. I should know by now, right? I have been a father now for some 42 years. I came to that realization the other day when our twin boys turned 42. That …
I dedicate this column to anyone who has ever wanted to go backstage and meet your favorite band, musician or actor. I have been fortunate enough to do so being in radio more than half my life, but it wasn’t always this easy.
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Iowa Supreme Court justices last month upheld a county’s District Court decision limiting court involvement in religious matters, ruling in favor of a Davenport church in a defamation case.
GENOA TWP. — A Roman Catholic group dedicated to a popular Italian saint sued a southeastern Michigan township Wednesday after the local government rejected plans for a chapel and prayer trail in a wooded area.
DOVER, Delaware — Walking down South State Street in Dover, colorful tubes stacked high on the front lawn of a church, with the words “seeking” and “praying” stand out.
Faith leaders, celebrities and lawmakers across the political spectrum joined Thursday to condemn a rise in antisemitic incidents around the world triggered by the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers.
MUSKEGON — It is graduation season, and one 2021 Lakeshore graduate is carrying on quite a unique family tradition. The Muskegon Catholic Central High School scholar is her family’s third-generation class valedictorian.
LOS ANGELES — Cerritos College in Norwalk – where the majority of students are Latino and the first in their families to attend college – is a stone’s throw from Southern California’s famed “Little India,” a stretch of clothing and jewelry shops, groceries and restaurants in Artesia.
Jeff Weddle, a 46-year-old, wise-cracking, self-deprecating, Bible-loving, self-described “failing pastor” from Wisconsin, was already thinking of leaving the ministry before COVID-19 and the 2020 election.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops plans to devote part of its national meeting next month to the sensitive issue of which Catholics are worthy of receiving Communion, despite calls for a delay.
A police report from the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety sheds more light on a former local pastor’s recent dismissal from the priesthood.
One day, four ministers were standing around in a group, talking. And, as so often happens, they started “talking shop.” They were discussing the different translations of the Bible.
Parishioners gathered in a tent outside St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand Haven on Monday evening to talk with Bishop David Walkowiak about the recent dismissal of “Father Bill” Langlois from the priesthood.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is set to decide soon whether conservative Christians have a constitutional right to refuse to work with same-sex couples while participating in a city-funded foster care program that forbids such discrimination.
U.S. soldiers were fighting in Korea when President Harry S. Truman signed a congressional resolution calling for an annual National Day of Prayer. The purpose was for people to gather in houses of worship to pray for world peace, according to an Associated Press report from April 17, 1952.
GRAND RAPIDS — Pope Francis has dismissed retired priest William “Father Bill” Langlois from the clerical state due to allegations of sexual abuse.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — If you think about it, we’ve all trudged through the past year as modern-day pilgrims, seeking solace as well as meaning and knowledge during a rough journey.
When U.S. Catholic bishops hold their next national meeting in June, they'll be deciding whether to send a tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians: Don't receive Communion if you persist in public advocacy of abortion rights.
My wife and I have been watching the new series called “The Chosen.” It is probably the most unique and creative video presentations of the life of Jesus ever attempted. And it is good. I’ll go one better than that – it is superb!
Peggy Simon’s heart sank when one of her older clients told her that all she could do at Mass was sit and pray because she “couldn’t hear or understand anything.”
I read an article the other day that talked about the importance of doing small and simple things for others. Often it is a word or two of encouragement that can make someone’s day. Other times it is an action or gesture that someone does for you.
The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest evangelical denomination, posted a photo on Facebook last week of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It drew more than 1,100 comments – many of them voicing admiration for the Rev. J.D. Greear, and many others assailing him.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis in his traditional Easter Sunday address denounced as “scandalous” how armed conflicts continue to rage even as the coronavirus pandemic has triggered severe social and economic suffering and swollen the ranks of the poor.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — A couple hundred children spread over two groupings gathered up eggs holding candy and trinkets during the annual Hope Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning.
A 45-foot motor home caught on fire on Friday, April 2, 2021, at Commercial Contractors, Inc., located on the corner of Comstock Street and 168th Avenue in Grand Haven Township. Employees all got out safely.
Children wore facemasks during the normally annual Hope Community Easter Egg Hunt at Hope Church in Grand Haven Township on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Last year's event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
DOVER, N.H. — Two century-old private schools in New Hampshire, St. Mary Academy in Dover and St. Elizabeth Seton School in Rochester, will soon merge into one as part of a proposed plan to eventually create a new, larger unified Catholic education campus in the area.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — In December, back when the nation was vaccinating its first health care workers against COVID-19 and uncertainty remained about when others would get the same opportunity, the Rev. Tony Liuzzo and his church were making what seemed like an impossible decision.
VATICAN CITY — Trying to save jobs as the pandemic pummels Vatican revenues, Pope Francis has ordered pay cuts for cardinals and other clerics, as well as nuns, who work at the Holy See.
Something has bothered me about “cancel culture” for some time now. Every time I hear of another person being banned because of something they have said or written, I feel bothered. Not that I think that we ought not to be accountable for our words, it’s just that the attacks seem so brutal …
PHILADELPHIA — An undocumented Mexican woman who has spent more than three years inside Philadelphia churches to avoid deportation is expected to leave sanctuary soon, after federal immigration officials confirmed she is no longer a priority for enforcement.
In the hospital with COVID-19 in December, Lavina Wafer tired of the tubes in her nose and wondered impatiently why she couldn’t be discharged. A phone call with her pastor helped her understand that the tube was piping in lifesaving oxygen, which had to be slowly tapered to protect her.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders in St. Louis, Missouri, and New Orleans are advising Catholics that the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, newly approved for use in the U.S., is "morally compromised" because it is produced using a cell line derived from an aborted fetus.
One of the No. 1 reasons people give for not being a part of the church is that it feels like the church is a hypocritical organization. One response to that is to take the approach of legendary Christian singer-songwriter Rich Mullins, who used to say the church isn’t full of hypocrites, we…
WASHINGTON — A sweeping bill that would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people is a top priority of President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress. Yet as the Equality Act heads to the Senate after winning House approval, its prospects seem bleak — to a large extent because o…
The global Christian ministry founded by the late Ravi Zacharias said Wednesday it will suspend fundraising, lay off 60 percent of its staff and overhaul its mission in the wake of revelations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with massage therapists and carried on many amorous extramarit…
There was a man who was the owner of a very successful business. For many years, his company was the leader in his industry. But then hard times hit. His company started to struggle. He began cutting back. Then things started looking so bad, he thought he might lose everything.
The Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee voted Tuesday to oust four of its churches, two over policies deemed to be too inclusive of LGBTQ people and two more for employing pastors convicted of sex offenses.
One of the most consequential stories in American religion in recent years is the rapid and seemingly unceasing rise of “nones” – those who respond to questions about their religious affiliation by indicating that they are atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular.”
Pastor Dan Eisnor hopes the end of the COVID-19 pandemic along with the lure of a long history of faith in Grand Haven brings Second Reformed’s congregation back home in time to celebrate the church’s sesquicentennial.
For those of us who are Christians, we have entered the sacred season of Lent. Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, which marked the beginning of the 40-day period, excluding Sundays, leading up to Easter, the day which marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave.
DETROIT — Lent, the liturgical season of prayer, penance and almsgiving in preparation for Easter, has long been an annual beacon to Christians worldwide.
PORTLAND, Oregon — The new rector at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Portland's northwestern district says he felt the presence of God there early Wednesday when he confronted a burglar inside the Catholic church.
We’re far from New Orleans’ French Quarter, but plenty of people around the Tri-Cities celebrated Fat Tuesday by indulging in the traditional treat of the day – paczki.