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Jehovah’s Witnesses shift away from door knocking amid pandemic

By Noelle Phillips | The Denver Post via AP | December 10, 2020, 2:04 a.m.

FILE  - In this Tuesday, April 14, 2020 file photo, a man wearing face mask walks past Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Officials say restorers at Paris’ fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral have completed key preliminary work by successfully removing all the perilous roof scaffolding. It was thought that the scaffolding might have melded to the cathedral in the fire, and be keeping it in place. When the Notre Dame fire broke out on April 15 last year destroying the spire, the cathedral was already under restoration. The scaffolding previously installed resisted collapse, “but was deformed by the heat of the fire” Notre Dame restoration officials said in a communique. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Restorers remove dangerous Notre Dame cathedral scaffolding

By The Associated Press | November 24, 2020, 10:13 p.m.

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, making history as the first pontiff to do so. Listening behind the pope are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. President-elect Joe Biden, a lifelong Roman Catholic, spoke to Pope Francis on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, despite President Donald Trump refusing to concede. Trump claims — without evidence — that the election was stolen from him through massive but unspecified acts of fraud. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Vatican calling: Pope congratulates Joe Biden on election

By Will Weissert and David Crary | The Associated Press | November 12, 2020, 10:12 p.m.

(Massimo Sambucetti | AP file photo) U.S. Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, D.C., shakes hands with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, Feb. 23, 2001. A report by the Vatican released Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 implicates Pope John Paul II in elevating McCarrick despite allegations of sexual misconduct.

Vatican investigation faults many, including two former popes, for Theodore McCarrick’s rise despite sexual misconduct

By Nicole Winfield | The Associated Press | November 10, 2020, 9:39 p.m.

(Alessandra Tarantino | AP) Director Evgeny Afineevsky left, talks to Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the dicastery of Communication, during the Kinoe Movie for Humanity award ceremony, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Director Evgeny Afineevsky was awarded with Kineo prize Thursday for the movie "Francesco".

Vatican breaks silence, explains Pope Francis’ civil union comments

By Nicole Winfield | The Associated Press | November 3, 2020, 3:03 a.m.

Archbishop Alexander Sample conducts an exorcism to rid the city of evil influences in the North Park Blocks of Portland, Ore., during a rosary and exorcism for peace and justice in the city on Oct. 17, 2020. In popular culture, exorcism often serves as a plot device in chilling films about demonic possession. Recently, two Roman Catholic archbishops showed a different face of exorcism. They performed the rite in well-attended outdoor ceremonies to drive out any evil spirits lingering after acrimonious protests. In Portland, Oregon, Archbishop Alexander Sample led a procession of more than 200 people to a city park, then conducted an exorcism rite. The event followed more than four months of racial-justice protests in Portland. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel via AP)

Exorcism: Increasingly frequent, including after US protests

By David Crary | AP National Writer | October 31, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 file photo, Pope Francis puts on his face mask as he attends an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Pope Francis’ decision to forego wearing a face mask has been noticed, with some concern, by the commission of Vatican experts he appointed to help chart the Catholic Church’s path through the coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath. The Rev. Augusto Zampini, one of the key members of the pope’s COVID-19 commission, acknowledged Tuesday that at age 83 and with part of his lung removed, Francis would be at high risk for complications if he were to become infected with COVID-19. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

With rising COVID-19 cases inside the Vatican, pressure mounts for Pope Francis to don a mask

By Claire Giangravé | Relion News Service | October 27, 2020, 10:08 p.m.

Pope Francis, center, makes the sign of the cross during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Plot thickens over origins of pope’s civil union endorsement

By Nicole Winfield | The Associated Press | October 22, 2020, 9:13 p.m.

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett testifies during the third day of her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Religious identity and Supreme Court justices — a brief history

By Nomi Stolzenberg | The Conversation | October 20, 2020, 9:59 p.m.

Pope Francis and Bartolomew I, Patriarch of Constantinopolis, attend a inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Masked pope, faith leaders pray for peace and pandemic’s end

By Nicole Winfield | The Associated Press | October 20, 2020, 9:54 p.m.

(Vatican News via AP) Pope Francis, right, sits at a table with Cardinal George Pell on the occasion of their private meeting at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The Pope warmly welcomed Cardinal for a private audience in the Apostolic Palace after the cardinal’s sex abuse conviction and acquittal in Australia.

Pope Francis warmly greets redeemed Cardinal Pell after abuse trial

By Nicole Winfield | The Associated Press | October 12, 2020, 10:09 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence looks at Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as she answers a question during the vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

The top three faith moments in the Harris-Pence vice presidential debate

By Paul O'Donnell and Jack Jenkins | Religion News Service | October 8, 2020, 11:11 p.m.

(Gregorio Borgia | AP) Cardinal Angelo Becciu talks to journalists during press conference in Rome, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The powerful head of the Vatican's saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, has resigned from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly.

Pope commits to clean finances amid scandal in backyard

By Nicole Winfield | The Associated Press | October 8, 2020, 9:53 p.m.

(J. Scott Applewhite | AP) The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, as the justices continue arguments in a new term without their colleague, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Supreme Court wrestles with Muslims' suit over no-fly list

By Mark Sherman | The Associated Press | October 7, 2020, 3:59 p.m.

(Vatican Media via AP)  Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the crypt of the Basilica of St. Francis, in Assisi, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Pope Francis travelled to the homeland of his nature-loving namesake on Saturday to sign an encyclical laying out his vision of a post-COVID world built on solidarity, fraternity and care for the environment.

Pope criticizes lack of unity in world’s response to coronavirus

By Jason Horowitz | The New York Times | October 5, 2020, 2:53 a.m.

(Erin Schaff | The New York Times) President Donald Trump on Wednesday night, Sept. 30, 2020, at a reelection campaign rally in Duluth, Minn. Trump revealed early Friday morning, Oct. 2, 2020, that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had tested positive for the coronavirus, throwing the nation’s leadership into uncertainty and escalating the crisis posed by a pandemic that has already killed more than 207,000 Americans and devastated the economy.

Faith leaders offer prayers as President Trump tests positive for COVID-19

By Bob Smietana, Jack Jenkins and Adelle M. Banks | Religion News Service | October 2, 2020, 11:19 p.m.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett listens as President Donald Trump announces Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

If Barrett joins, Supreme Court would have six Catholics

By David Crary | AP National Writer | September 26, 2020, 10:22 p.m.

(Steve Helber | AP file photo)  Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr., right, and his wife Becki during after a town hall at a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., on Nov. 28, 2018.

Liberty University official says Jerry Falwell Jr. agreed to resign, then reversed course

By Sarah Rankin and Elana Schor | The Associated Press | August 25, 2020, 3:47 a.m.

(Max Whittaker | The New York Times) Temperatures are taken before entering the New Season church in Sacramento, Calif., May 31, 2020. More than half of the states have continued to allow religious gatherings, but many churches, synagogues and mosques, for safetyÕs sake, have chosen for months to make do with Zoom sermons and livestreams, but many stuck to remote services on Sunday, but a significant number returned to public worship driven by a combination of pain, prayer and political expression.

Amid riots and a pandemic, church attendance resumes in ‘a very broken world’

By Shawn Hubler and Rick Rojas | The New York Times | June 2, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

(Christian Chavez | AP) Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during his visit to the small town of La Mora, Sonora state, Mexico, Sunday Jan. 12, 2020. López Obrador said Sunday there is an agreement to establish a monument will be put up to memorialize nine U.S.-Mexican dual citizens ambushed and slain last year by drug gang assassins along a remote road near New Mexico.

Mexican president visits La Mora and learns of the Mormon history there

By Nate Carlisle | January 14, 2020, 11:12 p.m.

(Tony Gutierrez | AP Photo) In this July 21, 2019 photo, Trainees Chris Graves, left, and Bryan Hetherington, right, participate in a security training session at Fellowship of the Parks campus in Haslet, Texas. An industry has sprung up following mass shootings at houses of worship around the country to train civilians to protect their churches with the techniques and equipment of law enforcement.

Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings

By Jake Blleiberg | The Associated Press | August 16, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

(Elaine Thompson | AP) Gethsemane Lutheran Church Pastor Joanne Engquist, left, sits with Susana Robles and her daughter Natalie Robles, after their husband and father, Jose Robles, turned himself in to immigration authorities in Tukwila, Wash., on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The prospect of nationwide immigration raids has provided evidence that legions of pastors, rabbis and their congregations stand ready to help vulnerable immigrants with offers of sanctuary and other services.

Across U.S., clergy mobilize to support vulnerable migrants

By David Crary and Hannah Grabenstein | The Associated Press | July 19, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

(Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP file) A poster from the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC) in November 2009 depicts a woman wearing a burqa in front of a Swiss flag upon which are minarets which resemble missiles, at the central station in Geneva, Switzerland. Later in the month, a successful referendum banned the construction of new minarets in the country.

Government restrictions on religion increasing worldwide, according to new Pew report

By David Crary | AP National Writer | July 15, 2019, 10:47 p.m.

A crane works at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, Friday, April 19, 2019. Rebuilding Notre Dame, the 800-year-old Paris cathedral devastated by fire this week, will cost billions of dollars as architects, historians and artisans work to preserve the medieval landmark. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)

A ‘computer glitch’ may have started the Notre Dame fire

By Sylvie Corbet and Nicolas Vaux-Montagny | The Associated Press | April 19, 2019, 1:44 p.m.

The FBI raided a 91-year-old missionary’s home and found thousands of stolen Native American bones

By Antonia Noori Farzan | The Washington Post | February 27, 2019, 11:51 p.m.