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Germany: Ugly anti-Semitic remnant at center of court battle

WITTENBERG, Germany (AP) — High on the wall of a German church where Martin Luther once preached, an ugly remnant of centuries...

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Experts advise synagogues on use of armed security personnel

NEW YORK (AP) — Jewish congregations opting to deploy armed security personnel in the wake of deadly attacks on synagogues...

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Mexico bishops urge no statute of limitations for sex abuse

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico called on the country’s government Tuesday to modify the legal code and...

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French priest recounts how he abused boy scouts over decades

LYON, France (AP) — A former priest detailed Tuesday how he systematically abused boys over two decades as a French scout...

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Trump boosts school prayer, faith groups as he rallies base

In a bid to solidify his evangelical base, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to protect prayer in public schools and...

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Norman residents invited to annual Mayor’s Interfaith Breakfast on Jan. 20

NORMAN — Mayor Breea Clark and the Norman Human Rights Commission are inviting the community to the annual Mayor's Interfaith...

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Creative message: Story of slain, beatified priest is told in book and puppet format

Dressed in a white robe and his colorful Guatemalan stole, Blessed Stanley Rother spoke to a group of metro area children....

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Monks in the marketplace: Monastery rejects suggestions for cannabis-growing enterprise

SHAWNEE — St. Gregory's Abbey has become known for the honey produced from its bee hives and fresh eggs from a flock of...

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Monument to honor US-Mexican dual citizens slain in Mexico

LA MORA, Mexico (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday that a monument will be put up to memorialize nine...

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

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Methodist crowd gathers in solidarity with LGBTQ community

Jennifer Solis, a self-described "queer" volunteering and working in United Methodist churches, can still remember the comments...

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Renovations chief: 'Notre Dame Cathedral is not saved yet'

PARIS — The French general overseeing the reconstruction of fire-devastated Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is not...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Jan. 11, 2020

Program set for older adults The Senior Players group at Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday...

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Bible lesson for Jan. 11, 2020

"Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, 'See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse...

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Faith-based luncheon series attendees donate books for ReMerge library

Monthly gatherings bring hundreds of women together for faith and fellowship at a downtown Oklahoma City church. Now the Esther...

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White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries...

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White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries...

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US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's caretaker prime minister asked Washington to work out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, but...

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Pakistan mosque blast kills senior police officer, 13 others

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful explosion ripped through a mosque in southwest Pakistan during Friday evening prayers,...

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Explosion in Pakistani mosque kills 9, including a senior police officer, in the country's restive southwest.

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Explosion in Pakistani mosque kills 9, including a senior police officer, in the country's restive...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

NewsMay 16, 2019

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

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Steyer wants climate change refugees to enter US legally

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer on Friday unveiled an immigration proposal seeking to make...

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Pope warns of risks from US-Iran tensions in policy speech

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned Thursday that increasing tensions between the U.S. and Iran are setting the stage for a...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Children's home showcased

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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UCO shares plans for church property

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma will house its new School of Design on property it purchased from a local church...

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Pope prays for Australians, expresses solidarity amid fires

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is asking for prayers for Australia as it copes with devastating fires and expressed his...

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Throngs mourn, Iranian leader weeps for general slain by US

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader wept Monday over the casket of a top general killed in a U.S. airstrike, his prayers...

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The Latest: Iraq seeks Security Council condemnation of US

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions in the wake of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all...

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Groups demand answers after Iranians say they were detained

SEATTLE (AP) — Civil rights groups and lawmakers demanded information from federal officials Monday following reports that...

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Metro Jewish community looks at security

In the wake of a spate of deadly anti-Semitic attacks across the country, leaders of five metro Jewish organizations recently...

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Pope: Reject "god of money," focus on serving others

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is advising people to reject “the god of money" as well as of that consumerism, pleasure,...

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Blowback: Iran abandons nuclear limits after US killing

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The blowback over the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general mounted Sunday as Iran announced it will no...

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Iraq vote, Hezbollah threat leveled at US troops in Mideast

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. military presence in the Middle East was thrown into jeopardy Sunday, as Iraq's parliament voted to...

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The Latest: Baghdad residents say 3 blasts hit Green Zone

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local):9:50 p.m.Residents of the Iraq's capital of Baghdad say three...

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Oklahoma Methodist leaders sound off on possible split of church

Several Oklahoma United Methodist leaders shared their views about a plan unveiled on Friday for a new conservative...

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'The reality is it could happen anywhere': Faith leaders discuss safety in houses of worship

A metro area security professional said the odds are good that some Oklahomans are toting firearms along with their holy books...

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Church offers little outreach to minority victims of priests

The Samples were a black Chicago family, with six children and few resources. The priest helped them with tuition, clothes,...

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Oklahoma Muslims tell their own story with new guide book

Adam Soltani remembers the anti-Muslim rhetoric that seemed heightened during the 2016 presidential election. Soltani,...

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Dialogue sessions will focus on Jewish, black communities

A series of sessions entitled "Two Community Dialogue for the Jewish and African-American/Black Communities" will begin on...

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Using the Lord's name in-game

Gaming might yet have a kind of come-to-Jesus moment, after "I am Jesus Christ" was announced for PC earlier this month by...

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Longtime Oklahoma minister prepares for retirement

The Rev. Robin Meyers often has said he can't believe a liberal preacher like himself lasted so long in a conservative...

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Bible lesson for Jan. 4, 2020

“The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Jan. 4, 2020

Orthodox Christmas is Tuesday Many Orthodox Christians will celebrate Christmas on Tuesday.Most churches worldwide use the...

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Methodists propose split in gay marriage, clergy impasse

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides unveiled a plan...

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Trump portrays himself as defender of faith for evangelicals

MIAMI (AP) — Highlighting his record on religious liberty, President Donald Trump on Friday worked to energize a group of...

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Methodist leaders propose plan for amicable separation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — United Methodist Church leaders from around the world are proposing a new conservative denomination...

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Methodist Church leaders from around world propose amicable split to resolve dispute over gay marriage and gay clergy

Methodist Church leaders from around world propose amicable split to resolve dispute over gay marriage and gay clergy.

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Some Methodist churches vow solidarity with gay community

An Oklahoma City congregation has proclaimed the year 2020 as a period of "Holy Resistance" against the Methodist Church's ban...

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Year-end violence highlights danger of worshipping

NEW YORK (AP) — When a machete-wielding attacker walked into a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York, during Hanukkah and a gunman...

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Militiamen withdraw from US Embassy but Iraq tensions linger

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran-backed militiamen withdrew from the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Wednesday after two days of clashes...

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Minister: Gunman grew angry over cash requests

DALLAS — The congregation at a Texas church where two people were fatally shot had repeatedly given food to the gunman,...

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Minister: Texas gunman grew angry in past over cash requests

DALLAS (AP) — The congregation at a Texas church where two people were fatally shot had repeatedly given food to the gunman,...

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Pakistan issues health IDs for trans people to improve care

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan began issuing special health ID cards for transgender people on Tuesday as way to lessen health care...

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Lawsuit: Famed Jesuit abused boy 1,000 times around world

CHICAGO (AP) — One day in May of 1970, an 11-year-old boy and his disabled sister were sitting on the curb outside a Chicago...

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Lankford says Trump a conundrum, not a role model

Like most Republican lawmakers, U.S. Sen. James Lankford has been asked repeatedly to respond to specific comments made by...

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Firearms instructor took out gunman at Texas church service

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — Alarms went off in Jack Wilson's head the moment a man wearing a fake beard, a wig, a hat and a...

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Police: Parishioners kill man who fatally shoots 2 at church

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — A man pulled out a shotgun at a Texas church service and fired on worshippers Sunday, killing...

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5 stabbed at Hanukkah celebration in latest attack on Jews

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A knife-wielding man stormed into a rabbi's home and stabbed five people as they celebrated Hanukkah in an...

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Police chief says two parishioners shot and killed a gunman who opened fire in a church near Fort Worth

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — Police chief says two parishioners shot and killed a gunman who opened fire in a church near...

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First responders say two people have been killed in a shooting at a church near Fort Worth, Texas, and a third is hurt

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — First responders say two people have been killed in a shooting at a church near Fort Worth,...

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'Moment they will never forget': Dads reconnect with daughters for holiday social

A little girl in a red and white dress made her way through a hallway filled with metallic-colored streamers. After walking the...

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Hundreds of accused clergy left off church's sex abuse lists

Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children,...

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Woman charged with hate crime amid NYC anti-Semitic attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman accused of slapping three people in one of a series of apparently anti-Semitic attacks reported...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Dec. 28, 2019

Monastery plans New Year's event The Buddha Mind Monastery will host a Diamond Sutra Ceremony and New Year's Celebration from...

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Southern Baptist Convention sex abuse investigation voted No. 1 religion story of 2019

An expose by the Houston Chronicle that revealed hundreds of victims of abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention and that...

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Two popes -- one retired, one reigning -- cause a furor

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Ever since Benedict XVI announced he would become the first pope in 600 years to resign, Catholic...

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Catholic church on OU campus dedicates new sanctuary

NORMAN — A church on the University of Oklahoma campus recently dedicated a new sanctuary during a standing-room only...

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Bible lesson for Dec. 28, 2019

"Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’ The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way.” — John...

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Iran-backed groups accuse Iraqi president of caving to US

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran-supported groups on Friday blasted Iraq's president for not naming their preferred prime minister...

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NYC ups policing in Jewish areas after spate of attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is increasing its police presence in some Brooklyn neighborhoods with large Jewish populations...

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India clamps down on marches, internet after deadly protests

NEW DELHI (AP) — A group of protesters in New Delhi was beaten and shoved into buses by police on Friday as they attempted to...

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Why did Trump ditch his church in Palm Beach on Christmas Eve for evangelical service?

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Six days after a scorching editorial in an evangelical Christian magazine called for his ouster, President...

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Christmas typhoon leaves 28 dead, 12 missing in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong typhoon that barreled through the central Philippines left at least 28 dead and 12 missing,...

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The resolve to be thinner and fitter this year won’t lead to salvation

We could self-discipline ourselves to watch less television, shop less, reduce use of disposable plastics or volunteer more....

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Coffee shop's homelessness to end soon

"Joe's Addiction has become a place where people who have lost their family have found a new one." — Jamie Zumwalt in "Beloved...

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Trumps wish Americans 'Merry Christmas' as they mark holiday

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are wishing Americans a Merry Christmas as they...

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Trumps wish Americans 'Merry Christmas' as they mark holiday

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are wishing Americans a Merry Christmas as they...

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Gala Christmas Day in country for Queen Elizabeth II, family

SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II and her close family spent a gala Christmas Day at her palatial countryside...

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Iraq's parliament approves new election law amid protests

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament approved a new election law on Tuesday aimed at giving political independents a better chance...

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India's main opposition party stages protest against new law

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s main opposition party staged a silent protest in the capital on Monday against a contentious new...

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Beginning of Hanukkah celebrated with ceremony in Oklahoma City's Bricktown

A giant menorah lit up the night during a communitywide gathering Sunday to celebrate Hanukkah in Oklahoma City. The seventh...

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Evangelical tussling over anti-Trump editorial escalates

As the political clamor caused by a top Christian magazine’s call to remove President Donald Trump from office continues to...

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Memorial remembers homeless who died during past 12 months

Jennifer Cobb remembered holding the hand of her friend as the sick woman's life ebbed away at a local homeless shelter. Cobb...

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Pope denounces 'rigidity' in Christianity

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis warned Saturday that "rigidity" in living out the Christian faith is creating a "minefield" of...

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Today's prayer for Dec. 22, 2019

God of redemption, Your light shines brightest in times of darkness, creating a beacon of hope for all to follow. Amen.

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Stitts invite Oklahomans to unite in prayer

Gov. Kevin Stitt and First Lady Sarah Stitt are inviting Oklahomans to unite in prayer. In a recent interview, the couple...

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Holidays as an interfaith family: Trying to have a merry everything and a happy always

It was Grandparents Day at my children's school and everyone was filling out questionnaires. My daughter Indie, in second grade...

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How Hanukkah came to America

The holiday is mostly a domestic celebration, although special holiday prayers also expand synagogue worship. So how did...

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Bible lesson for Dec. 21, 2019

“They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Dec. 21, 2019

OC begins 'Ike’s Promise' Amid the alarming statistics related to national student loan debt, there is some good news. Oklahoma...

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YouVersion names most popular Bible verse of 2019

The global YouVersion community engaged more in the Bible this year than in any previous year. In fact, people read and...

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Cocoa Biblical stories and gifts filled special event

Biblical characters sharing Bible stories and candy during a "Bible Walk." Photos with Santa. S'mores and hot cocoa....

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Menorah lighting will continue on, rabbi says

Light will dispel the darkness — whether it is in the form of divisive discourse or violence fueled by hatred. Rabbi Ovadia...

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Trump blasts Christian magazine that called for his removal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blasted a prominent Christian magazine on Friday, a day after it published an...

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Vatican office struggles to keep up with clergy abuse cases

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican office responsible for processing clergy sex abuse complaints has seen a record 1,000 cases...

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Vatican tribunal now overwhelmed by clergy abuse cases

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican office responsible for processing clergy sex abuse complaints saw a record 1,000 cases reported...

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How to keep kids safe around Christmas and Hanukkah decorations

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s also a dangerous time of the year. Sometimes kids and holiday decorations don’t...

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Germany signs 'historic' deal to reintroduce military rabbis

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister signed an agreement Friday with the country's main Jewish organization to reintroduce...

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Evangelical magazine Christianity Today: Trump must go

NEW YORK (AP) — A major evangelical Christian magazine founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham on Thursday published an editorial...

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1,200 detained in India amid ban on citizenship law protests

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police detained more than 1,200 protesters in some of India's biggest cities Thursday after they defied bans...

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Lebanon's caretaker PM no longer candidate for post

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's caretaker prime minister said Wednesday he's no longer a candidate for the post, eliminating himself...

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Protests of India's citizenship law grow, along with clashes

NEW DELHI (AP) — Protests spread Tuesday across India against a new law that provides a path to citizenship for non-Muslims...

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Pope abolishes use of 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases, raises top age of child pornography

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope abolishes use of 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases, raises top age of child pornography.

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How the AIDS epidemic turned a Catholic priest into an art activist

The Rev. William Hart McNichols had one goal when he arrived in New York City in the early 1980s. The son of a former Colorado...

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Remembering 'cherished lives': Second 'Homeless Person's Memorial Service' is planned

The reasons people experience homelessness are often complex. Some lose their jobs and have no savings or support network to...

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OKC Catholic archdiocese adds name to list of credibly accused priests

A priest from India who served briefly in Oklahoma City in 2001 as been added to the list of priests who have had...

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3rd night of clashes as Lebanon puts off talks on new PM

BEIRUT (AP) — Supporters of Lebanon's two main Shiite groups Hezbollah and Amal clashed with security forces and set fires to...

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OKC-area churches offer Christmas events, activities

A metro-area church will host a holiday-themed give-away event for the third year. "The Big Give" outreach will be during...

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Guatemalan cardinal to visit Mississippi after migrant raids

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Guatemalan cardinal who advocates for migrants will visit Mississippi following immigration raids...

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OKC gathering highlights dreidels — one of most popular symbols of Hanukkah

"Well, I have a little dreidel I made it out of clay. And when it's dry and ready Then, dreidel I shall play." — "The Dreidel...

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Oklahoma faith briefs

Students to perform last holiday service in building EDMOND — St. Mary’s Episcopal School students will perform their annual...

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Life.Church's Switch ends year on high note

An Oklahoma-based contemporary Christian music group is ending the year on a high note. Life.Church's group Switch was recently...

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Bible lesson for Dec. 14, 2019

"But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father...

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Official: Jersey City attack was 'fueled' by anti-Semitism

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City were driven by hatred of Jews and law...

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Sold to China as a bride, she came home on brink of death

MAZAIKEWALE, Pakistan (AP) — Sold by her family as a bride to a Chinese man, Samiya David spent only two months in China. When...

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Police kill 2 protesters defying curfew in Indian state

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Police shot and killed two protesters who defied a curfew and arrested dozens of others Thursday in...

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Fears mount that New Jersey shooting was anti-Semitic attack

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti-Semitic attack mounted on...

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Today's prayer for Dec. 12, 2019

Almighty God, reshape our thinking. Help us find satisfaction in serving others rather than seeing it as a reason to grumble....

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Hobby Lobby donates former Catholic university to OBU

SHAWNEE — The Green family and Hobby Lobby formally donated the former St. Gregory's University campus to Oklahoma Baptist...

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Gulf leaders meet in Saudi Arabia under looming Iran threat

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Arab Gulf leaders gathered in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for an annual summit that was intended to...

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North Dakota county votes to take limited number of refugees

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota county on Monday voted to accept no more than 25 refugees next year, after initially...

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Episcopalians meet bishop candidates: Election is Saturday at St. Paul's Cathedral

Episcopalians around the state had an opportunity last weekend to meet and talk with the two men seeking to become the next...

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Jesus House seeks donations for food baskets, toys

The Jesus House is seeking donations for its annual Christmas food basket and toy distribution. The Oklahoma City nonprofit is...

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Vandals damage cars in Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — Vandals slashed the tires of over 160 vehicles and sprayed slogans such as “Arabs=enemies” in a Palestinian...

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Bible lesson for Dec. 7, 2019

"Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give...

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Oklahoma church focusing on prison ministry to mark 25 years

A milestone anniversary is coming for a metro-area church that focuses on welcoming offenders — both those who are still...

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Playwright brings Jesus and Santa together in holiday production

"Somewhere between Heaven and the North Pole, Jesus and the Nativity scene are interrupted by Santa, Mrs. Claus and a few loud...

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Oklahoma City church plans Advent mission, concert event

The Vigil Project, a contemporary Christian band, will perform as part of an Advent mission and concert event set for 6:30 to...

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Faith briefs for Dec. 7, 2019

Church plans Christmas events Several Christmas events are planned at United Methodist Church of the Servant, including the...

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\State briefs for Dec. 7, 2019: Hobby Lobby to donate St. Gregory's University campus to OBU

SHAWNEE Hobby Lobby to donate campus to Oklahoma Baptist University Hobby Lobby and the Green family will donate the former St....

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Pope accepts resignation of Buffalo bishop under fire for mishandling clergy sexual misconduct cases

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope accepts resignation of Buffalo bishop under fire for mishandling clergy sexual misconduct cases.

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Volunteer project on Giving Tuesday will aid foster families

NORMAN — Making the bed had nothing to do with comforters and sheets during a Giving Tuesday project at Habitat for Humanity...

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Buttigieg turns to black pastor to discuss racism, poverty

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — As he labors to win over black voters whose support is vital to his Democratic presidential bid, Pete...

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Sanders: Scripture calls for renewed focus on justice in US

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As he vies for the chance to replace President Donald Trump, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders said...

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Relic thought to be from Jesus’ manger arrives in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus' manger arrived Saturday in...

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Relic thought to be from Jesus’ manger arrives in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus' manger arrived Saturday in...

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Oklahoma Episcopalians will meet candidates for bishop post

Oklahoma Episcopalians will have opportunities to visit with the two men who are interested in becoming the next bishop of the...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Nov. 30, 2019

Church plans concert The Oklahoma City Chorus will be special musical guests 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at Crown Heights Nazarene...

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Bible beginnings: Oklahoma City church changes name to reflect its origins

A northwest Oklahoma City church has changed its name to reflect its roots. Metropolitan Baptist Church celebrated its name...

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Bible lesson for Nov. 30, 2019

“Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.” — John 4:6In the...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 28, 2019

Eternal God, for the food we share, the clothes we wear and family and friends who so deeply care, we give thanks. Amen.

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Utah banning ‘conversion therapy’ with Mormon church backing

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is on its way to becoming the 19th state to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy in...

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Correction: Reckoning-Where Are They Now story

In a story sent Oct. 4 and 5 about clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual...

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Judge denies challenge to Indiana religious objection limits

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge has canceled a trial challenging limits on the state’s religious objections law, finding...

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Iran says protesters attacked hundreds of banks, blaming US

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angry over government-set gasoline prices spiking in Iran attacked hundreds of...

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The man behind China’s detention of 1 million Muslims

After bloody race riots rocked China’s far west a decade ago, the ruling Communist Party turned to a rare figure in their ranks...

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An Argentine court has convicted two priests of abusing deaf children at a Catholic-run school

MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine court has convicted two priests of abusing deaf children at a Catholic-run school.

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Yiddish author monument vandalized with swastikas in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Unidentified vandals have painted swastikas on a monument to a prominent Yiddish author in the Ukrainian...

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Thanksgiving twist: Faith-based group hosts plant-based meal as healthy holiday alternative

"Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along...

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Papers reveal brainwashing, not job training, at China camps

The watch towers, double-locked doors and video surveillance in the Chinese camps are there “to prevent escapes.” Uighurs and...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 25, 2019

God of compassion, sometimes we are so focused on convincing others of our point of view that we fail to listen to theirs. Make...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 24, 2019

God of grace, as human beings we all have flaws. Help us spend less time pointing out the flaws in others and more time...

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Pope denounces ‘evil’ of nukes as he fulfills Japan dream

TOKYO (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the “evil” of nuclear weapons on Saturday as he began a three-day visit to Japan and...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Nov. 23, 2019

Interfaith service set The 72nd annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Unitarian Church...

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Council Road Baptist will host Opening Night Christmas Celebration

BETHANY — A local megachurch will host a gathering designed to help families prepare their hearts for Christmas. Council Road...

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Faith groups work to 'record a life'

Ryan Bushman and his children brushed away the dry grass to uncover a weathered mauve-colored grave marker at Trice Hill...

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Oklahoma faith-based groups offer holiday meals

Several faith-based organizations will host free community dinners for the coming Thanksgiving holiday. • Eastside Church of...

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Bible lesson for Nov. 23, 2019

“He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.” — John 3:34John wrote that we can get...

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Holocaust survivor visits OKC metro area to share her story

Eva Schloss remembered the day her beloved father said words she had never heard him say before: "God will take care of you." A...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 23, 2019

Almighty God, during life's great storms, we find comfort in the knowledge that You are always with us. Amen.

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4 protesters killed, raising death toll in Baghdad clashes

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces clashed with anti-government protesters on a historic Baghdad street near a key bridge for...

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Rights group: Islamist leader’s daughter tortured in prison

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International alleges the daughter of a senior leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group has been...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 21, 2019

God of grace, thank You for the privilege of being able to serve others. Amen.

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Israel to host largest event ever focused on anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials announced Wednesday that dozens of world leaders will arrive in Jerusalem for the...

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Vatican financial watchdog now a ‘shell’ after police raid

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A board member of the Vatican’s financial watchdog has resigned in the wake of a Vatican police raid that...

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president on Monday and...

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Kanye West talks about serving God during visit with Osteen

HOUSTON (AP) — Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual...

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Kanye West talks about serving God during visit with Osteen

HOUSTON (AP) — Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual...

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Pope’s Asian agenda: Disarmament, martyrs, family reunion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global...

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Welcome to my (gingerbread) house

MOORE — Families gather at a house of worship each year for a holiday event that combines tasty treats with fun construction....

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'Jesse Tree' is a different kind of Christmas tree

Each Christian season, a holiday tree at one south Oklahoma City church brings Jesus' family tree to life for students at an...

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Christmas in a shoebox

There's still time to pack the spirit of Christmas in a shoebox. Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week begins...

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Telling the Christmas story

"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has...

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Volunteers roll along at Buck$ 4 Bikes assembly event

Bicycles remain ever-popular on youths' Christmas wish lists even though their world often revolves around the latest tech...

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Red Andrews Christmas event seeks donations

Organizers of the annual Red Andrews Christmas Dinner are seeking volunteers, monetary donations, coats and toys for the...

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Families take 'A Walk Through Bethlehem'

A northwest Oklahoma City church will re-create the city of Bethlehem for a family-themed holiday event. A crowded market...

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Christmas bells are ringing

One metro-area group has a holiday song in their hearts, and it shows. Members of the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble...

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Pastors hope to cover the state in '24/7 prayer' by 25th bombing anniversary

What would happen if churches across the metro area and state committed to praying for their communities so that cities and...

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Hanukkah lights brighten Bricktown

Light is a symbolic part of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Rabbi Ovadia Goldman makes sure this is evident in every aspect...

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Boys Ranch Town's Christmas pageant is holiday tradition

EDMOND — The first Christmas and other scenes throughout the life of Jesus are portrayed each year by youths at Boys Ranch...

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Christmas basket for veterans project is under way

SHAWNEE — Emerson Newell is at it again. The teenager is collecting Christmas gift baskets to give to veterans once again....

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Today's prayer for Nov. 17, 2019

Holy God, when we contemplate traits for which we would like to be remembered, let kindness be near the top of our lists. Amen.

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Missionaries share stories at 'Sending Ceremony' in OKC

The Rev. Gregg and Donna Fort thought they had left their life as overseas missionaries behind when they settled down in...

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Bible lesson for Nov. 16, 2019

“He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the...

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'The Gift Goes On' leads to adoption for Yukon family

For two years, a metro-area family worked to raise funds to fulfill their dream of adopting a child. Matt and Katie Harder,...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Nov. 16, 2019

Sikhs set open house The Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma will host an Open House from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday at 4525 NW 16. The Sikh...

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Crossroads Church to mark milestone anniversary

It's been 40 years since a prominent south Oklahoma City congregation changed its name and moved from one part of the metro...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 16, 2019

God of salvation, every day You open doors of opportunity for us. Give us the faith and courage to walk through. Amen.

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Hong Kong protesters issue demands, begin leaving university

HONG KONG (AP) — Many of the protesters who had barricaded themselves in a Hong Kong university this week began to leave Friday...

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Polish archbishop banned for abuse of clerics dies at 84

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Juliusz Paetz, the former Roman Catholic archbishop of Poznan in Poland who was banned from active...

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Japanese emperor performs secretive key succession ritual

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito performed a secretive and controversial ritual Thursday, a once-in-a-reign event to give...

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Faith communities will partner to 'Save a Cemetery'

Faith groups will gather on Saturday for a unique project designed to aid genealogists and historians searching for information...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 14, 2019

Holy God, give us faith and courage to take the road less traveled. With You as our guide, we know both the journey and...

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As rockets rain down, Israel intensifies its strikes in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli aircraft struck Islamic Jihad targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Wednesday while the...

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Australia’s highest court will hear Cardinal Pell’s appeal

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be...

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Prince Charles discusses climate change with Indian experts

NEW DELHI (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles met with Indian experts on Wednesday during a visit to the country focusing on global...

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Baptists unveil re-branding, approve new strategies

The Oklahoma affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention has been known as the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma for 113...

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Australia's highest court agrees to hear appeal from the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court agrees to hear appeal from the most senior Catholic to be convicted of...

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Israel targets Islamic Jihad leader, sending message to Iran

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing...

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Trump appeals court nominee in jeopardy following GOP revolt

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for a federal appeals court is in jeopardy following a conservative revolt...

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Utah death-row inmate featured in best-selling book dies

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother's wife and her toddler because of his strong polygamist...

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major league home run leader Pete Alonso of the New York Mets wins NL Rookie of the Year award.

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GOP Rep. Peter King retiring, giving Dems new 2020 target

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Peter King, a moderate Republican who has represented a Long Island congressional district for nearly 30...

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Myanmar accused at UN court of genocide against Rohingya

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Myanmar was accused Monday of genocide at the U.N.'s highest court for its campaign against the...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 11, 2019

Almighty God, Your grace gives us peace. Your love gives us hope. We thank You. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Nov. 10, 2019

God of the universe, even small creatures of the ocean can create beautiful seashells. Help us realize the vast potential for...

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Longtime Santa portrayer's book shares 'heartwarming tales'

This year, when Santa Claus pulls a book from the shelf for story time at North Pole City, it might be a tale close to his...

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Organization will host Thanksgiving-themed health event

A metro-area faith-based organization is offering a different kind of Thanksgiving dinner this holiday. A Table in the...

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Lankford helps form task force aimed at fighting anti-Semitism

U.S. Sen. James Lankford said he wants to raise awareness about the increase in anti-Semitism and combat its spread across...

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Oklahoma religion briefs for Nov. 9, 2019

Church security seminar set The Oklahoma Church Security Association will host a Basic Church Security Seminar on Nov. 16-17...

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Bible lesson for Nov. 9, 2019

“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 9, 2019

Almighty God, thank You for always being with us so we never have to be alone. Amen.

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India state broadcaster: Top court rules disputed religious ground in favor of Hindus with alternate land for Muslims

NEW DELHI (AP) — India state broadcaster: Top court rules disputed religious ground in favor of Hindus with alternate land for...

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In OKC visit, rabbi discusses offering hope in the midst of suffering

Many people don't know how to comfort individuals who are mired in pain and grief. Rabbi Steve Leder said they want to help...

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Auschwitz survivor a focus of Italy's anti-Semitic tensions

MILAN (AP) — An 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor who is a senator-for-life in Italy has unwittingly provoked one of the country's...

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Federal judge strikes down rule letting clinicians object to providing abortions on moral or religious grounds

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal judge strikes down rule letting clinicians object to providing abortions on moral or religious grounds.

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Turkish President Erdogan says Turkey has captured a wife of Islamic State group's slain leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Erdogan says Turkey has captured a wife of Islamic State group's slain leader, Abu Bakr...

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Mormon leader convicted of photographing undressing woman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Utah man who served as a local leader for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has pleaded...

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Iran spins more centrifuges on US Embassy crisis anniversary

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday broke further away from its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by doubling the...

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Evangelist selling 'Pray for 45' T-shirts during Trump impeachment inquiry

Well-known evangelist Franklin Graham is selling “Pray for 45” T-shirts to show support for President Donald Trump during the...

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Local program inspires love of the outdoors for underserved youth

Forming a circle around the dwindling campfire, the group closes in tight. Arm in arm, the teens share blessings and concerns...

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Ground broken for future Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in south Oklahoma City

With prayers, dancing and singing, Catholics from across the state gathered Sunday to break ground on the shrine named in honor...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 4, 2019

God of love, it is through Your grace that we experience a peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Nov. 3, 2019

Holy God, the more we seek You, the more we discover about the depths of Your great love. We thank You. Amen.

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Oklahoma faith leaders join for justice reform efforts

In the communities of yesteryear, people rushed to help if there was a fire threatening someone else's home. They ran out of...

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Game designer Amy Green will speak at OC

In some communities, faith and art seem opposed, but integrating the two is central to the education experience at Oklahoma...

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Oklahoma religion briefs for Nov. 2

Gospel singing planned DEL CITY — The Del City Gospel Sing will feature Paul’s Journey and Sherman Andrus at 7 p.m. Saturday at...

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Bible lesson for Nov. 2

“Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’” — John 3:3When...

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Oklahoma Baptists plan annual gathering, missionary send-off

The executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma will unveil new ministry strategy and other...

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The survivors of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting still ache a year later

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh police commander was driving past the red-brick home his grandfather had lived in for decades when...

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Rabbi's book shares lessons gleaned from pain

"I tell people if you have to walk through hell — we all do sometimes — don't come out empty-handed." — Rabbi Steve Leder,...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 2, 2019

God of salvation, You have shown us Your love through Your great mercy. Guide us as we seek to follow Your example. Amen.

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Last call: Utah is set to tap out on low-alcohol beer sales

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The first change to beer alcohol limits since the end of Prohibition nearly a century ago is coming to...

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Islamic State group mourns death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announces successor in audio release

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group mourns death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announces successor in audio release.

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Sri Lanka candidate pledges laws against religious extremism

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's governing party presidential candidate on Thursday pledged to refocus the country's...

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Today's prayer for Oct. 31, 2019

Merciful God, we pray that You will keep a special eye on children tonight as the streets come alive with trick-or-treaters. Amen.

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Head of US Central Command says Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was buried at sea after raid on compound

WASHINGTON (AP) — Head of US Central Command says Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was buried at sea after raid on...

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Biden's communion denial highlights faith-politics conflict

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest's denial of communion to Joe Biden in South Carolina on Sunday illustrates the...

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Lawsuit: Muslim boy questioned at Ohio school about religion

CLEVELAND (AP) — The parents of a 10-year-old Muslim boy who said he was questioned by an Ohio student teacher about his...

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French mosque shooter tested for mental health problems

PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor says the suspected gunman at Monday's mosque shooting is being sent to a psychiatric doctor to...

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Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi's death

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State group's leader, the Pentagon is increasing U.S....

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Iraqi official raises death toll to 18 killed in shooting attack on protesters in Shiite holy city of Karbala

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi official raises death toll to 18 killed in shooting attack on protesters in Shiite holy city of Karbala.

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Students join Iraq protests as clashes kill 3 demonstrators

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of students joined Iraq's anti-government protests on Monday, as clashes with security forces firing...

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Today's prayer for Oct. 28, 2019

God of wisdom, the journey is the destination for those who seek life's great truths. Light our path. Amen.

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Rebels abduct dozens from Myanmar boat, say govt killed some

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An ethnic guerrilla army in Myanmar said some of the several dozen soldiers, police and civilian...

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Large anti-government procession heads to Pakistan's capital

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Thousands of supporters of an ultra-religious political party led by a firebrand cleric took part...

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Kirbas Institute will host dinner program

Dr. Mark Mellow and Dr. Murali Krishna will be featured speakers at the Kirbas Institute's dinner set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov....

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Pope's Amazon meeting proposes ordaining married men as priests, reopening debate on women deacons

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope's Amazon meeting proposes ordaining married men as priests, reopening debate on women deacons.

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Baptists dedicate new collegiate ministries building at OU

NORMAN — Oklahoma Baptists held a homecoming of their own during the University of Oklahoma's homecoming weekend Oct. 18-20....

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Oklahoma City church to host once-in-a-lifetime organ recital

A downtown Oklahoma City church will celebrate its 130th anniversary by making sweet music. First Baptist Church of Oklahoma...

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Disciples of Christ leader helps mark church's anniversary

A predominantly black church with strong ties to its surrounding neighborhood marked its recent 100th anniversary with praise...

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Bible lesson for Oct. 26, 2019

"Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ After he was raised from the dead, his...

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Metro Baha'i Faith members prepare for celebration

Metro-area Baha'i Faith members are inviting the community-at-large to help celebrate an important occasion for Baha'is around...

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OKC mayor to join Rother shrine groundbreaking

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt will join Oklahoma Roman Catholic leaders for the groundbreaking for the Blessed Stanley Rother...

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Religion briefs for Oct. 26

Food festival to begin St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church will host its annual Food Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday...

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Anglican priest brings message of healing to metro

In a strange way, the priest felt the comforting of the Lord — even as he felt intense pain and his life was changed forever....

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Today's prayer for Oct. 26, 2019

God of mercy, when we acknowledge a mistake, we own it. When we deny a mistake, it owns us. The path to redemption begins with...

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Sanders, Biden confront age concerns

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders insists he feels better than ever less than a month after heart surgery, but his...

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Opening new chapter, Spain exhumes Gen. Franco's remains

MADRID (AP) — Turning a momentous page in its history, Spain on Thursday exhumed the remains of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco...

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Nonprofit notes for Oct. 24

Concordia fundraiser benefits Samaritan fund Concordia, an Oklahoma City nonprofit, hosted a ladies auxiliary luncheon at the...

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Lebanon protests receive backing from religious leaders

BEIRUT (AP) — Anti-government rallies received major support Wednesday from the country's Christian and Muslim leaders who...

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Trial delayed in Milwaukee Masonic temple shooting plot

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The trial for a man accused of plotting a mass shooting in defense of Islam at a Masonic temple in downtown...

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Hong Kong leaders apologize for water cannon use at mosque

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong officials apologized to Muslim leaders Monday after riot police sprayed a mosque and bystanders with...

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Today's prayer for Oct. 21, 2019

Holy God, for the privilege of serving You, we give thanks. Amen.

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Body of US Rep. Cummings will lie in state at Capitol

BALTIMORE (AP) — The body of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S....

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In OKC, Holocaust survivor will share her story and lessons for the world

For decades, Eva Schloss didn't talk about Auschwitz. She knew she had a story to tell, but it wasn't pretty and no one who...

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Oklahoma megachurches find success at the vanguard of video worship services

An Edmond-based megachurch became a video-teaching trailblazer and one of the leaders of the growing multisite trend quite...

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Church coalition to host seminar on medical pot

Two northeast Oklahoma City churches are part of a coalition intent on educating the community about important issues. The...

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Bible lesson for Oct. 19, 2019

“His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever Jesus tells you.’ ” — John 2:5During a wedding feast in Cana, when the wine ran...

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Beth Moore shares lessons in OKC from the life of Mary

It's one thing to read a Bible teacher's books or join a small group exploring one of her Bible study guides. It's quite...

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\Oklahoma religion briefs for Oct. 19, 2019

Church to host Tim Hawkins Christian comedian, singer-songwriter Tim Hawkins will perform live at 7 p.m. Thursday at Crossroads...

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University president receives Salt & Light Award

Mid-America Christian University President John D. Fozard recently was honored with the Salt & Light Award by Christian...

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OKC-area churches offer Halloween alternatives

Numerous houses of worship will host fall carnivals, trunk-or-treat events and other Halloween alternative activities. Here is...

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Today's prayer for Oct. 19, 2019

God of creation, keep us focused on the most important tasks You have placed before us. We are so easily distracted. Amen.

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Crossings begins new campaign to expand 'digital discipleship'

Digital technology has opened up new paths of ministry for Crossings Community Church, so much so that the church recently...

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Officials: Blast at Afghan mosque kills 62 during prayers

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday prayers,...

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Provincial governor's spokesman says 62 killed, 36 wounded in mosque explosion in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Provincial governor's spokesman says 62 killed, 36 wounded in mosque explosion in eastern Afghanistan .

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Afghan official says at least 20 people killed in mosque hit by mortar during Friday prayers in Nangarhar province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says at least 20 people killed in mosque hit by mortar during Friday prayers in...

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Share of Americans with no religious affiliation growing

The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage...

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Northern Ireland border communities anxious amid Brexit deal

ON THE NORTHERN IRELAND BORDER (AP) — Eugene Reavey was tired and losing his voice, but the 72-year-old gathered with his...

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Today's prayer for Oct. 17, 2019

Holy God, free us from worries that rob us of our time while producing so few positive benefits. Amen.

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Mormon church opposes Utah LGBTQ 'conversion therapy' ban

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposed ban on so-called conversion therapy in Utah is in danger of being derailed after the...

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Pope on World Food Day laments paradox of hunger, obesity

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is calling for lifestyle and dietary changes to address the paradox of a world in which people...

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Criminal justice reform, faith leaders urging clemency for death row inmate

Criminal justice reform, faith leaders and an Oklahoma County Commissioner are urging the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board and...

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'Prayerfest' crowd focuses on unity

Oklahomans from across the metro area and beyond gathered at the state Capitol on Sunday for an afternoon of prayer and...

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Catholic Charities chief hopes donors don't withhold support

Editor's note: This interview was planned a week in advance of the Oct. 3 release of a report listing "credibly accused"...

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White House: Trump condemns violent parody, hasn't seen it

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump "strongly condemns" a graphic and violent parody video that depicts a likeness of him...

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Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's latest scandal claimed its first victim Monday as Pope Francis' chief bodyguard resigned over...

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If political talk disrupts a workplace, bosses must step in

NEW YORK (AP) — With the next presidential election a little over a year away, small business owners will likely start seeing...

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NY Times: Violent parody video shown at Trump resort

WASHINGTON (AP) — A graphically violent parody video, shown at a meeting of President Donald Trump's supporters at his Miami...

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Oilfield prayer breakfast planned

Oklahoma City’s Oilfield Christian Fellowship is selling tickets for the group's eighth annual Oilfield Prayer Breakfast at...

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The Latest: Australia says Turkey to blame for IS escapes

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in Syria (all times local):08:15 a.m.Australia's foreign minister says Turkey is...

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Law gives child sex assault victims more time to file suits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits,...

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Wedding attack suspect is stepson of recently slain minister

PELHAM, N.H. (AP) — The man charged with wounding a clergyman and a bride during a wedding at a New Hampshire church is the...

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Legislators to study effects of conversion therapy on children

State legislators from opposing parties are teaming up to learn more about the potentially harmful effects of conversion...

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Columbus, once immigrant hero, now heel to some

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The image and story of Christopher Columbus, the 15th century navigator who began European incursions...

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Gunman opens fire at church wedding ceremony, 2 people shot

PELHAM, N.H. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a wedding ceremony inside a New Hampshire church Saturday, shooting two people...

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New Hampshire governor says police have responded to a shooting at a church in Pelham

PELHAM, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire governor says police have responded to a shooting at a church in Pelham.

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OKC church group to cut ties to Scouts

The Oklahoma City Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is preparing to end its sponsorship of Scouts BSA troops....

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Oklahoma church's youth symposium focuses on racial dialogue, healing

Editor's Note: This is part of an occasional series of stories in The Oklahoman aimed at fostering healthy conversations about...

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Oklahoma religion briefs for Oct. 12, 2019

Lecture is planned A Christian Science lecture, "Time is Not a Factor," is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at First Church of Christ,...

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Michael W. Smith plans an evening with his OKC 'Friends'

A few months ago, Michael W. Smith found himself surrounded by his fellow recording artists and colleagues who gathered to...

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South African priest will speak at OKC church

The Rev. Michael Lapsley, a South African Anglican priest and noted anti-apartheid activist, will discuss ways that people can...

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Pastors, civic leaders plan faith summit on Oklahoma County jail

A group of Oklahoma City ministers and community leaders hope to encourage other metro-area faith leaders to join in justice...

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Bible lesson for Oct. 12, 2019

"Nathanael replied, 'Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!'" — John 1:49 God uses different ways to lead...

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Trinity Presbyterian Church, a second home, holy space, historic place in Oklahoma City

For people of faith, a place of worship — and inspiration, learning, spiritual rejuvenation, fellowship and organizing together...

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Religious right sticks by Trump as political heat rises

As the threat of impeachment looms, President Donald Trump is digging in and taking solace in the base that helped him get...

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The Latest: Group want Handke award revoked

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prizes (all times local):10:48 p.m.The Mothers of Srebrenica...

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Pope accepts resignation of NYC bishop accused of abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a New York City bishop who was accused of sexually abusing a...

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OKC, Tulsa Catholic diocese reports draw comparisons

It's a tale of two reports. Oklahoma's two Roman Catholic dioceses released reports on clergy sex abuse only one day apart....

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2 dead in attack targeting German synagogue on Yom Kippur

HALLE, Germany (AP) — A heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews tried to force his way into a synagogue in Germany on Yom...

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Livestreaming site Twitch: Video showing shooting near German synagogue that killed 2 was streamed on its site

HALLE, Germany (AP) — Livestreaming site Twitch: Video showing shooting near German synagogue that killed 2 was streamed on its...

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Kenyan man's search for his father runs into church cover-up

SAMBURU, Kenya (AP) — When Sabina Losirkale went into labor, her sister Scolastica recalls, priests and religious sisters...

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Edmond Pride worship service is planned

EDMOND — An inaugural ecumenical worship service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Southern Hills Christian Church, 3207 S...

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Catholics hail report for thoroughness, 'essential step forward'

A law firm's report on the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City was praised Sunday not only for its listing of priests who preyed on...

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Romney ramps up rhetoric on Trump, but what's his next move?

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the hours after President Donald Trump called on China to investigate his political foe — plowing...

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Enes Kanter says he was harassed by Erdogan supporters

 Boston Celtics and Turkey center Enes Kanter said he had been harassed outside a Massachusetts mosque on Friday by two...

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Bible lesson for Oct. 5

"Andrew brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is...

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Animal blessing events are set in OKC area

Numerous metro-area churches have planned "Blessing of the Animals" events in conjunction with the feast day of St. Francis of...

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Oklahoma religion briefs

Lankford to speak at Edmond event U.S. Sen. James Lankford will be guest speaker at the Edmond Mayor's Prayer Breakfast set for...

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Water ritual helps mark Rosh Hashana — the Jewish new year

"Let it go! Let it go!" In a way, Linda Sweenie, music director at Temple B'nai Israel, set the stage for a traditional Rosh...

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Concerts are planned at Oklahoma churches

Contemporary Christian recording artists New Legacy Project will perform in concert at several Oklahoma churches, beginning...

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Mental health conference is planned

"From the beginning, it has been God's purpose for this world to be one of emerging goodness, beauty and joy. Evil has wielded...

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Panel discusses the intersection of faith and political science

The intersection of political science and faith took center stage at a recent forum hosted by a metro area church. The Sept. 29...

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Several older allegations of abuse by priests are being investigated

More allegations of priest sex abuse were reported to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City after leaders announced last year that...

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First Christian-OKC votes to relocate, decide fate of preschool, Jewel Box

Members of First Christian Church of Oklahoma City (Disciples of Christ), have decided to relocate from their building with the...