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California lays out pandemic rules for church reopenings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rabbi Shalom Rubanowitz looks forward to reopening his synagogue doors — if his congregation can balance the...

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Asia Today: Virus cases jump again in South Korea, India

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Thursday reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days, a...

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Christian rock band members react: Lead singer of Hawk Nelson reveals he doesn't believe in God

The members of Hawk Nelson are speaking out after the Christian rock band’s lead singer, Jon Steingard, announced he no...

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Appeals court sides with tech giants in activists' lawsuit

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that accused Twitter, Facebook and other tech giants of...

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Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday night that he would allow casinos to reopen June 4, welcoming...

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Creating buzz: St. Gregory's Abbey finds homes for bee hives in expanded honey operation

SHAWNEE — Wanted: homes for hives. The unusual appeal from the monks at St. Gregory's Abbey generated a surprising response....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Veteran banker, 91, fought COVID-19 and won

The voice on the other end of the cell phone captured Gene Rainbolt's attention as he lay in a hospital room struggling with...

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US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this...

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Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend as he urged...

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Four roommates of different faiths face a pandemic together

LOS ANGELES — Hadar Cohen, Ala' Khan, Maya Mansour and Jonathan Simcosky arrived as strangers, ready to embark on a new...

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Oklahoma Episcopalians prepare to welcome new bishop

A 50th birthday is typically considered a milestone worthy of great celebration. Within about a week of turning 50, the Rev....

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Oklahoma faith briefs

Archdiocese sells former church site The Archdiocese of Oklahoma recently sold a former church building in south Oklahoma...

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'Stories of Inspiration': Oklahoma United Methodists will offer TV special

Morgan Grizzle headed to New York on a mission. As an Oklahoma City University graduate who works as a travel nurse, she...

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Bible lesson for May 23

“Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the...

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Latter-day Saints group reaches out to Muslim neighbors

NORMAN — Members of one metro-area house of worship refused to let the coronavirus crisis keep them from reaching out to people...

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Use tougher times to build stronger dreams

This spring there is a definite lack of pomp and circumstance as thousands of young people are graduating from high school and...

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Free milk to be distributed at Crossroads Church

Free gallons of milk will be distributed beginning at 2 p.m. Friday at Crossroads Church, 8901 S Shields. The church has...

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US health officials quietly release more reopening guidance

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have quietly released more reopening guidance that was created more than a month ago but...

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Oklahoma to increase oversight of midwives under new law

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed legislation requiring state regulation of non-nurse midwives. The governor signed Shepherd’s...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

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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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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Where is God in the pandemic?

What role has God played in the pandemic? Is He a vengeful God seeking to destroy mankind because of sin? Is COVID-19 one of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Baptists cancel Falls Creek youth camp season

DAVIS — Falls Creek youth camp, a summer tradition for church youth groups across Oklahoma and beyond, has been canceled for...

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Automakers help restart US industry as globe reopens further

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — More than 130,000 autoworkers returned to factories across the U.S. for the first time in nearly two...

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The Latest: India reports largest single-day virus surge

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Priest draws squirt gun in fight against coronavirus

DETROIT (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in the Detroit area has taken aim at his parishioners in a bid to maintain social...

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In Detroit, NYC, kindness comes one slice of pizza at a time

NEW YORK (AP) — Before the pandemic, Shalinder Singh spent Sundays at his gurdwara, helping serve a community meal for 300...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hospital chaplains offer comfort and hope during evolving crisis

Brian Warfield felt like he'd been dropped into the middle of a science fiction movie. But he's a hospital chaplain, not a...

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Shared Hope with Jane Jayroe Gamble

Gratitude‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌strong‌ ‌pathway‌ ‌to‌ ‌hope.‌ ‌University of Oklahoma ‌football‌ ‌legend ‌Dewey‌ ‌Selmon ‌shares‌ ‌how‌...

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New Oklahoma Presbyterian church plant moves forward despite pandemic

The idea of planting a church in the midst of a pandemic seemed a little daunting — but doable. The Rev. Casey Shutt and a core...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for May 16

Virtual panel discussion on anti-Semitism is planned The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ) will host an online...

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First Southern Baptist Church of Del City hearkens to days of Starlight Crusades

A crowd of people from a prominent Southern Baptist church recently gathered for a time of worship at a high school football...

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More Oklahoma City-area houses of worship prepare to reopen

Oklahoma City-area houses of worship continue to take steps to reopen as restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are...

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Bible lesson for May 16

“I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.” — John 8:24 When...

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The Latest: India surpasses China in coronavirus cases

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Most US states fall short of recommended testing levels

WASHINGTON (AP) — As businesses reopened Friday in more of the U.S., an overwhelming majority of states still fall short of the...

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Retired pope suggests St. John Paul II be called "the Great"

ROME (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has honored St. John Paul II on the centenary of his birth and floated the idea that he...

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The Latest: China’s foreign minister lashes out

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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The Latest: Philippines prep for typhoon amid coronavirus

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Lebanon to reinstate total lockdown amid spike in infections

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese rushed to food stores to stock up on vegetables and basic items, hours before the government reinstated...

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Poll shows a partisan split over virus-era religious freedom

NEW YORK (AP) — As the nation’s houses of worship weigh how and when to resume in-person gatherings while coronavirus...

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Couples turn to `minimonies' to salvage wedding plans

NEW YORK (AP) — Couples trying to salvage weddings put on hold by the coronavirus are feeding a fresh trend in the bridal...

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Clergy, professors denounce racist and anti-Semitic hacking incident

The signs dotting the landscape near NW 23 and Blackwelder Avenue focused on love, hope and unity. Jay Williams was at...

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Gun control group starts faith-driven push ahead of election

NEW YORK (AP) — A leading gun control advocacy group has enlisted more than a dozen religious leaders to boost voter turnout...

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The Latest: India’s trains get ready to roll again

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Shared Hope with Jane Jayroe Gamble: Sometimes surrender is the pathway

Meet Ashleigh Robinson, Miss Oklahoma City, who reminds us that sometimes surrender is the pathway to hope. She writes this...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for May 9

Day camp to offer virtual activities The Jewish value of pikuah nefesh, saving a life, takes precedence over all other Jewish...

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OKC area parishioners thank clergy with parades

The cars drove by one by one, and there was such a steady stream that the priest stopped counting. The Rev. Joseph Jacobi...

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Interfaith community hosts virtual memorial for professor's father

The Oklahoma City interfaith community recently came together to celebrate the life of a local professor's father. The virtual...

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Metro-based gospel recording artist launches virtual series

With her backyard providing a fitting backdrop, gospel recording artist Sandi Patty and her husband Don Peslis recently...

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Bible lesson for May 9

“Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the...

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Archdiocese installs webcam to show progress on Rother shrine

One could call it shrine cam. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has come up with a way for the faithful to watch the building of...

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The Latest: Pakistan lifts lockdown amid jump in virus cases

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Churches, community donate gifts, supplies for inmates

Prison ministry volunteers can't visit incarcerated women at an Oklahoma City prison because of the coronavirus outbreak....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Virtual National Day of Prayer speakers address pandemic

Some aspects of the Oklahoma City National Day of Prayer observance were different on Thursday but the most important element —...

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Hunter tweets to Norman mayor: Cities can't discriminate against churches

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter admonished the mayor of Norman on Thursday to treat churches equally in the city’s...

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The Latest: Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate in COVID-19 fight

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Reserve a seat at church

Heading to church? It's more important than ever to RSVP. In the new era of social distancing, Life.Church is asking members to...

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Catholic churches prepare to reopen for public Mass

Catholic churches across the state will reopen the week of May 18 for public Mass, leaders of the faith group said Wednesday....

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The Latest: UN ups appeal to fight virus to $6.7 billion

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Justices wary of 'Obamacare' birth control coverage changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed concerned Wednesday about the sweep of Trump administration rules that would allow...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Prison ministry is coordinating donation drive for inmates

A prison ministry is leading a donation drive for items like puzzles, sketch pads, playing cards and toiletries to give to...

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The Latest: Virus to delay regional elections in Indonesia

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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The Latest: Experts back Japan plan to extend virus measures

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Churches join Langston University to aid students

LANGSTON — A group of metro churches and a local credit union recently came to the aid of several Langston University students...

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The Latest: Hundreds protest Oregon's stay-at-home order

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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As warmer weather beckons, NYPD to enforce social distancing

NEW YORK (AP) — As warmer weather tempted New Yorkers to come out of quarantine, police dispatched 1,000 officers this weekend...

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Religion briefs for May 2

Local Holocaust Remembrance event moves forward A postponed community-wide Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony has a new...

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Bible lesson

“‘In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ They said this to test him, so that they might have...

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Falls Creek camp delays start with tentative new schedule

Falls Creek Youth Camp season, a popular summer staple for hundreds of young people, will likely be held this year. However,...

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OKC National Day of Prayer goes digital

The Oklahoma City National Day of Prayer observance set for Thursday will include musical selections and prayers by...

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Man charged with hate crime over fire set at Missouri mosque

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Missouri mosque last week with a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Houses of worship decide on reopening date for in-person gatherings

The Rev. Dan Maxwell is inviting his church members to return for in-person worship on Sunday. It will be the first time since...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Residents get free, healthy food as part of Mobile Market program

Marvin Holmes stopped to get the free fruits and veggies but left with so much more. The northeast Oklahoma City man also...

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Metro area Muslims give back for Ramadan

Observant Muslims are fasting from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan but that hasn't stopped two metro Muslim groups from making...

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The Latest: Tokyo Olympics unrealistic without a vaccine?

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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How has COVID-19 affected you? Tell us your story

Help journalists at The Oklahoman cover the COVID-19 pandemic by sharing your story.

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Saudi coalition urges Yemen separatists to honor Riyadh deal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi-led coalition mired in a yearslong war in Yemen on Monday urged Emirati-backed...

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Notre Dame Cathedral worksite refitted for virus safety

PARIS (AP) — Workers are refitting the construction site at fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral to protect staff from the virus...

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Outlook 2020: 'You just have to take risks in life,' Sister BJ says

Sister Barbara Joseph Foley, 67, is General Superior of the Carmelite Sisters of St. Therese and Founder of Sister BJ's...

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Bible lesson for April 25

"Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, ‘Why did you not arrest him?’ The police...

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Imam logs 'Cloud Miles' in new book

"There are so many lines drawn by humankind to define each other. Yet I am crossing them all, one cloud mile at a time." — Imam...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for April 25

Arcadia church to offer free food ARCADIA — People who live in or near Arcadia are invited to a drive-up food giveaway from 11...

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Coronavirus in Oklahma: Latter-day Saints program participants return home

Several Oklahomans were among the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionaries who returned home in recent weeks...

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Shared Hope: 'God is bigger than what you are facing'

Chan Hellman is a “hope” expert, but he didn’t grow up that way. Chan grew up in a small farming community in northwest...

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From guns to GoPros, Asian Americans seek to deter attacks

When Eddie Song leaves his Manhattan home, it can feel like heading into battle. The Korean American startup founder and avid...

Health

3 states partly reopen, despite health officials' warnings

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Even as the confirmed U.S. death toll from the coronavirus soared past 50,000, Georgia, Oklahoma and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Church to offer free boxes of food to Arcadia residents April 25

ARCADIA — People who live in or near Arcadia are invited to a drive-up food giveaway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt....

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Lockdown politics increasingly pit economic, health concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The global health crisis is taking a nasty political turn with tensions worsening between governments locked...

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Faith briefs for April 18

Reflecting on bombing anniversary Reflecting on the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, a metro-area community...

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Interfaith bonds grew in aftermath of Oklahoma City bombing

Just hours after a bomb tore apart the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, members of Oklahoma's Muslim community became the...

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Shared Hope: 2020 vision means seeing the world in a new way

Editor's Note: Jane Jayroe Gamble, creator of the Shared Hope column, has enlisted the writing talents of Oklahoma City author...

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Bible lesson for April 18

"Let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living...

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Muslims grapple with Ramadan rituals in coronavirus era

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Seattle resident Maggie Mohamed was looking forward to spending the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in her...

Health

The Latest: South Korea virus cases maintain downward trend

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Bombing anniversary Mass is set

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley will celebrate Mass at noon Friday at St. Joseph Old Cathedral to commemorate the 25th anniversary...

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The Latest: Wuhan raises number of COVID-19 deaths by 1,290

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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New Mexico diocese to let small number of people attend Mass

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in New Mexico announced Wednesday it will reopen churches and allow a small...

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Muslims grapple with Ramadan rituals in coronavirus era

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — Seattle resident Maggie Mohamed was looking forward to spending the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in...

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A virus that hits all faiths tests religion's tie to science

NEW YORK (AP) — Tanzania’s president claimed the coronavirus “cannot sit in the body of Christ.” Israel’s health minister...

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A year after blaze, Notre Dame restoration halted by virus

PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral stands crippled and alone, locked in a dangerous web of warped scaffolding one year after a...

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The Latest: China reports 46 new virus cases, 10 domestic

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Cats, dogs, Quillie the hedgehog source of comfort in crisis

NEW YORK (AP) —Lala, a 3-month-old black Lab, romped into Ufuoma George’s life a few weeks ago, just as she retreated into her...

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A phone call, a song: Small gestures soothe COVID-19 stress

A phone call sounds like such a small thing. But the sedated man in a Missouri hospital room was gravely ill with COVID-19, and...

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Profiles of hope: 'I totally knew he loved me and he knew I loved him'

Shortly after his most recent birthday, it dawned on Jerrel Wade that the milestone was particularly significant. Wade, 42,...

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The Latest: India PM extends lockdown two weeks to May 3

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Storms tear through South amid pandemic; more than 30 dead

CHATSWORTH, Ga. (AP) — Storms that killed more than 30 people in the Southeast, piling fresh misery atop a pandemic, spread...

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The Latest: South Korea vice health minister urges alertness

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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In divergent Easter celebrations, prayers for virus victims

Christians around the world celebrated an Easter Sunday upended by the coronavirus without the usual crowded church Masses and...

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Guam worries as sailors from virus-hit ship take over hotels

HONOLULU (AP) — People in Guam are used to a constant U.S. military presence on the strategic Pacific island, but some are...

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'A lot of unforeseen positives': Clergy see bright side of online holiday services during pandemic

Debbie Babcock had planned to wear a special vest to church on Sunday, clothing befitting the Christian holiday celebrating...

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IRS says first economic support payments stemming from outbreak have been deposited

WASHINGTON -- The IRS says the first economic support payments stemming from the coronavirus outbreak have been deposited in...

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103-year-old Italian says courage, faith helped her beat virus

ROME — To recover from the coronavirus, as she did, Ada Zanusso recommends courage and faith, the same qualities that have...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Faith communities are as busy as ever amid pandemic

So a funny thing happened as I walked into the newsroom on March 11, just one month ago. I'd just walked the few blocks from...

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Bible lesson for April 11

“Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, ‘You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own....

Life

Shared Hope: The promise of Easter

On Easter morning, for the first time in my life I won't be sitting with my family of faith worshipping. My voice won't be...

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Pandemic nixes Edmond congregation's plans for a last Easter service in church building

EDMOND — Reality hit home for the Rev. Mark Story as he watched the console and pipes taken out of the church's pipe organ and...

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Religion rail for April 11

Drive-thru Easter egg hunt is planned A drive-thru Easter egg hunt will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Crossroads Church, 8901 Shields...

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The Latest: Electric bands for Koreans who break quarantine

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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New York area walloped as global virus deaths pass 100,000

NEW YORK (AP) — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus surged past 100,000 Friday as the epidemic in the U.S. cut a...

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In a test of faith, Christians mark Good Friday in isolation

JERUSALEM (AP) — On the day set aside to mark Christ’s crucifixion, most churches stood empty. Streets normally filled with...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Church food give-away draws hundreds

A line of cars stretched several miles Thursday as families tried to reach an Oklahoma City church giving out free food. One...

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The Latest: Japanese leaders press PM to hasten measures

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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US job losses surge as world leaders urge Easter distancing

NEW YORK (AP) — A staggering 16.8 million Americans lost their jobs in just three weeks, a measure of how fast the coronavirus...

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Iran's Khamenei: Mass Ramadan events may stop over virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader suggested Thursday that mass gatherings may be barred through the...

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5-year-old Alaska girl is serious about keeping people safe

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) —Nova Knight is 5, and very serious about keeping others safe during the coronavirus outbreak.She said...

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Iran’s supreme leader suggests mass gatherings may be barred through the holy Muslim fasting month Ramadan amid pandemic

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader suggests mass gatherings may be barred through the holy Muslim fasting month Ramadan...

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Acts of Kindness notebook

OKC Dodgers to provide 5,000 hot dogs to front-line workers, essential personnel The Oklahoma City Dodgers were originally set...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Safety of parking lot church services is questioned

Has the pandemic phenomenon of "drive-in church" hit a roadblock? It depends. Several houses of worship across the metro and...

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The Latest: South Korea expects positive economic growth

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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The Latest: Bars, clubs in Seoul closed to halt virus spread

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Cardinal Pell welcomes court's dismissal of abuse conviction

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell welcomed Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes Tuesday and...

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California court tosses case against Mexican megachurch leader charged with child rape

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California court tosses case against Mexican megachurch leader charged with child rape.

Health

Military promises Pakistani doctors gear to fight virus

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's military promised Tuesday that dozens of doctors who were briefly jailed for protesting a...

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The Latest: Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Australian court dismisses convictions against Cardinal Pell, most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian court dismisses convictions against Cardinal Pell, most senior Catholic found guilty of...

Crime

Supreme Court won't hear case of 'Texas Seven' inmate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case of a Texas death row inmate who argued he should get...

Business

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Clergy urge governor to protect grocery workers

The stockers working to replenish store shelves. The cashiers at the checkout line. The deli and bakery crew. They each play an...

Crime

Australia's highest court to judge cardinal's abuse appeal

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Tuesday will judge Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against convictions...

Health

Americans brace for 'hardest, saddest' week of their lives

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans braced for what the nation's top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of...

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Outlook 2020: 'God has no hands but ours,' Sister Veronica Higgins says

Sister Veronica Higgins, 68, is the case manager at the Center of Family Love in Okarche. Higgins, known to most Oklahomans as...

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Outlook 2020: 'We are created in love and called to love,' Sister Maria Faulkner says

After meeting Sister Maria Faulkner one might wonder if she is ever intimidated by a challenge. She's opened several homes for...

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Outlook 2020: 'We need to step into our power,' the Rev. Lori Walke says

The minister at the pulpit made quite an impression on the young law school student visiting Mayflower Congregational...

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Outlook 2020: 'The dream is that there are women rabbis'

The Oklahoma City metro area has not one, but two female rabbis leading thriving Jewish congregations. In 2019, Rabbi Abby...

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Outlook 2020: 'God will show you your true value,' Cresha Redus says

Cresha Redus always wanted to be an attorney, but she steered clear of the law profession because of her shyness. Ultimately,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Shared Hope with Jane Jayroe Gamble — We are not alone

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of devotionals written or edited by Jane Jayroe Gamble, former broadcast...

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Northeast OKC church continues food distribution

Cars circled around the block outside one northeast Oklahoma City church as families participated in a recent drive-thru food...

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Passover 2020 offers unique opportunities, rabbis say

Rabbi Abby Jacobson will lead a community Passover Seder on Wednesday as she has for the past 10 years. She will read from the...

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Bible lesson for April 4

“Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own.” —...

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OKC church's drive-in service lets you 'come as you are, stay in your car'

An Oklahoma City house of worship came up with a fitting name for its outdoor worship service — drive-in church. And The Rock...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for April 4

Egg hunts featured in guide are canceled Easter egg hunts featured in the 2020 Spring Worship Guide have been canceled due to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Intefaith Alliance hosts virtual interfaith prayer service

Thirteen metro area spiritual leaders participated in a virtual interfaith prayer service on Monday to offer prayers for the...

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The Latest: UN to decide in month whether to delay meeting

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, when Muslims gather for weekly prayers, even as the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Edmond area families offer drive-thru version of traditional devotional practice

In the weeks before Easter, the faithful view images of the Passion of Christ displayed in churches all over the world. They...

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Iran parliament speaker, Israeli health minister have virus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament speaker has contracted the new coronavirus, the country's highest-ranking government...

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First Christian-OKC moves out of iconic building

The iconic church building at NW 37 and Walker Avenue soon will be empty. This week, the First Christian Church of Oklahoma...

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Saudi official urges Muslims to delay hajj plans over virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A senior Saudi official urged more than 1 million Muslims intending to perform the hajj to...

Health

The Latest: China reports 36 new COVID-19 cases

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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The Latest: WHO warns `far from over' in Asia and Pacific

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Online pastor shares insights about Life.Church's Church Online Platform

Editor's note: Excerpts from the following Q&A were originally to be used in a story about the surge in Life.Church's...

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'I'm very thankful for it': Christian nonprofit works to fill a need in NE OKC food desert

Some residents of a northeast Oklahoma City neighborhood initially were surprised to learn that a small grocery had opened in...

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Stations of the Cross are a Lenten tradition

Many artists throughout the years have depicted Christ's journey to Calvary in myriad ways.These artistic depictions come to...

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Palm Sunday processionals hearken to biblical days

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and the final week of Lent. Many churches will honor an age-old tradition on the...

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Oklahomans plan 95th production of 'Prince of Peace' Easter pageant

LAWTON — A long-running Easter pageant is in its 95th year of production. The "Prince of Peace" pageant will get under way at...

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Faithful encouraged to 'Put on the Apostle'

What was the Apostle Peter thinking as he ate a final meal with Jesus? What might have crossed the Apostle John's mind as he...

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Passover Seder 101

As the Jewish holiday of Passover approaches, a local Jewish organization helps children prepare to participate in an important...

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Easter blooms at Center of Family Love

OKARCHE — Easter lilies and other assorted flowers will be on hand once again at Kristy Lyn's Flowers & Gifts.A healthy...

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Churches prepare for Simultaneous Revival's 76th year

A large group of northeast Oklahoma City churches will participate in the long-running Simultaneous Revival this year. The...

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Ecumenical crowd will gather for outdoor Stations of the Cross

Christians from across the metro area will gather in downtown Oklahoma City for an annual observance tied to Good Friday. The...

Health

NY delays presidential primary; Trump nixes quarantine idea

NEW YORK (AP) — As coronavirus cases rose in the national epicenter of New York, President Donald Trump surprised governors of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Jewish group criticizes governor for prayer event

A metro area Jewish group criticized Gov. Kevin Stitt for his participation in a recently televised prayer service. The Jewish...

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China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak

ISLAMABAD (AP) — China sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies Saturday to help Pakistan fight the spread of...

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Christian education conference continues through technology

An Oklahoma City native returned to his roots just in time to help a local church host an annual conference despite the...

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Use of Life.Church's online platform continues to climb

Online church attendance through Life.Church's Church Online Platform continued to increase significantly this past weekend,...

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Third-party hotline for reporting on Catholic bishops is launched

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently established a third-party system for reporting and assessing allegations of...

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“The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil.” — John 7:7 From Jesus’...

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New minister joins spiritual center The Rev. Lin Nowicki is the new senior minister at United Life Center for Spiritual Living,...

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Coronovirus in Oklahoma: Clergy grapple with financial implications, concern for members during COVID-19 crisis

Houses of worship may experience a decrease in funding as Oklahomans grapple with the coronavirus crisis. With in-person...

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Using creativity to keep the faith

Houses of worship and religious leaders are coming up with creative ways to connect with each other and their surrounding...

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Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, who served with King and gave Obama’s inaugural benediction, has died at 98

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, who served with King and gave Obama’s inaugural benediction, has died at 98.

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In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an...

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Rumors hampering fight against coronavirus in South Asia

NEW DELHI (AP) — The message started with an outlandish claim: The coronavirus was retreating in India because of “cosmic-level...

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The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some,...

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Half-million infected worldwide as economic toll rises

The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the...

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'Let Hope Rise: Together In Prayer for Oklahoma' to be held Thursday night

The event, hosted by the Rev. Michael Todd, will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Transformation Church in Tulsa, where Todd is pastor.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gov. Stitt calls for 'Statewide Day of Prayer'

Gov. Kevin Stitt has issued a proclamation declaring Thursday a “Statewide Day of Prayer” for all Oklahomans affected by...

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The beat goes on: Locked-down Berlin clubs take party online

BERLIN (AP) — Locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the nightclubs in the German capital have decided to keep the beat...

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The Latest: South Korea’s central bank to provide aid

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some,...

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Trump's Easter goal in war on virus a nod to faith, business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s “beautiful” idea to reopen the U.S. economy by Easter Sunday and pack church pews...

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is suspending all temple activity due to concerns over the coronavirus.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is suspending all temple activity due to concerns over...

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Man charged in New Zealand mosque shootings changes plea to guilty.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Man charged in New Zealand mosque shootings changes plea to guilty.

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With church bells and candles, France honors virus victims

PARIS (AP) — From famed Gothic cathedrals to modest village churches, places of worship around France rang their bells in...

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Afghan authorities raise death toll from Islamic State group's attack on Sikh place of worship in Kabul to 25 killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities raise death toll from Islamic State group's attack on Sikh place of worship in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nonprofit programs continue to deliver food, attention to homebound adults

Loveda Kennedy and her daughter Belle, 12, recently joined forces to drop off hot meals to El Reno senior adults. The Okarche...

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Edmond Church of Christ member tests positive for COVID-19

EDMOND — A member of Edmond Church of Christ has tested positive for COVID-19. Leaders at the church, 801 S Bryant, shared the...

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The Latest: US officials working on $2 trillion rescue deal

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 381,000 people and killed over 16,500. The COVID-19...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Center of Family Love taking precautions to protect residents

OKARCHE — Due to the increased risk of serious complications from COVID-19 for individuals with disabilities, the Center of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Priest's 'drive-up' idea draws large crowd to sacred service

EDMOND — Never one to be late to church, Darrel Waggoner arrived more than an hour early Sunday so he could get a good seat....

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Faithful adapt as houses of worship make adjustments

Corey White won't be making the typical trek from his Edmond home to North Church-Guthrie on Sunday. The pews of his church...

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Bible lesson for March 21

"Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State's Southern Baptists are responding to pandemic

Like many churches across the state, Oklahoma Southern Baptist houses of worship have become innovative in how they connect...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Use of Life.Church's online platform surges in age of COVID-19

EDMOND — The number of churches using technology created by an Oklahoma megachurch surged recently as church leaders around the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Pandemic changes plans for faith activities

The pandemic has resulted in the postponement or cancellation of many events planned by faith-based organizations. The...

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Comedian to offer free streaming special To brighten up the current challenging times, inspirational comedian Michael Jr. will...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Edmond priest plans to host 'drive-up Mass'

EDMOND — In a burst of creativity fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, a metro area priest has found a way to bring his...

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Iran's leaders take upbeat tone even as virus deaths climb

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's leaders vowed to overcome the coronavirus outbreak in upbeat messages marking the Persian New Year...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OK Episcopal bishop learns he does not have COVID-19

Oklahoma's top Episcopalian leader has learned he does not have COVID-19. Friday, the Rt. Rev. Ed Konieczny, bishop of the...

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Business Fallout: Airlines lobby for funds, Domino's hiring

It was less than 11 weeks ago that the first cases of pneumonia were detected in Wuhan, China. The speed at which what would...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gospel recording artist Sandi Patty has COVID-19

Gospel recording artist Sandi Patty has tested positive for COVID-19. Patty, 64, a member of Crossings Community Church and the...

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The Latest: Ships going to Honolulu won't let off passengers

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 218,000 people and killed more than 8,800. The COVID-19...

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Virus death toll spikes in Iran, with total now at 1,135

TEHRAN (AP) — Iran on Wednesday reported its single biggest jump in fatalities from the coronavirus as another 147 people died,...

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Earthquake shakes Utah, rattling frayed coronavirus nerves

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A moderate earthquake Wednesday near Salt Lake City temporarily shut down a major air traffic hub,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Child at St. Luke's childcare center tests positive for COVID-19, center plans to stay open

A child at St. Luke's Childcare Center in Downtown Oklahoma City has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a release from...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Many Methodist churches in state will temporarily suspend in-person worship

Many United Methodist churches across Oklahoma will temporarily suspend in-person worship, closing to combat the coronavirus...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC Archdiocese suspends public Mass

Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley on Tuesday directed all Catholic churches in the archdiocese to suspend public Mass...

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'Virus at Iran's gates': How Tehran failed to halt outbreak

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Appearing before the cameras coughing and sweating profusely, the man leading Iran's...

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Iran warns virus could kill 'millions' in Islamic Republic

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran issued its most dire warning yet Tuesday about the new coronavirus ravaging the country, suggesting...

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OK Episcopal bishop takes test for COVID-19

The leader of the Episcopal Church in Oklahoma has undergone testing for COVID-19. The Rt. Rev. Ed Konieczny, bishop of the...

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Iran's supreme leader issues religious ruling prohibiting 'unnecessary' travel amid new coronavirus outbreak

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader issues religious ruling prohibiting 'unnecessary' travel amid new coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Crossings: Member of church community tested positive for COVID-19

A member of the Crossings Community Church community has tested positive for the coronavirus, church leaders said Monday. The...

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The Latest: SKorea warns churches over flouting restrictions

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 182,000 people and killed more than 7,100. The COVID-19...

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Retrial of US Catholic official delayed over virus concerns

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The retrial of the only church official who has ever gone to prison in the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse...

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5-year sentence for French priest who abused boy scouts

LYON, France (AP) — A French priest who acknowledged sexually abusing at least 75 boys over decades was sentenced Monday to...

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Disgraced priest disputes law firm's report, seeks certain rights from OKC Archdiocese

A retired Catholic clergyman named in a list of predatory priests wants to retain the right to carry out priestly functions...

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In person or online, pastors preached messages of hope on Sunday

Faith over fear. Trusting in God in times of crisis. The church is a safe haven. Looking for the gifts of God in a dark...

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Despite ltaly's coronavirus lockdown, Pope Francis visits two Rome churches to pray for an end to the pandemic

ROME (AP) — Despite ltaly's coronavirus lockdown, Pope Francis visits two Rome churches to pray for an end to the pandemic.

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Muslim officials: Al-Aqsa mosque, third holiest site in Islam, closes over virus concerns, prayers to continue outside

JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslim officials: Al-Aqsa mosque, third holiest site in Islam, closes over virus concerns, prayers to continue...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Life.Church, Crossings are latest houses of worship temporarily closing physical sites

Life.Church has closed its physical locations for the weekend due to concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Leaders...

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Notes and news: Coronavirus and the faith community

By Saturday evening, numerous metro area churches, many of them large, prominent congregations, had announced plans to cancel...

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Program sends Jewish teens into classrooms to counter anti-Semitism

Everything was in place: the silver kiddush cup beside the rolled-up Torah. The ceremonial candle, brushing braided challah....

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String quartet plans concert EDMOND — The Crusa String Quartet will present music by Haydn and Mozart during a free concert set...

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“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give...

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Religion joins with science amid virus crisis

NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic has prompted multiple religious faiths to change or cancel services as houses of worship...

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OKC breakfast brings about 250 together to address race, bias and criminal justice

The Rev. Teron Gaddis remembered the excitement he felt as he and his brother rode their new bicycles through their new...

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Museum of the Bible says its Dead Sea Scrolls fragments all forgeries

All of the Dead Sea fragments displayed at the Museum of the Bible are forgeries, museum officials said on Friday. The museum...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Some churches suspend in-person worship

The Episcopal bishop of Oklahoma has directed Episcopal churches across the state to close temporarily due to concerns about...

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The Latest: Puerto Rico sees its first cases of coronavirus

The Latest on the world's coronavirus pandemic:Officials say tests have confirmed three cases of the new coronavirus in Puerto...

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Religious services curbed across Mideast over virus fears

JERUSALEM (AP) — Religious authorities cancelled or limited weekly prayer gatherings across the Middle East on Friday to help...

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Texas megachurch pastor pleads guilty to bilking investors

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Texas megachurch pastor and former spiritual adviser to two U.S. presidents has pleaded guilty to...

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The Latest: US advises Americans to reconsider travel abroad

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic:___The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to...

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Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

ROME (AP) — In a story March 9, 2020, about the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe, The Associated Press erroneously...

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What's Happening: Italians awake to new reality, skies empty

Italians awoke to the new reality of a national lockdown on Tuesday and Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first trip to the...

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Hundreds in DC asked to quarantine after exposure in church

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several hundred people are being asked to self-quarantine after potential exposure to the first confirmed...

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Netanyahu rivals to cooperate on forming new government

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief rival said Monday that he has agreed with a smaller party to work...

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Update: Life.Church pastors' quarantine will end soon

An Oklahoma pastor quarantined after being exposed to COVID-19 has only a few days to remain in seclusion. In a video shown at...

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Crossings to host Aspire Women's Conference

The Women’s Ministry at Crossings Community Church will host the Aspire Women’s Conference from 7 to 10 p.m. April 3 at the...

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Jewish holiday of Purim begins soon

The Jewish holiday of Purim will begin at sundown Monday and conclude at sundown Tuesday. A festive holiday, Purim commemorates...

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Religious tourist hot spots impacted by coronavirus

A coronavirus outbreak is affecting many tourist attractions, including holy sites around the world. Due to concerns about the...

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Oklahoma faith briefs

Abbey offers 'Day of Reflection' SHAWNEE — The next "Day of Reflection" event will be on March 14 at St. Gregory's Abbey, 1900...

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Bible lesson for March 7

“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away.” — John 6:37Jesus’...

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Film poses question: 'Same God?'

Linda Midgett became intrigued by a controversy brewing in 2015 at Wheaton College, her alma mater. A black political science...

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Virus cases top 100,000 in 90 countries as markets take dive

PARIS (AP) — Crossing more borders, the new coronavirus hit a milestone, infecting more than 100,000 people worldwide as it...

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Iran warns it could use 'force' to halt travel amid virus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities warned Friday they may use “force” to limit travel between cities and announced the new...

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Meatless Fridays get a boost from plant-based substitutes

Growing up, Duncan Tiemeyer knew that he wouldn't be eating a juicy hamburger or a thick steak on Friday nights year-round. He...

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Afghan official says gunmen killed 27 people, at least 29 wounded in attack on Shiite leader's memorial in Kabul.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says gunmen killed 27 people, at least 29 wounded in attack on Shiite leader's...

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Bethlehem's storied Nativity Church closes amid virus fears

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials on Thursday closed the storied Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of...

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Israel's Netanyahu falls short of parliamentary majority

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has again fallen short of a parliamentary majority with his...

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Oklahoma faith groups make plans to lessen coronavirus impact

In Edmond, two high-profile leaders of Life.Church were exposed to the disease in Germany and have placed themselves under...

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OKC metro pastors placed under quarantine after coronavirus exposure

Two high-profile leaders of an Oklahoma-based megachurch — one of the largest churches in the country — are under quarantine...

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How winning turned Biden into a confident candidate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden strode confidently to the podium, shutters clicking, a bank of cameras beaming to a national...

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In Italy and beyond, virus outbreak reshapes work and play

ROME (AP) — Italy closed all schools and universities and barred fans from all sporting events for the next few weeks, as...

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Saudi Arabia bans citizens and residents from performing Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca over fears about new virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia bans citizens and residents from performing Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca over...

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Catholic bishop suspends use of 'common cup'

Roman Catholic parishes across much of the state are suspending the use of the "common cup" during the Eucharist to help...

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The Latest: Mike Pence says CDC to issue new virus guidance

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local):8:40 a.m.Vice President Mike Pence says the Centers for...

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Iran's military on alert as virus kills 77, sickens leaders

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran put its armed forces on alert Tuesday to assist health officials in battling the new coronavirus...

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Muslims applaud absence of protesters for 'Day at the Capitol' effort

No demonstrators showed up on Monday to protest the sixth annual "Muslim Day at the Capitol." Instead, Muslim Oklahomans were...

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China's crisis wanes as epidemic takes hold in US, elsewhere

BEIJING (AP) — China's coronavirus caseload continued to wane Tuesday even as the epidemic took a firmer hold beyond Asia, with...

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Virus ravaging Iran kills confidant of its supreme leader

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A member of a council that advises Iran's supreme leader died Monday from the new coronavirus, becoming the...

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New virus hits Mideast airlines with $100M loss, group says

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Major travel disruptions due to the new coronavirus have already caused the equivalent...

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Empty streets, economic turmoil as virus alters daily life

TOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus has claimed its first victim in the United States as the number of cases shot up in Iran, Italy...

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France bans gatherings, frowns on kissing, to fight virus

PARIS (AP) — France is banning all indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people to slow its snowballing spread of...

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Iran says 'tens of thousands' may get tested for coronavirus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran is preparing for the possibility of “tens of thousands” of people getting tested for...

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Pope tells scandal-marred Legion they still haven't reformed

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis told the Legion of Christ religious order Saturday it still has a long road of reform ahead,...

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Oklahoma faith briefs

Choir plans metro concert MIDWEST CITY — The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is proud to host the Singing Saints from Saint Paul...

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Lenten lunch series to begin in Norman

NORMAN — A Norman tradition continues Wednesday as the 2020 Norman Ministerial Fellowship Lenten lunch series begins. Each...

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Used to giving orders, Kansas abortion foes can't cut a deal

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents who've become used to giving orders to Kansas lawmakers on the exact wording of new...

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy protection in effort to recover from misconduct scandal

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy protection in effort to recover from misconduct...

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World harshens its virus response as epidemic worsens by day

BANGKOK (AP) — Saudi Arabia cut travel to Islam’s holiest sites, South Korea toughened penalties for those breaking quarantines...

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Death toll rises to 24 from Delhi riots during Trump trip

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 24 people were killed and 189 injured in three days of clashes in New Delhi that coincided with U.S....

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Mubarak, Egypt's autocrat ousted in uprising, dies at 91

CAIRO (AP) — Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian leader who was the autocratic face of stability in the Middle East for nearly 30 years...

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Violence in Indian capital casts shadow over Trump's visit

NEW DELHI (AP) — An angry group of Hindus carrying pickaxes and iron rods hurled rocks Tuesday at Muslims in a fresh round of...

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Trump's India visit prioritizes pageantry over policy

AHMEDABAD, INDIA (AP) — Prioritizing pageantry over policy, President Donald Trump basked in India's welcoming embrace on a day...

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Supreme Court to hear dispute over Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court to hear dispute over Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with...

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Iran announces 42.57% voter turnout in parliamentary elections, lowest turnout since 1979 Islamic Revolution.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran announces 42.57% voter turnout in parliamentary elections, lowest turnout since 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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Infections climb in South Korea as world fights virus

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections Saturday with more than 400 cases mostly...

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Iran now says 6th person dead of new virus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian officials Saturday reported a sixth death from the new virus that emerged in China.The governor of...

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Clergy prepare for Ash Wednesday, Lenten season

Church leaders are preparing for Ash Wednesday and the Christian season of Lent. Ash Wednesday, marking the first day of Lent,...

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Hillsong Young & Free will be in Winter Jam lineup in OKC

Fans of the contemporary Christian worship groups Hillsong Worship and Hillsong United might be interested in knowing that...

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“When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by...

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Oklahoma churches, groups team up to offer health fair for women

EDMOND — Women from other countries attend Friendship International gatherings for the educational activities and friendly...

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Oklahoma faith briefs

Group to host senior seminar A senior seminar, "Cardiovascular and Nutritional Health," will be Thursday at Redeemer Lutheran...

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Grief, anger and calls for action after shooting in Germany

HANAU, Germany (AP) — Gokhan Gultekin’s juggling act was in many ways typical of Hanau’s Turkish community: taking care of...

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S. Korea reports 1st virus death; 2.5M urged to stay home

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported its first death from the new virus on Thursday while the mayor of a southeastern...

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Christian theme park in Florida laying off most workers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Christian-oriented theme park in central Florida that describes itself as “bringing the Bible to life”...

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'Be A Neighbor' initiative launched at Governor's Prayer Breakfast

Gov. Kevin Stitt and his wife Sarah imagined an event that would bring together Southern Baptist preachers and Jewish rabbis,...

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Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy, urge victims to step forward

The Boy Scouts of America urged victims to come forward Tuesday as the historic, 110-year-old organization filed for bankruptcy...

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China’s 'War on Terror' uproots families, leaked data shows

Beijing (AP) — For decades, the Uighur imam was a bedrock of his farming community in China’s far west. On Fridays, he preached...

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Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

MILAN (AP) — The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected — or could abide.Her son had been sexually...

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Televangelist, ex-pastor settle lawsuit alleging sex abuse

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A confidential settlement was reached in a former Ohio megachurch pastor's lawsuit alleging televangelist...

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The Latest: Nevada's lieutenant governor endorses Biden

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times PST):3:30 p.m.Joe Biden has picked up another...

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Surviving the presidential election without burning bridges

Editor's note: The following column is related to a Feb. 16 story about coping with polarization during the presidential...

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How to stop polarization 'virus' from spreading

Polarization is manifested in several ways, especially when it comes to hot-button issues like politics, religion and...

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Oklahoma Baptists will host conferences focusing on abuse awareness and prevention

Oklahoma Baptists will host three regional gatherings focusing on awareness and prevention of sexual abuse in churches. The...

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Catholic women's 2020 conference is set

NORMAN — Oklahoma Catholic women are invited to hear inspirational and motivational speakers at the 2020 Oklahoma Catholic...

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Bible lesson for Feb. 15, 2020

“Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Feb. 15, 2020

OCU will host lectures Michael Carasik will speak at the Neustadt Lectures set for Thursday at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N...

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Young women professionals group continues with special speaker for Black History Month

Awaken. Lament. Hope. Amazement. These are the four components that Scotia Moore, of Oklahoma City, has created to help...

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Film producer will speak at Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahomans may soon meet a Hollywood veteran who has worked with Pixar, Disney Animation, Sony Animation and 21st Century Fox....

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Former priest convicted in 1960 Texas slaying dies at 87

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former Texas priest who was sentenced to life in prison for the 1960 killing of a schoolteacher who...

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Valentine's Day brings love and some worry in Iraq holy city

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Hasanain al-Rufaye was busy in his flower shop wrapping bouquets, stuffing dolls into gift boxes and...

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Jehovah's Witnesses report convictions, torture in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Jehovah's Witnesses have been convicted of extremism in Russia and four more arrested, one of whom reported...

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House Speaker wants 'In God We Trust' in state buildings

Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall wants the national motto, "In God We Trust" to be displayed prominently in all state...

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LA church leaders charged with marriage, immigration fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three officials with a Philippines-based church in Los Angeles have been charged as part of an alleged...

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Ideas for amending Russian Constitution aired for Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — A meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin on amending the Russian Constitution produced suggested changes on...

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Memorial services set for 'renaissance man' Rabbi David Packman

A. David Packman, Temple B'nai Israel rabbi emeritus, died Monday in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 81. A native of Philadelphia,...

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Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a...

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Pope avoids question of ordaining married men as priests in Amazon region, focuses on environment in new document

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope avoids question of ordaining married men as priests in Amazon region, focuses on environment in new...

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More US firms are boosting faith-based support for employees

NEW YORK (AP) —It has become standard practice for U.S. corporations to assure employees of support regardless of their race,...

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Not all born in American Samoa want US citizenship

HONOLULU (AP) — Growing up in American Samoa, Filipo Ilaoa’s neighbors were his cousins on a plot of land full of banana and...

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Saints owner denies team had role in clergy sex abuse list

The owner of the New Orleans Saints said Monday that the NFL team played no role in determining which priests would be named in...

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Bible lesson for Feb. 8, 2020

“You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf.” —...

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Jewish center hosts special gathering for Super Bowl

A local Jewish center turned a Super Bowl party into a "Super Soul Party." As the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers...

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Frontline in Shawnee to host conference for 'small town' churches

SHAWNEE — Some of the challenges and rewards of leading a church in a small town are different than the challenges and rewards...

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OKC-area church prepares food for kids around globe

BETHANY — A local church recently made more than 100,000 meals, but the food wasn't for a luncheon or a similar gathering....

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Crossings concert to feature Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers

The world-renowned Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers, featuring TaRanda Greene and Sandi Patty, will perform in concert at 7 p.m....