Religion News in Brief

04/18/2015 12:50 PM EDT
Today and sunday Worship at St. Peter's BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer on this the third Sunday of Easter, April 19, at the 8 a.m. service. At the 10 a.m. service, Lanier will celebrate the Eucharist using Rite II, with music and singing. 
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Chicago Cardinal Francis George dies at age 78
04/17/2015 10:11 PM EDT - CHICAGO >> Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare and played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died. He was 78. George, who retired as Chicago archbishop in the fall of 2014, died Friday morning after a long fight with cancer, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago. Full Story

Close watch on pope's Armenian Mass
04/10/2015 08:28 PM EDT - VATICAN CITY >> Pope Francis on Sunday will declare a little-known 10th-century Armenian mystic a doctor of the church, one of the highest honors a pope can bestow. More attention, though, is likely to be on whether Francis utters the word "genocide" during his homily. Francis is marking the 100th anniversary of the killing of an estimated 1. Full Story

Standoff erupts when mom comes for kids in polygamous town
04/10/2015 08:25 PM EDT - SALT LAKE CITY >> Efforts by a former member of Warren Jeffs' sect to retrieve her four children from a polygamous community led to a lengthy standoff after dozens of followers surrounded the woman's van and some allegedly threw chickens at it. Deputies were in Colorado City, Arizona, for seven hours Friday until they received a search warrant to enter the home of an aunt who refused to Full Story

Northern Indiana pizzeria that backed religious law reopens
04/10/2015 08:25 PM EDT - WALKERTON, IND. >> A northern Indiana pizzeria that closed after its owner said his religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to cater a gay wedding opened Thursday to a full house of friends, regulars and people wanting to show their support. "It's a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal," said Kevin O'Connor, owner of Memories Pizza. Full Story

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04/12/2015 10:07 AM EDT - Sunday, April 12 'Blurting' at the Federated Church EAST ARLINGTON >> Easter Sunday may have been celebrated last weekend and the baskets and plastic eggs may have put away on a shelf but the Easter season continues. A warm welcome is extended to all people of faith or those in search of faith for the 10 a. Full Story

Religious freedom fight over gay marriage will persist
04/03/2015 08:19 PM EDT - NEW YORK >> Conservative faith leaders who have made religious liberty a rallying cry as gay marriage spread throughout the states have been stunned by Indiana's abrupt retreat from a law some advocates said would protect objectors from recognizing the unions. But these religious conservatives are vowing to press on with their push for conscience protections — a drive that gained Full Story

Filipino devotees nailed to crosses in Good Friday rites
04/03/2015 08:18 PM EDT - SAN PEDRO CUTUD, PHILIPPINES >> Half a dozen Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to wooden crosses to mimic the suffering of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation. Church leaders have spoken against the annual practice which mixes Catholic devotion with folk belief, but it continues to draw big crowds, particularly in northern Pampanga province. Full Story

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04/03/2015 08:17 PM EDT - Today Passover Second Night Community Seder BENNINGTON >> Congregation Beth El will hold a Passover Second Night Community Seder on Saturday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. This year, organizers are excited to bring together two communities — Congregation Beth El and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship — for a seder on the second night of Passover. Full Story

Indiana law raising issues across NCAA athletics
04/02/2015 10:22 AM EDT - INDIANAPOLIS — As pressure builds for repeal or revision of Indiana's new religious objection law, the NCAA faces a decision about whether to call for next year's women's Final Four to find a new venue. NCAA President Mark Emmert has indicated the Indianapolis-headquartered organization would consider relocating all types of college sports events out of state if the law doesn't change. Full Story

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Highway abuzz with millions of bees after big truck tips

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. Full Story