Stunning structures

Salt Lake City, San Francisco offer visitors great architectural achievements

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Vatican steps up defense of pope's 'Joy of Love'

Subscriber onlyVATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is striking back at conservative critics of Pope Francis' landmark document on family life, increasing its defense of the pope with new vigor as bishops begin implementing the document around the world. Continue reading...

Religion Calendar

Subscriber onlyGospel duo Lewis and Lewis will sing during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday at First Assembly of God, 221 N. Elm St., Jacksonville. Continue reading...

'Utah compromise' a start, but road still bumpy

Subscriber onlyFrom the start, the "Utah compromise" on religious liberty and key gay-rights issues had that special sex appeal that made news. Continue reading...

Faith Matters: Go bowling

Authentic, honest ways available to face problems

Subscriber onlyOur recent family vacation to Colorado was a madcap adventure. The weather was beautiful, and we actively enjoyed the mountains and wilderness. About half-way through our trip, I asked my youngest, "We've gone backpacking, mountain-biking, four-wheeling and whitewater-rafting -- what would you like to do next?" Continue reading...

Service planned to memorialize couple's ministry

Subscriber onlyJ.W. Depew and his wife, Ethel, donated family inheritance and land to build a new church in the 1980s in Greenland. Today, membership of that congregation -- which has evolved into Grace Evangel Chapel -- will celebrate the couple's life of ministry. Ethel (Fulbright) Depew died in 2013 at age 85. J.W. died in February at 96. Sunday would have been their 70th wedding anniversary. Continue reading...

Local notes

Subscriber onlyFirst United Methodist Church in Bella Vista, 20 Boyce Drive, presents “Songs of Hope — Hymns of Inspiration” performed by Pamela Pittman at 3 p.m. July 31. Sharon Golaway will provide accompaniment. A reception follows. Continue reading...

On the tourism trail

National Shrine, Bahai temple shine as architectural, spiritual gems

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Israel looks into missing immigrant children

Subscriber onlyJERUSALEM -- The stories have been circulating in Israel for decades: newborn babies and young children of Jewish immigrants from Arab countries mysteriously disappeared shortly after arriving in the country, purportedly snatched away and given to childless couples of European backgrounds. Continue reading...

Religion NEWS BRIEFS

Subscriber only38 Albanian martyrs are due beatification Continue reading...

19th-century nun up for sainthood is TV subject

Subscriber onlyALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- An Italian-born nun who once challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs, opened hospitals and schools in the American Southwest and is now on a path toward possible sainthood soon will be the subject of a TV series. Continue reading...

Religion Calendar

Subscriber onlyGospel duo Lewis and Lewis will sing during the 10:30 a.m. worship service July 24 at First Assembly of God, 221 N. Elm St., Jacksonville. (501) 982-5018. Continue reading...

Remembering Abdul Sattar Edhi

Ambassador of ‘True Islam,’ dies at 90

Subscriber only"Abdul Sattar Edhi is no more," was the news flash that saddened me to the core last week. A great ambassador of "True Islam," and of all religions for that matter, Edhi passed on after fulfilling his 90 years in this transient world. Despite the extremely contorted image of Islam that emerges these days on national and international media because of the need for sensationalism that has gripped today's culture, I humbly submit to you that the world of Islam has a fare share of such big hearts. Edhi is, of course, unique in many ways. He built the largest fleet of ambulances in the world with an impeccable service call record. His hundreds of social service centers helped save more 20,000 abandoned newborn children and took care of more than 50,000 orphans, and similar numbers of battered and homeless women -- a phenomenal feat in a poverty stricken third-world country like Pakistan. Edhi was driving his own ambulance up until two years ago when his kidneys failed. Continue reading...

Local Notes

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON COUNTY Elm Springs United Methodist Church, 118 N. Elm St., presents “Surf Shack” vacation Bible camp from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The camp is for children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Continue reading...