Hallowed ground

Ceremony at St. Scholastica Monastery marks beginning of new era with new building on the way

Subscriber onlyAfter a yearslong effort of planning, fundraising and perseverance, the Benedictine nuns of St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith have broken ground on what will be their new home. Continue reading...

Pope casts doubt on Bosnia visions

Subscriber onlyABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE -- Pope Francis has effectively dismissed reports of continuing apparitions of the Virgin Mary at the Medjugorje shrine in southern Bosnia, saying the visions "don't have much value" even if the shrine itself has helped Catholics find God. Continue reading...

Author touts a Benedictine way of life

Subscriber onlyBelieving that life on a farm in the country would bring her peace and contentment, Jerusalem Greer set out to quickly sell her North Little Rock home. Continue reading...

Pence speaks on rise in persecution of faithful

Subscriber onlyTheir loved ones died on a Libyan beach, beheaded by Islamic State militants as cameras recorded their agony for a 2015 propaganda video. Continue reading...

Religion Calendar

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Pulpit backing wise?

Trump’s order muddies water

Subscriber onlyThere was nothing new about the Rev. Jerry Johnson talking about abortion, gay rights and other hot-button moral issues during sermons at Central Baptist Church of Aurora, outside Denver. Continue reading...

Local Notes

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Murals for the almighty

Coptic Christian Ayman William serves God through his artwork for churches in Egypt, elsewhere

Subscriber onlyCAIRO -- On a scaffold several stories high beneath the dome of a Cairo church, Ayman William paints for the glory of God, unfazed by recent attacks against his fellow Coptic Christians in Egypt. Continue reading...

NEWS BRIEFS

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State's Mormon mission leader promoted

Subscriber onlyFor Mission President of Arkansas Taniela Wakolo, the decision to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1994 began with a question from two of the church's members. Continue reading...

Trump order on politics in pulpit muddies water

Subscriber onlyThere was nothing new about the Rev. Jerry Johnson talking about abortion, gay rights and other hot-button moral issues during sermons at Central Baptist Church of Aurora, outside Denver. Continue reading...

Weeknight services fit busy family schedules

Subscriber onlyBLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Each Wednesday, the Latzke family heads to their Bloomington church for an evening of religious education and a worship service. Sunday is too packed to squeeze in church, so now Wednesday is their day -- as it is for thousands of busy Minnesotans. Continue reading...

Religion calendar

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Praying for peace

Airport scene raises reflection

Subscriber onlyLast week, my husband and I were in Chicago's O'Hare airport, pulling our suitcases toward the check-in queue, when my attention was drawn to the squeals of a small child. There -- not more than 20 feet in front of us -- was a young man, who appeared to be in his mid-20s, with a doubled-up belt in his hand striking at a little girl, who was possibly 2 or 3 years old. He wasn't spanking her. He swung the belt first over his right shoulder and down to hit her, perhaps on her back or head, and then over his left shoulder, with the belt now landing on another part of her body as she squirmed to avoid the hits while firmly in his grasp. Continue reading...

'Be All That You Can Be'

Guard finds faith in GTMO prison camp

Subscriber onlyTerry Holdbrooks Jr. grew up in a home of substance abuse and neglect. And his story of his conversion to Islam is set in what he referred to as "one of the worst places humanity has to offer." Continue reading...

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