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Papal politics

Pope’s U.S. itinerary designed to include visits to national power centers

Subscriber onlyPeople have become accustomed to seeing the affable-looking Pope Francis mingling with the disenfranchised, but his trip to the United States in September will include appearances at America's elite power centers: the White House, the United Nations and Congress -- the first time a religious leader has ever been invited to address a joint meeting, congressional historians say. Continue reading...

Berryville products get War Room tie-in

Subscriber onlyChristian apparel company Kerusso has landed another movie deal. Continue reading...

Nonprofit to include foster care

Subscriber onlyArkansas Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries has been ministering to children in Arkansas since 1894, and now the nonprofit organization is adding a foster care ministry. Continue reading...

Same-sex issue new battle in old religion-news wars

Subscriber onlyWhen the U.S. Supreme Court announced its 5-4 decision backing same-sex marriage, gay and straight journalists at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., were in a celebratory mood, sharing hugs, laughter and tears. Continue reading...

Calendar

Subscriber onlyMUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT New Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, 7615 Woodson Road, will host a choir workshop 6-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday with Felton Golden as facilitator. A concert will be at 7 p.m. July 11 with Vesta Blanks as soloist. (501) 375-7351 or newhebronlr.org. Continue reading...

Saddle up! Cowboys, familes hitch on to Corner Post church

Cowboys, familes hitch on to Corner Post church

Subscriber onlyThe baptismal is a stock tank. The choir, a bluegrass band. The sanctuary, a shop building. Continue reading...

Faith Matters: Week's historic moments leave some feeling in sync, others out

Subscriber onlyThere is a peculiar spiritual malaise that afflicts at various times. It is the sense of being "out of sync." Pastors hear of it often. Continue reading...

Local Notes

Subscriber onlyBenton County First Baptist Church in Bentonville, 200 S. Main St., and its women's ministry, will give away clothing from 7 a.m. to noon Aug. 8 in the Family Life Center. New and gently worn clothing and shoes for the entire family are available at no cost. Continue reading...

Religion News Briefs

Subscriber only“The safest road to hell is the gradual one — the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” — C.S. Lewis (1898 to 1963), author and scholar Continue reading...

Frazzled faithful

Burnout is occupational hazard for clergy

Subscriber onlyIf Norbert Maduzia had been a long-haul trucker, federal rules would have forced him to pull over for a good night's sleep. But for the suburban Houston Roman Catholic priest -- one of two in a parish of more than 4,000 families -- the hours just kept on coming. Continue reading...

Archaeologists study nearly extinct Shakers

Subscriber onlyFor more than a century, the long-gone trustees building at a Shaker village on the shore of New Hampshire's Mascoma Lake was where the members of a nearly extinct religious society met the outside world. Continue reading...

Dates are Ramadan tradition

Subscriber onlyWhen the chef Sameh Wadi was growing up -- first in Kuwait, then in Jordan, and finally in Minneapolis and St. Paul -- one of the few constants in his life was his mother's cooking, especially the date-filled ring cookies called kaak that she made by hand and stockpiled during Ramadan. Continue reading...

Evangelical's homosexuality stance creates stir

Subscriber onlyOne moment defined old-school evangelicalism more than any other -- the altar-call ritual in which the Rev. Billy Graham urged sinners to come forward and repent, accept God's forgiveness and be born again. Continue reading...

Religion Calendar

Subscriber onlyEVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St., will have a new art display, “Reflections in Abstraction” by Judy and John Honey, beginning Wednesday and continuing through Sept. 31. Continue reading...

Local Notes

Subscriber onlyWashington County Elmdale Baptist Church in Springdale, 1700 W. Huntsville Ave., presents an Independence Day music program during worship at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Continue reading...

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