Faith Wire

  • Faith Wire Stories

'Holy Fire,' fireworks: Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter

With "Holy Fire," fireworks and solemn Masses, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected more than 2,000... Read more »

Published 8 hours ago


Kasich calls for balance on gay rights, religious beliefs

Asked about gay rights and marriage equality, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Friday that more people should take a "chill pill" and try to get along with one another rather than... Read more »

Published yesterday


For Hillary Clinton, church offers a trusted comfort zone

Sunday mornings at Baptist churches fall right into Hillary Clinton's comfort zone. Read more »

Published April 24, 2016


Muslims for Trump, though few, see past rhetoric, bluster

As a Donald Trump supporter, Nedal Tamer feel he's in the minority among Muslim-Americans, comfortable with his choice yet somewhat confounded that he doesn't have more company. Read more »

Published April 24, 2016


Obama says US has 'momentum' in fight against Islamic State

President Barack Obama says the U.S. and its partners have the momentum in the fight against the Islamic State group and intend to keep it. Read more »

Published April 13, 2016


Israel to free 12-year-old Palestinian girl held in prison

A 12-year-old Palestinian girl who was imprisoned after she confessed to planning a stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement will be released early, Israel's prison service said Monday, capping a... Read more »

Published April 11, 2016


Belgians find elusive 'man in the hat' from airport video

After nearly three weeks of frantic searching, Belgian authorities announced Saturday they had finally arrested and identified the elusive "man in the hat" spotted alongside two suicide bombers who... Read more »

Published April 9, 2016


Virgin Mary statue stirs up debate in secular Uruguay

The South American country of Uruguay has a long tradition of secularism, to the point that a popular president in the early 1900s insisted on writing the word "God" with a lowercase "g'' whenever... Read more »

Published April 9, 2016

1 comment

Official: 6th person arrested in Belgium over attacks

Belgian authorities have detained a total of six people suspected of ties to the Brussels bombings, including the last known fugitive of last year's Paris attacks and a Swedish fighter linked to... Read more »

Published April 9, 2016


Pope emphasizes flexibility over rules for modern families

In a sweeping document on family life that opened a door to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, Pope Francis insisted Friday that church doctrine cannot be the final word in answering tricky... Read more »

Published April 8, 2016

1 comment

Catholics react to Pope Francis' document on family life

the world, Catholics reacted Friday to a sweeping document in which Pope Francis said they must be guided by their own informed consciences and not rely exclusively on church doctrine to negotiate... Read more »

Published April 8, 2016


Pope insists conscience, not rules, must lead faithful

Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences more than Vatican rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift its... Read more »

Published April 8, 2016


Groups rally to call for veto of religious objections bill

More than 300 protesters in the state capital Monday had one message for Gov. Phil Bryant: Veto House Bill 1523. Read more »

Published April 4, 2016


General Conference speakers likely to push civility amid campaign vitriol

Mormon leaders are not expected to mention presidential candidates by name at this weekend's church conference, but they may reiterate their push for more public civility and compassion amid a... Read more »

Published April 1, 2016

1 comment

Archaeologists digging at Malcolm X's boyhood home in Boston

Archeologists are digging at a boyhood home of Malcolm X in an effort to uncover more about the slain black rights activist's early life as well as the property's long history, which possibly... Read more »

Published March 29, 2016


As Pakistan mourns, prime minister vows to defeat militants

In an emotional televised address, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed Monday to hunt down and defeat the militants who have been carrying out attacks like the Easter bombing that targeted Christians... Read more »

Published March 28, 2016


Obama and family attend Easter service at historic VA church

President Barack Obama and his family are attending Easter service at the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church, which traces its origins to when Thomas Jefferson was president. Read more »

Published March 27, 2016


Pope at Easter recalls victims of 'blind, brutal terrorism'

Pope Francis tempered his Easter Sunday message of Christian hope with a denunciation of "blind" terrorism, recalling victims of attacks in Europe, Africa and elsewhere, as well as expressing... Read more »

Published March 27, 2016

1 comment

Pope Francis presides over Good Friday Colosseum procession (+video)

Pope Francis at the traditional Good Friday cross procession denounced those committing "terrorist acts" while profaning God's name and decried "cowardly silence" over the barbarous killing of... Read more »

Published March 25, 2016


Iran's Rouhani making first visit to Pakistan as president

Iran's Hassan Rouhani arrived Friday in Pakistan on a landmark visit, his first since becoming president, at a time when Saudi Arabia is courting Islamabad to increase participation in a new... Read more »

Published March 25, 2016


Lawsuit accuses LDS church of failing to protect Navajos

Two Navajo siblings sued the Mormon church, alleging they were sexually abused during their time in a now-defunct church program that placed them with foster families in Utah in the late 1970s and... Read more »

Published March 24, 2016

1 comment

Assimilation is a long process for Somalis in US farm town

For the last decade, Somali refugees have flocked to this conservative farm town on Colorado's eastern plains. They've started a small halal mini-market and a restaurant, sent their children to the... Read more »

Published March 19, 2016


Mormon scolded by Christian group is at center of Kansas law

Daniel Arkell was leading a Bible study for a Christian group at Washburn University Law School in Kansas back in 2004 when the group's president reprimanded him for saying that people's eyes offer... Read more »

Published March 16, 2016


Pope says Mother Teresa to be made a saint on Sept. 4

Mother Teresa will be made a saint on Sept. 4. Read more »

Published March 15, 2016

1 comment

Afghani women's team gets jersey with integrated hijab

With a little tuck here and a little tuck there, Shabnam Mabarz hides her long hair under a red headscarf and gets ready to play. Read more »

Published March 8, 2016