DALLAS — Recently, between Palm Sunday services, pastor George Mason weaved confidently and quickly through the halls of Wilshire Baptist Church. He greeted everyone with his trademark smile, passing some with a handshake, others with a pat on the shoulder.
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — “Shall we tell your mother where we attend church or just let her be surprised?” my daughter-in-law asked my son.They live in a lovely town north of New York City. Their three adorable...
CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George was remembered Thursday as a man of deep faith, intellect and compassion as Catholics said their final goodbyes to the man who led the nation’s third-largest archdiocese and was known as a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy.
Just walking to the door identified us as visitors with outsider status. I wore tailored dress slacks, boots and blazer and my companion was similarly clothed with a dress shirt, jacket and slacks.
JERUSALEM — We stood in a tight crowd, unable to move, barely able to breathe, waiting our turn. Security guards with high-powered automatic weapons had been charged with crowd control outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Good Friday. Only a few could go in at a time.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Despite concerns that giving the holy Bible the same status as a salamander is a little tawdry and could be unconstitutional, Tennessee lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to make it the official state book — something at least two other states have failed to do.
JERUSALEM — It was the acacia tree that got to me. I am with a group of pilgrims, still mostly strangers to one another, who had started at the top of the Mount of Olives and were slowly making our way down the unexpectedly steep slope toward the Kidron Valley.
I found the location unimpressive. The buildings sit far back from the street in a beat-up area of Dallas not far from Parkland Memorial Hospital.
VATICAN CITY — Several members of Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations from victims that he covered up for Chile’s most notorious pedophile.
After the service, I asked the young men who accompanied me to worship last week: “What did the music leader use so that people would know the beat of the music?” In unison all three replied, “He snapped his fingers!”
It may have been the first Sunday of daylight saving time, but that didn’t keep people from filling the worship space at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Teasley Drive in Denton.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis marks his second anniversary today riding a wave of popularity that has reinvigorated the Catholic Church in ways not seen since the days of St. John Paul II. He’s also entering a challenging third year, facing dissent from within on everything from financial reform to family issues.
Nature trumps all human plans. How quickly and unexpectedly it can ground us.
“Tell me a story.” Or, “Let me tell you a story.” Possibly two of the most common phrases in our language.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A proposal to prevent state and local governments from infringing on a person’s religious beliefs failed before an Arkansas legislative panel this week after facing mounting criticism that it was an attempt to justify discriminating against gays and lesbians.
“Remember you are but dust and to dust you shall return.” With these words, the Rev. Canon H.W. Herrmann, rector of St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Denton, marked the foreheads of approximately 30 early-morning worshipers on Ash Wednesday.
The call to prayer flows like poetry, resonating a deep but urgent tone in an ancient language not often heard on this side of the Atlantic. Spoken from the minaret (the focal point) by a muezzin, the words sound haunting but familiar when translated: “God is the greatest.” “I bear witness that there is no god but God.” “God is the greatest.” “There is no god but God.”
The Village Church Denton Campus website warns people to arrive at least 30 minutes early for services that fill quickly — and the church will turn people away if necessary.
PITTSBURGH — A federal appeals court has reversed lower-court victories by two western Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses and a private Christian college that challenged birth control coverage mandates as part of federal health care reforms.
We don’t want to talk about sin. We don’t want to say that someone or something else has authority over what we think and believe.
OK churches, here’s the rule: If you are going to change normal worship times for any reason, make it clear on your website that you are doing so.
BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Rev. Christopher Coyne, the Catholic Church’s first blogging priest to be elevated to a bishop, was formally installed as Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop during a Mass on Thursday attended by nearly 1,000 people including representatives of the diocese’s 73 parishes.
COSTA RICA — Heat-induced indolence had taken residence in body and soul after a week in the remote beach town of Samara on the Pacific edge of Costa Rica.
Mysterious practices, multiple entrances, confusing requirements, authority figures dressed differently with clothing often suggesting power and authority: Hospitals and churches have these in common.