Protestantism

FILE-This undated file photo shows Alabama inmate Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham, Ala. Blanton, the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted of a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, has died in prison, the governor's office said Friday. He was 81. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)
June 26, 2020 - 2:14 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 82. Gov. Kay Ivey’s...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2016, file photo, Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Falwell has apologized after posting a tweet on May 27, 2020, aimed at Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's coronavirus mask mandate, that included a picture of a mask bearing a photo of a person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan costume. That photo appeared on Northam's medical school yearbook page and, when made public in 2019, sparked a furor that nearly forced him from office. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
June 24, 2020 - 10:19 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the nation wrestles with how to do more for racial equality, Liberty University — a school whose leadership has said it doesn't have a problem — is facing its own tough questions. Jerry Falwell Jr., who leads the prominent evangelical Christian university, apologized this...
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In this April 25, 2020 photo, Mississippi state flags are positioned on a vehicle amid an arrangement with the American flag and a Gadsden flag during a drive-by "re-open Mississippi" protest past the Governor's Mansion, in Jackson, Miss. There is a growing movement to replace the current state flag that has in the canton portion of the flag the design of the Civil War-era Confederate battle flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
June 23, 2020 - 8:11 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Confederate-themed Mississippi flag drew opposition Tuesday from two big forces in the culturally conservative state: Southern Baptists and Walmart. Walmart said it will stop displaying the Mississippi flag while the state debates whether to change the design. The...
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"We feel at this point we should move ahead," says Bishop Marvin of the Old Order Stauffer Mennonite Church a day before his more than 200 members traveled by horse-drawn buggy to their first in-person service in nearly two months due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)
May 30, 2020 - 9:25 am
NEW HOLLAND, Pa. (AP) — For the first time in weeks, kids played in the church cemetery. Nearby, a group of men in their 20s reflected on what it meant to gather again during the pandemic. “Human health is important,” one of them said. “But ultimately, spiritual health is more important.” Their...
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This February 2019 photo released by Erica Sauder shows Sasha Krause, who authorities say disappeared from a Mennonite community near Farmington, N.M, in January 2020. Her body was found more than a month later in the forest outside Flagstaff, Ariz. (Erica Sauder via AP)
May 28, 2020 - 7:39 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a forest clearing outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Sasha Krause was found cold and stiff, with a bullet wound to the back of her head. She was face down beneath brush, wearing a gray dress, white coat and hiking shoes. Her hair was pinned in a bun and her hands bound by duct...
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Pastor Denny Pagel prays during a service at Grace Bible Church on Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. Parishioners practiced social distancing as the church held its first in-person service since March. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 24, 2020 - 3:24 pm
For the first time in two months, there was clapping, singing and fellowship inside Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff, Kentucky, as members of the congregation returned to the sanctuary for Sunday morning services. There also were masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing. On a weekend when...
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Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
May 23, 2020 - 7:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend as he urged U.S. states to reopen after coronavirus-related lockdowns. Yet many Americans remained cautious as the number of confirmed cases nationwide passed 1.6 million. In California...
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FILE - In this Sunday, March 22, 2020 file photo, the Rev. William A. Mentz, pastor of the Scranton, Pa.-based St. Francis and Clare Progressive Catholic Church, wears a mask and gloves while distributing prepackaged communion to the faithful attending Mass while sitting in their cars in the parking lot of a shopping center in Moosic, Pa. The Progressive Catholic Church is a small denomination operating independently of the Roman Catholic Church. Other Catholic churches in the Scranton area suspended the celebration of mass to help control the spread of COVID-19. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP)
May 19, 2020 - 8:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Holy Communion will have a different look when in-person worship services resume at the end of May in the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee: The wafers signifying the body of Christ will be placed in the hands of parishioners by priests and deacons wearing face masks and...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2020 file photo, Pastor W.R. Starr II preaches during a drive-in Easter Sunday service while churchgoers listen from their cars in the parking lot at Faith City Christian Center in Kansas City, Kan. As the nation’s houses of worship weigh how and when to resume in-person gatherings while coronavirus stay-at-home orders ease in some areas, a new poll conducted April 30 - May 4, 2020 points to a partisan divide over whether restricting those services violates religious freedom. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
May 13, 2020 - 10:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — As the nation’s houses of worship weigh how and when to resume in-person gatherings while coronavirus stay-at-home orders ease in some areas, a new poll points to a partisan divide over whether restricting those services violates religious freedom. Questions about whether states and...
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Leonardo Cabaña cries in the arms of his friend Raphael Benevides beside the casket of his father, Héctor Miguel Cabaña, who died of COVID-19 before the funeral home service led by the Rev. Fabian Arias, Monday, May 11, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. In hard-hit New York City, the coronavirus outbreak has taken a particularly heavy toll on Hispanic communities. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
May 12, 2020 - 7:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — One is a Roman Catholic church in Queens; the other, a Lutheran church in Manhattan. But the COVID-19 pandemic has united the two Hispanic congregations in grief. Between them, they have lost more than 100 members to the coronavirus, and because of lockdown rules, they lack even the...
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