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  • Religion & Worship

    Thank you and Godspeed, Fr. Michael

    Ask Fr. Michael Evans why he always ends his Masses with an “Our Father,” “Hail Mary” and “Glory Be.” It will explain everything about this pastor. Evans is leaving Arcadia on July 1 to start his new assignment as pastor of St. Bernadine of Sienna in Woodland Hills. His congregation is grateful to have someone so special to miss. Evans, 50, started the prayer tradition because, he said, he was so angry and full of hate after the 9/11 terrorist...

    By Anissa Rivera|

  • Books and literature

    Pastor Greg Laurie digs into the final days of Steve McQueen

    When it comes to salvation, not much separates a pastor from a pop icon. That’s what Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Ministries, found as he delved into the life of the Hollywood star dubbed “King of Cool.” Laurie’s latest book, “Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon,” explores how the actor became a born-again Christian six months before he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It is set to be released Sunday night, June...

    Deepa Bharath
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  • Protests and demonstrations

    San Bernardino anti-Islamic law rally and counter-protests trigger violence

    SAN BERNARDINO >> A San Bernardino rally against Islamic law being implemented in the United States drew hundreds of protesters and counterprotesters Saturday near the site of the Dec. 2, 2015, terrorist attack, but also sparked violence and acts of vandalism, police say. Sponsored by the nonprofit group ACT for America, the Inland March Against Sharia was one of numerous rallies held nationwide. Sharia is...

    Joe Nelson
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  • Executive branch

    Trump to evangelicals: We’re ‘under siege,’ will be stronger

    WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump sought comfort in the figurative embrace of his evangelical supporters Thursday as the FBI director he recently fired told Congress about their conversations. The president told a religious gathering that “we’re under siege” but will emerge “bigger and better and stronger than ever.” Trump made no reference to James Comey in his remarks to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual gathering. But hours...

    By Darlene Superville The Associated Press|

  • Ramadan

    Why you will hear Ramadan Mubarak or Ramadan Kareem during the Muslim holy month

    The holy month of Ramadan, which began on May 26 and ends on June 24, is observed by 1.5 billion Muslims. Observing Ramadan involves two key things — community-wide fasting during the daylight hours and the breaking of that fast, just after sunset, with a huge meal known as iftar. But there are other cultural practices involved during the month and one includes hearing and using the greetings “Ramadan...

    Staff|

  • Ramadan

    Tacos for iftar? Ramadan, and a new era, start Friday

    For Ramadan, Rida Hamida is bringing taco trucks to every mosque in her community. The holy month, which starts Friday and is observed by 1.5 billion Muslims, involves two key things -- community-wide fasting during the daylight hours and the breaking of that fast, just after sunset, with a huge meal known as iftar. Tacos are not traditional iftar fare. And that’s the point. For Hamida, and thousands of other Muslims in Southern California, the iftar table is...

    Deepa Bharath
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  • International relations

    Setting aside past rude talk, Trump and Pope Francis focus on peace

    VATICAN CITY >> Handshakes, gifts, friendly small talk and big hopes for peace. Setting aside past differences and rude comments aside, President Donald Trump and Pope Francis put a determinedly positive face on their first meeting Wednesday at the Vatican. The two global leaders, vastly different in temperament and views of the world, talked seriously and extensively in a 30-minute private meeting about terrorism, the radicalization of young people, immigration and climate...

    By Jonathan Lemire, Nicole Winfield and Julie Pace Associated Press|

  • Religion & Worship

    Can Pope Francis soften Trump’s immigrant stance?

    President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East over the past few days and his meeting with the pope today are opportunities for healing amid his contentious positions on immigration and Muslims, according to some Southern California-area religious leaders. Trump struck a softer and more conciliatory tone about Islam than usual when speaking before Muslim leaders during his Saudi Arabia visit, revived the prospect of an elusive peace between Israeli and Palestinian officials...

    Brenda Gazzar
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  • Religion & Worship

    Southern California Muslims have varied reactions to Trump’s Saudi Arabia speech

    President Donald Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia that tackled extremism Sunday evoked pleasant surprise from some Southern California Muslims, but skepticism and disbelief from others. Amir Hussain, a theological studies professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, said he had come to “expect the worst” in light of Trump’s proposed travel ban affecting six predominantly Muslim countries, the real estate mogul’s anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric...

    Brenda Gazzar
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  • Foster care

    Can churches help supply the foster homes LA County needs?

    At Holman United Methodist Church in South Los Angeles, the Rev. Kelvin Sauls and the church’s congregants have for years positioned themselves to help young people in foster care. The help has come in many forms, including serving Thanksgiving dinners and furnishing an apartment for transition-age foster youth, said Pastor Sauls. The church also hosts monthly meetings for a foster youth teen club organized by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family...

    By Holden Slattery Fostering Media Connections|

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