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Pastor Greg Laurie digs into the final days of Steve McQueen

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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

By Joe Nelson|

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  • 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|

  • Religion & Worship

    Pope Francis makes 2 Fatima children saints during Portugal visit

    FATIMA, Portugal >> Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world’s most important Catholic shrines. Francis proclaimed Francisco and Jacinta Marto saints at the start of Mass marking the centenary of their visions. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims were on hand, many of whom had...

    By NICOLE WINFIELD and BARRY HATTON Associated Press|

  • Mormonism

    Mormon church severs some of its ties to the Boy Scouts

    SALT LAKE CITY >> The Mormon church, the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States, announced Thursday it is pulling as many as 185,000 older youths from the organization as part of an effort to start its own scouting-like program. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the move wasn’t triggered by the Boy Scouts’ decision in 2015 to allow gay troop leaders, since Mormon-sponsored troops have remained free to exclude such adults on...

    By Brady Mccombs The Associated Press|

  • Politics

    Trump’s executive order to promote religious liberty draws praise, criticism from diverse faiths

    Religious conservatives are viewing President Donald Trump’s executive order “promoting free speech and religious liberty” as the first significant step toward reversing a web of regulations they have considered unfair for decades. Opponents, however, fear it is a big step back for democracy and could entice religious leaders to take political positions, casting a shadow on their credibility as spiritual leaders. Declaring he was giving churches their...

    Deepa Bharath
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  • Religion & Worship

    Security tight as Pope Francis celebrates open-air Mass in Cairo

    CAIRO >> Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force Saturday as Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Mass for Egypt’s tiny Catholic community on the final day of a visit aimed at comforting Christians following a series of attacks by Islamic militants. Despite the security concerns, Francis zoomed around the Cairo sports stadium in an open-topped golf cart before the start of Mass, evidence of his desire to be close to his flock at all...

    By NICOLE WINFIELD and HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press|

  • Easter

    Pastor at Rose Hills Easter sunrise service asks worshippers not to turn away from “dark, frightening” news

    At an Easter sunrise service Sunday at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, the pastor of Whittier’s oldest Quaker church asked her fellow worshippers not to despair at recent news of violence and strife in Southern California and the rest of the country. “The Easter story is about love,” said Rev. Dr. Loletta M. Barrett of First Friends Church. “But we are inundated with stories every day, the first that usually come to mind are the ones that come from...

    By Josh Cain jcain@scng.com @joshpcain on Twitter|

  • Supreme courts

    Supreme Court, with Gorsuch, set to hear church-state case

    WASHINGTON >> Justice Neil Gorsuch’s first week on the Supreme Court bench features an important case about the separation of church and state that has its roots on a Midwestern church playground. The outcome could make it easier to use state money to pay for private, religious schooling in many states. The justices on Wednesday will hear a Missouri church’s challenge to its exclusion from a state program that provides money to use ground-up tires to cushion...

    By MARK SHERMAN and MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press|

  • Religious scandals

    Group demands San Gabriel Mission Church rescind award to former priest with past molestation claim

    SAN GABRIEL >> Representatives from a group advocating for justice for victims of sexual abuse by church leaders are calling for the San Gabriel Mission Church to retract an award intended to be given to an embattled former parish pastor. According to a weekly bulletin, San Gabriel Mission Church intends to honor Bruce Wellems at its May 25 “Build the Dreams” scholarship...

    Christopher Yee
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