Fire Destroys Two Catholic Churches on Indigenous Land in British Columbia

The fires come at a raw moment, just weeks after the discovery in British Columbia of the unmarked graves of 215 Indigenous children.

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Amid the Rubble of Mosul, Francis Offers a Salve for Iraq’s Wounds

The first pope ever to visit Iraq, Francis voiced sorrow and hope for a shrunken Christian community that has suffered persecution, and preached fellowship among religions.

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In Iraq’s Christian Heartland, a Feud Over a Town’s Identity

Pope Francis will arrive in a country whose ancient Christian towns are in danger of disappearing. In one, a Christian community’s survival may come at the expense of another minority group.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #roman-catholic-church, #shiite-muslims

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The 19th-Century Church One Artist Calls Home

For the painter Angel Otero, a former place of worship in upstate New York is a sanctuary in which to live and work.

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Glimpses of an Ancient Fire-Walking Ritual in Northern Greece

Each May in the small Greek village of Lagadas, a group of celebrants upholds a three-day tradition that incorporates a range of age-old rites.

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Bombing at California Church Known for Its Anti-L.G.B.T.Q. Views

Officials said no one was injured in the attack. The church had been the target of protests over its messages against women, Jews, L.G.B.T.Q. people and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Pastor Killed in Texas Church Shooting, Officials Say

The pastor of a Methodist church was killed, the authorities said.

#churches-buildings, #clergy, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #starville-methodist-church, #starville-texas, #texas

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Facing Deportation, They Fled to the Safety of a Church. Now They are Free.

A Jamaican couple spent nearly two and a half years inside Philadelphia churches, isolated even further by the pandemic. This month, U.S. immigration officials relented.

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Christmas Without Music? Churches Are Finding a Way

At churches like St. James in Louisville, Ky., services this Christmas will not have in-person choirs or orchestras. But music directors are finding ways to persevere.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #louisville-ky, #music, #musical-instruments, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Cathedral Shooting in Manhattan: What We Know About the Gunman

Luis Vasquez grew up in the Manhattan neighborhood where he opened fire as an outdoor carol service ended. The police fatally shot him.

#cathedral-church-of-st-john-the-divine-manhattan-ny, #churches-buildings, #deaths-fatalities, #firearms, #manhattan-nyc, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc

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With Paris Theaters Closed, Church Is the Only Show in Town

Coronavirus restrictions have shut playhouses and concert halls. So our critic went to Mass to get her fix of music, choreography and drama.

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Fire Badly Damages Middle Collegiate Church in East Village

The fire tore through a vacant building early Saturday morning and then spread to Middle Collegiate Church on Second Avenue. Four firefighters had minor injuries.

#churches-buildings, #east-village-manhattan-ny, #fires-and-firefighters, #middle-collegiate-church

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What the Church Meant for James Baldwin

Although he ultimately rejected Pentecostalism, the writer captured its pathos and ability to bear witness to Blackness in America in his first novel.

#2020tbookclub, #baldwin-james-1924-87, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #churches-buildings, #go-tell-it-on-the-mountain-book, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #pentecostal-churches, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #race-and-ethnicity

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The Munich Atelier Where Stained Glass Comes to Life

In a six-story building in the city’s center, Michael and Petra Mayer run — and reside in — one of the world’s oldest and most celebrated architectural glass and mosaic studios.

#architecture, #art, #churches-buildings, #glass, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #munich-germany, #restoration-and-renovation, #stained-glass, #windows

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When Does an Enemy’s Cultural Heritage Become One’s Own?

The cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh may offer new hope for the preservation of threatened monuments everywhere.

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Stabbing in San Jose Kills 2 at Grace Baptist Church

The police said there were “multiple stabbing victims” on Sunday night. Information on a motive or a possible suspect were not immediately available.

#churches-buildings, #deaths-fatalities, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #san-jose-calif

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Staying Apart, But Praying Together

As the coronavirus surges again, houses of worship in New York struggle to serve their communities safely.

#astoria-queens-ny, #bernard-a-r, #brooklyn-nyc, #christian-cultural-center, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-reopenings, #east-new-york-brooklyn-ny, #hindu-temple-society-of-north-america, #hinduism, #jews-and-judaism, #manhattan-nyc, #mosques, #new-york-city, #places-of-worship, #queens-nyc, #roman-catholic-church, #shutdowns-institutional, #synagogues, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny

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25 Years in Prison for Man Who Burned Down 3 Black Churches in Louisiana

Holden Matthews, 23, said he had set fire to the churches in order to raise his profile among ‘‘black metal” musicians, prosecutors said.

#arson, #churches-buildings, #fires-and-firefighters, #lafayette-la, #louisiana, #opelousas-la, #port-barre-la

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Greek Orthodox Priest Wounded in Lyon, France, Shooting, Reports Say

An unknown assailant walked up to the priest as he was closing his church and shot him before fleeing the scene, according to French media reports. Authorities warned people to avoid the area.

#castex-jean, #churches-buildings, #france, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #lyon-france, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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Why a New Abortion Ban in Poland is Causing a Furor

The ruling party has tried and failed in the Parliament to restrict abortion. Now the courts it controls have done it, instead, sparking the biggest protests since the government came to power.

#abortion, #churches-buildings, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #duda-andrzej-1972, #law-and-justice-poland, #poland, #roman-catholic-church, #womens-rights

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Cuomo’s Virus Crackdown Angers Catholics, Who Say They’re Singled Out

Church leaders, who have clashed with the governor before, said that Catholics have followed mask and social-distancing rules.

#churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #new-york-city, #places-of-worship, #roman-catholic-church, #shutdowns-institutional

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The Long, Worthwhile Search for the Five Black Women of Grace Baptist Church

The names of the five Black founders of a church in Mount Vernon, N.Y., seemed lost to history — until a student journalist stepped in.

#black-people, #churches-buildings, #genealogy, #mount-vernon-ny, #mount-vernon-public-library, #race-and-ethnicity

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Texas Man Sentenced to Five Years for Planting Bombs in Beaumont

Jonathan Matthew Torres “preyed upon Beaumont,” terrifying residents days after a bomb spree in Austin, federal officials said.

#austin-tex, #beaumont-tex, #bombs-and-explosives, #churches-buildings, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards, #texas, #torres-jonathan-matthew, #united-states

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Volunteer Confesses to Starting Fire at Nantes Cathedral

French prosecutors have charged the man, a Rwandan refugee, with arson. He had been questioned and released earlier in the investigation.

#arson, #churches-buildings, #fires-and-firefighters, #france, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #nantes-france

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With Tourists Gone, St. Patrick’s Cathedral Pleads for Help

The Manhattan landmark is struggling to pay its bills while the pandemic keeps visitors and Midtown workers away.

#churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #fifth-avenue-manhattan-ny, #finances, #income, #shutdowns-institutional

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At Old St. Pat’s, a History of Defiance

A pink brick wall protected the basilica in NoLIta last month during days of civil unrest, just as it did during riots two centuries ago.

#basilica-of-st-patricks-old-cathedral-manhattan-ny, #black-lives-matter-movement, #churches-buildings, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #nolita-manhattan-ny, #organs-musical, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #toussaint-pierre-1766-1853

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San Gabriel Mission Is Badly Damaged by Fire

The fire broke out one day after $200,000 in renovations had been completed at the church, which is more than 200 years old.

#churches-buildings, #fires-and-firefighters, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #los-angeles-calif, #native-americans, #san-gabriel-mission-san-gabriel-calif, #serra-junipero

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Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases.

The virus has infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps. More than 650 cases have been linked to reopened religious facilities.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #ministers-protestant

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Black and Latino Churches Offer Prayers, Hope and Coronavirus Testing

A public health program takes free tests and fellowship to communities in New York that have been devastated by Covid-19.

#antibodies, #black-people, #bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #hispanic-americans, #northwell-health, #tests-medical, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science

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Trump’s Visits to Church and Shrine Draw Fierce Rebukes From D.C. Clergy

The Episcopal bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and the Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory said the president was using holy sites as political props.

#budde-mariann-edgar, #christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #clergy, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gregory-wilton, #trump-donald-j, #washington-dc

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Amid Riots and a Pandemic, Church Attendance Resumes in ‘a Very Broken World’

In communities across the country, congregations that had sequestered for months to avoid the coronavirus ventured forth at a social distance in search of comfort.

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Firing a Salvo in Culture Wars, Trump Pushes for Churches to Reopen

President Trump threatened to overrule states that refuse to open places of worship. The White House could not explain how he has that power, and legal experts said he did not have such authority.

#churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #evangelical-movement, #mosques, #presidential-election-of-2020, #protestant-churches, #roman-catholic-church, #synagogues, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Orders States to Allow Places of Worship to Open, Though He Has No Authority To

President Trump has always been an unlikely champion of evangelical and conservative religious voters, and by speaking out, he put himself out front on an issue important to them at a time when his support has been eroding.

#churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #evangelical-movement, #mosques, #presidential-election-of-2020, #protestant-churches, #roman-catholic-church, #synagogues, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Church That Defied Coronavirus Restrictions Is Burned to Ground

A message at the scene that said, in part, “Bet you stay home now,” has led the police in Mississippi to suspect arson.

#arson, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #holly-springs-miss, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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How a Queens Pastor Tends to His Flock From Six Feet Away

After recovering from the coronavirus, the Rev. Peter Purpura found a way to bring the church directly to his people.

#churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #middle-village-queens-ny

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Most Churches Are Taking the Coronavirus Seriously

Pastors who ignore coronavirus restrictions grab headlines. But most are being very careful about worship during the pandemic.

#churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ivey-kay, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

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Coronavirus Reopenings: Many Churches Consider Plans to Pray in Person

Many churches across the country, closed for physical worship for nearly two months, are contemplating what’s next.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #religion-and-belief, #shutdowns-institutional

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If Liquor Stores Are Essential During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Why Isn’t Church?

The new conundrums created by the coronavirus can be addressed by some very old materials: the principles of the First Amendment.

#churches-buildings, #mcconnell-michael-w, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

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