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Pope Endorses Same-Sex Civil Unions in New Documentary Film

Pope Endorses Same-Sex Civil Unions in New Documentary Film

By Nicole Winfield | Oct 21, 2020

Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary "Francesco," which had its premiere at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.

Pope Reverts to Mask-less Old Ways Amid Growing Criticism

Pope Reverts to Mask-less Old Ways Amid Growing Criticism

By Nicole Winfield | Oct 21, 2020

A day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service, Pope Francis was back to his mask-less old ways despite surging coronavirus infections across Europe and growing criticism of his behavior and the example he is setting.

Watch: 'Somebody Can Marry a Cow,' Pastor Claims if Trump Loses

Watch: 'Somebody Can Marry a Cow,' Pastor Claims if Trump Loses

Oct 20, 2020

A Trump-supporting pastor predicts a God-decreed change in Donald Trump's election chances; if not, people will be able to marry cows.

Gay Members Would Be Expelled by Amy Coney Barrett Religious Group

Gay Members Would Be Expelled by Amy Coney Barrett Religious Group

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 15, 2020

People of Praise, the religious organization Amy Coney Barrett served as a handmaid for, expels members who partake in gay sex, according to its current leader Craig Lent.

Bipartisan Christian Group Forms Super PAC to Oppose Trump

Bipartisan Christian Group Forms Super PAC to Oppose Trump

By Elana Schor | Oct 13, 2020

A group of Christians from both sides of the aisle, including a past faith adviser to former President Obama, is forming a political action committee designed to chip away at Christian support for President Trump in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign.

Church Leader Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Montenegro

Church Leader Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Montenegro

Oct 7, 2020

The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, which led months of protests against the small Balkan state's pro-Western government, has been hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus, the church said Wednesday.

Amid Pandemic Challenges, Houses of Worship Show Resiliency

Amid Pandemic Challenges, Houses of Worship Show Resiliency

By David Crary | Oct 4, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has posed daunting challenges for houses of worship across the U.S. It also has sparked moments of gratitude, wonder and inspiration.

Barrett Tied to Faith Group Ex-Members Say Subjugates Women

Barrett Tied to Faith Group Ex-Members Say Subjugates Women

By Michael Biesecker and Michelle R. Smith | Sep 29, 2020

President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court has close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the "head" of the family and faith.

Church Says Cardinal Pell Returning to Vatican in Crisis

Church Says Cardinal Pell Returning to Vatican in Crisis

By Rod McGuirk | Sep 28, 2020

Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for the first time since he was cleared of child abuse allegations in Australia five months ago.

The Pope Affirms LGBTQ Kids to Parents in Rome

The Pope Affirms LGBTQ Kids to Parents in Rome

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 19, 2020

Pope Francis met with approximately 40 parents of LGBTQ children on Wednesday and said "the Church loves your children as they are, because they are children of God."

Evangelicals at Base of Trump Hopes for Pennsylvania Repeat

Evangelicals at Base of Trump Hopes for Pennsylvania Repeat

By Mark Scolforo | Sep 19, 2020

President Donald Trump's homestretch push to repeat his razor thin victory in Pennsylvania four years ago won't happen without white evangelicals, and there are signs that critical component of his coalition hasn't lost the faith.

911 Call: Jerry Falwell Jr. Injured While Drunk in Home

911 Call: Jerry Falwell Jr. Injured While Drunk in Home

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 18, 2020

Disgraced Evangelical conservative Jerry Falwell Jr. allegedly fell and injured himself while drunk inside his home the week after news broke of his and wife Becki's extramarital affair with a pool boy.

Jesus Gets Queer-Eyed in Icelandic Church Facebook Ad

Jesus Gets Queer-Eyed in Icelandic Church Facebook Ad

Sep 17, 2020

A cartoon posted to promote children attending Sunday School featuring a Jesus right out of "Queer Eye" was posted, then deleted from the Church of Iceland's Facebook page.

U.S. Election Spotlight Mostly Bypasses Mainline Protestants

U.S. Election Spotlight Mostly Bypasses Mainline Protestants

By David Crary | Sep 13, 2020

Rarely garnering national attention are the mainline Protestant denominations that dominated America's political and civic leadership for much of its history, beginning in colonial times.

Indiana Court Denies Challenge to Religious Objection Limits

Indiana Court Denies Challenge to Religious Objection Limits

By Tom Davies | Sep 11, 2020

An Indiana court rejected an appeal Thursday from conservative religious groups that have unsuccessfully challenged limits on the state's religious objections law that were adopted under then-Gov. Mike Pence.

Ukrainian Cleric Who Called COVID 'Punishment' for Gay Marriage is Now Hospitalized

Ukrainian Cleric Who Called COVID 'Punishment' for Gay Marriage is Now Hospitalized

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 8, 2020

A prominent Ukrainian cleric has been hospitalized with COVID-19 after declaring the pandemic "God's punishment" for same-sex marriage.

Pope: Gossiping Is 'Plague Worse than COVID'

Pope: Gossiping Is 'Plague Worse than COVID'

Sep 6, 2020

Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a "plague worse than COVID" that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church.

Georgia Church Splits from Methodists Over LGBT Dispute

Georgia Church Splits from Methodists Over LGBT Dispute

Sep 4, 2020

A Georgia congregation said Thursday that it has finalized its split from the United Methodist Church after the denomination's divisive vote last year to strengthen bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ pastors.

Anti-LGBTQ Christian Group's Headquarters Declared COVID 'Hotspot'

Anti-LGBTQ Christian Group's Headquarters Declared COVID 'Hotspot'

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 1, 2020

The headquarters of Focus on the Family has been declared a hotspot for COVID-19.

Jerry Falwell Jr. Admits Wife Had Affair with Poolboy, But Did He Watch?

Jerry Falwell Jr. Admits Wife Had Affair with Poolboy, But Did He Watch?

Aug 24, 2020

It's a scenario you might find on PornHub: hubby sits in the corner while his wife has sex with their poolboy. For disgraced evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. it is the story circulating today on the internet.

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