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Pope's Good Friday meditation to focus on human trafficking

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is dedicating this year's Good Friday meditations to victims of human trafficking.The Vatican...

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Pope names moderate Gregory as Washington, DC, archbishop

WASHINGTON (AP) — Archbishop Wilton Gregory promised Catholics he would "rebuild your trust" after Pope Francis on Thursday...

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Brunei invokes laws allowing stoning for gay sex, adultery

SINGAPORE (AP) — New Islamic criminal laws that took effect Wednesday in Brunei that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning...

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Pope: Women have 'legitimate claims' for justice, equality

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said in a document released Tuesday that women have "legitimate claims" to seek more equality...

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Arkansas pastor to lead Southern Baptist executive panel

DALLAS — Arkansas pastor the Rev. Ronnie Floyd has been elected president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s...

Health

'Angels' needed to help children, families in crisis

The preacher speaking at the pulpit almost paused as a man walked into the church. The Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong was delivering...

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OKC church with legacy of civil rights is marking 100 years

An eye-catching Centennial Quilt tells a story of the hope of the past and the promise of the future from its place of...

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Egg-cellent time for a hunt

Metro-area churches hosting egg hunts and other Easter activities for children (activities are free unless otherwise noted): •...

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Religion briefs for April 6

Gospel singing event is planned DEL CITY — The Del City Gospel Singing will be 7 p.m. Saturday at Del City Church of the...

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Church refurbishes vintage bus to continue youth ministry's legacy

Ron Wheeler remembers riding a church bus in the 1940s, singing a children’s Bible song with as much gusto as his preteen voice...

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Malaysia won't join ICC over pressure from Muslim opposition

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Friday Malaysia won't ratify the Rome Statute of the...

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Mormons ease opposition to same-sex couples and their kids

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday repealed rules that banned baptisms for...

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Judge considers whether terror watchlist is unconstitutional

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge says he will rule in the near future on the constitutionality of a government watchlist...

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Can redevelopment finally purge an old orphanage's demons?

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An imposing Italianate-style building that looms over part of Vermont's largest city had such a troubled...

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Brexit compromise may rest on UK odd couple May and Corbyn

LONDON (AP) — She is the strait-laced daughter of an Anglican priest who has championed conservative values all her life; he...

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The Mormons have repealed rules that banned baptisms for kids of gay parents, made gay marriage a sin for expulsion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormons have repealed rules that banned baptisms for kids of gay parents, made gay marriage a sin for...

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Vatican upholds conviction of Guam's ousted archbishop for sexually abusing minors and adds further penalty on appeal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican upholds conviction of Guam's ousted archbishop for sexually abusing minors and adds further penalty...

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Pope names Wilton Gregory as archbishop of Washington, DC, epicenter of US sex abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope names Wilton Gregory as archbishop of Washington, DC, epicenter of US sex abuse crisis.

Life

Rev. Calvin McCutchen, longtime north Tulsa pastor, civil rights leader, dies at 92

TULSA — The Rev. G. Calvin McCutchen, longtime pastor of one of Tulsa's oldest black churches and a leader in civil rights...

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Polish priest apologizes for burning of 'Harry Potter' books

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A priest in northern Poland who led a public burning of books that included titles from the "Harry...

Senior centers' success has board in a quandary

BusinessDec 24, 2018

The surprising success of Oklahoma City's new senior centers has the voluntary MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board grappling with the question of how many centers to build, and where. "I think it's a mistake" not to build all the centers promised to...

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Bomb injures at least 18 people in southern Philippine town

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A bomb injured at least 18 people Wednesday in a southern Philippine town in an attack believed to...

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Texas Senate OKs religious refusal bill panned by businesses

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved a bill allowing social workers, attorneys and others with...

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Pope says women have 'legitimate claims' to more justice and equality in church but stops short of more sweeping calls

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope says women have 'legitimate claims' to more justice and equality in church but stops short of more...

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Arizona repository houses dead animals for use by tribes

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Native American tribes on the hunt for animal hides, antlers, teeth and other parts for...

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Afghans recruited to fight in Syrian war struggle back home

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his...

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Pope tells Moroccans "we are brothers and sisters"

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Pope Francis sought Sunday to encourage greater fraternity between Christians and Muslims in Morocco,...

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Pope in Morocco: Walls, fear-mongering won't stop migration

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Pope Francis praised Morocco as a model of religious moderation and migrant welcome as he kicked off a...

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Comedian leads presidential polling in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who's never held political office tops the public opinion polls ahead of Ukraine's presidential...

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Community event will focus on implicit bias

The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City...

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Interfaith group comes together to help YWCA

Michael Korenblit and Naila Aziz swapped stories and jokes about parenthood as they cleaned and organized toys and wooden...

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In brief

SHAWNEE OBU ensemble sets spring concert True Voice, Oklahoma Baptist University's 12-member a cappella ensemble, will host its...

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Ministry completes 'miracle' journey of purchasing Edmond property

EDMOND — Nine months ago, Kaylene Balzer and Lisa Clark led a series of prayer walks on property they hoped to claim for...

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Bible lesson

"From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” — Matthew 4:17 To prepare his...

Business

Prayer breakfast is just one aspect of business ministry

A Christian business leaders' ministry will host the 2019 Metro Prayer Breakfast on April 17 at the Cox Convention Center. More...

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Methodist church will dedicate giant bell in Edmond

EDMOND — St. Luke's United Methodist Church will celebrate the fifth anniversary of it's suburban satellite in grand style on...

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George Clooney calls for boycott of hotels over anti-gay law

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney is calling for the boycott of nine hotels in the U.S. and Europe with ties to the sultan of...

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Pope requires sex abuse claims be reported in Vatican City

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has issued sweeping new sex abuse legislation for the Vatican City State and Vatican diplomats...

Life

MercyMe returns to OKC for March 30 concert

Contemporary Christian band MercyMe will perform in concert at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown...

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AP NewsAlert

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope issues sweeping sex abuse legislation for Vatican City, requires abuse allegations to be reported to...

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Supreme Court delays execution of Texas inmate who claimed religious discrimination over use of spiritual adviser

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Supreme Court delays execution of Texas inmate who claimed religious discrimination over use of...

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Muslim group draws attention to county official's anti-Islamic comments

An Oklahoma County official accepted a lunch invitation with a local Muslim leader this week after drawing continued criticism...

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Top firms decry religious exemption bills proposed in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some of the world's biggest companies are back to oppose a range of new Texas legislation they say is...

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Democrats, Muslim lawmaker decry opening prayer as divisive

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The first female Muslim member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives said Tuesday she was...

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Founder, editorial board of Vatican women's magazine quit citing climate of distrust after nun abuse articles

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Founder, editorial board of Vatican women's magazine quit citing climate of distrust after nun abuse articles.

Health

Spread spirit Lent throughout your year

Lent is most typically associated with the Catholic Church, but also observed by Lutherans, Methodists Presbyterians,...

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Erdogan proposal to make Hagia Sophia a mosque irks Greece

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Greek government voiced opposition Monday to the suggestion from Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

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Banning of manifesto raises free speech debate in N. Zealand

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned the 74-page...

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IS loses all territory but its shadowy leader still at large

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader...

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Somalia police: At least 5 people, including deputy labor minister, killed in attack by Islamic extremists

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia police: At least 5 people, including deputy labor minister, killed in attack by Islamic...

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Bible lesson

"And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.’ ” — Luke 19:9 Jesus Christ...

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Conference offers clergy training in child trauma

Several faith organizations and other agencies are joining forces to offer a special clergy training conference. The "Faith...

Local storm chaser charged with child molestation

NewsApr 3, 2019

An Oklahoma storm chaser and photographer has been charged with inappropriately touching a 15-year-old boy. Lawrence Robert McEwen, 28, of Noble, is facing three counts of lewd molestation or indecent proposal to a child and one count of...

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After more than two decades, OKC church to dedicate building

A congregation's dream for a new church building has come true after more than 20 years. Holy Temple Baptist Church, 1536 NE...

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In brief

EDMOND Lenten mission set at St. John the Baptist St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in partnership with other Catholic...

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Polished ministry focuses on young professional women

A ministry new to the metro area aims to bring young professional women together explore faith and navigate the world of...

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NZ says mosque gunman faces life in prison in isolation

ISTANBUL (AP) — New Zealand's deputy prime minister said the gunman accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in the South...

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US abruptly endorses Israel's Golan sovereignty in big shift

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the...

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People across New Zealand are observing the Muslim call to prayer a week after 50 people were slaughtered at two mosques

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — People across New Zealand are observing the Muslim call to prayer a week after 50 people were...

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Dozens of headstones at Jewish cemetery defaced with swastikas, anti-Semitic messages

A hate crime investigation is underway after 59 headstones were defaced and two were knocked over at a Jewish cemetery in...

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Turkey's Erdogan sparks spat with Australia, New Zealand

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has sparked an acute diplomatic spat with far-off New Zealand and Australia, referring...

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New Zealand police: Mosque gunman had planned a 3rd attack

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were...

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NZ city scarred by shooting is home to white supremacists

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The leafy New Zealand city where a self-proclaimed racist fatally shot 50 people at mosques...

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Why Facebook didn't block live New Zealand shooting video

LONDON (AP) — Why did Facebook air live video of the New Zealand mosque shooting for 17 minutes? Didn't anyone alert the...

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Vatican: Pope declines to accept resignation of French cardinal convicted of failing to report pedophile

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican: Pope declines to accept resignation of French cardinal convicted of failing to report pedophile .

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French minister attends memorial of Jewish school attack

PARIS (AP) — Amid a recent rise in anti-Semitic acts in France, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has attended a ceremony...

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Pope defends decision to keep French cardinal after cover-up

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis defended his decision to reject French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin's resignation...

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NZ leader vows to 'absolutely deny' mosque gunman a platform

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has...

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Premier League, EFL & FA accused of 'double standards' for not holding mosque attack tribute

The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association have been accused of "double standards" for not holding...

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Metro faith community gathers for NZ prayer vigil

A metro Muslim leader said his faith community won't cower in fear in the wake of a deadly shooting spree at two New Zealand...

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Once sanctuaries, houses of worship struggle with security

DETROIT (AP) — A rabbi who packs a gun. A church installing security cameras. A police car protecting a mosque.Houses of...

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New Zealand digs graves as mosque massacre toll rises to 50

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Anguished relatives were anxiously waiting Sunday for authorities to release the remains of...

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Slovak president race: upstart vs. EU official in runoff

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The two leading contenders in Slovakia's presidential election will meet in a runoff vote that...

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New Zealand gunman entranced with Ottoman sites in Europe

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 50 people dead in New...

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Man who stood up to mosque gunman probably saved lives

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — When the gunman advanced toward the mosque, killing those in his path, Abdul Aziz didn't hide....

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'RUN!': NZ shooting victims recount horror, mourn the lost

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — They had walked that once innocuous stretch of sidewalk side-by-side so many times. Every...

Sports

The Latest: Death toll in mosque attacks rises to 50

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand (all times local):10:05 a.m....

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Vatican pushes back about work conditions at UN mission

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is pushing back against whistleblower reports about problematic work conditions at its U.N....

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Teen eggs Australian senator who blames Muslims for attack

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian senator had a raw egg cracked over his head and faces censure from his fellow...

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Pope still hopes to visit South Sudan to promote peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has met with the president of South Sudan and told him that he still hopes to visit the...

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Author inspires students with message of ‘healing hope’

SHAWNEE — Author and ministry leader Katherine Wolf recently shared her remarkable story of suffering from a brainstem stroke...

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In brief

NORMAN Tibetan monks set to visit Norman Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery will visit Norman to share their...

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Delegate shares reasons for backing Traditional Plan

Editor's note: Delegates at the United Methodist Church's Feb. 23-26 General Conference in St. Louis voted in favor of...

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Bible lesson

"For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate." — Luke 15:24 The...

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Muslim group, interfaith partners respond to New Zealand attack

The leader of a Muslim advocacy group said he could hardly sleep because he worried about the safety of Oklahoma Muslims and...

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OKC pastor decrys Methodist anti-gay stance

Editor's note: Delegates at the United Methodist Church's Feb. 23-26 General Conference in St. Louis voted in favor of...

Downtown blooms in April

BusinessApr 2, 2019

For a moment, let’s step back, take a breath, and maybe celebrate our community. It’s not to say we’re done discussing serious issues of creating safer streets, addressing the needs of the less fortunate and those struggling just to get by day...

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New Zealand mosque shooter broadcast slaughter on Facebook

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A white supremacist suspected in shootings at two mosques that killed 49 people during midday...

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New Zealand's prime minister says main suspect in mosque shootings legally acquired 5 guns used in shootings

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's prime minister says main suspect in mosque shootings legally acquired 5 guns...

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49 killed at mosques in 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — At least 49 people were shot to death at two mosques during midday prayers Friday — most if...

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Mosque attacks spark outrage, fuel concern over Islamophobia

BRUSSELS (AP) — World leaders expressed condolences and condemnation Friday following the deadly attacks on mosques in New...

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Mosque shooter brandished white supremacist iconography

The self-proclaimed racist who attacked a New Zealand mosque during Friday prayers in an assault that killed 49 people used...

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New Zealand mosque shootings kill 49

Forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prime...

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says mosque shootings appear to have been a well-planned "terrorist attack"

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says mosque shootings appear to have been a well-planned...

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New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern says 40 people were killed in the Christchurch mosque shootings

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern says 40 people were killed in the Christchurch mosque...

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Australia's prime minister confirms an Australian citizen has been arrested in New Zealand's mosque shootings

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister confirms an Australian citizen has been arrested in New Zealand's mosque shootings.

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New Zealand police say they're not aware of other suspects beyond 4 arrested after mosque shootings but can't be certain

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police say they're not aware of other suspects beyond 4 arrested after mosque...

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New Zealand police say they've defused a number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles after mosque shootings

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police say they've defused a number of improvised explosive devices found on...

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Third cricket test against New Zealand canceled after Bangladesh team narrowly escapes shooting at Christchurch mosque

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Third cricket test against New Zealand canceled after Bangladesh team narrowly escapes...

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says one suspect is in custody but "there could be others involved" in mosque shootings

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says one suspect is in custody but "there could be others...

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Witness: Many dead in New Zealand mosque shooting

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Many people were killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch...

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Media in New Zealand are reporting a shooting at a second mosque in the city of Christchurch

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Media in New Zealand are reporting a shooting at a second mosque in the city of Christchurch.

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Pope anniversary marked by Pell sentencing, scandal fallout

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marked his sixth anniversary as pontiff in prayer Wednesday, attending a weeklong spiritual...

Business

City council delays vote on First Christian Church designation

Representatives of First Christian Church promised Tuesday they have no plans to tear down the architectural landmark and do...

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3 Philippine priests say they, Catholic bishops under threat

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Three Philippine Catholic priests said Monday they and some church leaders who are critical of the...

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Town ravaged by tornado prays at church that sheltered many

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — The pastor of a church that became a center for shelter, help and grieving when a tornado killed 23...

Life

University expulsion incident made headlines

It should come as no surprise that news of the student demonstration at (then) Oklahoma Christian College made headlines. The...

Life

Vatican next year to open archives on wartime Pius XII

VATICAN CITY — Declaring that the church "isn't afraid of history," Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the...

Life

Oklahoma Christian works to right a wrong against black students 50 years ago

"We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord. And we pray that our unity will one day be restored. And they'll know we are...

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Omar furor reflects intensifying national debate over Israel

NEW YORK (AP) — For Congress, the allegations of anti-Semitism directed toward Rep. Ilhan Omar have no precedent. Yet on...

Life

$6.3M raised for synagogue massacre families, survivors

A $6.3 million fund established after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre primarily will be split among the families of the dead...

Life

Xavier University nun never stops helping

CINCINNATI — It's no easy task, living a great life. That distinction is reserved for rare circumstances when a person lives...

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Bible lesson

"Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:27 Jesus attracted great crowds...

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Mormon websites renamed in push to end use of nicknames

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church said it will rename websites, social media accounts and employee email addresses to get rid...

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Religion briefs

Lenten dinner-discussion event is set at church "Soup for the Soul," a Lenten meal and lesson series, will begin at 6 p.m....

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Trump pays his respects to 23 killed by Alabama tornado

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Head bowed, President Donald Trump paid respects Friday to the 23 people killed when a powerful tornado...

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Belgian court finds suspected jihadi Mehdi Nemmouche guilty of 2014 Jewish museum slayings of four people

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian court finds suspected jihadi Mehdi Nemmouche guilty of 2014 Jewish museum slayings of four people.

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Blasts in Kabul hit near ceremony attended by top officials

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mortar shells exploded Thursday outside a ceremony in the Afghan capital Kabul attended by the...

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French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin offers his resignation after being convicted of failing to report a pedophile priest

LYON, France (AP) — French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin offers his resignation after being convicted of failing to report a...

Governor's staff to focus on Oklahoma's biggest health challenges first

HealthApr 2, 2019

State officials are close to pinning down which big health issues will be targeted first by the Stitt administration, Jerome Loughridge, Oklahoma's new secretary of health and mental health, said Monday. "We're going to take on the most...

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Mahathir: China should define claims in South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday that China should define its "so-called...

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French cardinal guilty of abuse cover-up

France's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, has been handed a six-month suspended sentence for his...

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A French court finds Cardinal Philippe Barbarin guilty of failing to report accusations against a pedophile priest

LYON, France (AP) — A French court finds Cardinal Philippe Barbarin guilty of failing to report accusations against a pedophile...

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Muslim convert jailed for plot to attack London's Oxford St

LONDON (AP) — A British Muslim convert was sentenced Wednesday to at least 15 years in prison for plotting a van attack on...

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Jane Jayroe partners with The Oklahoman for Lenten podcasts

Practice: Unleashing the Power of Faith - Kristin Chenoweth This is an excerpt from Jane Jayroe's daily devotional "Practice:...

Business

Colorado, baker end legal spat over transgender woman's cake

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially...

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Correction: Vatican-Pius XII story

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story March 4 about Pope Francis opening Vatican archival documents on World War II-era Pope Pius XII...

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3 get prison in college basketball recruiting scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Adidas executive and two others who paid families to persuade top college basketball recruits to play...

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Islamic council rejects Israeli court closure at holy site

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Islamic authority that oversees Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem has rejected an Israeli court order to...

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Oklahoma governor welcomes Muslims to 'Day at the Capitol'

Oklahoma Muslims were surprised by an unexpected visitor on Monday at an annual advocacy gathering at the state Capitol. Gov....

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The Latest: Search ongoing for Alabama tornado victims

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the tornado that killed more than 20 people in Alabama (all times local):5 p.m.An Alabama...

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No trial date set for man accused of slaying Muslims in 2015

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — After four years, no trial date has been set for the man accused of gunning down his Muslim neighbors in...

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Anti-abortion prayer campaign set

NORMAN — A kick-off rally for the 2019 "40 Days for Life" campaign is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at St. Mark the Evangelist...

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Egypt's top cleric calls polygamy 'injustice,' draws debate

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top Muslim cleric has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an "injustice" for women, but...

Life

Methodists aim to promote unity, love after LGBTQ ban upheld

To some people, the results of a recent international Methodist gathering may have been disheartening. To other individuals,...

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The Latest: Global Muslim body urges India, Pakistan to talk

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Latest on tensions between India and Pakistan (all times local):9:20 p.m.Pakistan's foreign ministry...

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Bible lesson for March 2

"And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just." — Luke 14:14...

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Oklahoma Methodist leader helped guide historic gathering

An Oklahoma minister helped guide the legislative portion of the recent historic gathering of United Methodists in St. Louis....

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Ash Wednesday is on the horizon

Many of Oklahoma's faithful are expected to observe Ash Wednesday, March 6, which marks the first day of the Christian season...

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Midwest City church will host 'Chasing Joy' women's event

MIDWEST CITY — Women of Wickline United Methodist Church will host the "Chasing Joy Women’s Conference" from 8:30 a.m. to 3...

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Steven Curtis Chapman to bring unique tour to Edmond church

EDMOND — Grammy Award-winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman will share his musical journey with fans during a concert...

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Religion briefs for March 2

Gospel singing is set DEL CITY — The monthly Del City Gospel Singing will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Del City Nazarene Church,...

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Former Miss America is putting faith into 'Practice'

Putting her best faith forward is nothing new for author, former Miss America and TV personality Jane Jayroe. As the author of...

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GOLD house offers day of fun

Gospel of Life Dwellings (GOLD) is hosting its monthly First Saturday Fun Raiser, 1 to 5 p.m. at the St. John Paul II Dwelling,...

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Calls for Maryland lawmaker to resign renewed after censure

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Lawmakers, civil rights leaders and voters renewed calls for a white Maryland lawmaker to resign Friday,...

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Calls growing for Maryland lawmaker to resign over slur

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland political leaders from both parties and civil rights groups made growing calls for the...

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Oklahoma Methodists discuss St. Louis gathering

The Rev. Scott Spencer said he wasn't surprised when United Methodists ultimately upheld the denomination's ban on full...

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OC renames Hardeman Auditorium

A metro-area university renamed its largest auditorium on Tuesday to pay tribute to a Texas family that has donated more than...

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Judge reveals senior Vatican cleric convicted in Australia of sexually abusing 2 choirboys

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Judge reveals senior Vatican cleric convicted in Australia of sexually abusing 2 choirboys.

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Iowa diocese identifies 28 priests accused of abusing minors

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — At least 28 priests are credibly accused of having sexually abused more than 100 boys and girls while...

Parkinson's patients find joy in dance

HealthApr 3, 2019

NORMAN — The dancers are seated in a large circle as the music begins, one in a wheelchair. Their movements are slow at first — deep breathing, stretching, reaching. As the dance class progresses, so does the energy in the room. Torsos twist;...

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Pope vows to end cover-ups

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront...

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Church perseveres after tornado blows its building apart

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — When it came time for Sunday services at First Pentecostal Church in Columbus, Mississippi, the...

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Oklahoma bishop discusses Episcopalian decisions regarding gay inclusion

United Methodists aren't the only denomination to grapple with the issue of gay inclusion in recent years. The Presbyterian...

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Pope Francis ends summit on clergy sex abuse; vows to confront abusers with the "wrath of God" and prioritize victims

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis ends summit on clergy sex abuse; vows to confront abusers with the "wrath of God" and...

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Oklahoma Methodists join historic gathering over gay rights in the Church

As United Methodists gather to discuss the future of gay people in the church, the Rev. Linda Harker, of Norman, believes "the...

Life

Skyline Urban Ministry moves forward with public's help in aftermath of theft

Skyline Urban Ministry has continued its outreach to the homeless despite the recent theft of most of its ministry materials....

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Religion briefs for Feb. 23

Gospel singing events are set DEL CITY — Two musical events are planned at Del City Church of the Nazarene, 4701 SE 26. The...

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Bible lesson

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” — Psalms 91:11 When we read this verse, we might...

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Navy Seal 'frogman' will mark moon landing anniversary at Mustang church

MUSTANG — The Rev. John Wolfram, Apollo 11 frogman, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on a speaking...

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Oklahoma City Archdiocese to delay clergy abuse disclosure

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is delaying its release of names of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children. The...

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Interfaith Jummah Prayer event held at Capitol

The Council on American-Islamic Relations recently held its annual Interfaith Jummah Prayer event at the state Capitol. The...

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Filipino rebel commanders become officials under peace deal

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines were sworn in Friday as...

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Clergy group denounces 'constitutional carry' bill in Oklahoma Legislature

A group of pastors from across the state denounced a bill on Thursday that would allow Oklahoma residents to carry a gun...

Health

Baptist leaders oppose bill to criminalize abortion

Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, said he still will not give Senate Bill 13 a hearing.

Crime

The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican's conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local):5:45 p.m.A...

News

Faith leaders, others voice opposition to constitutional carry bill for Oklahoma

"We still believe we have not only a public safety and common good argument to make, but a moral argument."

Crime

Polish activists pull down statue of priest in abuse protest

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists in Poland toppled a statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest early Thursday amid allegations...

Crime

Pope Francis opens sex abuse summit by warning bishops the faithful want concrete action, not just condemnation

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opens sex abuse summit by warning bishops the faithful want concrete action, not just...

Sports

US: Alabama woman who joined Islamic State is not a citizen

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won't be allowed to return to the United States...

Crime

The Latest: Son of priest meets with Vatican investigator

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican summit on dealing with sex abuse of minors (all times local):7:00 p.m.The lead...

Crime

Egypt executes 9 over 2015 assassination of top prosecutor

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015...

Life

Oklahoma pastors welcome Southern Baptist president's 'call to action'

A set of proposed reforms designed to combat sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention was affirmed Tuesday by several...

Life

Southern Baptists issue calls to action in wake of abuse scandal

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear outlined 10 "calls to action" for Southern Baptists. He recommended that...

News

Poland awaiting Israel's apology for minister's comments

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish government official said Tuesday that Warsaw is still waiting for Israel's government to...

Business

Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese database Victor Gevers found online was not just a collection of old personal details.It was a...

Crime

Oakland, California diocese names 45 accused of sexual abuse

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Oakland, California, has released the names of 45 priests, deacons and religious...

Crime

French judge refuses to block Catholic sex scandal movie

PARIS (AP) — A French judge refused Monday to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex...

Life

Newsboys teams up with former members to headline Winter Jam tour

It's the reunion that keeps on giving. When the Newsboys reunited with Peter Furler to record "The Cross Has The Final Word,"...

Life

Jewish federations to host 'Legislative Day'

The Jewish Federations of Greater Oklahoma City and Tulsa will host the second annual "Jewish Community Legislative Day" from...

Life

In brief

African choir will perform in OKC The Amani Childrens Choir from Africa will perform on Sunday at Western Avenue Baptist...

Life

OKC author offers 'keys to lasting love'

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but an Oklahoma City author is offering advice for married couples seeking a lasting love...

Life

OKC church lights up cross for first time in more than 50 years

For several decades, large lightbulbs lit up a cross perched atop a downtown Oklahoma City church. However, the lights that...

Life

Bible lesson

“For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.” — Psalms 66:10 Most collectors would not want to buy a...

The OK Photo Issue

HealthDec 9, 2018

Near as I can tell, photographers from The Oklahoman archived nearly 30,000 photos during the past year. Our photo staff is seasoned, talented and hugely productive. In this issue of The OK, we share their gifts and hard work with you. In these...

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News

India warns of 'crushing response' to Kashmir suicide attack

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's prime minister warned of a "crushing response" to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy...

News

Mormons up missionary calls home from twice yearly to weekly

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parents of Mormon missionaries will be able to hear their children's voices a lot more often under new...

Business

Preservationists seek to protect First Christian Church

More than 3,500 people have signed a petition that is joined by a resolution by Preservation Oklahoma asking the Oklahoma City...

News

IS militants cling to last square mile in eastern Syria

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants clung to their last square kilometer (square mile) of land in...

Life

Dancing in the New Year

Freddy Nguyen threw dollar bills in the air as whirling, swirling lions danced and swayed to a drum beat through his Oklahoma...

Crime

Swastikas removed from pictures of French Holocaust survivor

PARIS (AP) — Street portraits of a prominent Holocaust survivor that were graffitied with swastikas have been restored by the...

News

Trump calls Rep. Omar apology about Israel remark 'lame'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has apologized for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support...

News

US strikes IS-held mosque as Syria battle intensifies

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. military said Tuesday it struck a mosque that had allegedly been used as an Islamic State control...

Sports

Iranian-Americans nurture new generations after revolution

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Minoo Sharifan came to the United States from Iran in the 1970s for graduate school, and like many...

News

Anti-Semitic acts hit France amid anti-government protests

PARIS (AP) — Portraits of a Holocaust survivor stained with swastikas. A memorial in honor of a Jewish man vandalized. A bagel...

News

Oklahoma Baptist leaders weigh in on newspapers' series on sexual abuse in the church

An Enid pastor said he’s sad and frustrated about recent news stories chronicling sexual abuse at Southern Baptist Churches and...

Life

10 Oklahoma men listed in database of Baptist sex abusers

Ten men with connections to Oklahoma Southern Baptist churches or their affiliates, are included in a database of Southern...

News

The Latest: Trump: Rep. Omar should be ashamed of comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's tweets on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (all times...

Crime

Mexican church says 152 priests removed in 9 years for abuse

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of the Mexican bishops' conference says that 152 Roman Catholic priests have been removed from the...

Crime

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded not guilty to hate crimes and dozens of other...

Crime

The Latest: Synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the arraignment for the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue shooter (all times local):9:40 a.m.A...

Life

McGuinness group attends March for Life

Ten students and two teachers representing Bishop McGuinness High School traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the...

Life

Churches to observe Safe Families Sunday

Reducing the number of children in foster care, preventing child abuse and neglect and supporting families in crisis is the...

Life

Catholic men's event will focus on faith, renewal and evangelization

NORMAN — The Rev. Larry Richards broke into writing with his 2009 book “Be a Man! Becoming The Man God Created You To Be.”...

Life

Bible lesson

“We have thought on your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple.” — Psalms 48:9 During the reigns of King David and...

Life

Metro-area women celebrate 'World Hijab Day'

A few sparkled with metallic accents. The traditional head scarves worn by Muslim women took center stage at several events...

Life

In brief

Singing group plans concert at OKC church The Singing Church Women will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Village Baptist Church,...

Life

Roses for life Faith community distributes flowers symbolizing the sanctity of the unborn

Jen Brickerm, an aerialist-acrobat who was born without legs, shared her faith testimony at the 2019 Rose Day Rally on...

News

Dingell's farewell message to America includes dig at Trump

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — On the day of his death, longtime Rep. John Dingell dictated a farewell message to America and used some...

News

Activists link Capitol Police sergeant to white nationalism

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Anti-fascist activists in Virginia have published allegations linking a Virginia Capitol Police sergeant...

News

Former member of Dutch anti-Islam party becomes a Muslim

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A former Dutch lawmaker who had been fiercely critical of Islam has become a Muslim.Joram van...

News

Greece calls for reopening of Istanbul's Orthodox seminary

ISTANBUL (AP) — A potential move by Turkey to allow the reopening of a Greek Orthodox theology school on the island of Halki,...

News

Top Iraqi cleric rejects Trump's plan for US troops in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric on Wednesday joined a chorus of Iraqi politicians and clerics criticizing...

Life

Speaker to explore spiritual path of love

NORMAN — A lecture titled "Rumi and the Sufi Path of Love" will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Norman Cultural...

Life

Civil rights icon Andrew Young speaks in OKC

Andrew Young reached heights he never imagined. He was one of the civil rights leaders who was closest to Martin Luther King...

News

Pope Francis arrives at stadium to celebrate the first papal Mass in the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis arrives at stadium to celebrate the first papal Mass in the Arabian...

News

Pope Francis says faith leaders have a duty to reject war during first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis says faith leaders have a duty to reject war during first-ever papal visit...

Oklahoma pharmacist indicted on 40 counts of health care fraud

HealthApr 2, 2019

A pharmacist has been indicted in a $1 million false prescription scheme in Oklahoma City federal court. Jeffrey Scott Terry, 37, is facing 40 counts of health care fraud from his pharmacy, Bratton Drug, in Mangum. He was indicted March 5 with...

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Crime

Philippine police: 5 church bombing suspects in custody

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five suspected Abu Sayyaf militants accused of involvement in a deadly suicide attack at a Roman...

Life

Prayer is focus of gathering at Capitol

Members of the State Legislature, the governor and other state leaders were lifted up in prayer on Sunday during a prayer rally...

Life

Religion briefs for Feb. 2

Religion briefs for Feb. 2

Life

Bible lesson for Feb. 2

Bible lesson for Feb. 2

Life

Girl debuts a new way for blind Jews to participate in bat mitzvah

WASHINGTON — When 12-year-old Batya Sperling-Milner stood before her community at her bat mitzvah, a key coming-of-age ritual...

Life

OKC church's tennis academy outreach adds three new courts

A northwest Oklahoma City church has expanded its Tennis Academy outreach to include three new full-size tennis courts built on...

News

Iran begins marking 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday began celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled...

Life

Thieves steal ministry items aimed at helping homeless

Thieves stole a trailer full of items that a metro ministry used to feed the homeless. Now, Skyline Urban Ministry is asking...

Around The Web

Catholic Church in Texas Names Nearly 300 Priests Accused of Sex Abuse

The Roman Catholic Church in Texas on Thursday released the names of almost 300 priests who it said had been credibly accused...

Crime

Catholic leaders in Texas name 286 accused of abusing minors

DALLAS (AP) — Catholic leaders in Texas on Thursday identified 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, a...

Business

The Latest: Pence going to Miami to meet with Venezuelans

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):7:50 p.m.Vice President Mike Pence...

News

Judge refuses to unseal criminal charges against Assange

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a request to unseal criminal charges against Wikileaks founder...

Business

Israel leader scorned for wooing Holocaust-distorting allies

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warm welcome to Lithuania's prime minister marks his latest...

Crime

Egypt arrests activists after commemoration of uprising

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has rounded up at least six activists in the last couple of days in a wave of arrests coinciding with the...

Life

Jeff Hamilton, former state legislator and metro minister, dies at 85

The Rev. Jeff Hamilton, a former state legislator and metro minister, died Saturday. He was 85.

News

'The land has been redeemed': St. Gregory's Abbey monks retain property that was collateral on university loan

The Benedictine monks at St. Gregory's Abbey will retain 480 acres of land they put up as collateral for a loan to keep the...

Crime

NY poised to ease statute of limitations for molestation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After years of frustration and failed attempts, survivors of childhood sexual abuse prevailed Monday in...

News

AP Interview: Iraqi militia leader wants US troops to leave

BAGHDAD (AP) — The leader of one of the most powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq said Monday that he expects a vote...

Life

Religion briefs for Jan. 26

Religion briefs for Jan. 26

Life

Oklahoma Rose Day rally to feature acrobat-aerialist

Acrobat and aerialist Jen Bricker will be keynote speaker at the 28th annual Rose Day rally set for Feb. 6 at the state...

Life

Andrew Young, MLK contemporary, will speak at Oklahoma Christian

The Rev. Andrew Young, a Georgia pastor who was a member of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s inner circle, will be the...

Life

Oklahoma churches reach out to help in midst of government shutdown

Some houses of worship have been helping federal employees whose budgets have been strained by the current partial government...

Life

Former Congressman discusses King at university chapel service

In his first public appearance since leaving office, former U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, spoke at Mid-America...

Life

Bible lesson for Jan. 26

Bible lesson for Jan. 26

Life

Set to 'Shine'

"Night to Shine," the prom-night experience for people with special needs, will be hosted by Putnam City Baptist Church for the...

Crime

Militia members get decades in prison in Kansas bomb plot

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three militia members convicted of taking part in a foiled plot to massacre Muslims in southwest Kansas...

Crime

Czech lawmakers adopt common definition of anti-Semitism

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Parliament's lower house has adopted a resolution that recognizes a common international definition of...

Business

The Latest: Police: Xaver had dreams of hurting students

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the killings of five people inside a bank in Sebring, Florida (all times local):7:30 p.m.A...

Crime

Muslim enclave that was foiled attack target urges justice

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Muslim group called Wednesday for full prosecutions against the four people accused of plotting an...

News

Crush of desperate migrant families seek asylum at border

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Maria Orbelina Cortez says she fled El Salvador for the U.S. after her husband attacked her and knocked a...

News

Catholic student says he didn't disrespect Native American

PARK HILLS, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic high school student whose close encounter with a Native American activist and a black...

News

Far-right lawmakers walk out of Holocaust tribute in Bavaria

BERLIN (AP) — More than a dozen state lawmakers from a German far-right party walked out of the Bavarian parliament during a...

News

Czech lawmakers approve taxation of church restitution plan

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Parliament's lower house on Wednesday approved a proposal drafted by Communist lawmakers to tax the...

OSU football: Defensive ends forced to grow up quickly, but showing promise in spring

SportsMar 31, 2019

STILLWATER — Mike Gundy didn’t go into much detail in describing the performance of his defensive ends through the first few spring practices. It’s not that they’re playing poorly. Gundy feels comfortable with their progression. But he knows...

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Life

Baptists provide meals for unpaid federal workers

Baptist Relief volunteers provide meals for federal workers affected by partial government shutdown.

News

The Latest: White House reaches out to Kentucky students

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on reaction from a recent encounter between white teenagers, Native American marchers and a...

News

Boys school shuts down amid fallout over Washington videos

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky boys' school shut down its campus Tuesday as a precaution and a small protest was held outside...

Life

Lawton Community Theatre to produce Oklahoma premiere of 'serious comedy' 'Church & State'

LAWTON — Lawton Community Theatre will produce the Oklahoma premiere of “Church & State” Feb. 1-3 and 7-10 at the theater,...

News

Review: 'Nowhere Child' is Christian White's stunning debut

"The Nowhere Child: a Novel" (Minotaur), by Christian WhiteA young woman's fond memories of her happy childhood and loving...

Business

King events draw potential Democratic presidential hopefuls

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the...

Life

Church celebration pays tribute to King

A crowd of about 1,600 paid tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday during a celebration of the civil rights...

Life

Oklahoma Methodists participate in Indigenous People's March

A group of American Indians representing the United Methodist Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference participated in the first...

Life

Bible lesson for Jan. 19

Bible lesson for Jan. 19

Life

Baptist convention hosts Evangelism Conference

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma's Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference is set for Jan. 27-29 at First Southern...

Life

Oklahoma ties: What they said about Bailey Smith

Several Oklahoma Southern Baptist leaders recently shared comments about Bailey Smith in the immediate aftermath of his death.

Life

Pope wants bishop to punish sex abusers, not cover up cases

Pope Francis is insisting that bishops attending his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit will learn the laws to use against...

Life

Religion briefs for Jan. 19

Religion briefs for Jan. 19

Life

Bailey Smith, early Southern Baptist Convention conservative president, dies

Evangelist Bailey Smith, who helped sustain the Conservative Resurgence at its outset in the Southern Baptist Convention, died...

Business

Zimbabwe in 'total internet shutdown' amid deadly crackdown

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe imposed a "total internet shutdown" for most of Friday in what critics called an attempt to...

News

India's top court paves way for bars with dancers to reopen

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court on Thursday paved the way for the reopening of Mumbai's dance bars, which had been a...

News

Gay rights group takes issue with Karen Pence's new employer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence's return to teaching at a Virginia school that lists "homosexual or lesbian sexual activity" as...

Life

Annual Norman Mayor’s Interfaith Breakfast set for Monday

Norman's annual Mayor’s Interfaith Breakfast honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Monday. The event...

Business

Kansas governor expands ban on anti-LGBT bias to contractors

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor on Tuesday reinstated a ban on anti-LGBT bias in state agencies' employment...

News

Governor Kemp conciliatory in Georgia inaugural address

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Gov. Brian Kemp pledged Monday to work for all Georgians, striking a conciliatory tone in his...

News

'McJesus' sculpture sparks outrage among Israel's Christians

HAIFA, Israel (AP) — An art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald has sparked protests by the country's Arab...

News

Building at renowned Kiev monastery complex catches fire

MOSCOW (AP) — Fire has broken out in a building at the renowned Pechersk monastery complex in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, but...

Crime

The Latest: Congo runner-up asks court to order vote recount

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):3:10 p.m.Congo presidential runner-up...

News

Kemp prepares to lead Georgia after rough, partisan campaign

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's new governor campaigned as a self-described "politically incorrect conservative" who sealed support...

Life

Foundation awards Mobile Meals grants to churches

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is helping provide warm meals to homebound older residents by awarding $53,400 in grants...

Life

Bible lesson for Jan. 12

Bible lesson for Jan. 12

Life

Houses of worship plan host King holiday events

Several houses of worship and faith-inspired groups are hosting events and activities commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Life

Religion briefs for Jan. 12

Religion briefs for Jan. 12

Life

Prayer service will commemorate Unity Week

The Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts will host a prayer service to commemorate the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian...

Life

Love is at the Center of it all

Every nook and cranny of a former church building has been transformed to house OKCity Center, a youth recreation program that...

News

Episcopal Church allows same-sex marriage in NY diocese

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Episcopal Church on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriages in an upstate New York diocese where...

Catholic Charities offers new employee loan program

BusinessApr 3, 2019

As executive director of the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Patrick Raglow is all too familiar with the perils of payday loans. Many of the low-income families his nonprofit serves fall prey to the typical two-week, exorbitantly...

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Life

OKC's Jewel Box Theatre faces 'uncertain' future as First Christian Church is up for sale

The future of Oklahoma City's oldest continuously operating community theater is uncertain now that its longtime production...

Crime

APNewsBreak: No death penalty in Catholic store attack

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A prosecutor said Friday that he won't seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing a woman and...

Health

Muslim family: Hospital guard said they looked 'scary'

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A Muslim family says staff at a Virginia hospital told them they looked "scary" and threatened to kick them...

Crime

Poll: Faith in clergy's honesty drops among US Catholics

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Fewer than a third of U.S. Catholics rate the honesty and ethical standards of clergy as "very high" or...

News

Congo opposition candidate Fayulu asserts he won 61 percent of the presidential vote, citing Catholic Church observers

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo opposition candidate Fayulu asserts he won 61 percent of the presidential vote, citing Catholic...

News

Local Texas GOP rejects outing vice chair over his faith

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Republicans in one of the most populous counties in Texas voted Thursday to keep a Muslim doctor as...

News

Congo's Catholic church says official election result does not match its tally from 40,000 poll observers

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Catholic church says official election result does not match its tally from 40,000 poll observers.

News

Yemen's information minister says rebel drone attack wounded 2 senior commanders, shows Houthis 'not ready for peace'

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's information minister says rebel drone attack wounded 2 senior commanders, shows Houthis 'not ready for peace'

News

Government shutdown cancel's Carson prayer breakfast speech

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown has scrambled plans for a Missouri prayer breakfast after Ben Carson...

News

Texas county Republicans to vote on Muslim vice chair ouster

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Republicans in one of the most populous counties in Texas will decide this week if they should remove...

News

Pope decries rise of nationalism, flaws of globalization

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed concern Monday over the rise of populism and nationalism, including separatist...

News

Christians celebrate Epiphany across Europe

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Christians across Europe celebrated Epiphany on Sunday, with worshippers plunging into icy waters and...

Around The Web

Saudi women to get divorce notice by text

A new regulation in Saudi Arabia is set to stop Saudi women from not knowing about their own divorce. Starting from Sunday,...

News

US sends troops for possible 'violent' Congo vote protests

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — On the eve of the first expected results of Congo's long-delayed presidential election, President Donald...

News

Ukrainian Orthodox Church breaks away from Russian influence

ISTANBUL (AP) — An independent Ukrainian Orthodox church was created at a signing ceremony in Turkey on Saturday, formalizing a...

Life

Preacher moves back to his native Puerto Rico to fulfill God's calling

The Rev. Felix Cabrera, 39, has returned to his native Puerto Rico for the foreseeable future as the new executive director of...

Life

Religion briefs for Jan. 5

Religion briefs for Jan. 5

Life

King holiday breakfast is planned

The 22nd annual Midwest City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will be on Jan. 21 at the Sheraton Midwest City Reed...

Life

Bible lesson for Jan. 5

Bible lesson for Jan. 5

Life

Churches, others partner to offer services to immigrants

Two church organizations, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University have partnered together to offer free...

Life

Homecoming: Minister returns to lead church where he joined as a teen

The Rev. Keith Burkhart has returned to First Southern Baptist Church of Del City where he joined as a teen. Burkhart is the...

Life

Woman named seminary president

Nancy Pittman, Ph.D., has been named the new president of Phillips Theological Seminary, the school's board of trustees...

Life

Young Seventh Day Adventist minister leads metro congregation

The Rev. T.J. Sands delivers sermons on most Sabbath mornings at Edmond Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4701 E Danforth Road.

News

Facebook apologizes to Graham

Facebook apologizes to Graham Facebook recently apologized to Evangelist Franklin Graham for banning the missionary for 24...

Business

Speaker again, Pelosi sees 'new dawn' for 116th Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheering Democrats returned Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker's post Thursday as the 116th Congress ushered...

Crime

AP Exclusive: Big jump in US Catholic dioceses naming names

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than...

Business

Sudan under al-Bashir: Long history of turmoil, conflicts

CAIRO (AP) — Street protests against Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir show no sign of abating. A growing number of his former...

News

Facebook apologizes for banning evangelist Franklin Graham

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Facebook has apologized for temporarily banning North Carolina evangelist Franklin Graham from its...

Business

Attorney says Egyptian activist to return to jail any time

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian activist expects to return to prison "at any time" after an appeals court upheld a two-year sentence...

News

Trump's pick for AG once questioned value of border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, once questioned the value of a wall along...

Health

Amid 2018's tragedies were moments of compassion and duty

Deadliest shooting at an American high school: Parkland, Florida.Deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century: Paradise,...

Life

Religion briefs for Dec. 29

Religion briefs for Dec. 29

Life

Bible lesson for Dec. 29

Bible lesson for Dec. 29

OU football: Tanner Schafer trying to follow in Taylor Cornelius' footsteps

SportsApr 3, 2019

NORMAN — Tanner Schafer shrugs a bit at the question. “Did it bother you that you weren’t more highly recruited?” Oklahoma’s redshirt junior walk-on quarterback was asked last week. “I don’t know,” Schafer said. “I guess it’s because I’m from...

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Life

2018 Religion Year in Review: Pennsylvania grand jury sex abuse report named year's No. 1 religion story; Bishop Michael Curry named newsmaker of the year

An explosive Pennsylvania grand jury report that accused 301 priests of sexually abusing at least 1,000 minors was named the...

Life

'A lot of life left to live': The Thunder's Chris Fisher called Caleb Freeman of Newcastle 'an inspiration'

Chris Fisher, the new TV play-by-play announcer for the Oklahoma City Thunder, recently visited with Caleb Freeman, of...

Crime

Egypt's 2 ex-presidents appear in the same courtroom

CAIRO (AP) — Two former Egyptian presidents appeared Wednesday in the same Cairo courtroom, with Hosni Mubarak testifying in a...

News

The Latest: Tsunami toll now 429 dead, thousands homeless

SUMUR, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the tsunami that hit parts of Indonesia (all times local):1:30 p.m.The death toll from...

News

Indonesia tsunami survivors remain jittery as deaths hit 429

SUMUR, Indonesia (AP) — Panicked residents, police and soldiers in this remote fishing village clobbered by a devastating...

News

Last sister at 'The Mount'

Sister Betty Elmer became the last sister at 'The 'Mount' after she retired from her post at Mount St. Mary High School, the...

News

The Latest: Trumps attend services at National Cathedral

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's Christmas activities (all times local):10:25 p.m.President Donald...

Business

Santa gets pushed out as China's leaders emphasize tradition

SHANGHAI (AP) — It took less than 24 hours for all the Christmas trees, lights and bells to disappear from a 27-story shopping...

News

Pope: Forgo greed and gluttony of Christmas for simple love

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged Christians on Monday to forgo the greed, gluttony and materialism of Christmas and to...

Life

Christmas tree that tells a story

A holiday tree at one south Oklahoma City church has brought Jesus' family tree to life for students at an affiliated school....

Life

YouVersion Bible App shares most popular Bible verse of 2018

Edmond-based Life.Church recently shared the most popular YouVersion Bible App Bible verse of 2018.

Life

Bible lesson for Dec. 22

Bible lesson for Dec. 22

Life

Taking 'A Walk Through Bethlehem'

An interactive Christmas-themed event titled "A Walk Through Bethlehem" recently drew an estimated 5,000 people to United...

Life

Spreading light and hope

A monthlong initiative started by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging church members to take the...