• Supreme Court bans Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Apr 20, 2017

    MOSCOW — Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday banned Jehovah's Witnesses from operating anywhere in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group. The court ordered the closure of the group's Russian...

  • Early Easter service in Colorado Springs likens sunrise to resurrection

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 17, 2017

    As the sun rose behind him, Matt Holtzman drew a parallel to the dawn and the resurrection of Jesus in his sermon during an early morning Easter Sunday service at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Colorado Springs. "We celebrate the fact that just as surely as the sun is...

  • Pope decries 'vile' attack on Syrians in Easter address

    Updated: Sun, Apr 16, 2017

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — On Christianity's most joyful day, Pope Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that also decried the "latest vile" attack on civilians in Syria. Both in his impromptu homily during Mass in St. Peter's Square...

  • New Mexico Catholics undertake annual Easter pilgrimage

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Apr 15, 2017

    CHIMAYO, N.M. — Thousands of New Mexico Catholics are making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo, an adobe church north of Santa Fe. It's been an Easter tradition for 200 years. Around 30,000 people journey to the adobe shrine annually. Some park near the shrine and walk...

  • Pope speaks of humanity's "shame" in Good Friday procession

    Updated: Fri, Apr 14, 2017

    ROME (AP) — Thousands of people, including nuns, families with toddlers, and young tourists, endured exceptionally tight anti-terrorism checks to pray at the Good Friday procession at the Colosseum, where Pope Francis expressed shame over humanity's failings. Francis, wearing a plain...

  • Challenge and uplift combine in Chabad Lubavitch's Passover observance in Colorado Springs

    By Ellie Mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 11, 2017

    An early-October fire forced a Colorado Springs Orthodox Jewish community to meet in homes and hotels for months - but their new center was ready just in time for Passover. Passover is a time of "thanking for where we are" while reflecting on difficulty and looking forward to freedom...

  • Colorado Springs church focuses on symbols of peace on Palm Sunday

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 10, 2017

    When the children saw Munchkin the donkey for the first time inside the First Congregational Church, they were excited just at the thought of being able to pet the animal. But the Rev. Nayiri Karijan wanted the children to have a fuller understanding of the donkey's purpose on this...

  • Focus on the Family history: It started in California with James Dobson

    The Gazette
    Updated: Mon, Mar 27, 2017

    Focus on the Family was the largest of dozens of evangelical para-church organizations that relocated to Colorado Springs between 1988 and 1993. Starting this week, Focus is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Members of the public can attend a June 22 chapel service, or sign up for a...

  • Rocks, Bible thrown through windows of Colorado mosque

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, Mar 27, 2017

    FORT COLLINS — A Colorado mosque was vandalized early Sunday when someone threw rocks and a Bible through the windows of the Islamic Center of Fort Collins. Islamic Center president Tawfik Aboellail says video footage from a security camera showed a man in his late 20s or early 30s...

  • Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen coming to Colorado for "A Night of Hope"

    By Stephanie Earls stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 27, 2017

    Joel and Victoria Osteen, pastors of the largest megachurch in America, will hold "A Night of Hope," an evening of praise and worship, on July 14 at Denver's Pepsi Center. Joel Osteen is senior pastor of Lakewood Church, a 52,000-member, nondenominational Christian megachurch in...

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