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'I'm very thankful for it': Christian nonprofit works to fill a need in NE OKC food desert

Some residents of a northeast Oklahoma City neighborhood initially were surprised to learn that a small grocery had opened in...

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Stations of the Cross are a Lenten tradition

Many artists throughout the years have depicted Christ's journey to Calvary in myriad ways.These artistic depictions come to...

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Faithful encouraged to 'Put on the Apostle'

What was the Apostle Peter thinking as he ate a final meal with Jesus? What might have crossed the Apostle John's mind as he...

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Egg hunts continue as popular Easter tradition

Red, blue, purple and green. Eggs in a variety of colors dot the landscape during egg hunts held by metro area churches and...

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Oklahomans plan 95th production of 'Prince of Peace' Easter pageant

LAWTON — A long-running Easter pageant is in its 95th year of production. The "Prince of Peace" pageant will get under way at...

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Churches prepare for Simultaneous Revival's 76th year

A large group of northeast Oklahoma City churches will participate in the long-running Simultaneous Revival this year. The...

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Passover Seder 101

As the Jewish holiday of Passover approaches, a local Jewish organization helps children prepare to participate in an important...

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Palm Sunday processionals hearken to biblical days

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and the final week of Lent. Many churches will honor an age-old tradition on the...

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Easter blooms at Center of Family Love

OKARCHE — Easter lilies and other assorted flowers will be on hand once again at Kristy Lyn's Flowers & Gifts.A healthy...

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Ecumenical crowd will gather for outdoor Stations of the Cross

Christians from across the metro area will gather in downtown Oklahoma City for an annual observance tied to Good Friday. The...

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NY delays presidential primary; Trump nixes quarantine idea

NEW YORK (AP) — As coronavirus cases rose in the national epicenter of New York, President Donald Trump surprised governors of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Jewish group criticizes governor for prayer event

A metro area Jewish group criticized Gov. Kevin Stitt for his participation in a recently televised prayer service. The Jewish...

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China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak

ISLAMABAD (AP) — China sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies Saturday to help Pakistan fight the spread of...

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Christian education conference continues through technology

An Oklahoma City native returned to his roots just in time to help a local church host an annual conference despite the...

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Third-party hotline for reporting on Catholic bishops is launched

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently established a third-party system for reporting and assessing allegations of...

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Use of Life.Church's online platform continues to climb

Online church attendance through Life.Church's Church Online Platform continued to increase significantly this past weekend,...

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“The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil.” — John 7:7 From Jesus’...

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Oklahoma faith briefs

New minister joins spiritual center The Rev. Lin Nowicki is the new senior minister at United Life Center for Spiritual Living,...

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Coronovirus in Oklahoma: Clergy grapple with financial implications, concern for members during COVID-19 crisis

Houses of worship may experience a decrease in funding as Oklahomans grapple with the coronavirus crisis. With in-person...

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Using creativity to keep the faith

Houses of worship and religious leaders are coming up with creative ways to connect with each other and their surrounding...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

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SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Live updates: Oklahoma coronavirus cases now 429; 16 dead

Follow along here for up-to-the-minute coverage of the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

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Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, who served with King and gave Obama’s inaugural benediction, has died at 98

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, who served with King and gave Obama’s inaugural benediction, has died at 98.

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In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an...

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Rumors hampering fight against coronavirus in South Asia

NEW DELHI (AP) — The message started with an outlandish claim: The coronavirus was retreating in India because of “cosmic-level...

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The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some,...

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Half-million infected worldwide as economic toll rises

The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the...

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'Let Hope Rise: Together In Prayer for Oklahoma' to be held Thursday night

The event, hosted by the Rev. Michael Todd, will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Transformation Church in Tulsa, where Todd is pastor.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gov. Stitt calls for 'Statewide Day of Prayer'

Gov. Kevin Stitt has issued a proclamation declaring Thursday a “Statewide Day of Prayer” for all Oklahomans affected by...

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The beat goes on: Locked-down Berlin clubs take party online

BERLIN (AP) — Locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the nightclubs in the German capital have decided to keep the beat...

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The Latest: South Korea’s central bank to provide aid

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some,...

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Trump's Easter goal in war on virus a nod to faith, business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s “beautiful” idea to reopen the U.S. economy by Easter Sunday and pack church pews...

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is suspending all temple activity due to concerns over the coronavirus.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is suspending all temple activity due to concerns over...

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Man charged in New Zealand mosque shootings changes plea to guilty.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Man charged in New Zealand mosque shootings changes plea to guilty.

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With church bells and candles, France honors virus victims

PARIS (AP) — From famed Gothic cathedrals to modest village churches, places of worship around France rang their bells in...

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Afghan authorities raise death toll from Islamic State group's attack on Sikh place of worship in Kabul to 25 killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities raise death toll from Islamic State group's attack on Sikh place of worship in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nonprofit programs continue to deliver food, attention to homebound adults

Loveda Kennedy and her daughter Belle, 12, recently joined forces to drop off hot meals to El Reno senior adults. The Okarche...

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Edmond Church of Christ member tests positive for COVID-19

EDMOND — A member of Edmond Church of Christ has tested positive for COVID-19. Leaders at the church, 801 S Bryant, shared the...

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The Latest: US officials working on $2 trillion rescue deal

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 381,000 people and killed over 16,500. The COVID-19...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Center of Family Love taking precautions to protect residents

OKARCHE — Due to the increased risk of serious complications from COVID-19 for individuals with disabilities, the Center of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Priest's 'drive-up' idea draws large crowd to sacred service

EDMOND — Never one to be late to church, Darrel Waggoner arrived more than an hour early Sunday so he could get a good seat....

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Faithful adapt as houses of worship make adjustments

Corey White won't be making the typical trek from his Edmond home to North Church-Guthrie on Sunday. The pews of his church...

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Bible lesson for March 21

"Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State's Southern Baptists are responding to pandemic

Like many churches across the state, Oklahoma Southern Baptist houses of worship have become innovative in how they connect...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Pandemic changes plans for faith activities

The pandemic has resulted in the postponement or cancellation of many events planned by faith-based organizations. The...

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Comedian to offer free streaming special To brighten up the current challenging times, inspirational comedian Michael Jr. will...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Use of Life.Church's online platform surges in age of COVID-19

EDMOND — The number of churches using technology created by an Oklahoma megachurch surged recently as church leaders around the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Edmond priest plans to host 'drive-up Mass'

EDMOND — In a burst of creativity fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, a metro area priest has found a way to bring his...

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Iran's leaders take upbeat tone even as virus deaths climb

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's leaders vowed to overcome the coronavirus outbreak in upbeat messages marking the Persian New Year...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OK Episcopal bishop learns he does not have COVID-19

Oklahoma's top Episcopalian leader has learned he does not have COVID-19. Friday, the Rt. Rev. Ed Konieczny, bishop of the...

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Business Fallout: Airlines lobby for funds, Domino's hiring

It was less than 11 weeks ago that the first cases of pneumonia were detected in Wuhan, China. The speed at which what would...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gospel recording artist Sandi Patty has COVID-19

Gospel recording artist Sandi Patty has tested positive for COVID-19. Patty, 64, a member of Crossings Community Church and the...

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The Latest: Ships going to Honolulu won't let off passengers

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 218,000 people and killed more than 8,800. The COVID-19...

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Virus death toll spikes in Iran, with total now at 1,135

TEHRAN (AP) — Iran on Wednesday reported its single biggest jump in fatalities from the coronavirus as another 147 people died,...

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Earthquake shakes Utah, rattling frayed coronavirus nerves

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A moderate earthquake Wednesday near Salt Lake City temporarily shut down a major air traffic hub,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Child at St. Luke's childcare center tests positive for COVID-19, center plans to stay open

A child at St. Luke's Childcare Center in Downtown Oklahoma City has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a release from...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Many Methodist churches in state will temporarily suspend in-person worship

Many United Methodist churches across Oklahoma will temporarily suspend in-person worship, closing to combat the coronavirus...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC Archdiocese suspends public Mass

Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley on Tuesday directed all Catholic churches in the archdiocese to suspend public Mass...

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'Virus at Iran's gates': How Tehran failed to halt outbreak

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Appearing before the cameras coughing and sweating profusely, the man leading Iran's...

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Iran warns virus could kill 'millions' in Islamic Republic

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran issued its most dire warning yet Tuesday about the new coronavirus ravaging the country, suggesting...

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OK Episcopal bishop takes test for COVID-19

The leader of the Episcopal Church in Oklahoma has undergone testing for COVID-19. The Rt. Rev. Ed Konieczny, bishop of the...

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Iran's supreme leader issues religious ruling prohibiting 'unnecessary' travel amid new coronavirus outbreak

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader issues religious ruling prohibiting 'unnecessary' travel amid new coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Crossings: Member of church community tested positive for COVID-19

A member of the Crossings Community Church community has tested positive for the coronavirus, church leaders said Monday. The...

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The Latest: SKorea warns churches over flouting restrictions

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 182,000 people and killed more than 7,100. The COVID-19...

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Retrial of US Catholic official delayed over virus concerns

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The retrial of the only church official who has ever gone to prison in the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse...

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5-year sentence for French priest who abused boy scouts

LYON, France (AP) — A French priest who acknowledged sexually abusing at least 75 boys over decades was sentenced Monday to...

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Disgraced priest disputes law firm's report, seeks certain rights from OKC Archdiocese

A retired Catholic clergyman named in a list of predatory priests wants to retain the right to carry out priestly functions...

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In person or online, pastors preached messages of hope on Sunday

Faith over fear. Trusting in God in times of crisis. The church is a safe haven. Looking for the gifts of God in a dark...

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Despite ltaly's coronavirus lockdown, Pope Francis visits two Rome churches to pray for an end to the pandemic

ROME (AP) — Despite ltaly's coronavirus lockdown, Pope Francis visits two Rome churches to pray for an end to the pandemic.

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Muslim officials: Al-Aqsa mosque, third holiest site in Islam, closes over virus concerns, prayers to continue outside

JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslim officials: Al-Aqsa mosque, third holiest site in Islam, closes over virus concerns, prayers to continue...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Life.Church, Crossings are latest houses of worship temporarily closing physical sites

Life.Church has closed its physical locations for the weekend due to concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Leaders...

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Notes and news: Coronavirus and the faith community

By Saturday evening, numerous metro area churches, many of them large, prominent congregations, had announced plans to cancel...

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Program sends Jewish teens into classrooms to counter anti-Semitism

Everything was in place: the silver kiddush cup beside the rolled-up Torah. The ceremonial candle, brushing braided challah....

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OKC breakfast brings about 250 together to address race, bias and criminal justice

The Rev. Teron Gaddis remembered the excitement he felt as he and his brother rode their new bicycles through their new...

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Religion joins with science amid virus crisis

NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic has prompted multiple religious faiths to change or cancel services as houses of worship...

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“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give...

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String quartet plans concert EDMOND — The Crusa String Quartet will present music by Haydn and Mozart during a free concert set...

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Museum of the Bible says its Dead Sea Scrolls fragments all forgeries

All of the Dead Sea fragments displayed at the Museum of the Bible are forgeries, museum officials said on Friday. The museum...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Some churches suspend in-person worship

The Episcopal bishop of Oklahoma has directed Episcopal churches across the state to close temporarily due to concerns about...

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The Latest: Puerto Rico sees its first cases of coronavirus

The Latest on the world's coronavirus pandemic:Officials say tests have confirmed three cases of the new coronavirus in Puerto...

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Religious services curbed across Mideast over virus fears

JERUSALEM (AP) — Religious authorities cancelled or limited weekly prayer gatherings across the Middle East on Friday to help...

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Texas megachurch pastor pleads guilty to bilking investors

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Texas megachurch pastor and former spiritual adviser to two U.S. presidents has pleaded guilty to...

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The Latest: US advises Americans to reconsider travel abroad

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic:___The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to...

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Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

ROME (AP) — In a story March 9, 2020, about the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe, The Associated Press erroneously...

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What's Happening: Italians awake to new reality, skies empty

Italians awoke to the new reality of a national lockdown on Tuesday and Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first trip to the...

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Hundreds in DC asked to quarantine after exposure in church

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several hundred people are being asked to self-quarantine after potential exposure to the first confirmed...

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Netanyahu rivals to cooperate on forming new government

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief rival said Monday that he has agreed with a smaller party to work...

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Update: Life.Church pastors' quarantine will end soon

An Oklahoma pastor quarantined after being exposed to COVID-19 has only a few days to remain in seclusion. In a video shown at...

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Crossings to host Aspire Women's Conference

The Women’s Ministry at Crossings Community Church will host the Aspire Women’s Conference from 7 to 10 p.m. April 3 at the...

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Jewish holiday of Purim begins soon

The Jewish holiday of Purim will begin at sundown Monday and conclude at sundown Tuesday. A festive holiday, Purim commemorates...

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Religious tourist hot spots impacted by coronavirus

A coronavirus outbreak is affecting many tourist attractions, including holy sites around the world. Due to concerns about the...

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Film poses question: 'Same God?'

Linda Midgett became intrigued by a controversy brewing in 2015 at Wheaton College, her alma mater. A black political science...

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Bible lesson for March 7

“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away.” — John 6:37Jesus’...

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Oklahoma faith briefs

Abbey offers 'Day of Reflection' SHAWNEE — The next "Day of Reflection" event will be on March 14 at St. Gregory's Abbey, 1900...

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Virus cases top 100,000 in 90 countries as markets take dive

PARIS (AP) — Crossing more borders, the new coronavirus hit a milestone, infecting more than 100,000 people worldwide as it...

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Iran warns it could use 'force' to halt travel amid virus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities warned Friday they may use “force” to limit travel between cities and announced the new...

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Meatless Fridays get a boost from plant-based substitutes

Growing up, Duncan Tiemeyer knew that he wouldn't be eating a juicy hamburger or a thick steak on Friday nights year-round. He...

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Afghan official says gunmen killed 27 people, at least 29 wounded in attack on Shiite leader's memorial in Kabul.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says gunmen killed 27 people, at least 29 wounded in attack on Shiite leader's...

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Bethlehem's storied Nativity Church closes amid virus fears

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials on Thursday closed the storied Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of...

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Israel's Netanyahu falls short of parliamentary majority

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has again fallen short of a parliamentary majority with his...

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Oklahoma faith groups make plans to lessen coronavirus impact

In Edmond, two high-profile leaders of Life.Church were exposed to the disease in Germany and have placed themselves under...

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OKC metro pastors placed under quarantine after coronavirus exposure

Two high-profile leaders of an Oklahoma-based megachurch — one of the largest churches in the country — are under quarantine...

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How winning turned Biden into a confident candidate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden strode confidently to the podium, shutters clicking, a bank of cameras beaming to a national...

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In Italy and beyond, virus outbreak reshapes work and play

ROME (AP) — Italy closed all schools and universities and barred fans from all sporting events for the next few weeks, as...

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Saudi Arabia bans citizens and residents from performing Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca over fears about new virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia bans citizens and residents from performing Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca over...

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Catholic bishop suspends use of 'common cup'

Roman Catholic parishes across much of the state are suspending the use of the "common cup" during the Eucharist to help...

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The Latest: Mike Pence says CDC to issue new virus guidance

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local):8:40 a.m.Vice President Mike Pence says the Centers for...

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Iran's military on alert as virus kills 77, sickens leaders

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran put its armed forces on alert Tuesday to assist health officials in battling the new coronavirus...

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Muslims applaud absence of protesters for 'Day at the Capitol' effort

No demonstrators showed up on Monday to protest the sixth annual "Muslim Day at the Capitol." Instead, Muslim Oklahomans were...

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China's crisis wanes as epidemic takes hold in US, elsewhere

BEIJING (AP) — China's coronavirus caseload continued to wane Tuesday even as the epidemic took a firmer hold beyond Asia, with...

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Virus ravaging Iran kills confidant of its supreme leader

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A member of a council that advises Iran's supreme leader died Monday from the new coronavirus, becoming the...

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New virus hits Mideast airlines with $100M loss, group says

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Major travel disruptions due to the new coronavirus have already caused the equivalent...

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Empty streets, economic turmoil as virus alters daily life

TOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus has claimed its first victim in the United States as the number of cases shot up in Iran, Italy...

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France bans gatherings, frowns on kissing, to fight virus

PARIS (AP) — France is banning all indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people to slow its snowballing spread of...

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Iran says 'tens of thousands' may get tested for coronavirus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran is preparing for the possibility of “tens of thousands” of people getting tested for...

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Pope tells scandal-marred Legion they still haven't reformed

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis told the Legion of Christ religious order Saturday it still has a long road of reform ahead,...

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Lenten lunch series to begin in Norman

NORMAN — A Norman tradition continues Wednesday as the 2020 Norman Ministerial Fellowship Lenten lunch series begins. Each...

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Oklahoma faith briefs

Choir plans metro concert MIDWEST CITY — The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is proud to host the Singing Saints from Saint Paul...

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Used to giving orders, Kansas abortion foes can't cut a deal

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents who've become used to giving orders to Kansas lawmakers on the exact wording of new...

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy protection in effort to recover from misconduct scandal

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy protection in effort to recover from misconduct...

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World harshens its virus response as epidemic worsens by day

BANGKOK (AP) — Saudi Arabia cut travel to Islam’s holiest sites, South Korea toughened penalties for those breaking quarantines...

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Death toll rises to 24 from Delhi riots during Trump trip

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 24 people were killed and 189 injured in three days of clashes in New Delhi that coincided with U.S....

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Mubarak, Egypt's autocrat ousted in uprising, dies at 91

CAIRO (AP) — Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian leader who was the autocratic face of stability in the Middle East for nearly 30 years...

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Violence in Indian capital casts shadow over Trump's visit

NEW DELHI (AP) — An angry group of Hindus carrying pickaxes and iron rods hurled rocks Tuesday at Muslims in a fresh round of...

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Trump's India visit prioritizes pageantry over policy

AHMEDABAD, INDIA (AP) — Prioritizing pageantry over policy, President Donald Trump basked in India's welcoming embrace on a day...

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Supreme Court to hear dispute over Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court to hear dispute over Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with...

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Iran announces 42.57% voter turnout in parliamentary elections, lowest turnout since 1979 Islamic Revolution.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran announces 42.57% voter turnout in parliamentary elections, lowest turnout since 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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Infections climb in South Korea as world fights virus

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections Saturday with more than 400 cases mostly...

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Iran now says 6th person dead of new virus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian officials Saturday reported a sixth death from the new virus that emerged in China.The governor of...

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Clergy prepare for Ash Wednesday, Lenten season

Church leaders are preparing for Ash Wednesday and the Christian season of Lent. Ash Wednesday, marking the first day of Lent,...

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Oklahoma faith briefs

Group to host senior seminar A senior seminar, "Cardiovascular and Nutritional Health," will be Thursday at Redeemer Lutheran...

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Hillsong Young & Free will be in Winter Jam lineup in OKC

Fans of the contemporary Christian worship groups Hillsong Worship and Hillsong United might be interested in knowing that...

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“When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by...

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Oklahoma churches, groups team up to offer health fair for women

EDMOND — Women from other countries attend Friendship International gatherings for the educational activities and friendly...

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Grief, anger and calls for action after shooting in Germany

HANAU, Germany (AP) — Gokhan Gultekin’s juggling act was in many ways typical of Hanau’s Turkish community: taking care of...

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S. Korea reports 1st virus death; 2.5M urged to stay home

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported its first death from the new virus on Thursday while the mayor of a southeastern...

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Christian theme park in Florida laying off most workers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Christian-oriented theme park in central Florida that describes itself as “bringing the Bible to life”...

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'Be A Neighbor' initiative launched at Governor's Prayer Breakfast

Gov. Kevin Stitt and his wife Sarah imagined an event that would bring together Southern Baptist preachers and Jewish rabbis,...

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Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy, urge victims to step forward

The Boy Scouts of America urged victims to come forward Tuesday as the historic, 110-year-old organization filed for bankruptcy...

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China’s 'War on Terror' uproots families, leaked data shows

Beijing (AP) — For decades, the Uighur imam was a bedrock of his farming community in China’s far west. On Fridays, he preached...

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Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

MILAN (AP) — The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected — or could abide.Her son had been sexually...

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Televangelist, ex-pastor settle lawsuit alleging sex abuse

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A confidential settlement was reached in a former Ohio megachurch pastor's lawsuit alleging televangelist...

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The Latest: Nevada's lieutenant governor endorses Biden

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times PST):3:30 p.m.Joe Biden has picked up another...

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Surviving the presidential election without burning bridges

Editor's note: The following column is related to a Feb. 16 story about coping with polarization during the presidential...

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How to stop polarization 'virus' from spreading

Polarization is manifested in several ways, especially when it comes to hot-button issues like politics, religion and...

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Oklahoma Baptists will host conferences focusing on abuse awareness and prevention

Oklahoma Baptists will host three regional gatherings focusing on awareness and prevention of sexual abuse in churches. The...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Feb. 15, 2020

OCU will host lectures Michael Carasik will speak at the Neustadt Lectures set for Thursday at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N...

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Catholic women's 2020 conference is set

NORMAN — Oklahoma Catholic women are invited to hear inspirational and motivational speakers at the 2020 Oklahoma Catholic...

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Bible lesson for Feb. 15, 2020

“Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as...

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Young women professionals group continues with special speaker for Black History Month

Awaken. Lament. Hope. Amazement. These are the four components that Scotia Moore, of Oklahoma City, has created to help...

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Film producer will speak at Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahomans may soon meet a Hollywood veteran who has worked with Pixar, Disney Animation, Sony Animation and 21st Century Fox....

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Former priest convicted in 1960 Texas slaying dies at 87

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former Texas priest who was sentenced to life in prison for the 1960 killing of a schoolteacher who...

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Valentine's Day brings love and some worry in Iraq holy city

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Hasanain al-Rufaye was busy in his flower shop wrapping bouquets, stuffing dolls into gift boxes and...

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Jehovah's Witnesses report convictions, torture in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Jehovah's Witnesses have been convicted of extremism in Russia and four more arrested, one of whom reported...

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House Speaker wants 'In God We Trust' in state buildings

Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall wants the national motto, "In God We Trust" to be displayed prominently in all state...

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LA church leaders charged with marriage, immigration fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three officials with a Philippines-based church in Los Angeles have been charged as part of an alleged...

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Ideas for amending Russian Constitution aired for Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — A meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin on amending the Russian Constitution produced suggested changes on...

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Memorial services set for 'renaissance man' Rabbi David Packman

A. David Packman, Temple B'nai Israel rabbi emeritus, died Monday in Bethesda, Maryland. He was 81. A native of Philadelphia,...

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Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a...

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Pope avoids question of ordaining married men as priests in Amazon region, focuses on environment in new document

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope avoids question of ordaining married men as priests in Amazon region, focuses on environment in new...

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More US firms are boosting faith-based support for employees

NEW YORK (AP) —It has become standard practice for U.S. corporations to assure employees of support regardless of their race,...

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Not all born in American Samoa want US citizenship

HONOLULU (AP) — Growing up in American Samoa, Filipo Ilaoa’s neighbors were his cousins on a plot of land full of banana and...

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Saints owner denies team had role in clergy sex abuse list

The owner of the New Orleans Saints said Monday that the NFL team played no role in determining which priests would be named in...

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Bible lesson for Feb. 8, 2020

“You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf.” —...

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Jewish center hosts special gathering for Super Bowl

A local Jewish center turned a Super Bowl party into a "Super Soul Party." As the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers...

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Frontline in Shawnee to host conference for 'small town' churches

SHAWNEE — Some of the challenges and rewards of leading a church in a small town are different than the challenges and rewards...

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OKC-area church prepares food for kids around globe

BETHANY — A local church recently made more than 100,000 meals, but the food wasn't for a luncheon or a similar gathering....

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Feb. 8, 2020

Church to host 'Compassion Journey' EDMOND — An interactive tour of life in the developing world will be featured Friday...

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Crossings concert to feature Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers

The world-renowned Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers, featuring TaRanda Greene and Sandi Patty, will perform in concert at 7 p.m....

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Trump's prayer breakfast jibes jolt many faith leaders

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Prayer Breakfast - a Washington tradition since 1953 - is by custom a respite from partisan...

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Achievers

Oklahoma Christian University’s chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society recently had its history journal named as...

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'Never give up': Raymond Santana of 'Central Park Five' shares his story at OC

For Raymond Santana, April 19, 1989, seemed like an ordinary day, part of a long holiday weekend that was perfect for spending...

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French skating head asked to quit amid sex abuse claims

The head of the French skating federation has been asked to resign by the country's sports minister after she grilled him over...

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'Othered' in America: An old story, still playing out daily

CHICAGO (AP) — Activist Hoda Katebi rarely takes a break from organizing. As tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalated in...

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Ice Angels share warmth, hope

Mary Kaplan has been searching the racks of local thrift stores for jeans. Dark wash, light wash, name brand or no brand. Size...

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Raymond Santana of 'Central Park Five' to speak at OC

Raymond Santana, one of the individuals once known as the "Central Park Five," will be a guest speaker Monday at Oklahoma...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Feb. 1, 2020

Environmental program set Church of the Open Arms UCC will host an educational event about the Green New Deal resolution...

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Bible lesson for Feb. 1, 2020

“You do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent.” — John 5:38 Two leading religious...

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Q&A: Rapper Aaron Cole is 'grateful' for spot on TobyMac's tour

Aaron Cole's world of faith and music collided when he was just a toddler. His father had a music studio in the family's...

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Special needs prom events expand into Edmond, Shawnee

Kari Holder remembers walking the halls of an Oklahoma City church filled with hundreds of excited people attending a prom for...

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Dialogue series focuses on 'sacred listening'

In a small group setting in January, metro-area residents talked about topics that many people try to avoid — religion, sexual...

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Pastor with Oklahoma ties is appointed to national post

A minister with ties to Oklahoma has been appointed to a leadership position with a national black Baptist denomination. The...

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Trump curbs immigrants from 6 nations in election-year push

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday that it was restricting immigrants from six additional countries...

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Ebenezer pastor Raphael Warnock enters US Senate race

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, announced...

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Colorado baker who sparked Supreme Court case has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The Colorado baker whose refusal to design a wedding cake for a gay couple led to a landmark Supreme Court...

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Indian police detain man for firing during student protest

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police on Thursday detained a man who allegedly fired a pistol near a university in New Delhi where...

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Amnesty Int'l: Asia seeing growing repression, resistance

BANGKOK (AP) — Authoritarian governments in Asia are undermining human rights and demonizing their critics, but they face a...

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Terror attacks drop, but Pakistan 'not out of the woods'

GUJRANWALA, Pakistan (AP) — Terror attacks in Pakistan plummeted by more than 85% over the last decade. It's a welcome...

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White supremacist appeals death penalty in church massacre

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — White supremacist Dylann Roof on Tuesday appealed his federal convictions and death sentence in the 2015...

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Auschwitz survivors warn of rising anti-Semitism 75 years on

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp prayed and wept as they marked the 75th anniversary of...

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Local charity helps fathers furnish homes

A south Oklahoma City mom has started an organization to help fathers turn their houses into homes. Lynda Steele said her...

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Who can topple Trump? Dems' electability fight rages in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The urgent fight for the Democratic presidential nomination raged across Iowa on Sunday as the party's...

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Vatican urges visiting Iraqi president to protect Christians

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Saturday urged Iraqi President Barham Saleh to guarantee the safety of Christians and ensure...

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Bible lesson for Jan. 25, 2020

“And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not...

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Utah scholar to address Latter-day Saints at annual lecture

TULSA — Mainstream members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have not practiced polygamy for more than a...

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Oklahoman faith briefs for Jan. 25, 2020

Gospel singing event is planned DEL CITY — The Del City Gospel Singing will be celebrating its 18th anniversary with a concert...

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Feast, celebrating German roots, to benefit Corn Bible Academy

CORN — The legacy of the German Americans who founded this small Washita County town lives on in the hearts of the students and...

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Q&A: We Are Messengers will be in lineup for Tobymac's tour

We Are Messengers’ lead vocalist Darren Mulligan admits he doesn’t always have it all together — and that’s OK. This comes as...

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Muslim women occupy streets in India against citizenship law

NEW DELHI (AP) — In the Indian capital’s Shaheen Bagh neighborhood, beside open sewers and dangerously dangling electricity...

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Ministry and nearby residents reach compromise on proposed tiny home community

A ministry and its surrounding neighbors have come to a compromise regarding the faith group's proposal to build a tiny home...

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Pope accepts Charles Chaput's resignation as Philadelphia archbishop; Bishop Nelson Pérez of Cleveland to succeed him.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pope accepts Charles Chaput's resignation as Philadelphia archbishop; Bishop Nelson Pérez of Cleveland to...

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Supreme Court seems favorable to religious education funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared ready Wednesday to reinvigorate a Montana scholarship...

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Archdiocese adds to list of priests accused of sexual abuse

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has revoked the authority of the Rev. Marvin Leven to serve as a priest after substantiating...

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Katz Drug sit-in group serves as honorary marshals for MLK holiday parade

Waving to crowds lining the streets of downtown Oklahoma City, a distinguished group of men and women sat in stylish black...

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Fate of Oklahoma scholarship program could rest with U.S. Supreme Court

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments about public funding of religious schools, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike...

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Back to school: King's remarks inspire educator to return to OC

About 51 years ago, Robert Edison was part of a group of black students booted from Oklahoma Christian University in an...

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

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Beautiful Restoration faces challenge

Nearby neighbors are challenging part of a Christian ministry's plan to offer tangible help and hope to women. Beautiful...

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Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that...

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Bible lesson for Jan. 18, 2020

“Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Jan. 18, 2020

World Religion Day event is planned EDMOND — The Edmond Baha’is will observe World Religion Day at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Edmond...

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Oklahoma Catholic men's conference is set for Feb. 29, 2020

NORMAN — The Rev. Leo Patalinghug once bested Bobby Flay on his Food Network competition show "Throwdown with Bobby Flay." A...

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Oklahoma Baptists hope to 'Immerse' people in the Gospel

Oklahoma Baptists will host the faith group's annual Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference under a new name. The evangelism...

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Oklahoma faith groups plan events for King holiday

The following events and activities will be held to commemorate the Martin Luther King holiday. • Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel...

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Supreme Court will consider Trump administration rules expanding religious, moral exemptions from contraceptive coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court will consider Trump administration rules expanding religious, moral exemptions from...

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Trump boosts school prayer, faith groups as he rallies base

In a bid to solidify his evangelical base, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to protect prayer in public schools and...

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Norman residents invited to annual Mayor’s Interfaith Breakfast on Jan. 20

NORMAN — Mayor Breea Clark and the Norman Human Rights Commission are inviting the community to the annual Mayor's Interfaith...

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Creative message: Story of slain, beatified priest is told in book and puppet format

Dressed in a white robe and his colorful Guatemalan stole, Blessed Stanley Rother spoke to a group of metro area children....

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Monks in the marketplace: Monastery rejects suggestions for cannabis-growing enterprise

SHAWNEE — St. Gregory's Abbey has become known for the honey produced from its bee hives and fresh eggs from a flock of...

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Monument to honor US-Mexican dual citizens slain in Mexico

LA MORA, Mexico (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday that a monument will be put up to memorialize nine...

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Methodist crowd gathers in solidarity with LGBTQ community

Jennifer Solis, a self-described "queer" volunteering and working in United Methodist churches, can still remember the comments...

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Renovations chief: 'Notre Dame Cathedral is not saved yet'

PARIS — The French general overseeing the reconstruction of fire-devastated Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is not...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Jan. 11, 2020

Program set for older adults The Senior Players group at Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday...

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Faith-based luncheon series attendees donate books for ReMerge library

Monthly gatherings bring hundreds of women together for faith and fellowship at a downtown Oklahoma City church. Now the Esther...

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Bible lesson for Jan. 11, 2020

"Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, 'See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse...

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White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries...

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White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries...

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US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's caretaker prime minister asked Washington to work out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, but...

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Pakistan mosque blast kills senior police officer, 13 others

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful explosion ripped through a mosque in southwest Pakistan during Friday evening prayers,...

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Explosion in Pakistani mosque kills 9, including a senior police officer, in the country's restive southwest.

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Explosion in Pakistani mosque kills 9, including a senior police officer, in the country's restive...

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Steyer wants climate change refugees to enter US legally

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer on Friday unveiled an immigration proposal seeking to make...

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Pope warns of risks from US-Iran tensions in policy speech

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned Thursday that increasing tensions between the U.S. and Iran are setting the stage for a...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Children's home showcased

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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UCO shares plans for church property

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma will house its new School of Design on property it purchased from a local church...

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Pope prays for Australians, expresses solidarity amid fires

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is asking for prayers for Australia as it copes with devastating fires and expressed his...

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Throngs mourn, Iranian leader weeps for general slain by US

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader wept Monday over the casket of a top general killed in a U.S. airstrike, his prayers...

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The Latest: Iraq seeks Security Council condemnation of US

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions in the wake of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all...

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Groups demand answers after Iranians say they were detained

SEATTLE (AP) — Civil rights groups and lawmakers demanded information from federal officials Monday following reports that...

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Metro Jewish community looks at security

In the wake of a spate of deadly anti-Semitic attacks across the country, leaders of five metro Jewish organizations recently...

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Pope: Reject "god of money," focus on serving others

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is advising people to reject “the god of money" as well as of that consumerism, pleasure,...

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Blowback: Iran abandons nuclear limits after US killing

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The blowback over the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general mounted Sunday as Iran announced it will no...

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Iraq vote, Hezbollah threat leveled at US troops in Mideast

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. military presence in the Middle East was thrown into jeopardy Sunday, as Iraq's parliament voted to...

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The Latest: Baghdad residents say 3 blasts hit Green Zone

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local):9:50 p.m.Residents of the Iraq's capital of Baghdad say three...

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Oklahoma Methodist leaders sound off on possible split of church

Several Oklahoma United Methodist leaders shared their views about a plan unveiled on Friday for a new conservative...

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'The reality is it could happen anywhere': Faith leaders discuss safety in houses of worship

A metro area security professional said the odds are good that some Oklahomans are toting firearms along with their holy books...

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Church offers little outreach to minority victims of priests

The Samples were a black Chicago family, with six children and few resources. The priest helped them with tuition, clothes,...

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Oklahoma Muslims tell their own story with new guide book

Adam Soltani remembers the anti-Muslim rhetoric that seemed heightened during the 2016 presidential election. Soltani,...

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Dialogue sessions will focus on Jewish, black communities

A series of sessions entitled "Two Community Dialogue for the Jewish and African-American/Black Communities" will begin on...

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Using the Lord's name in-game

Gaming might yet have a kind of come-to-Jesus moment, after "I am Jesus Christ" was announced for PC earlier this month by...

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Longtime Oklahoma minister prepares for retirement

The Rev. Robin Meyers often has said he can't believe a liberal preacher like himself lasted so long in a conservative...

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Bible lesson for Jan. 4, 2020

“The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Jan. 4, 2020

Orthodox Christmas is Tuesday Many Orthodox Christians will celebrate Christmas on Tuesday.Most churches worldwide use the...

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Methodists propose split in gay marriage, clergy impasse

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides unveiled a plan...

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Trump portrays himself as defender of faith for evangelicals

MIAMI (AP) — Highlighting his record on religious liberty, President Donald Trump on Friday worked to energize a group of...

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Methodist leaders propose plan for amicable separation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — United Methodist Church leaders from around the world are proposing a new conservative denomination...

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Methodist Church leaders from around world propose amicable split to resolve dispute over gay marriage and gay clergy

Methodist Church leaders from around world propose amicable split to resolve dispute over gay marriage and gay clergy.

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Some Methodist churches vow solidarity with gay community

An Oklahoma City congregation has proclaimed the year 2020 as a period of "Holy Resistance" against the Methodist Church's ban...

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Year-end violence highlights danger of worshipping

NEW YORK (AP) — When a machete-wielding attacker walked into a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York, during Hanukkah and a gunman...

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Militiamen withdraw from US Embassy but Iraq tensions linger

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran-backed militiamen withdrew from the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Wednesday after two days of clashes...

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Minister: Gunman grew angry over cash requests

DALLAS — The congregation at a Texas church where two people were fatally shot had repeatedly given food to the gunman,...

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Minister: Texas gunman grew angry in past over cash requests

DALLAS (AP) — The congregation at a Texas church where two people were fatally shot had repeatedly given food to the gunman,...

Health

Pakistan issues health IDs for trans people to improve care

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan began issuing special health ID cards for transgender people on Tuesday as way to lessen health care...

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Lawsuit: Famed Jesuit abused boy 1,000 times around world

CHICAGO (AP) — One day in May of 1970, an 11-year-old boy and his disabled sister were sitting on the curb outside a Chicago...

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Lankford says Trump a conundrum, not a role model

Like most Republican lawmakers, U.S. Sen. James Lankford has been asked repeatedly to respond to specific comments made by...

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Firearms instructor took out gunman at Texas church service

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — Alarms went off in Jack Wilson's head the moment a man wearing a fake beard, a wig, a hat and a...

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Police: Parishioners kill man who fatally shoots 2 at church

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — A man pulled out a shotgun at a Texas church service and fired on worshippers Sunday, killing...

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5 stabbed at Hanukkah celebration in latest attack on Jews

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A knife-wielding man stormed into a rabbi's home and stabbed five people as they celebrated Hanukkah in an...

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Police chief says two parishioners shot and killed a gunman who opened fire in a church near Fort Worth

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — Police chief says two parishioners shot and killed a gunman who opened fire in a church near...

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First responders say two people have been killed in a shooting at a church near Fort Worth, Texas, and a third is hurt

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — First responders say two people have been killed in a shooting at a church near Fort Worth,...

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'Moment they will never forget': Dads reconnect with daughters for holiday social

A little girl in a red and white dress made her way through a hallway filled with metallic-colored streamers. After walking the...

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Hundreds of accused clergy left off church's sex abuse lists

Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children,...

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Woman charged with hate crime amid NYC anti-Semitic attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman accused of slapping three people in one of a series of apparently anti-Semitic attacks reported...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Dec. 28, 2019

Monastery plans New Year's event The Buddha Mind Monastery will host a Diamond Sutra Ceremony and New Year's Celebration from...

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Bible lesson for Dec. 28, 2019

"Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’ The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way.” — John...

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Southern Baptist Convention sex abuse investigation voted No. 1 religion story of 2019

An expose by the Houston Chronicle that revealed hundreds of victims of abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention and that...

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Catholic church on OU campus dedicates new sanctuary

NORMAN — A church on the University of Oklahoma campus recently dedicated a new sanctuary during a standing-room only...

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Iran-backed groups accuse Iraqi president of caving to US

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran-supported groups on Friday blasted Iraq's president for not naming their preferred prime minister...

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NYC ups policing in Jewish areas after spate of attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is increasing its police presence in some Brooklyn neighborhoods with large Jewish populations...

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India clamps down on marches, internet after deadly protests

NEW DELHI (AP) — A group of protesters in New Delhi was beaten and shoved into buses by police on Friday as they attempted to...

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Why did Trump ditch his church in Palm Beach on Christmas Eve for evangelical service?

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Six days after a scorching editorial in an evangelical Christian magazine called for his ouster, President...

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Christmas typhoon leaves 28 dead, 12 missing in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong typhoon that barreled through the central Philippines left at least 28 dead and 12 missing,...

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The resolve to be thinner and fitter this year won’t lead to salvation

We could self-discipline ourselves to watch less television, shop less, reduce use of disposable plastics or volunteer more....

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Coffee shop's homelessness to end soon

"Joe's Addiction has become a place where people who have lost their family have found a new one." — Jamie Zumwalt in "Beloved...

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Trumps wish Americans 'Merry Christmas' as they mark holiday

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are wishing Americans a Merry Christmas as they...

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Trumps wish Americans 'Merry Christmas' as they mark holiday

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are wishing Americans a Merry Christmas as they...

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Gala Christmas Day in country for Queen Elizabeth II, family

SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II and her close family spent a gala Christmas Day at her palatial countryside...

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Iraq's parliament approves new election law amid protests

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament approved a new election law on Tuesday aimed at giving political independents a better chance...

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India's main opposition party stages protest against new law

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s main opposition party staged a silent protest in the capital on Monday against a contentious new...

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Beginning of Hanukkah celebrated with ceremony in Oklahoma City's Bricktown

A giant menorah lit up the night during a communitywide gathering Sunday to celebrate Hanukkah in Oklahoma City. The seventh...

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Evangelical tussling over anti-Trump editorial escalates

As the political clamor caused by a top Christian magazine’s call to remove President Donald Trump from office continues to...

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Memorial remembers homeless who died during past 12 months

Jennifer Cobb remembered holding the hand of her friend as the sick woman's life ebbed away at a local homeless shelter. Cobb...

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Pope denounces 'rigidity' in Christianity

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis warned Saturday that "rigidity" in living out the Christian faith is creating a "minefield" of...

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Today's prayer for Dec. 22, 2019

God of redemption, Your light shines brightest in times of darkness, creating a beacon of hope for all to follow. Amen.

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Stitts invite Oklahomans to unite in prayer

Gov. Kevin Stitt and First Lady Sarah Stitt are inviting Oklahomans to unite in prayer. In a recent interview, the couple...

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Holidays as an interfaith family: Trying to have a merry everything and a happy always

It was Grandparents Day at my children's school and everyone was filling out questionnaires. My daughter Indie, in second grade...

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How Hanukkah came to America

The holiday is mostly a domestic celebration, although special holiday prayers also expand synagogue worship. So how did...

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Bible lesson for Dec. 21, 2019

“They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Dec. 21, 2019

OC begins 'Ike’s Promise' Amid the alarming statistics related to national student loan debt, there is some good news. Oklahoma...

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YouVersion names most popular Bible verse of 2019

The global YouVersion community engaged more in the Bible this year than in any previous year. In fact, people read and...

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Cocoa Biblical stories and gifts filled special event

Biblical characters sharing Bible stories and candy during a "Bible Walk." Photos with Santa. S'mores and hot cocoa....

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Menorah lighting will continue on, rabbi says

Light will dispel the darkness — whether it is in the form of divisive discourse or violence fueled by hatred. Rabbi Ovadia...

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Trump blasts Christian magazine that called for his removal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blasted a prominent Christian magazine on Friday, a day after it published an...

Crime

Vatican office struggles to keep up with clergy abuse cases

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican office responsible for processing clergy sex abuse complaints has seen a record 1,000 cases...

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Vatican tribunal now overwhelmed by clergy abuse cases

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican office responsible for processing clergy sex abuse complaints saw a record 1,000 cases reported...

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How to keep kids safe around Christmas and Hanukkah decorations

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s also a dangerous time of the year. Sometimes kids and holiday decorations don’t...

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Germany signs 'historic' deal to reintroduce military rabbis

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister signed an agreement Friday with the country's main Jewish organization to reintroduce...

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Evangelical magazine Christianity Today: Trump must go

NEW YORK (AP) — A major evangelical Christian magazine founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham on Thursday published an editorial...

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1,200 detained in India amid ban on citizenship law protests

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police detained more than 1,200 protesters in some of India's biggest cities Thursday after they defied bans...

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Lebanon's caretaker PM no longer candidate for post

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's caretaker prime minister said Wednesday he's no longer a candidate for the post, eliminating himself...

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Protests of India's citizenship law grow, along with clashes

NEW DELHI (AP) — Protests spread Tuesday across India against a new law that provides a path to citizenship for non-Muslims...

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Pope abolishes use of 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases, raises top age of child pornography

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope abolishes use of 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases, raises top age of child pornography.

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How the AIDS epidemic turned a Catholic priest into an art activist

The Rev. William Hart McNichols had one goal when he arrived in New York City in the early 1980s. The son of a former Colorado...

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Remembering 'cherished lives': Second 'Homeless Person's Memorial Service' is planned

The reasons people experience homelessness are often complex. Some lose their jobs and have no savings or support network to...

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OKC Catholic archdiocese adds name to list of credibly accused priests

A priest from India who served briefly in Oklahoma City in 2001 as been added to the list of priests who have had...

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3rd night of clashes as Lebanon puts off talks on new PM

BEIRUT (AP) — Supporters of Lebanon's two main Shiite groups Hezbollah and Amal clashed with security forces and set fires to...

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OKC-area churches offer Christmas events, activities

A metro-area church will host a holiday-themed give-away event for the third year. "The Big Give" outreach will be during...

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Guatemalan cardinal to visit Mississippi after migrant raids

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Guatemalan cardinal who advocates for migrants will visit Mississippi following immigration raids...

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Oklahoma faith briefs

Students to perform last holiday service in building EDMOND — St. Mary’s Episcopal School students will perform their annual...

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OKC gathering highlights dreidels — one of most popular symbols of Hanukkah

"Well, I have a little dreidel I made it out of clay. And when it's dry and ready Then, dreidel I shall play." — "The Dreidel...

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Bible lesson for Dec. 14, 2019

"But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father...

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Life.Church's Switch ends year on high note

An Oklahoma-based contemporary Christian music group is ending the year on a high note. Life.Church's group Switch was recently...

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Official: Jersey City attack was 'fueled' by anti-Semitism

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City were driven by hatred of Jews and law...

Business

Sold to China as a bride, she came home on brink of death

MAZAIKEWALE, Pakistan (AP) — Sold by her family as a bride to a Chinese man, Samiya David spent only two months in China. When...

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Police kill 2 protesters defying curfew in Indian state

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Police shot and killed two protesters who defied a curfew and arrested dozens of others Thursday in...

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Fears mount that New Jersey shooting was anti-Semitic attack

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti-Semitic attack mounted on...

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Today's prayer for Dec. 12, 2019

Almighty God, reshape our thinking. Help us find satisfaction in serving others rather than seeing it as a reason to grumble....