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  1. Ramadan turns night into day in Dearborn

    Dearborn With so many observant Muslims living in Dearborn where about 30 percent of residents are of Arab descent businesses are closing later, opening earlier or both during the holy month. Some popular bakeries, including New Yasmeen and Golden Bakery and Restaurant on West Warren, remain open 24 hours a day during Ramadan to accommodate their fasting customers.

    • 11:54 PM, Jul. 17, 2014

    Metro Detroit Hindu community to celebrate Festival of Chariots

    Novi For the Hindu community in Metro Detroit, there is no more exciting time than Rath Yatra.

    • 11:58 AM, Jul. 14, 2014
    • Religion

    Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

    London The Church of England has voted to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops.

    • 10:52 PM, Jul. 11, 2014

    Churches struggle to reach young Americans

    Young people caught up in what experts now call 'emerging adulthood' may stress that they are open to attending multigenerational congregations that offer roots, tradition and mentors. But how will they know when they have found the right spiritual home?

    • 7:27 PM, Jul. 11, 2014

    Fight before float like the butterfly

    Muhammad Ali once claimed he would 'Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.' Well, 'The Greatest' did exactly that. And while I'm not one to tug on Superman's cape, I'd like to slightly amend his most famous of phrases.

    • 10:51 PM, Jul. 11, 2014

    Faith calendar

    Religious events taking place this week across Metro Detroit.

    • 7:16 AM, Jul. 10, 2014

    Civil rights group: More advocacy needed to stem anti-Muslim bigotry

    While Muslims have found greater mainstream acceptance in Metro Detroit and nationwide, more work is needed to address persistent discrimination and intolerance in workplaces, at school and elsewhere, a civil rights advocacy group said.

    • 12:10 AM, Jul. 8, 2014

    Pope begs forgiveness of sex abuse victims

    Vatican City Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests.

    • 8:30 PM, Jul. 3, 2014

    65 years ago, Altoona, Penn., was Billy Graham's crucible

    Altoona, Pennsylvania Rev. Graham's evangelistic career was nearly buried after a two-week revival when local pastors quarreled with him and each other, conversions lagged behind his expectations and services were disrupted.

    • 11:42 AM, Jul. 5, 2014

    Pope: No-work Sundays good, not just for faithful

    Campobasso, Italy Pope Francis has lamented the abandoning of the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays, saying it has a negative impact on families and friendships.

    • 6:48 PM, Jul. 3, 2014

    Keep the church holy with tolerance

    As Christians, we have the right and freedom to live out our faith, but we do not have the right to force our faith on others or demand that society endorse our particular religious view.

    • 6:56 PM, Jul. 3, 2014

    Faith Calendar

    Religious events taking place this week across Metro Detroit.

    • 7:49 AM, Jun. 30, 2014

    Tempers fray as displaced Iraqis break Muslim fast

    Kalak, Iraq Waving pots and pans, police pushed back dozens of hungry Iraqi refugees as they rushed to seize free food, ending their first daylong fast of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in an encampment for the displaced.

    • 8:50 PM, Jun. 29, 2014

    'Mass Mob' draws 900 to historic Detroit church

    Detroit Normally the saints of St. Joseph are lost in their solitude, having the spacious confines of their church to themselves.

    • 2:26 PM, Jun. 29, 2014

    Mormon gay-rights advocate faces excommunication

    Salt Lake City A Mormon man who is well-known for advocating for gay rights and questioning some church policies was set to meet Sunday with a regional ...

    • 11:08 PM, Jun. 27, 2014

    Metro Detroiters begin fasting, reflection, service projects as part of Ramadan observances

    Yumna Alam loves the intense spiritual reflection of Ramadan. The 19-year-old Canton college student spends the Muslim holy month, which begins today for ...

    • 8:11 PM, Jun. 27, 2014

    Disney's 'Maleficent': Romancing the devil

    Risking the wrath of monochrome Christians, Disney has brought forth the box-office smash 'Maleficent,' a film that turns its mythic predecessor 'Sleeping ...

    • 2:52 PM, Jun. 27, 2014

    ID God has for you can't be stolen

    I received a mystery package recently and discovered a popular appetite suppressant inside. Sprinkle this magic powder on your food, and allegedly it would ...

    • 7:53 PM, Jun. 27, 2014

    Faith Calendar

    Special events taking place across Metro Detroit.

  2. Pope Francis again cancels event, citing illness

    Vatican City Pope Francis canceled a planned visit to one of Rome's main hospitals Friday, the third time this month the 77-year-old has skipped or scaled ...

    • 1:20 PM, Jun. 26, 2014

    Vatican: Many Catholics ignore teachings on sex

    Vatican City The Vatican conceded Thursday that most Catholics reject its teachings on sex and contraception as intrusive and irrelevant and officials ...

  3. Detroit Imams push for peace as Iraq founders

    As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan approaches and sectarian fighting continues in Iraq, Metro Detroit religious leaders are taking additional steps to prevent ...

    • 9:42 AM, Jun. 24, 2014

    Mormon church excommunicates founder of women's group

    Salt Lake City The decision by the Mormon church to excommunicate the founder of a prominent women's group marks a stern statement at a time when the church ...

    • 1:21 PM, Jun. 24, 2014

    Methodist panel overturns pastor's defrocking over son's same-sex wedding ceremony

    Baltimore A pastor who presided over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and vowed to perform other gay marriages if asked can return to the pulpit after a ...

    • 9:41 AM, Jun. 23, 2014

    Malaysia's top court: 'Allah' for Muslims only

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia's top court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling that non-Muslims cannot use the word 'Allah' to refer to God, adding to a ...

    • 12:03 AM, Jun. 23, 2014

    Bethel Baptist Church celebrates 150-year connection to Detroit

    St. Clair Shores Monday is the 150th anniversary of Bethel Baptist's official launch a milestone members have marked with a banquet, photo displays, visits to former sites ...

    • 4:18 PM, Jun. 22, 2014

    Mormon woman facing excommunication holds vigil

    Salt Lake City While Kate Kelly's former church leaders meet in Virginia on Sunday night to decide if she'll be ousted from her church, the founder of a ...

    • 7:19 PM, Jun. 20, 2014

    Churches accommodate members with disabilities

    Orlando, Fla. Acceptance of people with disabilities has grown during the past 15 years as congregations and people with special needs find each other through the Internet.

    • 7:32 PM, Jun. 20, 2014

    We need the faith that grows confidence

    Mature faith is far more than a cheerful 'happily ever after' post-scripted to every story we tell. It is trust in the God behind all outcomes.

    • 4:02 PM, Jun. 21, 2014

    Pope denounces Mafia, meets father of slain boy

    Cassano All'jonio, Italy Pope Francis journeyed Saturday to the heart of Italy's biggest crime syndicate, met the father of a 3-year-old boy slain in the ...

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