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    • RELIGION
    • 6:12 PM, Aug. 22, 2014

    Female Jewish scribe painstakingly repairs the Torah

    Orlando Rachel Salston is one of an estimated 50 female Jewish scribes in the world. Females scribes, or soferets, are a rare breed because they must be conservative Jews who follow the strict laws of Judaism, but also belong to an egalitarian congregation that believes in the equality of women and men.

    • 4:19 PM, Aug. 22, 2014
    • RELIGION

    'Let go, let God' is path to wisdom

    Trust God to provide wisdom. God will give it to those who request it, the insight and understanding that they need. God can save us from foolish and reckless living, if — and this is a colossal 'if' —we will trust him and not ourselves.

    • 4:14 PM, Aug. 22, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Faith Calendar

    Religious events and activities across Metro Detroit.

  1. Hundreds pray at Hart Plaza for Christians in Iraq

    Hundreds of people participated Friday in a prayer vigil at Hart Plaza in Detroit in support of Iraqi Christians who are being oppressed or killed during the fighting in Iraq.

    • 12:32 PM, Aug. 22, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Pope Francis offers condolences on Cardinal Szoka's death

    Detroit — Pope Francis says he offers his 'heartfelt condolences' to the Detroit archdiocese over the death of Cardinal Edmund Szoka.

    • 11:05 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
    • OBITUARIES

    Cardinal Szoka, Detroit's archbishop in the 1980s, has died

    Edmund Szoka, a key aide and close adviser to Pope John Paul II and Detroit's archbishop in the 1980s, has died at the age of 86.

    • 6:29 PM, Aug. 18, 2014
    • NATION-WORLD

    Pope OKs force to protect N. Iraq's religious minorities

    Aboard The Papal Plane Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene.

    • 6:49 PM, Aug. 15, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Faith Calendar

    Religious events and activities across Metro Detroit.

    • 4:29 PM, Aug. 15, 2014
    • RELIGION

    China Catholics cheer for pope

    Beijing Chinese Catholics on Friday cheered Pope Francis' visit to neighboring South Korea, saying they hoped his trip to their region would help end the estrangement between Beijing and the Vatican.

    • 10:11 AM, Aug. 15, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Pope has tough sell on materialism in South Korea

    Daejeon, South Korea — Pope Francis called for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism that stifles the spirit Friday during his five-day trip to South Korea. In the newly rich and hyper-competitive country, that might be a hard sell.

    • 1:36 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
    • NATION-WORLD

    Pope to Koreas: Avoid 'fruitless' shows of force

    Seoul, South Korea — Pope Francis called Thursday for peace and unity on the war-divided Korean Peninsula and for both sides to avoid 'fruitless' criticisms and shows of force, offering a message of reconciliation at the start of a five-day visit to South

    • 8:15 AM, Aug. 14, 2014
    • NATION-WORLD

    Pope's South Korea visit brings China opportunity

    Beijing — Pope Francis' greeting to Chinese President Xi Jinping as he flew to South Korea on Thursday marked a rare cordial exchange between the sides, which have no diplomatic relations and are embroiled in a sometimes bitter contest for authority.

  2. Pope making landmark S. Korea visit

    Seoul, South Korea Pope Francis begins today the first papal visit to South Korea in a quarter century, with plans to beatify 124 Korean martyrs and encourage a vibrant and growing local church seen as a model for the future of Catholicism.

  3. Mob packs Mass at Detroit's St. Albertus to fill historic church

    Another historic Detroit church found its pews overflowing with worshipers Sunday, as thousands of members of Detroit Mass Mob visited St. Albertus Historic Church on St. Aubin.

    • 6:26 PM, Aug. 9, 2014
    • RELIGION

    From peyote to sex: Religious liberty fight recast

    Not long ago, when religious liberty cases reached the courts, the people seeking protection for their beliefs were mostly from small faith groups and their ...

    • 7:26 PM, Aug. 8, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Pastor challenges preachers not to misuse spiritual authority

    The Rev. Robert Smith Jr., pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, writes: 'Pastors should use his or her spiritual authority to equip, enable and ...

    • 7:32 PM, Aug. 8, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Unlike the Wizard, our God is caring, compassionate

    God is a compassionate, loving, heart-sick parent who refused to keep his distance from us. He is more gracious, more wonderful, more welcoming and more loving ...

    • 7:28 PM, Aug. 8, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Faith Calendar

    Religious events and activities across Metro Detroit.

    • 8:02 PM, Aug. 3, 2014
    • NATION-WORLD

    Sikh victim's family hopeful

    Punjab Singh spent a lifetime preaching the Sikh principles of optimism and hope — the very principles that his family now rely upon to sustain them during his ...

    • 9:37 PM, Aug. 1, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Pentecostals will showcase 'a different side of Detroit'

    Detroit is the destination this weekend for Pastor Stephen Shaw and more than a dozen members of his Alabama church.

    • 8:54 PM, Aug. 1, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Churches putting faith in social media: #YesforGod

    Raleigh. N.C. — When they walk in the doors of the sprawling, red-brick Hope Community Church in Raleigh, no one takes a bulletin. Instead, they whip out their smartphones, ...

    • 9:04 PM, Aug. 1, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE
    • Religion

    What a wonderful world, if we'd give it a chance

    This coming week marks the birthday of a man who Bing Crosby called '

    • 8:51 PM, Aug. 1, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Faith Calendar

    The Centennial Holy Convocation of The Historic First Jurisdiction of Michigan: A Preachers Song

    • 7:38 AM, Aug. 1, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Pope Francis slips out of Vatican, joins Jesuits for lunch

    Rome — Maybe Pope Francis is getting tired of the food in the Vatican hotel.

    • 5:54 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Muslims marking end of holy month with traditional dishes, festivities

    Like other Muslims in Metro Detroit, Irfan Sheikh spent the holy month of Ramadan striving to reach spiritual heights.

    • 1:11 PM, Jul. 28, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Papal first: Francis visits Pentecostal church

    Vatican City — Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicism's greatest ...

    • 5:31 PM, Jul. 25, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Modern camp meetings build on heritage of faith, family

    Couples have met at Salem. They've raised families at Salem. People have become ministers after visiting Salem. The Salem Camp Meeting in Covington, Ga., has ...

    • 9:09 AM, Jul. 28, 2014
    • RELIGION

    'Let go or be dragged'

    We will face many difficult situations in life, but we must realize we need to accept our limitations and surrender to Christ.

    • 6:52 PM, Jul. 25, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Faith Calendar

    812 Conference 2014 Gathering of college students and other young adults for the purpose of encountering God together. Presented by 812 Young Adult Ministry. ...

  4. Harmony urged with 'be kind to each other' message at Belle Isle religious gathering

    Detroit — Michael Balcomb called on Metro Detroiters and the rest of the world to 'be kind to each other.'

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