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    • RELIGION
    • 10:03 AM, Apr. 20, 2014

    Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    Vatican City — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest cl

    • 7:53 PM, Apr. 19, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Pope seeks to bring faith to 'ends of the Earth'

    Vatican City — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith 'to the ends of the Earth' as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.

  1. Metro Detroit Christians continue celebrations leading up to Easter

    Thousands of followers across Metro Detroit are packing church pews, serving others and gathering with loved ones in celebration of the holiest Christian day.

    • 11:38 AM, Apr. 19, 2014
    • RELIGION

    U.S. Presbyterians to meet in Detroit in June

    Detroit — The largest Presbyterian group in the United States is holding its 221st General Assembly in Detroit.

    • 6:51 PM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • RELIGION

    An empty tomb is not an empty promise

    'The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault' aired almost three decades ago this week, and at the time, it was the most watched syndicated television show in history.

    • 9:04 PM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Metro Detroit faith calendar

    Your guide to Easter celebrations, conferences and more.

    • 6:17 PM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Metro Detroiters mark Good Friday with charity, commemorations

    Metro Detroiters marked Good Friday, one of the most holy and solemn days in the Christian faith, by aiding the needy and joining church services commemorating Christ's crucifixion.

    • 7:25 PM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Pope Francis in pensive mood at Good Friday service

    Rome All people who suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum in Rome.

    • 12:12 AM, Apr. 19, 2014
    • NATION-WORLD

    Church using marijuana group to attract followers

    Los Angeles — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo.

    • 3:03 PM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reaching out

    Los Angeles — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo.

    • 12:09 AM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Metro Detroiters come together for worship during Holy Week

    During a Mass on Holy Thursday at Detroit's Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron consecrated the chrism as well as blessed oils used in baptisms, confirmations and ordinations across the archdiocese this weekend.

    • 10:55 AM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

    Jerusalem — Christians in the Holy Land have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City.

    • 4:18 PM, Apr. 17, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Hollywood changes script, tempts religious audiences

    Hollywood may be taking the Christian audience for movies seriously, judging by its roster of releases for 2014. But the reception for the first major offering this year, 'Noah,' indicates that difficult times are ahead for an industry that isn't used to catering to the religious crowd.

  2. Pope Francis gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter's Square

    Vatican City — Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

    • 7:41 PM, Apr. 15, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Good Friday services

    Good Friday services across Metro Detroit.

    • 6:26 PM, Apr. 14, 2014
    • RELIGION

    As Passover begins, Metro Detroit Jews ready with celebrations

    Thousands of Jews across Metro Detroit and worldwide mark Passover, considered their most widely celebrated holiday.

  3. Whitefish shortage impacts Passover

    Traverse City A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the ...

    • 7:06 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
    • RELIGION

    U.S. Muslims cite progress but say they still fight bias

    Livonia — About 800 people came out Sunday to support the Michigan chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization, where both the progress ...

    • 6:29 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Metro Christian churches celebrate Palm Sunday

    Members of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit marked the beginning of Holy Week with the Procession of the Palms, part of Palm Sunday services.

    • 9:44 AM, Apr. 13, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Pope poses for 'selfies' after Palm Sunday homily

    Vatican City — Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable ...

    • 7:45 PM, Apr. 11, 2014
    • RELIGION

    There is no success without suffering

    Accomplishment's companion is usually agony, and rarely is there success, by any definition, without suffering. For whatever reason God has chosen life to be ...

    • 2:28 PM, Apr. 11, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse

    Vatican City — Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the 'evil' of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from ...

    • 6:27 PM, Apr. 11, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Faith calendar

    For men to gather, pray and support one another. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Adults and young adults ages 18-35, $10; high school students ages 14-18, $5. Sacred Heart ...

  4. Harvard study suggests 'Jesus' wife' text not fake

    Cambridge, Mass. — A Harvard University professor says scientific tests suggest a fragment of papyrus mentioning Jesus had a wife is more likely an ancient ...

    • 9:32 PM, Apr. 5, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Mormon leader outlines opposition to gay marriage

    Salt Lake City — A top Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to gay marriage Saturday during the church's biannual general conference.

  5. Armenian genocide 99 years ago haunts two Michigan centenarians

    Ramela Carman was just a baby in 1915, when the Turkish government began exterminating Armenians or exiling them to other parts of the Ottoman Empire.

    • 7:18 PM, Apr. 4, 2014
    • RELIGION

    God-given gifts can't do everything

    Once upon a time, the animals organized a school. They adopted a curriculum of running, climbing, swimming and flying.

    • 3:41 PM, Apr. 5, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Mormon leader outlines opposition to gay marriage

    Salt Lake City — A top Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to gay marriage Saturday during the church's biannual general conference.

    • 4:28 PM, Apr. 1, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Atlanta archbishop apologizes for posh $2.2M residence

    Atlanta — Archbishop Wilton Gregory seems to have gotten the pope's message about modest living.

    • 5:07 PM, Mar. 28, 2014
    • RELIGION

    Exhibition by Jewish museum shows pre-WWII life

    Warsaw, Poland Old films, music recordings and everyday objects are among items that recreate the atmosphere of Jewish life in Warsaw until World War II in a new exhibition ...

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