News  /  Features  /  Religion  / 

Most Recent

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:50am

a day after President Donald Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that state’s Democratic governor didn’t assure Trump that the August gathering can go forward despite coronavirus fears. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, sent an open plea to Trump on Tuesday to consider his state as an alternate site for the convention, which is set to gather more than 2,500 delegates and thousands more guests, press and security officials.

AP PHOTOS: Confined Moroccans find new ways to celebrate Eid

Mosa'ab Elshamy, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 1:12am

Instead of mass prayers and large family gatherings filled with colorful clothes, gifts and traditional foods, millions of Moroccan Muslims celebrated Eid Al-Fitr at home, subdued and isolated amid their country’s newly extended coronavirus lockdown.

California lays out pandemic rules for church reopenings

Stefanie Dazio and Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 11:01pm

Rabbi Shalom Rubanowitz looks forward to reopening his synagogue doors — if his congregation can balance the laws of God and California during the coronavirus pandemic.

California issues guidelines for church reopenings

Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 3:47pm

Religious services in California will look much different under rules unveiled Monday that limit attendance to 100 people and recommend worshippers wear masks, limit singing and refrain from shaking hands or hugging.

Vernal Utah Temple, 13 additional temples to begin limited reopening following coronavirus

Katie Workman, KSL.com  |  Posted May 25th - 2:23pm

On Memorial Day, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced 14 additional temples will reopen on a limited basis, including locations in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia,

Muslims in India, Bangladesh celebrate Eid subdued by virus

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 12:53am

Muslims in India and Bangladesh joined prayers to celebrate a subdued Eid-al Fitr on Monday, marking the end of the Ramadan holy month by seeking blessings for a world free from coronavirus.

US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

Mariam Fam, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 2:46pm

With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale. Still, she’s determined to bring home holiday cheer amid the coronavirus gloom.

Turkey confirms 32 deaths, 1,141 new COVID-19 cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 11:38am

Turkey’s health minister on Sunday announced 32 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll in the country to 4,340.

Construction to proceed on church's Layton temple after 'small-scale groundbreaking'

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 24th - 10:08am

Construction can now begin on the newest temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Davis County.

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 12:36am

Fiji’s national airline says it is laying off more than 750 staff, representing about half of its total workforce, as it struggles for survival.

Muslims celebrate major holiday amid curfews, virus fears

Joseph Krauss and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 7:39pm

Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks.

Erdogan, Trump reiterate solidarity against COVID-19

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 10:05am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke Saturday on the phone to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, bilateral relations and regional developments.

Trump declares churches 'essential,' calls on them to reopen

Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:28pm

President Donald Trump has labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown.

Reruns of religious dramas comfort Indians in dire times

Vineeta Deepak, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:17pm

Staying home under lockdown as they wait for the worst of the coronavirus pandemic to pass, millions of Indians are turning to their gods. Not in prayer rooms, but on TV.

US warns Los Angeles stay-at-home extension could be illegal

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:12pm

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday warned the mayor of Los Angeles and the county's top health officer that an extension of the coronavirus stay-at-home order may be unlawful.

'Virus-free' Montenegro to open borders, but not to Serbia

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 4:24am

Montenegro, the first European country to declare itself free of the coronavirus infection, plans to open its borders to citizens of several European countries except for former ally Serbia — drawing angry reaction from Serbian officials Tuesday.

Sheriff: Deputy shot armed man who disrupted church service

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 12:10pm

A sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man who was armed with a knife when deputies responded to a complaint that he had disrupted an outdoor church service in North Carolina on Sunday, authorities said.

Judge told vacate or explain order nixing virus restrictions

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 3:35pm

The Oregon Supreme Court is giving a rural judge until Tuesday to toss out his ruling that found the governor's coronavirus restrictions are invalid.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 8:20am

New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but surged in India. And they overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America, both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. Infections were also linked to a reopened restaurant and church in Germany. The pandemic’s persistence is frustrating authorities struggling to keep people safe and revive their economies. It is disrupting the Memorial Day weekend in the United States and collective celebrations around the Muslim world marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In countries with weak health care systems and impoverished populations, fighting the virus is increasingly difficult.