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President in the pews: D.C. churches offer Biden options

If President Joe Biden becomes a regular churchgoer in Washington, he will have plenty of choices. Four Catholic churches sit within 2 miles of the White House. As vice president,...

Ready to try an old approach to a New Year’s resolution? The story of Saint Ignatius may provide some guidance

Making and breaking New Year’s resolutions is a familiar and discouraging annual ritual for many people. Almost inevitably, in a few short weeks, many find they are unable to meet...

Exorcism: Increasingly frequent, including after U.S. protests

In popular culture, exorcism often serves as a plot device in chilling films about demonic possession. This month, two Roman Catholic archbishops showed a different face of exorcism – perfor...

Black archbishop’s rise to cardinal marks historic moment

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., Archbishop Wilton Gregory is set to become the first Black U.S. prelate to assume the rank of cardinal in the Catholic Church, a historic appointment that come...

Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges

Black churches’ get-out-the-vote campaign looks different in 2020

In battleground states, Catholics a pivotal swing vote

For decades, Roman Catholic voters have been a pivotal swing vote in U.S. presidential elections, with a majority backing the winner – whether Republican or Democrat – nearly every time. ...

Faith and politics mix to drive evangelical Christians’ climate change denial

U.S. Christians, especially evangelical Christians, identify as environmentalists at very low rates compared with the general population. According to a Pew Research Center poll ...

Religious tourism plummets as sacred sites close down

Religious tourism is among the oldest forms of planned travel and to this day remains a huge industry. About 300 million to 330 million tourists visit the world’s key religious si...

What literature can tell us about people’s struggle with their faith during a pandemic

A recent Pew Research poll found that religious faith had deepened for a quarter of Americans because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some might indeed take solace in religion at a t...

Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off. Research shows that acts of kindness make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is also key t...

Monks, experts in social distancing, find strength in solitude

Need a habit to get through trying times? Try solitude. Ever since the rainy season retreats of the Buddha 2,500 years ago, sages have celebrated the transformative power of being...

Trinity Lutheran Church to reopen for in-person services

The Journal Trinity Lutheran Church will reopen for in-person services at 9 a.m. Sunday. The handicap ramp will be used as a one-way entry point. There will also be a ...