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Priest bars altar girls, sparks controversy

SAN FRANCISCO — A Catholic priest who recently took charge of a San Francisco parish has said only boys can be altar servers, a move that is sparking both criticism and praise and comes amid a wider debate over conservative concerns that the Catholic Church has become too “feminized.”

Meditation Center to host Buddhist spiritual study group

EAST WENATCHEE — The HUMUH Clear Mind Buddhist Life Science/Meditation Center will host a Satsang spiritual study group at 4 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1550 Sunset Highway, East Wenatchee.

Holiday food binge marches on to spoil healthy resolutions

Why, when the calendar turns to a new year and we proclaim our most virtuous intentions to eat right and lose weight, do we so often fail? A new study finds that come January, our resolve to eat healthfully may run headlong into a runaway train of our own making: a holiday food-buying binge that continues to pick up steam well into the new year.

Utah Mormons call for LGBT protections

SALT LAKE CITY — Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called this week for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns — as long as those measures safeguard religious freedom.

GOP tests Christian power at the polls

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Christian right launched a host of Republican stars, from Pat Robertson’s surprising bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988 to Mike Huckabee’s in 2008 and Rick Santorum’s in 2012.
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The pope may speak before Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Expectations are growing that Pope Francis will be ascending the House rostrum this fall to speak before a joint meeting of Congress.

Free Methodist Church to host relationship seminar

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Free Methodist Church will present the seminar, Relationship IQ, by Harlan Humiston of Humiston Family Ministries Jan. 30-31 at the church, 1601 Fifth St.

Christmas no holiday for Tacoma detainee and his family

It was a difficult Christmas for Ramon Mendoza Pascual at Tacoma’s federal immigration detention center, his family said. He’s one of many detainees who went on hunger strikes several times this year to protest deportations and conditions at the center on the Tacoma Tideflats.

Buddhist center hosts spiritual study group

EAST WENATCHEE — The HUMUH Clear Mind Buddhist Life Science/Meditation Center of Oroville will host a Satsang spiritual study group at 4 p.m. Jan. 11 in the sanctuary of the Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1550 Sunset Highway.
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Drive-thru prayer for the heartsick and hurried

FREMONT, Calif. — M.J. Johnson drove onto the Holy Spirit Catholic Church parking lot and, as her car’s motor idled and its headlights pierced the evening darkness, she prayed with a church volunteer, asking God to help her father as he grieves for his late wife.
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Couple says ‘I do’ during weekly worship service

AKRON, Ohio — When the Rev. Kent Wartick preached about Christian marriage during his sermon Sunday morning at Faith Lutheran Church in Kent, Ohio, congregants didn’t have to look far for a real-life example.

Not your ordinary Christmas play

EAST WENATCHEE — Actors will bring to life a Christmas play Pastor Andrew Thompson has written about the social issue of student homelessness and ways that community members can get involved.

St. Luke’s to hold traditional Advent service

WENATCHEE — St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will present a traditional candlelight Advent Service of Lessons and Carols at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 428 King St. The public is welcome.