Religious communities

Pilgrims make their way through the crowd on a field where a mass congregation is supposed to be held in Gowa, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Indonesia halted the congregation of thousands of Muslim pilgrims and began quarantining and checking their health Thursday to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Syaief)
March 19, 2020 - 1:53 am
MAKASSAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia halted a mass congregation of nearly 9,000 Muslim pilgrims and began quarantining them and checking their health Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The four-day gathering at a boarding school in a rural area in south Sulawesi province wasn't...
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Police officers guard the parliament building in Podgorica, Montenegro, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, during a protest against a proposed law regarding religious communities and property. The Serbian Orthodox Church says the law will strip it of its property, including medieval monasteries and churches. The government has denied that. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)
December 26, 2019 - 10:34 am
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Hundreds of pro-Serb opposition supporters on Thursday staged an all-day protest against a law on religious communities that they say will strip the Serbian Orthodox Church of its property. Dozens of riot officers used metal barriers to prevent the crowd from reaching...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, Rev. Shanan Jones delivers a sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. According a study released on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 by the Pew Research Center, the median length of U.S. sermons in April and May was 37 minutes. Catholic sermons were the shortest, at a median of just 14 minutes, compared with 25 minutes for sermons in mainline Protestant congregations and 39 minutes in evangelical Protestant congregations. Historically black Protestant churches had by far the longest sermons, at a median of 54 minutes. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
December 16, 2019 - 7:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — How long should a sermon be? The major branches of Christianity in the U.S. have sharply different traditions, with sermons at historically black Protestant churches lasting — on average - nearly four times as long as Roman Catholic sermons. That’s among the findings of an analysis...
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In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 photo, a woman looks at a wall at United Nations Headquarters, decorated with graffiti in Arabic that reads, "Revolution is a woman, and Oh freedom," during ongoing protests, in Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon’s wave of anti-government protests has given a new platform for women struggling against religious laws. Under Lebanon’s sectarian system, sects have the power to set the rules for marriage, divorce and custody of children for their communities. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
December 01, 2019 - 11:05 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Nadyn Jouny’s sister taped up two messages in her memory inside a closet at the family home — one of motherly love tinged with pain, another of defiance. The first Jouny wrote to her 9-year-old son on the one day a week she was allowed to see him under a custody ruling by a Shiite...
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In this Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, photo, Sister Sukanya Sukchai adjusts a newly made chasubles at Catholic preparatory school in Bangkok, Thailand. Seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously snipping and sewing, fashioning robes for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. They’ve been working tirelessly, running up the ceremonial garments Pope Francis will wear during his four-day visit to Thailand later this month. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
November 11, 2019 - 11:36 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's capital boasts garment makers ranging from bespoke tailors to sweatshops, but for a truly divine frock, you have to look a little harder. In a Catholic preparatory school, seamstresses from the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters of Bangkok are studiously...
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Students arrive at Covington Catholic High School as classes resume following a closing due to security concerns the previous day, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Park Hills, Ky. Local police authorities controlled access to the property at entrances and exits. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
January 23, 2019 - 7:41 am
PARK HILLS, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic high school student whose close encounter with a Native American activist and a black religious sect was captured on video in Washington, D.C. says he has nothing to apologize for. Nick Sandmann told NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday that he had every right to be...
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Protestors gather outside the Catholic Diocese of Covington Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Covington, Ky. The diocese in Kentucky has apologized after videos emerged showing students from Covington Catholic High School mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial on Friday after a rally in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
January 22, 2019 - 1:02 pm
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky boys' school shut down its campus Tuesday as a precaution and a small protest was held outside their diocese as fallout continued over an encounter involving white teenagers, Native American marchers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial last week...
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October 25, 2018 - 6:09 pm
The leader of a secretive North Carolina church has been named in federal court records as someone who "promoted" an unemployment fraud scheme involving her congregants. Jane Whaley is the leader of the Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale. She was named in a document filed Thursday in U.S...
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September 27, 2018 - 4:41 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina attorney general has dismissed trespassing charges against a legislative candidate, a former candidate for sheriff and an ex-member of a secretive evangelical congregation. WLOS-TV in Asheville reports officials in Rutherford County said Attorney General Josh...
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