Author: Editor - Religion News

‘Merry Christmas’ for Trump is more than a wish

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s no mistaking President Donald Trump’s “Merry Christmas” message — he wields it as a weapon against political correctness. For weeks, he’s been liberally sprinkling his public remarks with Christmas tidings. And then pointing it out in case anyone fails to notice. Trump has long promised that this year would be different after what he saw as a trend toward giving the Christian celebration short shrift in favor of a more generic and inclusive “happy holidays” message. “Well, guess what? We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” Trump announced in October at a Values Voter Summit of conservatives. For all Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Christian DACA recipients dream of another Christmas in the U.S.

Yuriana Aguilar, a DACA recipient and post-doctoral fellow at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, celebrates Christmas with her family in this undated photo. Photo courtesy of Yuriana Aguilar CHICAGO (RNS) — When Yuriana Aguilar gathers for the holidays with her family in California, the celebration revolves around food. On Christmas Eve, they’ll open presents and maybe watch a Christmas special on TV. But mostly it’s about tamales and pork ribs in red sauce and homemade tortillas — lots of tortillas. For New Year’s, her family will cook a whole pig, with everybody gathered around a pot as it cooks...

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California artist weaves faith into acclaimed works, show

Part of series “Primeras Fruitas” by Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, 2007. Photo courtesy of Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia permalink “Novenario” by Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, acrylic ink on paper, 2006. Photo courtesy of Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia permalink “La Navidad” (nino dios) by Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, acrylic and thread on paper, 2016. Photo courtesy of Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia permalink “Reflexiones sobre la muerte” (Novenario) by Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, acrylic and paper, 2016. Photo courtesy of Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia permalink “Reflexiones sobre la muerte” (Bodegon con estatuilla), acrylic on paper, Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Clergy abuse victims haunted by sex harassment news

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When stories of sexual misconduct by powerful men began to fill the news this fall, Manny Vega immediately flashed back to his childhood. He saw strong similarities between the recent allegations against producers and politicians and his own abuse as a child by his parish priest. “The parallels are in the power dynamics,” said Vega, a former police officer and decorated Marine who lives in Oxnard, California. “Whether you’re the leader of a church or the leader of a film studio, you’re going to be someone people look up to and someone people go to...

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What’s next for religion in 2018?

(RNS) What’s coming for religion in the next 12 months? We asked some of the country’s top faith leaders, scholars and activists to predict what changes the religious landscape will see after the New Year. From the Vatican to the Supreme Court, here’s what they say we ought to keep an eye out for. Margari Aziza Hill: A time of interfaith mass movement 2018 will be a year where interfaith work will be about recalibrating our nation’s moral and ethical social agenda. 2018 will be the year that churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, gurdwaras and sacred spaces will work together to...

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