Faith News

Dr. John Guns to give keynote at Emancipation Proclamation virtual worship service Jan. 1

Dr. John Guns, the new dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, will be the featured speaker at the annual Emancipation Proclamation Day service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, sponsored by the Baptist ...

Second ‘George Floyd’ Pieta stolen from Catholic University

A second painting of Jesus and his mother, Mary, in which Jesus is widely thought to be depicted as George Floyd, has been stolen from the walls of the Catholic University of America’s law school.

Denzel Washington: ‘I wanted to please God’ in latest directing effort

Longtime actor Denzel Washington said his faith was a part of every decision he made in directing the new movie, “A Journal For Jordan,” based on the writings of an Army sergeant who was killed in action.

African faith leaders combat fake cures for COVID-19

When some African church pastors ordered their followers to eat grass or gulp petrol or even drink poison-laced water, their congregations have obeyed the instructions, thinking the practices would bring them closer to God.

‘They tried to ban one. We’re coming back with a hundred’

Hundreds of pastors both rallied and prayed last week outside the trial of three white men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. They gathered in response to a defense lawyer’s bid to keep Black ministers out of the courtroom.

State historic markers honor Black church, civil rights leader

When Rev. Charles Henry Johnson moved in 1890 from Richmond to Bristol, which served as a railroad town, he became the minister of a little wooden church started by 39 freed slaves. A few pastors had come through Lee Street ...

Catholic group pushes expedited sainthood for 6 African-Americans

BALTIMORE The process of recognizing saints in Catholicism is so arduous that it can take generations, even centuries, to complete, but even the usually slow-moving Catholic church can accelerate matters when it wants to. In the cases of Mother Teresa ...

Families of 9 killed in Mother Emanuel AME Church massacre settle lawsuit over faulty gun background check

Families of the nine victims killed in the 2015 racist attack at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., have reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over a faulty background check that allowed convicted shooter Dylann Roof to ...

Historic Mount Olivet Cemetery in South Side to receive state funds for maintenance

A historic city-owned Black cemetery in South Side has received a state grant to assist with maintenance of 4,617 graves.

Tennessee city adds statue honoring Black Civil War soldiers

Four years ago, a deadly white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Va., led pastors in the Tennessee city of Franklin to call for the removal of a Confederate monument in their town square. A lawsuit and political maneuverings made that impractical, ...

Gang demands $17M ransom for 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

A gang that kidnapped 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group has demanded a $17 million ransom for them, according to Haiti’s justice minister, as quoted by the Wall Street Journal.

Archaeologists uncover remnants of one of nation’s first Black churches in Williamsburg

The brick foundation of one of the nation’s oldest Black churches has been unearthed at Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum that continues to reckon with its past storytelling about the country’s origins and the role of Black Americans.

Pat Robertson retiring at 91 from ‘The 700 Club’

Pat Robertson, who turned Christian TV into political power — and blew it up with wacky prophecy — announced last week his intention to retire as daily host of “The 700 Club.”

Religious groups call for commission on Indian boarding school policy

A number of Catholic groups and Protestant denominations are calling for the United States to establish a Truth and Healing Commission to reckon with the country’s history of boarding schools that separated thousands of Indigenous children from their families and ...