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  • Italian police reveal what Jesus looked like as a young boy

    Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Detectives claim to have revealed how Jesus Christ looked as a child – based on computer forensics and the world’s most famous relic, The Independent reports. Using the Turin Shroud, the supposed burial cloth of Jesus, police investigators have generated a photo-fit image from the negative...

  • Deafeated boxer Pacquiao keeps faith, as do his fans

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao lost a unanimous decision to American Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night, but the devout fighter is keeping the faith — as do his fans.

  • Vandals deface shrine at Norman Catholic church

    By Kyle Schwab, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Churchgoers Sunday morning in Norman discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary was vandalized with black spray paint.

  • NewsOn6: Arson Investigation Underway At Tulsa Islamic School

    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    TULSA - Tulsa Fire Department said a building fire at the Tulsa Islamic Center school has been ruled arson, NewsOn6 reports. The principal, Zaheer Arastu, wouldn't show the surveillance video but said the juvenile vandals trashed six classrooms, threw paper and paint down the hall, tried...

  • Faith voices call for calm, unity and justice in Baltimore

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Clergy representing many faith traditions have issued calls for calm, unity and justice in Baltimore, a city riven by rioting since the death while in police custody of Freddie Gray.

  • How did my toddler grandson survive a precarious situation? God knows

    Joe Walker, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Jon and I didn't save Will last Sunday; we only retrieved him. Someone else saved him. And God knows.

  • Faith Notes: Weekend, May 2-3

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    The weekend has begun! Check out these faith-themed activities and events in the metro and beyond: Saturday, May 2 — A community wide “Spring Fling” event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. at Stonegate Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 17101 N Western in Edmond. The event will include free food and drinks,...

  • Special events planned for National Day of Prayer and beyond

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    For the last several years, the Oklahoma City metro faith community has offered a popular Christian themed state Capitol prayer observance as well as an interfaith prayer event on the National Day of Prayer.

  • Baptist groups come together for worship, project

    Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Churches affiliated with three Baptist denominations recently joined together for worship and a special service project.

  • First Baptist Edmond to mark 125th anniversary

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    A covered dish dinner and a special worship service will be used to mark the 125th anniversary of the First Baptist Church of Edmond Saturday and Sunday.

  • Religion briefs for May 2

    Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Religion briefs for May 2

  • This baby was buried under her destroyed home but then an incredible miracle happened

    Amberlee Lovell, FamilyShare | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The bombing that claimed her mother's life would have taken the life of baby Gina as well until this miracle saved her.

  • Faith Notes: Friday, May 1 -- St. Joseph Old Cathedral to celebrate 125th anniversary

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    A special Mass will be held to commemorate the 125th anniversary of St. Joseph Old Cathedral at 6 p.m. today, Friday, May 1, at the church, 307 NW 4. The Rev. M. Price Oswalt, the church’s pastor, said the Mass on this feast day of St. Joseph the Worker will be celebrated by the Most. […]

  • Gov. Fallin signs religious freedom legislation into law

    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill that allows ministers to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if such marriages conflict with their religious beliefs. Fallin said Friday that the law will protect the constitutional and religious rights of Oklahomans. The law...

  • U.S. religious freedom commission calls for criminal prosecution of Islamic State

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Despite some of the worst challenges to religious freedom the world has seen in decades, including "cleansing" campaigns against Christian and other minority groups in the Middle East, there are bright spots in the picture, a U.S. panel said.

  • ValueSpeak: A wolf at the door — and in the heart

    Joe Walker, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Ollie and I have a strange and wonderful relationship. I think it’s strange to have a pet that is definitionally wild. Ollie thinks it would be wonderful to eat me.

  • Shawnee Frontline Church partners with DHS for the Finding Forever Families 5K Run

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    SHAWNEE — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services Pottawatomie county office is partnering with Shawnee Frontline Church to host a Finding Forever Families 5K Run on May 9. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Shawnee YMCA, 700 W Saratoga. Registration beings at 8:30 a.m. The...

  • Concert alert: Lecrae will be in town Friday, May 1

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Grammy Award-winning Christian recording artist Lecrae will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Cox Convention Center, 301 W Reno. Special guests for Lecrae’s Anomaly tour include Andy Mineo and DJ Promote. The concert is named after Lecrae’s  seventh studio album. He has been...

  • Religious liberty issues dog Supreme Court marriage hearing

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Though not getting as much notice, questions of religious liberty if same-sex marriage becomes the law of the land were part of the Supreme Court discussion Tuesday.

  • Shroud of Turin, venerated as Jesus' burial cloth, on display again after 5 years

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Venerated as the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, the Shroud of Turin is on public display again in Italy after a five-year absence.

  • Liberation of Dachau is an important chapter in history of 45th Infantry Division

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Elements of 45th Infantry Division liberated Dachau concentration camp in Germany on April 29, 1945, during World War II.

  • Religious groups in Nepal coming to grips with destruction from earthquake

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Religious groups inside Nepal are among the communities struggling to recover from the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the Himalayan nation Saturday.

  • Newborn baby becomes youngest organ donor

    Wendy Jessen, FamilyShare | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    When they heard the devastating news that one of their twin boys would not make it due to a birth defect, they made the decision to donate his organs.

  • Boy receives postcard in the mail from his dad--who died two years earlier

    Wendy Jessen, FamilyShare | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    After Rowan's dad died, he received a special message from him in the mail--a postcard sent more than seven years earlier.

  • Former pastor sentenced to 23 years in lewd molestation case

    By AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    A district judge told a former Tulsa pastor convicted of lewd molestation that he found no reason to change a jury’s recommendation of 23 years in prison and sentenced him accordingly on Monday. The jury, which convened earlier this month, found 33-year-old Damien Keith Bonner Sr. guilty of...



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