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"If we were in China today, I don't know if we could celebrate Easter because government control of the church is much stronger," pastor Xing Liu said.
Prince's musical legacy gets mined for spiritual meaning.
The sixth Minnesota pro or major college team since 2000 to get a new home, Minnesota United debuts $250 million Allianz Field as the first one dedicated to pro soccer. Its 19,400 capacity is closer to Target Center or Xcel Energy Center, but it opens to the sky and a summer breeze. Looming over Interstate 94 at busy Snelling Avenue, it glows every color at night. The seating is intimate — the grass nearly tickles the feet of front-row fans — and promises to take noisy to new levels, too. It's open in all four corners — with room to add another deck above the existing roof deck — and can be expanded to 25,000 if needed.
The world’s largest and oldest passion play — first performed nearly 400 years ago and now involving, literally, a cast of thousands — rolls out…
A female former church employee alleges the diocese failed to respond to her complaints about the behavior of the Rev. Joseph Backowski.
How can faith communities link generations from 8 to 80?
Pastor Paul Marzahn finds a mission matching empty buildings and congregations. It's work that might soon get a wider audience via TV.
How should you respond if you hear an anti-Muslim slur or read a hateful post on social media?The terror attack on mosques in New Zealand…
The United Methodist Church is facing its most significant crisis in decades, not unlike divisions over homosexuality that have ruptured other Protestant denominations.
"It's a little ironic that people on social media say they are giving up social media by using social media," said Stephen Smith, a Christian technology manager who tracks the Lent-related tweets.
Welvang's St. Paul business attracted priests looking for new vestments, Sunday school teachers needing workbooks, and ordinary Catholics who bought everything from angel statues to first communion dresses to religious DVDs.
Three men with ties to Minnesota and on the road to sainthood reflect the burst of saint-making in Rome.
Members of St. Austin Church mourn the final outcome of a 2010 merger.
With increasingly tight budgets, and often shrinking membership, they're striving to both pay for heat and maintain their half-century-old heating systems generating it.
Pope Francis will convene a historic clergy sex abuse summit this month, and many Minnesota Catholics are watching to see if it tackles an issue…
For nearly 50 years, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and more recently Muslim leaders have forged a joint legislative agenda that crosses religious lines.
Ever wanted to pray with the pope? A new app lets you join his prayers.
Priority changes mean some charities will lose longtime financing.
Bundled-up marchers rallied for LGBT rights, immigration reform, violence prevention and more.
Lawsuit claims Vatican knew of abuse by the Rev. Louis Brouillard and Guam archbishop.
Tribute turns into unique interfaith Torah study.
Judge told archdiocese officials they also must plan for the end of court oversight next year.
In survey, 88 percent of members of 116th Congress say they are Christian, compared with 71 percent of the U.S. population.
Veteran wildlife artist will see his work on another DNR stamp.
The scope of Billl Pilgram's work and its duration put him in a rarefied league, church leaders said.
It's a race against time for many congregations, as barely one in three Americans attend weekly services and one in four belong to no religion at all.
He was president of the Minnesota-Dakotas chapter of the NAACP in the 1980s and consulted on civil rights issues most of his career.
The 12,000-member basilica has come a long way from its first home in a shed on the Mississippi.
Caring for a child, supporting a spouse are among things giving life meaning, survey shows.
The Catholic university will create a shared spiritual home to a student body of diverse faiths.
Minnesota's faith leaders, authorities on sacred books and prayer, are increasingly studying building safety handbooks, hiring security advisers, and inviting law enforcement to get to know their buildings.
‘As a scientist, you look at things that are testable’ Greg Pratt, a veteran research scientist, holds as truth the things he can observe, can…
One in four Americans now belong to no religion, a trend fueling church closings and mergings.
The Brooklyn Park church is transformed into a grocery store once a month.
About 200 singers and supporters are in Rome to premiere a Minnesota-grown faith project.
The lawsuit points to investigation into former Archbishop John Nienstedt as example of Vatican cover-up.
Ron Stallworth doesn't view himself as a hero. The retired black police detective said going undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in 1978 "was…
Archdiocese, survivors say change must go deeper.
Faith leaders seek ideas on how to address growing addictions, especially opioids.
Some thought finalizing the settlement, the nation's largest for a bankrupt Catholic diocese, with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis might never happen.
Vote clears way for Bankruptcy Court confirmation of plan on Tuesday.
Pathways finds more sufferers who want to heal body, mind, spirit
One in four children who have learning disabilities, developmental delays, anxiety and behavioral disorders never attend church, a study indicated.
The Rev. Billy Russell has been pitching the merits of Minneapolis to fellow National Baptist Convention members across the nation for two years, and this week about 15,000 faithful are taking him up on his offer to visit the Twin Cities for the denomination's annual gathering.
Hundreds gather at the Lake Harriet Band Shell on Sundays for heavenly inspiration.
Fewer recruits are willing to be pioneers in a new spiritual landscape that requires them to juggle faith, fundraising and Facebook.
The former monk from St. John's Abbey in Minnesota was one of the nation's foremost authorities on clergy sex abuse and a thorn in the side of the Catholic Church.
People of faith are more able to resist the temptation of impulse shopping than others, a new study suggests.
Clergy abuse victims will begin voting on proposed settlement this month.
Students are eligible for a tuition-free degree and experiments in learning.
Minnesota's mainline Christian denominations face unprecedented declines, altering communities and traditions celebrated for generations.
Bloomington church's "comfort dog" is one of a kind in the state
Catholic Charities seeks to transfer ownership of Children's Home.
Metro-area program, operating for more than 10 years, helps Jewish seniors stay true to their faith.
New process subjects clergy abuse reports to prompt, tight scrutiny.
The exhibit, "Treasurers of the Church," draws the Catholic faithful to an old tradition.
The $210 million settlement brought somber closure to years of disputes that have transformed the archdiocese.
More than 400 victims of sexual abuse will share in the settlement, which ends a protracted bankruptcy dispute, attorneys said. It still must be approved by a judge.
Black and white church leaders are banding together to take on a "national crisis."
The May 18 event is the first major religious event to be held in the Vikings stadium.
Dozens of men accuse a 96-year-old priest of molesting them when they were boys.
A campaign to support Muslims during their holiest month has attracted thousands of churches, schools — and the Minnesota National Guard.
Appeals court affirms assets of parishes, other entities not available for bankruptcy settlement.
Group sings, once mainly religious, are being embraced by social activists — including on Earth Day.
150-year-old Trinity Lutheran keeps its welcoming arms wide open
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church offers potluck smack in the middle of the service.
The Crosiers, a small religious order in Onamia, will pay $25 million to 67 abuse victims.
They formed the basis of the so-called Doctrine of Discovery, which shapes U.S. Indian policy to this day and haunts Indians' well-being, the group says.
Abuse victims argue late objection puts their hard-fought settlement in jeopardy.
Passion plays date to the Middle Ages and are still popular in Minnesota.
Victims and parishes in Twin Cities Archdiocese dwell in uncertainty as bankruptcy enters its fourth year with no settlement in sight.
There are the growing numbers of young Catholics leaving the church — the focus of a new national study to examine why they're departing and where they're landing.
It's the fourth such bankruptcy in Minnesota.
Graham's footprints still seen at University of Northwestern, KTIS.
David Zwick was a student at Harvard Law School in the early 1970s when he joined a group of promising attorneys working with consumer activist Ralph Nader. He wound up heading a groundbreaking study of the nation's water pollution and launching the first grass-roots clean water movement.