Prayer

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, observes a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan's northeastern coast nine years ago, at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)
March 11, 2020 - 4:24 am
TOKYO (AP) — Some residents along the Japanese northern coast stood on roadsides overlooking the sea, offering silent prayers for their loved ones lost in a massive earthquake and tsunami nine years ago Wednesday. But in Tokyo and many other places around Japan, the day was being remembered without...
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Worshippers pray during a service in a tent at Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The congregation held their Sunday service in a tent in the parking lot near the church facilities, which were heavily damaged by a tornado March 3. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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March 08, 2020 - 5:56 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bobbie Harris, 79, lost her rental home, her job and her church when a deadly tornado struck her community in North Nashville. But all she could think about was her blessings. “Through it all, God is good,” Harris said. Harris joined other members of Mount Bethel Missionary...
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People visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, Thursday, March 5, 2020. Palestinian authorities said the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, built atop the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born, will close indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
March 05, 2020 - 9:31 am
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials on Thursday indefinitely closed the storied Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of Bethlehem over fears of the new coronavirus, weeks ahead of the busy Easter holiday season. The announcement by the Palestinian tourism ministry threatened to...
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FILE - In this Sunday, March 1, 2020, file photo, a priest prepares to give the Holy Communion to faithful during a Mass celebrated at Saint Francois Xavier church in Paris, France. The archbishop of Paris is asking all of the French capital's parish priests to change the way they administer communion to counter the spread of the coronavirus. The Paris diocese said in a statement that a Paris priest tested positive for the virus after returning from Italy. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh, File)
March 05, 2020 - 5:59 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A rising number of churches across the United States are making changes in response to the coronavirus outbreak, including a decision by numerous Catholic dioceses to suspend the serving of wine during Communion. Thus far, there’s been no indication of any widespread cancellations...
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People sit a recommended distance apart from each other during the presentation of the new FIAT 500 electric n Milan, Italy, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Countries are taking drastic and increasingly visible measures to curb the new coronavirus that first emerged in China and was spreading quickly through Europe, the Mideast and the Americas. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
March 04, 2020 - 8:33 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy closed all schools and universities and barred fans from all sporting events for the next few weeks, as governments trying to curb the spread of the coronavirus around the world resorted to increasingly sweeping measures that transformed the way people work, shop, pray and amuse...
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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, center, eats a pizza with French Ambassador to Rome Christian Masset, right, and pizza maker Gino Sorbillo, in Sorbillo's restaurant, in Rome, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. According to reports, Di Maio invited the French ambassador for a pizza after French channel Canal plus broadcast a satirical video of a fake Italian pizza maker coughing on a pizza and calling it "Corona Pizza". (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
March 04, 2020 - 5:22 pm
More school closures and the suspension of business travel are among the steps being taken around the world to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. These are some of the latest developments Wednesday: SCHOOLS, PRAYER DISRUPTED Italy is closing schools nationwide after reporting more than 3,000...
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A Muslim prays from a hotel overlooking the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Health Minister Abdel-Fattah Mashat was quoted on the state-linked news site Al-Yaum saying that groups of visitors to Mecca from inside the country would now also be barred from performing the pilgrimage, known as the umrah. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
March 04, 2020 - 10:20 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak disrupted Islamic worship in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia on Wednesday banned its citizens and other residents of the kingdom from performing the pilgrimage in Mecca, while Iran canceled Friday prayers in major cities. The decisions in Riyadh and...
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Muslims offer prayers on the roof of a fire-bombed mosque in New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Muslims returned to the battle-torn streets of northeastern New Delhi for weekly prayers at heavily-policed fire-bombed mosques on Friday, two days after a 72-hour clash between Hindus and Muslims that left at least 38 dead and hundreds injured. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
February 28, 2020 - 7:09 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Muslims in a northeastern neighborhood of India's capital returned for weekly prayers at fire-bombed mosques on Friday, two days after a 72-hour clash between Hindus and Muslims that left at least 40 dead and hundreds injured. Five days after the riots started, authorities have not...
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In this Jan. 10, 2020 photo, Filipo Ilaoa, left, and Bonnelley Pa'uulu pose with the flag of American Samoa at the American Samoa government office in Honolulu. Some American Samoans worry a federal judge's recent ruling in Utah saying those born in the U.S. territory should be recognized as U.S. citizens could threaten "fa'a Samoa," or the Samoan way of life. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)
February 10, 2020 - 11:17 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Growing up in American Samoa, Filipo Ilaoa’s neighbors were his cousins on a plot of land full of banana and breadfruit trees shared by his extended family and overseen by a chief elected by his relatives. He worries a federal judge's recent ruling in Utah saying those born in the U...
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President Donald Trump reacts as he looks at the front page of a newspaper with a headline that reads "Trump acquitted" at the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast, at the Washington Hilton, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
February 06, 2020 - 7:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Prayer Breakfast - a Washington tradition since 1953 - is by custom a respite from partisan bickering. President Donald Trump shattered that tradition Thursday with aggressive remarks that buoyed his allies but dismayed a wide spectrum of faith leaders. “A bipartisan...
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