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February 17, 2017

LANCASTER, Pa. — This is all you need to know about Luminitza Cristecu Nichols' faith: She was willing to die for it.

A former nurse, she is the first native-born female Romanian Baptist pastor in the world. On Feb. 26, the 46-year-old will become the first female pastor at First Baptist…


International basketball competitions could soon permit religious headgear

February 10, 2017

NEW YORK — The international group that governs basketball is close to eliminating a longstanding ban on religious headgear in competition, clearing the way for athletes to wear hijabs, turbans and yarmulkes in international competitions.

FIBA told its playing rules committee at a recent…


Religious groups come out against Trump's refugee order

February 03, 2017

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher had just finished the morning's Shabbat service when he got an urgent message: Rabbis were needed at New York's Kennedy Airport. People were being detained under President Donald Trump's sharp travel restrictions on refugees. Would he come pray?

By sundown, Mosbacher was part a…


Pakistan's blasphemy law worries opponents of extremism

January 27, 2017

BARAKHAO, Pakistan — Two ornate minarets pierce the evening sky and frame the emerald green dome of a shrine to Mumtaz Qadri. He was hanged for killing a politician who criticized Pakistan's blasphemy law — a measure that can bring a death sentence for anyone insulting Islam.

A marble-…