ATLANTA  — A day before the nation's annual holiday celebrating life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock of Georgia returned to the pulpit at the church that was King’s spiritual home, calling for the nation to adhere to “God's vision of equity.”

Organizers of the March for Life, the anti-abortion movement’s preeminent annual event, are asking their supporters nationwide not to gather in Washington this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest.

WASHINGTON — As a politically divided nation prepares to inaugurate a new president in the wake of a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a group of Christian leaders is hoping to ease tensions through prayer during three days of ecumenical, nonpartisan programming.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks sent a special gift to Pope Francis: an MLK jersey that was blessed by the pontiff on Martin Luther King Jr's 92nd birthday Friday.

Dr. David L. Chancey, pastor of McDonough Road Baptist Church in Fayetteville for over 20 years, spoke to the Sun City Civitan Club about this "Season of Hope" at the Christmas luncheon on Dec. 15. Chancey has written two books, "The Day I nearly met Dolly: Tales of Faith, Family and a Few H…

Q: Why does Christianity put so much emphasis on the human heart? It is just a muscle, right? I’m not sure how a heart can be changed without a transplant — H.T.

We are barely two weeks into 2021 and I’ve already asked my wife if anyone paid attention to the return policy on this year.

Q: I find it interesting that schools have little problem with teaching all religions of the world, including non-religion like atheism and agnosticism. What are the differences between these two non-religions? — A.G.

VATICAN CITY — A criminal investigation into a Vatican real estate investment is exposing weaknesses in the city state’s judicial system and a lack of some basic protections for those accused — highlighting the incompatibility of the Holy See’s procedures with European norms.

Support for President Donald Trump has been consistently strong among evangelicals, with some professing that he has been the best friend Christians have had in the White House.

In a growing consensus, religious leaders at the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States are telling their followers that the leading vaccines available to combat COVID-19 are acceptable to take, given their remote and indirect connection to lines of cells derived from a…

WASHINGTON — The Rev. and Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock shares more than a party with President-elect Joe Biden: Both Democrats made faith a central part of their political identity on the campaign trail — and their victories are emboldening religious liberals.

Q: I was hired by a company as “an idea guy,” and the Lord has blessed me in coming up with honest and creative ways to do business. This has been an answer to my prayers all through school that the Lord would give me an edge in the workplace and to do something that I enjoy. Is this prayer …

On Thursday of last week, I joined with countless others who stood with bated breath as we watched the clock strike midnight.

Q: I have been ridiculed for my Christian faith at the place I work. But something amazing happened recently when the CEO’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer. I asked if I could pray for her and the family. My boss started to cry. Since that time, many people have come to me for prayer. I w…

Q: I have just recently accepted God into my life and am a shut-in. My neighbor suggested I start listening to a church program on TV. The preacher promises that those who come to Christ will have happiness and prosperity. Another friend told me to expect difficulties which can help me grow …

Q: It seems that the world has blurred the lines between right and wrong. Everything is relative and there are no longer absolutes. The more educated we get, the more new sins that emerge. People have grown indifferent or rebellious. Is this just my imagination? Is there a way to start over? — N.S.

ATLANTA  — For decades, the red-bricked Gothic Revival church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached has been a monument to the history of Black Americans' fight for civil rights and the legacy of an activist icon.

WINONA, Texas — A pastor was killed and two other people were injured in a shooting at an East Texas church Sunday after the pastor confronted a man who had hidden from police in the church overnight, a local sheriff said.

In late November, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, penned an opinion piece in the New York Times, where she reflected on the impact of a reporter’s question: “Are you OK?” I’ve wondered about that question, and its cousin — “How are you doing?” — frequently in the weeks since. How would I answer?

Q: This has been a hard year and I hope that the new year will bring a more peace- ful society. My friends say that I have my head in the sand. Are we doomed? — T.P.

Q: Every New Year’s Eve I find myself reflecting on life and what the future holds. My husband died recently and I know he is in heaven, so naturally heaven is on my mind more than what is happening here on earth. What are some of the differences between heaven and earth? — H.G.

Q: My sweet little dog died and my boyfriend helped me with a funeral for her. I prayed that when I get to heaven I will be able to have my pet back. My boyfriend laughed at me and said there are no animals in heaven. Is this true? — D.L.

ROME  — Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed an upcoming year dedicated to the family as he doubled down on one of his papal priorities and urged renewed attention to his controversial 2016 document on family life.

Pastor Charley Chase, of Community Church-Griffin, spoke at the Rotary Club of Griffin meeting on Dec. 17. His topic was the meaning of Christmas. “Christmas is the greatest message ever given,” he said.

This year will be the first in over 20 years that we will not travel to my in-laws’ house for Christmas.

CANTON, S.D.  — The Nativity stable at Canton Lutheran Church will be silent this year, breaking from a community tradition of gathering for a live Christmas performance. Instead, churches in this rural corner of South Dakota are grappling with how to approach an Advent filled with quiet mou…

Q: Football is under attack today and many people are refusing to support it because the sport has been turned into a political football. Sports in general has been hit hard because of COVID-19, but isn’t the exercise of sports and the lessons of sportsmanship a good thing? — S.F.

Q: Science has been in headline news most of this year as the worldwide virus has shut society down. In some regard, science is getting a bad name because so many discrepancies have caused great confusion. It seems that great numbers of people rely more on science than God. Can science bring…

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On Christmas Eve, my immediate family of four will gather together as we do every year.

Q: My new year’s resolution months ago was to get off alcohol. Then the pandemic hit and I lost my job and was forced to quarantine inside my small apartment for months. I have to be honest, I renewed my friendship with drink, and now I am experiencing many problems because of alcohol abuse.…

WASHINGTON — Vandalism at four downtown Washington churches after rallies in support of President Donald Trump are exposing rifts among people of faith as the nation confronts bitter post-election political divisions.

Q: It has been fascinating to watch the development of the Abraham Accord and to see the effort in forging peace in the Middle East. I know we are told to pray for peace but it really won’t come through man’s treaties, but rather the return of Christ, correct? — E.T.

PHILADELPHIA   — Two years ago, the U.S. attorney in Philadelphia joined the long line of ambitious prosecutors investigating the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of priest-abuse complaints.

MEXICO CITY  — For the first time in decades, Mexico’s Roman Catholics were forced on Saturday to abandon a religious pilgrimage in which millions visit Mexico City’s Basilica of Guadalupe on Dec. 12.

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Q: There is much being said about revolutionaries and the good that is brought about for various causes, but rebellious individuals are destroying our cities. How has our society been so deceived to think this is good? — R.R.

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“I just don’t know what to do.” The young man sat across from my desk with his head in his hands. He had gone through a difficult season and the way before him was shrouded in deep uncertainty and a complete lack of clarity.