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Splendid Byzantine churches head Thessaloniki’s holy sites

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Under fluttering strings of Greek and Byzantine flags, three men raised a party tent on the terrace of the 5th century Osios David church one recent Saturday, hoping it wou...

Camino pilgrims help rural Spain’s emptying villages survive

TERRADILLOS DE LOS TEMPLARIOS, Spain (AP) — Amid the vast grain fields of Spain, a medieval church stands guard over the handful of adobe homes where some 50 people live — and twice as many travelers ...

Muslim call to prayer arrives to Minneapolis soundscape

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The chant in Arabic blasted from rooftop loudspeakers, drowning out both the growl of traffic from nearby interstates and the chatter and clinking glasses on the patio of the dive b...

Pastor-led shelters bring schooling options to migrant kids

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — His completed geometry exercise in hand and a smile lighting up his eyes above his face mask, Victor Rodas rushed to the teacher as other students were still drawing. ...

Prayer, worship lift unaccompanied migrant teens in shelters

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — On all but three Sunday afternoons since last Easter, Bob Guerra — a Catholic deacon — has carefully packed his favorite crucifix, a Spanish-language Bible, hundreds of Communion...

Migrants hopeful, suspicious at US reopening to asylum

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — More than a dozen migrants excitedly ran out of their dormitory at the Good Samaritan shelter here at the mere mention that the Biden administration may lift a rule that e...

Only-in-winter stories pass on Ojibwe spiritual teachings

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. (AP) — The two-dozen schoolchildren sat in a circle for about an hour, enthralled, as Gordon Jourdain regaled them with tales of the Creator and the origins of their Ojibwe people...

With COVID rules eased, Barcelona embraces festival's return

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Crowds gathered in Barcelona's historic downtown to watch in awe and snap cellphone photos as teams of people in colorful garb formed human towers rising into the air like the ...

Historic city churches find new life as neighborhood centers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The pews were rocking at Holy Trinity on a recent Sunday as worshipers from the Minnesota Swahili Christian Congregation sang and danced beneath the lofty, dark-wood-trimmed ceiling...

Reviving Ojibwe spiritual traditions, one pet at a time

CASS LAKE, Minnesota (AP) — Animal neglect used to be such a problem on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, with basic services like sterilization out of reach for many due to poverty an...

Greeks fly kites for Clean Monday holiday despite pandemic

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Colorful kites danced in the skies above the hilltops and seafront promenades of Athens on Clean Monday as Greeks turned out to celebrate the Eastern Christian holiday in their t...

Firefighters, faith leaders team up to vaccinate vulnerable

MIAMI BEACH (AP) — At the end of a recent Sunday evening Spanish-language Mass, the Rev. Roberto Cid made an announcement that perked up many gray-haired heads. “If you are over 65 ...

Guatemalan fights hunger with book-for-food barters by bike

Bonifaz Díaz biked through the sprawling city of Quetzaltenango, 7,640 feet (2,330 meters) above sea level among Guatemala’s volcanoes, to deliver a sociology book to the home of a local teacher. He p...

Weekly dinners brighten locked-down Last Supper convent

In Milan, in the midst of the lockdown to mitigate one of Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak, seven men in their 20s have been cloistered in a 15th-century convent. Nobody was let in, nobody was let ...

Refugee teens in Austrian schools straddle different worlds

VIENNA (AP) — Lilas Almalaki didn't know a word of German when she enrolled in an Austrian middle school two months after fleeing her war-torn homeland in 2015, so she relied on the proficient English...