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God Bless America.
WASHINGTON — To understand why religious freedom matters, put yourself in the position of someone who is part of a minority faith tradition in a town or nation that overwhelmingly adheres to a different creed. Then judge public practices by how they would affect the hypothetical you.
Congress has proclaimed that the first Thursday in May — May 1, this year — is set aside as a National Day of Prayer. There will be a National Prayer Breakfast and similar state celebrations conspicuously attended by elected officials, politicians and sectarian persons.
Chaplain John Jamison holds hands with St. Vincent Healthcare patient Christine Odom during a visit to her room. Chaplains usually end their visits by praying with patients.
Sister Catrina Bones prays before meeting with the Native American Steering Council. Sister Catrina is the administrative liaison for the group that was created to enhance the patient care experience for American Indian patients and their families while receiving services at St. Vincent.
A woman lights Advent candles before a prayer circle for employees at St. Vincent Healthcare. The Spiritual Care team held weekly prayer circles during the Advent season.
Chaplain John Jamison prays with St. Vincent Healthcare patient Christine Odom while visiting her room.
The Spiritual Care team leads an Advent prayer circle for employees at the Yellowstone Medical Center.
Chaplain Bret Miller holds a candle while leading a prayer circle on Christmas Eve at St. Vincent Healthcare.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Concerns raised by the American Civil Liberties Union aren't budging Jackson officials to do away with a public prayer said over a loudspeaker before the town's summertime rodeo.
MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia — Hours before sunrise Thursday, thousands of Muslims from around the world stood in the dark on a rocky desert hill, preparing for prayers on the first day of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a central pillar of their faith.
A Christian pilgrim prays inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem’s Old City, during the Easter Holy Week.
One of God’s beautiful gifts is the gift of prayer.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that barred it from starting meetings with prayer that praised a specific deity.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For some believers and church leaders, opposing Alabama’s toughest-in-the-nation law against illegal immigration is a chance for Bible Belt redemption.
Prayer. Countless numbers of people have at one time or another offered up a prayer to God.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - For eons, people have reached out to the Almighty with prayers and supplications. Soon they might be able to use their iPhones.
At our staff lunches, before the food is served, my manager always asks someone to say a blessing on behalf of the entire department. Because I feel that my religion is a personal matter, this makes me quite uncomfortable.