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Growing numbers of people are flocking to U.S. churches that center their practice around a psychedelic tea known as ayahuasca. Organizers and their legal advisers argue a 2006 Supreme Court ruling protects them from prosecution and participants say they are taking part in a religious service. Some experts raise concerns that the benefits of ayahuasca haven’t been well studied. Many who attend the ceremonies, which can last for days, argue their experience on the illegal substance brings them closer to God than they ever felt at traditional religious services. Surveys have also found many come away feeling better afterwards, with some saying it helped with depression and problems with risky substance use.

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On Jan. 27, the world will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a symbolic date to commemorate the victims of Nazism. Murderous Nazi terror targeted millions for reasons of biology, nationality, or political ideology. But few people know that the Nazis’ victims included thousands of…

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Sierra Vista — Mike and Sue Smith will travel to Denver, Colorado on January 30, to serve their fourth mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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In a rite before the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Vatican officials placed unique symbols of his pontificate inside his cypress casket, along with a scroll in Latin describing his ascent to the Chair of St. Peter.

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Islam’s annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia will return to pre-pandemic levels this year after restrictions saw the annual religious commemoration curtailed over concerns about the coronavirus. That's according to an announcement from the kingdom on Monday night. The hajj is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life and represents one of the world’s largest gatherings of people. Before the pandemic, the pilgrimage drew millions each year to Islam’s holy city of Mecca, which is home to the cube-shaped Kaaba that observant Muslims pray toward five times a day.

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BERLIN — Holocaust survivors from around the globe are marking the third day of Hanukkah together with a virtual ceremony as Jews worldwide worry about a sharp increase in antisemitism in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere.

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I never thought I’d be doing this, writing an essay about myself becoming the pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

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A civil lawsuit concerning the sexual abuse of the children of a former member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bisbee that has been dragging through the court for two years could be headed toward mediation, the parties said recently.

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On Oct. 18, Neal Barnhill returned home from serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Riverside, California.

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Navajo Nation leaders have introduced two new initiatives to address missing and murdered Diné people.  Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez issued an Executive Order on Oct. 22 to adopt and implement the Navajo Nation Guidelines for Missing Persons or, in Navajo, the Nihí K’éi dóó Béédahoozinígíí Náalkaa Bikégó Naaltsoos. “Many families know the personal heartbreak […]

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On Sept. 27, Simon Bastian returns from serving two years as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tacoma, Washington, and Bridgetown, Barbados.

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During the private funeral of her husband, Queen Elizabeth II sat alone near the St. George’s Chapel altar, socially distanced from her family and wearing a black pandemic mask.

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Lloyd and Jean Howden and their daughter, Tina, have been called as military relations missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They will serve on Fort Huachuca for six months and started in August.

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Carson Seamans leaves on Sept. 5 to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lisbon, Portugal.