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M.J. Johnson drove onto the Holy Spirit Catholic Church parking lot and, as her car’s motor idled and its headlights pierced the evening darkness, she prayed with a church volunteer, asking God to help her father as he grieves for his late wife.

M.J. Johnson drove onto the Holy Spirit Catholic Church parking lot and, as her car’s motor idled and its headlights pierced the evening darkness, she prayed with a church volunteer, asking God to help her father as he grieves for his late wife.

And few are as serious – or as ambitious – about this annual holiday decorating tradition as Bryant Stallings.

Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties.

Grab the glitter and glue and get ready for the Observer's 12th annual Holiday Card Contest. We invite children ages 4-17 - and adults - to enter original artwork reflecting the holidays.

The cues to turn that frown into a smile are nonstop: ?Merry Christmas!? ?Happy Hanukkah!? ?Ho-H...

Funk on Faith

Map: More than 160 N.C. churches -- in some form or fashion -- have said that they do not believe homosexuality by itself is a sin.

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~ Interfaith service 11.25.14
~ Pagan celebration 10.28.14
~ Vatican Synod
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