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Ohio artist’s Easter eggs carry on Ukrainian tradition

AKRON, Ohio – Casual observers might call Vera Kap’s eggs beautiful or intricate or even exquisite.

Ministering to mudslide survivors takes many forms

SEATTLE – Enio Aguero had never been to Oso, Wash., before late last month. But he recognized the faces.

Old Testament scholar draws parallels between ancient Israel, U.S. today

“Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks” by Walter Brueggemann (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 165 pages, $15)

Religious families find calling to foster care

MILWAUKEE – Charonne and Kevin Ganiere never really pictured themselves as foster parents.

Church tells Mormon women’s group not to protest at temple

SALT LAKE CITY – A Mormon women’s group pushing for gender equality was informed Monday that its members won’t be allowed to protest on church property at the faith’s upcoming conference.

On first anniversary, pope defends ‘slum priests’

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – On his first anniversary as pontiff Thursday, Pope Francis defended “slum priests” from the accusation their advocacy for the downtrodden reflects a different, leftist church that is remote from conservative Vatican values.

Episcopal priests rock the house with a religious message

MILWAUKEE – They call themselves the Rectors of Rock. The Fathers of Funk. The Collar Studs.

Pope sees banner first year, but expectations high

VATICAN CITY – From his simple sound bites to his breaking of Vatican rules, Pope Francis has made being Catholic cool in his first year.

Former Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry finds his faith, marries it with politics

WASHINGTON – Mike McCurry was President Bill Clinton’s spokesman during the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky years, so suffice to say he knows what it’s like to feel uncomfortable at a podium. But his typical audience these days scares him in a new way.

‘Romance of Religion’ defends Christian faith

“The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty” by Dwight Longenecker (Thomas Nelson, 214 pages, $15.99)

‘Daniel fasts’ tie leaner diet to reverence for God

MILWAUKEE – Melissa Taylor stirs a steaming pot of soup atop the stove in her north-side Milwaukee kitchen.

Coming to terms with the problem of suffering

“Resurrection Year” by Sheridan Voysey (Thomas Nelson, 208 pages, $15.99)

Why some rabbis are insisting: Get the prenup before you marry

ST. LOUIS – For some Jewish women the problem isn’t getting married, it’s relinquishing the bonds when things go sour.

Keeping the Pentecostal experience fresh

LOS ANGELES – “Dios es bueno!” (God is good!)

Come to play, stay to pray at Kentucky church

FORKS OF ELKHORN, Ky. – Todd Lester, pastor of Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church near Midway, Ky., knows people don’t always come to church through the front door.

Hero or traitor? Pope’s aide in Polish controversy

WARSAW, Poland – Poles are divided between praise and condemnation of John Paul II’s secretary for publishing the late pope’s personal notes – against his last will and testament.

Vatican Library, Japan to catalog lost archive

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican library and four Japanese historical institutes have agreed to inventory, catalog and digitize 10,000 documents from a lost Japanese archive detailing the persecution of Christians in Japan in the 17th through 19th centuries.

Artist’s images reflect God’s word

COPLEY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Mara Bochart felt a warming sensation in her soul that changed the way she views her relationship with God.

After a lifetime of giving, it’s tough to ask for help

Throughout their married life, Greg and Renee Wood have always been the ones who take care of other people.

Eighth Day Symposium Jan. 16-18 to discuss ‘Constantine, Christendom and Christian Renewal’

“Constantine, Christendom and Christian Renewal” is the theme of the fourth annual Eighth Day Symposium, Jan. 16 to Jan. 18 at St. George Orthodox Cathedral in Wichita.

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