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Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Its adherents, known as Christians, believe that Jesus is the Christ, whose coming as the messiah was prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, called the Old Testament in Christianity, and chronicled in the New Testament. It is the world's largest religion, with about 2.4 billion followers.

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Caring for the dead: Christian, Muslim, and COVID [Video]

Caring for the dead: Christian, Muslim, and COVID

Bodies often arrive at night in Iraq's only cemetery specifically for those who have died of COVID-19, in the southern Shi'ite holy city of Najaf. Volunteers, in full protective suits, wash and wrap..

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Holy Fire lit in near-empty Jerusalem [Video]

Holy Fire lit in near-empty Jerusalem

The Holy Fire ceremony symbolising Jesus' resurrection was lit in a deserted Jerusalem on Saturday, without the joyful throng of Orthodox Christian pilgrims who normally attend a spectacle that brings..

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Americans celebrate socially distant Easter [Video]

Americans celebrate socially distant Easter

U.S. church leaders peppered their Easter homilies with references to the coronavirus on Sunday, in masses held online, on television and even in parking lots to people sheltering in cars to maintain..

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An 'extraordinary' Easter in Jerusalem amid coronavirus closures [Video]

An 'extraordinary' Easter in Jerusalem amid coronavirus closures

Religious leaders are encouraging Christians to tune in to Easter services streamed live on Facebook or websites.

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Notre Dame Cathedral: Good Friday service one year after fire [Video]

Notre Dame Cathedral: Good Friday service one year after fire

As Christians celebrate Good Friday in isolation, Paris’s fire-ravaged Notre Dame opens briefly for televised service.

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In Spain and beyond, Christians prepare to mark Easter in lockdown [Video]

In Spain and beyond, Christians prepare to mark Easter in lockdown

In a world locked down by the coronavirus pandemic, Christians are commemorating the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus without traditional church services and processions.View on euronews

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This Is Why We Eat Chocolate Bunnies for Easter [Video]

This Is Why We Eat Chocolate Bunnies for Easter

Though Easter is celebrated by Christians remembering Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. chocolate bunnies can be found everywhere.

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Hides that reveal: DNA helps scholars divine Dead Sea Scrolls

Genetic sampling of the Dead Sea Scrolls has tested understandings that the 2,000-year-old artefacts were the work of a fringe Jewish sect, and shed light on the drafting of scripture around the time..
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Preacher who claimed Christians immune to virus appears in Myanmar court

A preacher who said Christians were immune to the coronavirus and then contracted it himself appeared in a Myanmar court on Wednesday to face charges over organising services in defiance of a ban on..
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Bulgarian Christians celebrate Easter amid coronavirus outbreak

Hundreds of Bulgarian Christians flocked to the Orthodox temples for outdoor services on a surreal Saturday night with the Balkan state one of the few countries where churches remained open over the..
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Myanmar charges preacher for defying virus ban on services

A Myanmar preacher who posted a sermon online saying Christians were immune to the coronavirus will face charges along with three other people for organising services in defiance of a ban on mass..
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Christians unite in spirit through Easter song

Christians from more than 30 churches in the New York City area sang "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" from their balconies, windows and waterfronts to celebrate Easter Sunday. (April 12)  
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On Easter Sunday, Christians Remember: ‘We Will Rise Out of the Dust’

Amid a pandemic, millions of Americans refashioned rituals and grasped for hope in the story of Jesus’ resurrection.
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Online, in parking lots and on TV, U.S. Christians face uncommon Easter

Online, on television and even in their cars in church parking lots, American Christians will, due to the coronavirus pandemic, observe an Easter Sunday unlike any they have lived through.
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Australia's Cardinal Pell urges Christians to embrace suffering: paper

Suffering should be embraced and redeemed through service even when a result of a miscarriage of justice, Australia's Cardinal George Pell, who spent 404 days in jail before his sexual abuse conviction..
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Empty churches, food drive mark start of Easter weekend in coronavirus-hit U.S.

As American Christians began Easter weekend under threat of the coronavirus, political leaders and health experts on Friday cautioned the faithful not to gather in churches or relax social distancing..
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Trump sends out Easter message amid virus

President Donald Trump sent out an Easter message from the Oval Office Friday as Christians around the world are encouraged not to gather for the holiday amid the coronavirus pandemic. (April 10)  
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Easter weekend begins with empty churches in coronavirus-hit U.S.

As American Christians began Easter weekend under threat of the coronavirus, political leaders on Friday cautioned the faithful not to gather in churches and the country's top infectious disease expert..
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Easter weekend begins in coronavirus-hit U.S. with Americans told to remain apart

As American Christians began an Easter weekend under the threat of the coronavirus, political leaders on Friday cautioned the faithful not to gather in churches and the country's top infectious disease..
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Palm Sunday ceremonies in Vatican City, Jerusalem limited over coronavirus fears as Easter restrictions loom

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week for Christians. This year, it looks very different across the world because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Mysterious Shroud of Turin on virtual display for coronavirus prayer

The Shroud of Turin, the mysterious linen some Christians believe is Jesus' burial cloth, will go on virtual display on Saturday, an extraordinary showing to help the faithful worldwide pray for an end..
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Olive branches handed out on Palm Sunday in near-deserted Jerusalem

Franciscan friars wearing surgical masks and gloves made house calls in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, delivering olive branches to Christians who are self-isolating as a precaution against the coronavirus.
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Brazil's Bolsonaro turns to prayer in coronavirus crisis

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, agreeing to a request from evangelical Christians, said on Friday that he was calling for a national day of fasting and prayer this Sunday to "free Brazil from this..
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Is coronavirus God's will? Jewish, Christian and Muslims leaders debate tough questions amid pandemic

Faith leaders are fielding questions about whether coronavirus is God's will, if God created it and if it's some sort of punishment for sin.
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Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre closes amid coronavirus fears

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, revered in Christian tradition as the site of Jesus's crucifixion and burial, was closed on Wednesday as a precaution against the coronavirus.
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Pope Francis leads Christians around the world in Our Father prayer amid coronavirus: We 'beg mercy'

Appearing alone, the Vatican Library, Pope Francis recited the Lord's Prayer and asked for prayers for all people affected by the virus.
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Pope, world's Christians join in prayer to end coronavirus

Pope Francis and Christians worldwide recited "The Lord's Prayer" on Wednesday to ask God to stop the coronavirus pandemic which has infected nearly half a million people, disrupted countless lives and..
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Bulgarian Orthodox Church tells faithful to pray at home to curb coronavirus

Bulgaria's main Orthodox Church urged Christians on Saturday to stay away from churches and pray at home as the Balkan country tightens restrictive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
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'Worship in the rubble': Tennessee tornado ruined churches, but Sunday service went on

Many Christians in the areas hit hardest by the violent Tennessee tornadoes did what they always do on Sunday mornings. They went to church.
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Nigeria's Islamists targeting Christians to provoke religious war, says minister

Islamist militant groups in Nigeria have begun targeting Christians in an attempt to provoke a religious war, the information minister said on Thursday.
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Democratic presidential debate fallout, Ash Wednesday, winter storm: 5 things to know Wednesday

Four Democratic candidates take on a CNN town hall next, Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent for Christians and more news to start your Wednesday.
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Why Christians wear ashes for Ash Wednesday and give up their favorite things for Lent

Ash Wednesday is the start of the six-week period of Lent, an important time of the year for Christians that leads up to Easter.
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Minnesota priest calls Muslim immigrants a threat, drawing rebuke from Catholic Church

A Minnesota Catholic leader rejected remarks made by a priest who called Islam the "greatest threat in the world" to the US and Christianity.  
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Give Lebanon's cabinet a chance, say Christian religious leaders

Lebanon's Christian religious authorities on Tuesday urged anti-government protesters to give a new government breathing room to tackle a dire financial crisis, condemning what they described as mob..
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Islamic State says it beheaded Christian captives in Nigeria

Islamic State released a video purporting to show its militants beheading 10 Christian men in Nigeria, saying it was part of a campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and its..
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AP Top Stories December 25 P

Here's the latest for Wednesday December 25th: Police and protesters clash in Hong Kong; Protests in India continue; Christians in Bethlehem mark Christmas; Swimmers brave cold waters for Christmas..
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Gaza Christians say few Israeli permits granted for Christmas travel

Fewer than half of Christians from Gaza who sought Israeli permits to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas have so far had their applications granted, members of the small..
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Christianity Today again slams Trump, raises issue of 'unconditional loyalty'

Christianity Today, the magazine founded by the late Reverend Billy Graham, renewed its criticism of President Donald Trump in a new editorial that cited his "misuses of power" and asked fellow..
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Trump slams U.S. evangelical magazine after it calls for his removal

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday blasted the magazine founded by the late Reverend Billy Graham after the influential publication for conservative evangelical U.S. Christians called for him to be..
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Rev. Billy Graham's Christian magazine wants Donald Trump removed. Can we get an 'Amen!'

In an editorial, Christianity Today called Trump a 'near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.'
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Pastor speaks on Christian magazine's Trump stance

A major evangelical Christian magazine published an editorial on Thursday calling for President Donald Trump's removal from office. But one pastor is confident evangelical Christians will again throw..
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Billy Graham's evangelical magazine calls for Trump's removal

The magazine founded by the late Reverend Billy Graham that is influential with conservative evangelical Christians in the United States called on Thursday for President Donald Trump to be removed from..
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What does India's new citizenship law mean?

A new Indian law that grants citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan prior to 2015 has led to..
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Israel bars Gaza's Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas

Christians in the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, Israeli authorities said on Thursday.
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Lebanese Christian party says it won't join government on Hariri's terms

Lebanon's largest Christian political party will not join a new government under the terms set by caretaker premier Saad al-Hariri, but will not obstruct the formation of a new cabinet, its leader said..
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Explainer: What does passage of India's controversial citizenship bill mean?

India's parliament on Wednesday passed a contentious bill that will allow citizenship for persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh..
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Inside Lalibela, the mysterious holy site visited by 200,000 Ethiopian Christians on their annual pilgrimage

In the northern highlands of Ethiopia stand 11 churches that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church says were built by angels. Scott Pelley reports.
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Japanese Christians in Nagasaki tearful, excited to hear Pope speak

Japanese Christians lined up before dawn on Sunday to get seats at a Mass being said by Pope Francis in Nagasaki, where 27,000 people were killed instantly when the United States dropped a second..
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Pope urges Thais not to see Christianity as 'foreign'

Pope Francis paid tribute on Friday to Catholics in Thailand who suffered or were killed for their faith in the past and urged today's Thais not to consider Christianity a "foreign" religion.
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Kanye West calls himself 'the greatest artist that God has ever created' at Joel Osteen service

Kanye West took the stage with Houston pastor Joel Osteen, discussing sinning, Christianity and his more religious ideology with 'Jesus Is King.'
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Gospel star Erica Campbell says Christianity doesn't equal conservatism

Gospel star Erica Campbell says Christianity doesn't equal conservatism  
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'It is a zone of death, and we're complicit': Why Evangelicals are upset with Trump's Syria policy

The crisis in Syria has sparked a visceral reaction from U.S. Christian leaders who are concerned about Christian communities in northeast Syria.
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Films with a message of faith

With the end of big-budget Biblical epics, faith-based movies have long been out of favor in Hollywood. But in the years since Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" became a box office phenomenon,..
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Preview: Iraq's Christians

More than 125,000 of Iraq's Christians have been forced to flee their ancient homeland because of ISIS violence and threats. Lara Logan reports on Sunday, September 13 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
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Can technology unravel the secrets sealed by Mt. Vesuvius 2,000 years ago?

Scholars believe the damaged scrolls of Herculaneum could contain lost works of Greek philosophy, Roman poetry, or early Christian writings.
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The Pope and his Jewish Maestro

How an unlikely friendship between Pope John Paul II and a "nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn" helped changed relations between Jews and Christians forever
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Cardinal Dolan: Church was "hypocritical" about "nauseating sin" of sexual abuse

Religious beliefs in America are changing. A recent Pew Research Center survey found 65 percent of American adults describe themselves as Christians. That’s down 12 percent over the past decade...
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