In the new movie "Son of God," Jesus is played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado, whose appearance has been compared to Brad Pitt and a young Marlon Brando and who has inspired a Twitter hashtag of "Hot Jesus."
WASHINGTON » Hawaii surfer Bethany Hamilton got a standing ovation and President Barack Obama reaffirmed that freedom of religion is a central tenet of U.S. diplomacy at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.
VATICAN CITY » Pope Francis has warned that priests can become "little monsters" if they aren't trained properly as seminarians, saying their time studying must be used to mold their hearts as well as their minds.
Going to church, temple or any house of faith on a regular basis may take care of the soul, but the Rev. Wally Fukunaga, founder of the Sunrise Ministry Foundation, said his organization is trying to "broaden the landscape even more" and give the spirit a playground in which to frolic.
Instead of dreading the darkest days of the year, Neolithic pagans came to realize that the winter months would usher in longer days of sunlight — so vital to their sustenance — and they started celebrating the coming light with traditions still treasured during Christmas today.
MAR GIRGIS MONASTERY, Egypt >> There was no mention of churches torched or Christians killed, but the prayer neatly written on a tiny piece of paper and placed atop an icon of St. George in the chapel of a desert monastery left no doubt about the growing fear and despair of Egypt’s Coptic Christians.
Yes, a victory for Mitt Romney on Tuesday would have been the ultimate sign that Americans accept Mormons — that a tradition until recently considered a cult throughout the evangelical world, unable to shake its association with long-discarded polygamous ways, has come to seem pretty normal.
Pieper Toyama, head of school at Pacific Buddhist Academy, will receive The Interfaith Alliance Hawai'i's "Flame of Hope Award" at the organization's 10th annual Awards Celebration and Dinner on Nov. 18 at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin.
HOUSTON » For three straight weeks, high school football players in a small Southeast Texas town took the field by bolting through large red-and-white banners that hollered the praises of Jesus Christ.
ST. LOUIS » American nuns described as dissenters in a Vatican report that ordered an overhaul of their group said Friday they will talk with church leaders about potential changes but will not compromise on the sisters' mission.
By Ariel Wittenberg / Standard-Times (New Bedford, Mass.)
The Rev. Patrick Killilea always imagined he would live here in South Coast until the end of his career. Killilea, affectionately known as Father Pat among his parishioners, has spent the past 13 years in Fairhaven and has only had two assignments outside the area since he was ordained in 1969.
The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, which brought the first Catholic missionaries to Hawaii in 1827, formally merged its Hawaii chapter with a mainland contingent this week to expand its resources and invigorate its ministries.
Christian, Buddhist, Baha'i, Jewish and Unitarian congregations are planning a Thanksgiving service under one roof to recognize 50 years of neighborliness in a community proud of its diversity of faith traditions.
The Waipahu United Church of Christ was formed 50 years ago through the merger of the predominantly Filipino Waipahu Evangelical Church and the Waipahu Community Church, whose membership was mostly Japanese.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu is moving forward with its Homeless Affordable Housing Plan, which aims to provide 720 living units for the poor by the end of 2013, spokesman Patrick Downes said.
The Mililani Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, at 239 Palii St., will host the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ 2011 District Convention, beginning Friday at 9:20 a.m. All convention sessions, consisting of seven three-day events until Aug. 14, are open to the public and are free.
As part of a national initiative to combat anti-Muslim bigotry, representatives of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths will give readings from their sacred texts and offer prayers under the same roof during a special service tomorrow.
Peter Makari, a Middle East missions executive for United Church of Christ, will speak today on using economic leverage to pressure Israel into ending its controversial occupation and settlement of what is considered Palestinian territory under international law.
The most controversial point so far in Gov. Neil Abercrombie's 90-day plan to address homelessness, announced May 17, is one that discourages churches and other organizations from feeding homeless people in public areas because it enables them to continue living on the streets and in parks instead of finding permanent shelter.
Reminiscent of the Hawaii custom of throwing lei onto the waves while scattering the ashes of a loved one, the Buddhist ritual of sending out to sea a candle-lit lantern carrying a prayer or message has struck a chord in people in search of solace.
Small government, helping the poor and justice for the common people are some of the goals of the Catholic Worker Movement, whose back-to-the-earth message has been introduced to Hawaii this month with the first issue of an online newspaper.
The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii presented a check for $45,000 to the Japan America Society of Hawaii Tuesday to support relief efforts by the Japanese Red Cross Society following the earthquake and tsunami in March.
Last year, John Burrett and about 50 other men from the Waipahu branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hauled out several truckloads of bulky trash from Waipahu Cultural Garden Park and vowed to make it an annual project.
As the first beams of sunlight peek over the edge of Punchbowl crater tomorrow, a thousand people are expected to join with Christians around the world on Easter Sunday in rejoicing that Jesus Christ has risen.
Palm Sunday tomorrow sets the stage for the significant Holy Week events that encompass the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter, the ultimate celebration of the year for those of the Christian faith, said the Rev. Ruth Peterson of the Joy of Christ Lutheran Church in Pearl City.
To the secular world, the Jewish celebration of Passover may seem linked to Easter because these holidays occur about the
same time, and Christianity is rooted in Judaism. But that's where the similarity ends,says Rabbi Peter B. Schaktman of the Temple Emanu-El of Honolulu.
Robert Wong grew up following his father around Manoa Chinese Cemetery as he took care of the graves dotting the tranquil valley some 40 years ago, showing respect for the headstones that other kids might have found tempting for a game of hide and seek, he said.
The sign of the cross was drawn on foreheads with ashes this week on Ash Wednesday as many churches began observing the 40 days of Lent, the season in which Christians fortify their spiritual lives for Easter.
Some former members of the Calvary Episcopal Church in Kaneohe have started their own congregation in Kailua called Christ the Foundation Anglican Church, said David Chung, president of the church's board of directors.
While Kawaiaha'o Church has the utmost respect for the ancestral bones buried on its grounds, its Christian doctrine takes priority over ancient Hawaiian cultural beliefs that insist that remains should not be disturbed, says Kahu Curt P. Kekuna, the church's senior pastor.
After advocating for same-gender marriage and gay rights for 41 years, Tim Earhart, president of Dignity USA-Honolulu, said the final passage Wednesday of the civil-unions bill by the state Senate was an unequivocal victory.
Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in China and Canada, is holding a free Soul Healing Day and blessing Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. in the McKinley High School auditorium.
Six Hawaii inmates in private prisons in Arizona are suing the state of Hawaii and the prison operator for allegedly violating their constitutional rights by denying them free exercise of their native Hawaiian religious practices.
Eight films exploring topics ranging from family relationships to baseball and the Holocaust are featured in the ninth annual Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival, today through Feb. 20 at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The event is co-sponsored and curated by the Academy of Arts.
Start by cleaning your house to prepare for the lunar Chinese New Year on Thursday.
It's the way to sweep away yesterday's rubbish and clear a path for prosperity to enter unhindered, says Clarence Lau, a veteran feng shui consultant and Chinese lunar astrologer in Honolulu.
The Church of the Crossroads has long commemorated the work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by honoring peacemakers instead of seeking redress through anger and violence, the Rev. Kyle Ann Lovett said Monday.
To honor her work toward a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and her service to seniors, Margaret Brown is this year's recipient of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemaker Award, presented by the Church of the Crossroads.
Bishop Larry Silva and Bishop Thomas Okano will take part in a discussion on "Contemplation and Practice for Peace and Justice: Buddhist and Catholic Traditions" at 2 p.m. next Saturday in downtown Honolulu.
The classic Nativity scene of Jesus' birth in a manger is a cultural icon at Christmas, but "it's not just a fairy tale," says the Rev. Ruth Peterson, pastor of the Joy of Christ Lutheran Church in Pearl City. "It's something we believe happened in a real time and in a real place.
Hundreds of children and their parents walked through the dark and found a spot on a long stone wall along Manoa Road, under a dripping canopy of huge trees, to be transported back in time to a stable in Bethlehem -- where a baby was born to Mary and Joseph in a manger, surrounded by animals, angels, shepherds and three wise men.
President Abraham Lincoln's words in 1865 have reached across time to counsel a country that is angry and deeply divided today across religious and political lines, says national best-selling author Ron C. White Jr.
Dozens of retired military chaplains say that serving both God and the U.S. armed forces will become impossible for chaplains whose faiths consider homosexuality a sin if the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is thrown out.
Reacting to vocal opposition to civil unions and gays in the military by some religious conservatives, a Hawaii Buddhist organization has broken its traditional silence with a statement urging tolerance.
In the first public viewing in 32 years, more than 17,000 people from around the world will get to walk on "holy ground" inside the Laie Hawaii Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, following a major renovation project.
Shohei Miyasato was an immigrant from Okinawa who didn't speak English, but he spearheaded a petition drive that allowed Jikoen Hongwanji Mission in Kalihi to keep its doors open during World War II, when virtually all Japanese organizations in Hawaii were shut down.
As a 12-year-old boy growing up in Georgia, William T. Randall despised the Japanese for attacking Pearl Harbor. But when Mahatma Gandhi won independence for India through nonviolent protest two years later, his view started to change.
The national furor over the proposed mosque at Ground Zero in New York has caused local Muslim leaders to delay their annual Ramadan celebration to avoid holding it on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2001.
The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a traditional period of reflection that has gotten lost in the flurry of today's hectic world. 10Q, a national online project launched in 2008, offers a new, technological way for people of all backgrounds to slow down and reflect.
Bishop Steven Charleston, a leading proponent of justice issues, the environment and spiritual renewal, will speak tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday at three Episcopal churches on Oahu. The public is invited to attend.
Before Nuuanu Congregational Church started using an LCD projector during services, its members would have their heads buried in hymnals and Bibles, fumbling with pages and straining to see the fine print.
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Underground art went wildly public Feb. 8-15 on the streets of Kakaako, where more than 100 local and international street artists installed a colorful splash of murals across area buildings and walls, while also gathering throughout the week for art-focused lecture series, films and a block party – a movement known as Pow! Wow! Read More »