CAIRO (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' visit to Egypt (all times local):
Pope Francis is urging Egypt's leading imams to teach their students to reject violence in God's name and preach peace, dialogue and reconciliation — not instigation to conflict.
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The first time the Rev. MICHAEL PICA pondered a path to the priesthood was during a childhood visit to dear old grandma's house in Abingdon, south of Galesburg, with his four brothers.
"My Italian grandmother would always ask us five boys: 'Who in the family is going to be the priest?'" he says with a chuckle. "That's what started the whole thing."
What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.
When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.
BOURBONNAIS — Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez grew up with a deep love for music and found her niche at college working for a contemporary Christian radio network.
And she knows there's something more important going on during her evening programs on Shine.FM than just her behind a microphone.
"It's a ministry that God is using me for," she said.
URBANA — The center of actor Mathew Green's life while growing up in Robinson was the Methodist church.
So he feels he knows the latest character he's playing, Pastor Paul, who has grown his church from a modest church front to a megachurch.
Sarah Thebarge remembers very well Easter of 2006. Eleven years ago, Easter fell on April 16, just like it did this year. She went to church that Easter Sunday and then hosted a brunch for friends. Later that day she decided to do her laundry. Waiting for her whites to soak in the washing machine, she suddenly felt something wet on her T-shirt.
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The murder rate is 17 times the global average, earning El Salvador the unfortunate title of most violent nation in the Western Hemisphere in 2015.
And to you, dear reader, I wish the happiest of Easters. May your morning be filled with sunshine, the love of kin and the unfortunate discovery of marshmallow Peeps stuffed into your shoes.
Inasmuch as it can be assumed that Jesus Christ is an eternal being hooked on the mundane soap opera of our earthly, everyday lives — do you imagine he prefers Christmas or Easter?