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ReporterA major U.S. protestant church with an active presence in Virginia marks a milestone this weekend. The American Lutheran Church, The Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, and The Lutheran Church in America found they had a lot in common. And as...
Tags: Ceremonies, Culture, Lutheranism, Arts and Culture, Christianity
WDBJ7 Multimedia JournalistThe 15th annual Lebanese Festival kicks off Friday, May 31st at St. Elias Catholic Church in Roanoke. This year the festival will feature Lebanese Potato Salad. This new dish will only be offered on Friday. Last year, the festival served about 9,000...
WDBJ-TV Anchor/ReporterYou've heard the saying "40 is the new 30," but is it really when it comes to having children? It seems more women are having children well into their 40's, but just how easy is it to get pregnant? "I am 41," said Tina Young. "And I just had my first...
Under pressure over its long-standing ban on gays, the Boys Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders. The Scouts announced Friday that the proposal would be submitted to the roughly...
WDBJ7 ReporterFor many Hispanics around the world, having a Pope from Latin America, signals recognition in the church. At Saint Gerard Catholic Church in Roanoke on Sunday, there wasn't a whole lot of empty space. The 12:30 p.m. service is in Spanish. It's been...
Tags: Francis I, Christianity, Religion and Belief
They took a little longer than the College of Cardinals in Rome, but young students in Roanoke have concluded their "Kindergarten Conclave." We visited a classroom at Roanoke Catholic School earlier this week as the balloting began. Even after the...
WDBJ7 Anchor/ReporterHistory was made Wednesday in Vatican City as the first-ever Latin American pope was elected. Jorge Bergoglio was the archbishop of Buenos Aires. Now he'll be known as Pope Francis. He is a native of Argentina, and 76-years old. Earlier Wednesday...
ReporterTheir classrooms stood in for the Sistine Chapel. The red birettas they wore on their heads were made from construction paper. And Tuesday afternoon, a group of young students in Roanoke cast their own ballots in a solemn ceremony. While the College...
WDBJ7 ReporterIt's unmistakable if you drive by it on Interstate 581 in Roanoke. The Roanoke Catholic School gym is in the midst of a makeover. Crews are replacing the windows of the unconventionally-shaped building. The principal of Roanoke Catholic knows the...
Tags: Christianity, Religion and Belief
WDBJ7 ReporterThe Pope's retirement Thursday marks a time of transition for Catholics around the world. But a religious transition is nothing new for some students at Roanoke Catholic School. It's a Catholic school with catholic teachings, but not all the...
WDBJ7 ReporterLocally, Catholics are shocked at the Pope's announcement he's stepping down. Teachers are reacting personally. And they're also trying to explain the religious and historical significance to their students. Shock was evident all over Roanoke...
Tags: Lent, Christianity, Barack Obama, Religion and Belief
WDBJ 7 Anchor/ReporterA Russian orphan wants to bypass that country's laws to live in Virginia. A family in Northern Virginia tried to adopt the 14 year old boy, despite the country's new ban on Americans adopting Russian children. They say they'll keep fighting...
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