SAN JOSE - When Alvaro Urbina first walked into the Jubilee Christian Church, his marriage was in crisis and his daughter gravely ill. A Mexican immigrant who came to the United States in 1993, he was desperate for a place he could feel at home.
For someone unaffiliated with any church, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has become an unlikely advocate for the religious, from supporting the right of Orthodox Jews to use oral suction during circumcision to closing schools on Muslim holidays.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approved redefining marriage in the church constitution Tuesday to include a “commitment between two people,” becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings in every congregation. The change is expected to take effect June 21.
After dreaming for years of a new cathedral, the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh finally broke ground on the building Saturday. The new $41 million Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in west Raleigh will seat 2,000 when it is completed in about two years.