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US Muslims hope new billboards reclaim Islam's message

Rasha Madkour, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 7:01am

Dozens of billboards with Muslim themes are sprouting nationwide, proclaiming what organizers say is the true message of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad.

Pope eyes unity, not division in talks with Israel's Rivlin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:01am

Pope Francis has met with Israel's president and given him a medallion that reads: "Look for what unites, overcome that which divides."

Son of man convicted in Jewish site shootings testifies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 6:11pm

The son of a man convicted of killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City says no one else in their family shares his father's anti-Semitic views.

Chair built for Pope Francis for his Mass in NYC is unveiled

Julie Walker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 3:21pm

A wooden chair that will be used by Pope Francis when he celebrates Mass at Madison Square Garden was unveiled Wednesday, with church officials saying its simple design reflects the pontiff's wishes.

Supremacist rambles about motive for Jewish site murders

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 5:01pm

Jurors who convicted a white supremacist of killing three people at suburban Kansas City Jewish sites heard more of his anti-Semitic ramblings Tuesday as they prepared to weigh whether to sentence him to life in prison or death.

The Latest on Jewish shootings: Miller returns to stand

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 4:50pm

The latest on the sentencing of a white supremacist convicted of capital murder for the deaths of three people at two Jewish sites in the Kansas City area (all times local):

Supreme Court rules against clerk in gay marriage case

Claire Galofaro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 7:11pm

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her moment of truth.

ACLU, Muslim inmates sue over Miami-Dade jail meal policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:11am

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and four inmates have filed a federal lawsuit challenging Miami-Dade County's refusal to provide religious-based meals to Muslims.

Priest to withdraw from public school teaching job

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:30am

A Roman Catholic priest says he plans to withdraw from a substitute teaching job in the Wood County public school system.

Australian leader causes offense by comparing IS with Nazis

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:21am

Australia's prime minister angered some Jewish leaders on Thursday by suggesting that the Islamic State movement was worse than Nazis during World War II.

Ohio diocese names interim Catholic schools superintendent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:10am

A veteran Catholic educator will lead schools in the 19-county Archdiocese of Cincinnati on an interim basis.

Catholic University gearing up for papal visit with Mass

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:20am

Students at The Catholic University of America are preparing for what will be a memorable fall semester — thanks to an upcoming visit from Pope Francis.

US demands release of Christian lawyer detained in China

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 3:21pm

The United States demanded Tuesday that China release a well-known Christian lawyer and religious figures who were detained last month ahead of a meeting with a visiting senior U.S. diplomat. In addition, the U.S. urged China, and other nations, to release female political prisoners.

Pope marking day to stress care for creation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 11:01am

Pope Francis is pushing ahead with his protect-the-environment priorities, presiding over a prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica Tuesday for the "care of Creation."

Mormon leader to speak at World Congress of Families event

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 10:50am

A top Mormon leader will deliver the keynote speech at the opening of a conservative conference in Salt Lake City this fall that has drawn opposition from LGBT groups.

Exiled Tibetan gov't warns China not to meddle in tradition

Ashwini Bhatia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 6:41am

The exiled Tibetan government said it saw no cause for celebrating 50 years since China formed the Tibetan Autonomous Region, insisting that Tuesday instead marked a half-century of occupation and control over the once-independent Himalayan kingdom.

Christian school founder in court over sex offender's work

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 2:10am

The co-founder and principal of a private Christian school in Fayetteville is due in court after authorities say a registered sex offender was allowed to work there in violation of state law.

Pope Francis asks bullied Chicago girl to sing for him

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 1:00am

Pope Francis, speaking Monday from the Vatican via satellite to people in three American cities, asked a teenage girl to sing for him as he sought prayers for his upcoming trip to the United States.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:41pm

Supreme Court rejects Kentucky gay marriage case, clerk must issue licenses despite religion.

Appeals court rejects challenge to Jesus statue

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 4:21pm

A federal appeals court has ruled that a six-foot statue known as Big Mountain Jesus can remain on U.S. Forest Service property in Montana.