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Pope's sex abuse panel tells abuse survivor to take a leave

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 11:40am

Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory committee voted Saturday to sideline one of its members, a high-profile abuse survivor who had clashed with the commission over its mission.

Importance of storytelling captured in RootsTech general session

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 7:22pm

Three engaging storytellers addressed RootsTech attendees Friday as they told their touching success stories.

Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

Brady McCombs and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 6:30pm

A state senator in Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument being made around the U.S. by conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets.

Pope to OK use of indigenous languages for Mass in Mexico

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 1:22pm

Pope Francis will issue a decree authorizing the use of indigenous languages in Mass celebrations when he travels to Mexico next week, one of the symbolic gestures he will make in defense of Indian rights in the country.

Historic step: Pope, Russia patriarch meet in Cuba Feb. 12

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 11:51am

In an historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church's East-West divide.

Ukrainian minister hopes resignation will speed up reforms

Sveta Kozlenko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 7:50am

The Ukrainian economy minister whose resignation plunged the country into yet another political crisis said on Friday he hopes it will help create momentum for economic reforms.

Syrian family arrives in Italy in first humanitarian airlift

Nicole Winfield, Fadi Tawil and Maria Grazia Murru, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 4th - 7:10am

A 7-year-old Syrian girl suffering from a rare form of eye cancer arrived in Italy on Thursday, the first of an estimated 1,000 refugees who are being brought here on humanitarian grounds in a pilot project aimed at dissuading people from embarking on deadly sea crossings.

The Latest: Phoenix council replaces prayer with silence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 3rd - 8:02pm

The Latest on the Phoenix City Council discussion on the future of opening prayers at its meetings (all times local):

Mormon church comes out against Utah medical marijuana bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 9:11pm

The Mormon church has come out against a Utah bill that would allow the medical use of edible pot products, a position that could be a serious blow to one of two medical marijuana proposals before state lawmakers.

Christian group says China charges pastor with embezzling

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 7:31pm

A pastor in a Chinese province where authorities have been cracking down on churches has been charged with embezzling funds, a Christian rights group said.

Vatican says key member of Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission taking leave of absence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 5:30am

— Vatican says key member of Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission taking leave of absence.

Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

Brady McCombs and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 7:11pm

A state senator in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument made by many conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets.

Man banned from using Bible verse drops suit against school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:50pm

A graduate of a Colorado university banned from putting Bible citations on a fundraising plaque in the school's football locker room is dropping a federal lawsuit now that the school has removed the original plaques.

Lawmakers, magistrate want to defend gay marriage exemption

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 1:11pm

North Carolina legislators and a magistrate who won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples are asking a federal court to let them defend a religious exemption law challenged as discriminatory.

Oahu church, school found to have most sex abuse allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:40am

A Catholic church and school on Oahu have generated the most allegations across the state of priests and teachers sexually abusing students decades ago.

The Vatican says Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:20am

The Vatican says Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba.

Saudi official says kingdom ready to send troops to Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 4th - 1:30pm

A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels.

Saudi military spokesman tells AP the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group if coalition

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 4th - 11:41am

Saudi military spokesman tells AP the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group if coalition leaders agree.

House bill aims at high school athletes' religious clothing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 3rd - 3:01pm

A House committee has approved a bill preventing state-funded high schools from joining athletic associations that don't allow athletes to wear clothing expressing religious beliefs.