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The Latest: Pope prays at Poland's Black Madonna icon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 4:00am

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Poland and World Youth Day celebrations (all times local):

Ukraine's president calls for recognition of splinter church

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:20am

The Ukrainian president has called on an Orthodox Christian leader to recognize the independence of his country's splinter church.

Israeli settler-turned-diplomat to take new post in New York

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:21am

For years, Dani Dayan was the West Bank settler movement's face to the outside world. Next week, he'll become the face of Israel to much of North America.

Church attacker nurtured jihad in quiet French town

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:01pm

Adel Kermiche nursed his obsession with jihad in this quiet French town alongside the Seine River, and his twice-thwarted attempt to join Islamic State extremists in Syria ended with an attack on an elderly priest celebrating Mass in its sturdy stone church.

Pope says the world's at war, urges Europe to greet refugees

Frances D'Emilio and Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 3:21pm

Pope Francis, deeply saddened by the slaying of an elderly priest during Mass in a church in the French countryside, warned grimly Wednesday that the world is at war, but cautioned against labeling it a war among religions.

The Latest: Pope talks about migrants with Polish bishops

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:52pm

The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Poland for World Youth Day events (all times local):

Church official seeks bail after high court nixes conviction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:31pm

A former Philadelphia church official imprisoned over his handling of abuse complaints is seeking bail after Pennsylvania's highest court granted him a new trial.

Turkey, once touted as regional model, is mired in tension

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 1:42pm

Turkey was riding high in 2010, casting its brand of Islamic piety, Western-style democracy and economic growth as a regional model amid popular upheavals in the Mideast and North Africa.

Russian Orthodox reach Kiev monastery despite threats

Francesca Ebel and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:00am

Thousands of Russian Orthodox Christian pilgrims reached the center of Ukraine's capital on Wednesday, finishing a procession to the city's most revered monastery after their march was disrupted a day earlier.

Court won't reinstate church official's conviction

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:32pm

The first U.S. church official convicted over his handling of priest-abuse complaints could soon leave prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Tuesday that his conviction was flawed.

Authorities raid mosque in northern Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 3:31pm

Authorities in northern Germany say police have raided a mosque believed to be a "hot spot" for Islamic extremists in the city of Hildesheim.

Greece: anarchists evicted from illegally occupied buildings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:31pm

Greek police have emptied three buildings in this northern city of illegal occupiers and made 74 arrests.

Iran sets May 2017 for presidential elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 12:21pm

Iran's Interior Ministry on Wednesday said a constitutional watchdog had approved the country's presidential election for May 2017.

Egypt's scholars reject government-written sermons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:12am

In a rebuke to the Egyptian government, the top religious scholars of Egypt's Al-Azhar have rejected new government measures to standardize Friday sermons, saying such a step would "freeze" the development of religious discourse.

Cyprus church leader to seek lifting of Syria embargo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 9:11am

The head of Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church says he will petition European and U.S. diplomats to quickly lift an embargo against Syria.

Pope Francis departs Rome for Poland, where he will meet with young Catholics, visit Auschwitz and Catholic sites

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 6:20am

Pope Francis departs Rome for Poland, where he will meet with young Catholics, visit Auschwitz and Catholic sites.

Quran slip has Muslims blazing mad at Fireman Sam

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 3:40am

Britain's Channel 5 has removed an episode of children's series Fireman Sam from its streaming site after a character appeared to tread on a page of the Quran.

Archbishop disavows predecessor's statements on sex abuse

Grace Garces Bordallo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 9:50pm

Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, the temporary administrator appointed to Guam by the Vatican in early June, is disavowing the church from statements made by his predecessor, who is facing sexual abuse allegations.

Man accused of threatening to burn Boston mosque denied bail

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 5:01pm

A man accused of threatening to burn down New England's largest mosque and making other threats to the Muslim community was held without bail on Tuesday.

UN calls for reconciliation in Central African Republic

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:40pm

The U.N. Security Council called on the Central African Republic's new president on Tuesday to urgently foster reconciliation between Muslims and Christians in order to reunify the country which has been plagued by sectarian violence.