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Catholic pilgrims visit Auschwitz ahead of visit by pope

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 11:41am

Catholic pilgrims have begun gathering in southern Poland ahead of the midweek arrival of Pope Francis for World Youth Day, a days-long meeting of young people.

Elder Ballard discusses pioneer heritage in Utah

Dave McCann  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 10:40pm

As people across the state celebrate Pioneer Day, KSL-TV’s Dave McCann sat down with Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to discuss pioneer heritage in Utah.

Egypt cleric says too much Pokemon Go could be dangerous

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 9:00am

A leading Egyptian Sunni Muslim cleric has warned against the dangers of playing too much of the wildly popular mobile phone application "Pokemon Go," adding to Mideast religious voices that have sometimes been sterner in their critique of the game.

Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults

David Crary and Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 10:10am

There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group's leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Roman Catholic, Mormon and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections.

California governor denies parole for Manson follower

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 8:22pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who is serving a life sentence for killing a wealthy grocer and his wife more than 40 years ago.

Mormon church fights subpoena for president Monson

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 2:21pm

Attorneys are battling over whether Mormon Church President Thomas S. Monson should be required to testify in a case about alleged sexual abuse that occurred within a now-defunct church program that placed thousands of American Indian children with Mormon families.

Egypt's Coptic Pope warns of increased attacks on Christians

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 12:10pm

The leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian church warned on Monday of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being "defaced."

Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 2:41pm

The Boy Scouts appear to be faring well a year after alarming some churches by easing the ban on gay adults.

Greek far-rightists, police clash during Muslim party march

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 12:30pm

About 150 far-right militants have clashed with riot police in the northeastern Greek city of Komotini as they attempted to attack a peaceful march by members of Greece's Muslim minority.

Massachusetts Democrats gear up for star turns at convention

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 10:31am

Massachusetts is gearing up for an outsized role when Democrats gather in Philadelphia this week for their national convention.

Pope condemns terrorism and violence in Munich and Kabul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 4:50am

Pope Francis has condemned "deplorable acts of terrorism and violence" in Munich and Kabul that have left dozens dead in recent days.

Police arrest Mountain Home priest accused of sexual abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 3:10pm

Police in southwestern Idaho say they have arrested a priest for allegedly sexually abusing and exploiting a vulnerable adult.

Washington County attorney turns back religious complaints

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 11:00am

A northeastern Tennessee county attorney says a high school religious club can continue to meet as long as it remains sponsored and led by students.

Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults

David Crary and Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 10:10am

There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group's leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Roman Catholic, Mormon and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections.

Court: Birth control mandate violates religious rights

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 8:00pm

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Missouri lawmaker who cited religious objections while challenging the inclusion of birth control coverage in his government-provided health insurance.

Emails: Group asked governor for religious objections order

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 4:41pm

Emails disclosed in a lawsuit over a blocked Mississippi law that protects religious objections to same-sex marriage show a Christian legal group asked Gov. Phil Bryant to institute the protections through an executive order in 2015.

As nuns' numbers fall, pope says OK to use social media

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 10:21am

A Vatican official says the number of nuns who dedicate their lives to prayer and contemplating God is dwindling, even as Pope Francis has written a new document praising their relevance in the world.

Croatian court overturns 1946 verdict against cardinal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 8:31am

A Croatian court on Friday annulled a 1946 verdict against a Catholic cardinal convicted by the former communist authorities of collaborating with the pro-Nazi puppet regime during World War II. The ruling drew an angry response in neighboring Serbia, which accused Croatia of endorsing fascism.

Cambridge Episcopal seminary to stop granting degrees in '17

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 8:00am

Trustees for Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge say because of financial challenges the seminary will stop granting degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year and transition to a new mission.