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Temporary Knights of Malta order chief takes oath of office

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 9:21am

The new, temporary head of the ancient Knights of Malta lay religious order has taken his oath of office.

Pope to Catholics: get out, spread faith, help cholesterol

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 5:31am

Pope Francis is trying to energize Catholics, telling them to be active, help others, spread the faith, and that's all good for cholesterol levels, too.

Pope's timely Egypt visit comforts grief-stricken Christians

Nicole Winfield and Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 29th - 4:01pm

Pope Francis wrapped up a brief but deeply symbolic visit to Egypt on Saturday with an open-air Mass for the country's tiny Catholic community, defying security concerns to show his support for the Christians of this Muslim majority Arab nation who have increasingly become targeted by Islamic militants.

Pope warns of broad destruction if Korean tensions escalate

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 29th - 2:48pm

Pope Francis is warning that "a good part of humanity" will be destroyed if tensions with North Korea escalate, and he is calling for diplomacy and a revived United Nations to take the lead in negotiating a resolution.

Pope repeats refugee 'concentration camps' remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 29th - 2:48pm

Pope Francis repeated on Saturday that some migrant holding centers in Europe amount to "concentration camps," even after Jewish groups urged him to stop using the loaded term.

The Latest: Pope urges Egypt's clergy to remain positive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 29th - 9:14am

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Knights of Malta elect temporary leader for reform period

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 29th - 8:22am

The ancient Knights of Malta religious order on Saturday elected a temporary leader during a period of reform after the last grand master was effectively ousted by Pope Francis.

High rent may doom Catholic chapel that survived 9/11

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 29th - 7:00am

Parishioners at a New York City chapel that sheltered 9/11 first responders are praying for a miracle to save it from falling victim itself to the prosperity of its resurgent neighborhood.

Security tight as pope celebrates open-air Mass in Cairo

Nicole Winfield and Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 29th - 5:32am

Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force Saturday as Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community on the final day of a visit aimed at comforting Christians following a series of attacks by Islamic militants.

Methodist court ruling a blow for openly lesbian bishop

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:04pm

The first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job for now, but she is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court ruled Friday.

In Egypt, pope brings a message of peace amid crackdown

Nicole Winfield and Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:15pm

Pope Francis demanded that Egypt's Muslim leaders teach a rejection of violence in God's name during a delicate visit Friday to the Arab world's most populous country, and he strongly backed its uncompromising crackdown on political Islam and militancy.

The Latest: Pope, Coptic patriarch to try to heal schism

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:16pm

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'Apartheid' furor comes amid 50 years of Israeli occupation

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:07pm

Labeling Israel's treatment of Palestinians as "apartheid" is like flinging a burning match into spilled gasoline — so combustible are the passions on both sides.

Tombstone of famed rabbi damaged in Czech town of Prostejov

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:10am

A tombstone of a well-known rabbi at a former Jewish cemetery in the Czech town of Prostejov has been damaged.

AP Explains: Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:23am

Pope Francis meets Friday with the leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, part of a two-day trip to the Arab world's most populous country that comes as Islamic State group militants have been increasingly targeting its Christian minority.

Pastor admits impregnating teen, gets 3-6 year prison term

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 30th - 12:53pm

A suburban Philadelphia pastor accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a teenager has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to three to six years in prison after a judge rejected an earlier plea agreement as too lenient.

Nonbelievers' challenge to House prayers allowed to proceed

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 29th - 11:54am

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has kept alive a lawsuit by nonbelievers who want to be allowed to give invocations at the start of state House sessions.

Yangon mob forces closure of Muslim schools in Myanmar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 11:20am

Ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters have forced the closing of two Muslim schools in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, in a reminder that religious strife remains a threat to the country's stability.

Pope Francis arrives at Cairo's Al-Azhar, highest seat of world's Sunni Muslim learning, to meet Egypt's grand imam

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:50am

Pope Francis arrives at Cairo's Al-Azhar, highest seat of world's Sunni Muslim learning, to meet Egypt's grand imam.

Pope Francis meets Egypt's president at the start of the Catholic pontiff's historic two-day visit to Egypt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:40am

Pope Francis meets Egypt's president at the start of the Catholic pontiff's historic two-day visit to Egypt.