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Vatican family synod takes new twist with disputed letter

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 12th - 2:42pm

Pope Francis' divisive meeting on family issues took another controversial twist Monday with revelations that several conservative cardinals wrote to the pontiff expressing serious concerns about "predetermined results" coming out of the meeting — only to have doubts arise over both the content of their letter and the cardinals responsible.

Pope's sex abuse commission taking advice on the road

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 12th - 11:31am

Pope Francis' sex abuse commission has begun an important new phase of its work: Bringing the expertise of its members to the developing world where bishops' conferences have lagged behind their English-speaking counterparts in crafting guidelines to prevent abuse and care for survivors.

Saudi king reaffirms commitment to hajj after Iran criticism

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 12th - 11:31am

Saudi Arabia's King Salman said Monday that "irresponsible comments" and criticism of the kingdom's management of the hajj will not affect his country's oversight of the annual Islamic pilgrimage.

AP Exclusive: Prince says Saudi will stay in charge of hajj

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 11th - 5:41pm

Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal on Sunday rejected the idea of sharing the administration of the annual hajj pilgrimage with other Muslim nations, saying Riyadh considers it "a matter of sovereignty" and a "privilege."

Lebanon Christian leader presses for elections in rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 11th - 6:00am

Lebanon's Christian leader is pressing the country's political elite to pass a parliamentary electoral law and elect a president as thousands of his supporters gathered on a road leading to the empty presidential palace.

Spirit of family reunion marks Million Man March anniversary

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 10th - 3:51pm

Black men and women joyously returned to the National Mall on Saturday for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, calling for changes in policing and in black communities amid an atmosphere almost like a family reunion.

The Dalai Lama says Buddhist culture most important to him

Ashwini Bhatia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 10th - 6:50am

The Dalai Lama said Saturday he considered it most important to preserve the Buddhist culture that has helped the Tibetan people live together even in exile.

Mormons gather to discuss race issues within faith

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 5:21pm

African-American Mormons discussed the ongoing challenges of belonging to a predominantly white religion Friday during a university conference designed to address the status of blacks in the faith.

New Mexico town of Belen in fight to keep Nativity scene

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 9:10am

The little New Mexico town of Belen — Spanish for Bethlehem — is fighting to keep an all-year round Nativity scene on city property.

Correction: Catholic High School story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 8:30am

In a story Oct. 11 about a new high school in the Diocese of Springfield, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bishop Mitchell Rozanski would attend a news conference to update the status of the school. Rozanski is not scheduled to attend.

Vatican seeks to quell talk of letter to pope on family

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 7:30am

The Vatican spokesman on Tuesday denounced the leak of a private letter to Pope Francis by conservative cardinals complaining about the way his big family meeting is being run. But he reminded those responsible that the meeting procedures are set and that they're duty-bound to stick with them.

Cleveland County school board studies prayer at meetings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 13th - 4:40am

The Cleveland County Board of Education is looking into the process of implementing prayer its meetings.

St. Louis archbishop issues statement supporting immigrants

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 12th - 2:21pm

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson issued a pastoral statement Monday in support of immigrants and refugees, citing concerns about what he called "the language and rhetoric of discrimination, hate and alienation."

Vatican homeless shelter opens steps from St. Peter's

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 12th - 9:00am

The Vatican has opened its own homeless shelter that can host up to 34 men a night just steps from St. Peter's Square.

Baptist group looks at former college for retreat center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 12th - 5:00am

A Baptist church association is pursuing ambitious plans to build a retreat and convention center in Baker at the site of the former Leland College, a historically significant black Baptist school that closed in 1960.

Tenn. bill seeks to curtail teaching of 'religious doctrine'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 11th - 3:41pm

A state Republican lawmaker is proposing legislation that would ban teaching Tennessee public school students "religious doctrine" until they're in high school.

Protesters gather to hold anti-Islam rally at Phoenix mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 10th - 9:41pm

About 200 protesters gathered in front of a mosque Saturday afternoon to demonstrate against Islam as part of a nationwide campaign that went largely unheeded.

Central Arkansas dominates Houston Baptist 43-7

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 10th - 5:40pm

Hayden Hildebrand completed 19 of 24 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns to lead Central Arkansas to its third straight win, a 43-7 victory over Houston Baptist on Saturday.

Religious order reaches $300,000 settlement in abuse case

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 4:51pm

A Roman Catholic religious order has agreed to pay $300,000 to a former student at a suburban St. Louis high school to settle claims that a teacher at the school sexually abused him.