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Francis begins peace pilgrimage to 3 African countries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 12:30am

Pope Francis has begun a pilgrimage to three African nations.

Popular Utah YouTube stars unite for Christmas music video

Ashley Kewish  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:30pm

What do you get when you combine the stars of 12 different popular YouTube channels in one place for one night? They hope their next viral video.

Pastor among 8 indicted in fatal New York church beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 7:02pm

The pastor of an insular New York church where a young man was beaten to death and his younger brother seriously injured was among seven people charged Tuesday with murder.

Vatican court rejects journalist's bid to drop leaks charges

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 9:11am

A Vatican tribunal on Tuesday rejected a journalist's request to dismiss charges against him for publishing confidential documents as a trial opened in the Holy See's latest leaks scandal.

Leader of religious forum attacked in Bangladesh

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 9:11am

Two men wielding kitchen knives attacked a religious forum leader in Bangladesh on Tuesday, police said.

Carson backs off claims of American Muslims cheering 9/11

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 5:30pm

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is backing away from his Monday claim that he saw American Muslims celebrating the Sept. 11 attacks.

Uganda fundraises, spruces up shrine for pope visit

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 10:01am

More than 2 million people are expected to converge near a minor basilica in the Ugandan capital where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on Saturday, an official with the Roman Catholic Church here said Monday even as workers put in extra hours to spruce up the shrine.

In Africa, Pope Francis to find a church growing in numbers

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 4:20am

Pope Paul VI became the first modern pope to visit Africa in 1969 and declared the continent a "new homeland" for Jesus Christ. During the quarter century of his papacy, St. John Paul II traveled to 42 African countries and earned the nickname "the African." Pope Benedict XVI said Africa was a continent of hope. Next week, Pope Francis joins his predecessors and visits a region whose growing numbers of Catholics are seen as a bulwark for a church seeking to broaden its appeal in the face of challenges from secularism, competing Christian faiths and violent extremism.

Police: Newborn left in Christmas nativity manger at church

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:41pm

For a short time Monday afternoon, the Christmas manger at a New York City church might've been able to pass for the real thing: A newborn baby, with the umbilical cord still attached, was abandoned there. Now, New York City police are searching for whoever left the child.

Expert: Friends recruit most Islamic State fighters

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:00pm

A terrorism expert says three-quarters of those who become foreign fighters for the Islamic State extremist group are recruited through friends and about 20 percent through family members.

New Catholic high school to be built on 48 acres in Bismarck

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 4:50pm

A new Catholic high school will be built on a 48-acre plot in Bismarck thanks to a land donation.

Trial for church shooting suspect friend moved to Charleston

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 3:40pm

A federal judge has moved the trial of Joey Meek, a friend of the man charged in the Charleston church shootings, to the city where the shootings occurred.

N. Illinois University removes Bibles from campus hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 3:11pm

Bibles can no longer be found in the rooms of Northern Illinois University's campus hotel after a secular group complained it had no place in nightstands.

Carson no longer claiming to have seen American Muslims celebrating on 9/11

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 5:50pm

Ben Carson is now backing away from his claim that he saw American Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attacks.

2015 AP Northeast Inland All-District Team

Craig Merz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 5:20pm

The 2015 Associated Press Northeast Inland All-District football team, as selected by a media panel from the district:

UAE court sentences Islamist Kuwaiti politician for critique

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 1:00pm

The United Arab Emirates' state news agency says the country's Federal Supreme Court has convicted a former Islamist lawmaker from Kuwait of insulting the country's leadership and spreading false rumors in a televised interview

Church of Scientology's Moscow branch to be dissolved

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 9:10am

A Russian court has ordered the Church of Scientology in Moscow to be dissolved.

Century-old Torah scroll being restored at Bronx hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 6:40am

A damaged 19th century Torah scroll rescued from the Nazis is being restored at a New York City hospital.

Religious sect elder convicted in Germany of hitting child

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 6:00am

A 54-year-old elder from a Christian sect in southern Germany has been convicted of causing bodily harm by hitting a child in his care with a 1.2-meter (four-foot) switch. He was sentenced to six months probation.

Helicopter crash kills Hindu pilgrims in Indian Kashmir

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 2:00am

Police say a helicopter flying pilgrims from a mountain temple dedicated to a Hindu goddess has crashed, killing six people in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.