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Pilgrims in Poland readying to welcome Pope Francis

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 5:10am

Security was high Wednesday as groups of cheerful young pilgrims from around the globe gathered in the streets of Krakow, in southern Poland, just hours before Pope Francis arrives to join World Youth Day, a major gathering of Catholics.

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.

Catholics awaiting Francis pray for slain French priest

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 1:02pm

Polish and French Church leaders attending a Catholic youth meeting in Poland expressed shock over the killing Tuesday of a Catholic priest in France and called for prayers to be the answer to this latest act of terror in Europe.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir's summer tour wows Europe

Candice Madsen and Carole Mikita  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 11:18am

Berlin. Frankfurt. Vienna. Nuremberg. Zurich. Brussels. Rotterdam. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir played to sold out crowds in historic concert halls across Europe this summer.

Turkey issues warrants for 42 journalists amid criticism

Suzan Fraser and Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:12pm

Turkey on Monday issued warrants for the detention of 42 journalists suspected of links to the alleged organizers of a failed military uprising, intensifying concerns that a sweeping crackdown on alleged coup plotters could target media for any news coverage critical of the government.

Iran state TV retracts report on presidential election date

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 5:40am

Iran's state TV on Wednesday retracted its report from earlier in the day that said the constitutional watchdog slated the country's presidential election for May 2017, saying instead that the vote has not been scheduled.

Turkey orders 47 newspaper journalists, executives detained

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:30am

Authorities on Wednesday issued warrants for the detention of 47 former executives or senior journalists of Zaman newspaper, allegedly associated with the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who the government says is behind Turkey's July 15 failed coup.

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.

Controversial religious procession barred from entering Kiev

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 12:42pm

Authorities in Ukraine's capital say pilgrims in a major religious procession connected with a Moscow-loyal church will be taken to their goal by bus, a compromise reached hours after participants in the procession were barred from entering Kiev on foot.

AG: House parent at Catholic school abused foreign students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 12:31pm

A former house parent at a central Pennsylvania Catholic school has been charged with sexually attacking two Chinese international students he supervised.

Arson probed after minor fires at Mormon church, union hall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 9:20am

Local and federal authorities are investigating a pair of apparent arson attempts at a Mormon church and a neighboring firefighters' union hall in downtown Las Vegas.

Atheists sue Missouri officials over Baptist convention

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 8:20am

A group of atheists has sued Kansas City, Missouri, officials over the planned use of $65,000 in tourism tax dollars to aid an upcoming Baptist convention.

French president suggests Islamic State group is behind church attack that left priest dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 5:50am

French president suggests Islamic State group is behind church attack that left priest dead.

Cologne cathedral hires lawyer to stop Pokemon hunters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:30am

The Catholic Church has hired a lawyer to tackle a plague of "Pokemon Go" players invading Cologne Cathedral.

Buddhist monk gets prison for stealing from temple to gamble

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 3:01pm

A Buddhist monk was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $260,000 from the Louisiana temple he led and gambling most of the money at a casino.

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.