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Pope seeks to renew European dream as he accepts unity prize

Daniela Petroff, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 10:00am

Pope Francis, accepting a prize for promoting European unity, on Friday warned Europeans against the selfish temptation to put up fences to ward off newcomers, saying he still dreams of a Europe where migrants are welcomed.

Chinese province orders religion out of school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 12:10am

A heavily Muslim Chinese province has demanded strict adherence to a ban on religion in schools after a video circulated online in which a kindergartener recites verses from the Quran.

Iraq routed IS from Ramadi at a high cost: A city destroyed

Susannah George, Desmond Butler and Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 11:21am

This is what victory looks like in the Iraqi city of Ramadi: In the once thriving Haji Ziad Square, not a single structure still stands. Turning in every direction yields a picture of devastation.

Iraq defeated IS in Ramadi at a high cost: A city destroyed

Susannah George, Desmond Butler and Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 11:21am

The dust of thousands of wrecked buildings drifts over the Iraqi city of Ramadi. Once home to around 1 million people, it stands virtually empty.

Salvation Army says no to event encouraging teen marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 3:02pm

A Christian group that promotes marriage at ages as young as 13 won't be able to use a Salvation Army camp in Wichita for a retreat for parents seeking marital partners for their children.

Jesus statue stolen from NYC church is found in trash can

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 11:11am

A statue of Jesus that was stolen from a New York City church has been found in a trash can.

Man accused of killing family makes shrine in jail cell

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 6th - 7:00am

A "Santeria" shrine was discovered in the Florida jail cell of a man accused of killing his wife and her two young children.

Billy Graham's daughter to head National Day of Prayer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 6:51pm

The Rev. Billy Graham's daughter, evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, has been named to head the task force that organizes the National Day of Prayer.

Congress sued for barring atheist from delivering invocation

Bryna Godar, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:10pm

A Wisconsin group that advocates for the separation of church and state sued Congress on Thursday after its co-president was barred from giving an opening invocation before the U.S. House.

Capitol prayer gathering roiled by same-sex marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:50pm

The Supreme Court and President Barack Obama have been sharply criticized at the first National Day of Prayer observance on Capitol Hill since the justices legalized same-sex marriage.

US gov't says North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:02pm

due to religious beliefs — decline to employ or serve certain people. Critics say the laws are aimed at the LGBT community and are discriminatory. Recent laws denounced as discriminatory in North Carolina and Mississippi has prompted a growing backlash from opponents. The US Justice Department said Wednesday that North Carolina's law limiting protections for LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says the Obama administration's warning means the issue is no longer confined to North Carolina and could affect other states. Here's a look at legislation around the country:

Georgia pastor charged with stealing $250,000 from church

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:31pm

The former pastor of a historic Savannah church stole more than $250,000 in tithes and offerings from church members over the course of a decade, funneling parishioners' money into his personal bank account and spending it at retailers including Victoria's Secret, according to a federal indictment.

Bail hearing delayed for man in Jewish center bomb plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:21am

A bail hearing has been delayed for a man charged with plotting to bomb a Jewish synagogue and school in South Florida.

Myanmar anti-Muslim activist arrested for post about Suu Kyi

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 7:01am

A prominent anti-Muslim activist has been arrested for posting a provocative statement on Facebook about Myanmar's army commander and the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of a Buddhist nationalist group and a human rights lawyer said Thursday.

Prayer day chairman: America's time running out

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:01pm

The honorary chairman of this year's National Day of Prayer says, "Our time is running out in America."

Germany: 3rd suspect arrested over Sikh temple blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:51pm

Police say they have arrested a third suspect over an explosion last month at a Sikh temple in the German city of Essen.

Bibles taken from Christian store, 8th Commandment be damned

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:00pm

Police say two men were caught flouting the Eighth Commandment when surveillance video captured them stealing nearly $500 worth of Bibles from a Christian store in Massachusetts.

School district's lease of Jesus lunches park to end

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 9:40am

The Middleton City Council has voted to rescind the school district's lease of a park where students meet for lunch and some religious discussion.

Bassist: Prince loved sharing his Jehovah's Witness faith

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:41pm

Music megastar Prince was known for throwing parties that stretched into the wee hours of the morning, but his faith and the Bible could also keep him gabbing until sunrise, according to his longtime friend and "spiritual brother," bassist Larry Graham.