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Pope Francis: The world's at war, but not a war of religions

Frances D'Emilio and Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:31am

The world is at war, but it is not a war of religions, Pope Francis said Wednesday as he traveled to Poland on his first visit to Central and Eastern Europe in the shadow of the slaying of a priest in France.

Chilling details of France church attack as hostage speaks

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:21am

More horrifying details emerged Wednesday about an attack on a French village church even as the country's main religious leaders sent a message of unity and solidarity after meeting with President Francois Hollande in Paris.

Turkey, once touted as regional model, is mired in tension

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:12am

Turkey was riding high in 2010, casting its brand of Islamic piety, Western-style democracy and economic growth as a regional model amid popular upheavals in the Mideast and North Africa.

Russian Orthodox reach Kiev monastery despite threats

Francesca Ebel and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:00am

Thousands of Russian Orthodox Christian pilgrims reached the center of Ukraine's capital on Wednesday, finishing a procession to the city's most revered monastery after their march was disrupted a day earlier.

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.

Egypt's scholars reject government-written sermons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:12am

In a rebuke to the Egyptian government, the top religious scholars of Egypt's Al-Azhar have rejected new government measures to standardize Friday sermons, saying such a step would "freeze" the development of religious discourse.

Cyprus church leader to seek lifting of Syria embargo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 9:11am

The head of Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church says he will petition European and U.S. diplomats to quickly lift an embargo against Syria.

Pope Francis departs Rome for Poland, where he will meet with young Catholics, visit Auschwitz and Catholic sites

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 6:20am

Pope Francis departs Rome for Poland, where he will meet with young Catholics, visit Auschwitz and Catholic sites.

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.

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.