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The head of the Jesuits in the United States defended the Vatican's new sex crimes prosecutor Tuesday, saying he had virtually no role in the order's handling of a notorious pedophile now serving a 25-year prison sentence.
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'Jewish state' bill tests Israeli democracy

By Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  posted Nov 25th - 12:51pm
In the face of a rising wave of violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing forward a plan to formalize by law Israel's status as "the Jewish state." Netanyahu says it's a needed response to those who question Israel's right to exist. But the measure would anger Israel's Arab minority and could draw international condemnation, severely testing a delicate balance between democracy and the country's Jewish character. Here's a look at the debate:
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Pope confirms calling Spanish sex abuse victim

The Associated Press  |  posted Nov 25th - 12:41pm
Pope Francis says he personally called a Spaniard who said he was sexually abused by a priest and urged him to report it to the diocese.
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Bahraini police raid house of top Shiite cleric

The Associated Press  |  posted Nov 25th - 10:51am
Bahrain's leading Shiite opposition group said Tuesday that security forces raided the home of the country's most prominent Shiite cleric in a move that could exacerbate sectarian tensions in the island nation.
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Clergy protest grand jury decision near Ferguson

The Associated Press  |  posted Nov 25th - 10:11am
Clergy and others who blocked morning traffic in the St. Louis suburb where the Ferguson grand jury decision was announced have ended their protest without any apparent arrests being made.
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South Koreans arrested over stolen Buddha in Japan

By Emily Wang, Associated Press  |  posted Nov 25th - 5:50am
Five South Korean men have been arrested in southern Japan on suspicion of stealing an ancient Buddha statue, police said Tuesday.
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Pope to Europe: Accept immigrants, create jobs

By Nicole Winfield and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  posted Nov 25th - 11:51am
Pope Francis sought Thursday to inspire an old and "haggard" Europe to find its vigor and greatness once again, urging European governments to welcome migrants, care for the elderly and create jobs for the unemployed.
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Missouri governor calls for peace and restraint

The Associated Press  |  posted Nov 24th - 4:51pm
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for peace, respect and restraint in advance of a grand jury announcement on whether a white police officer will be charged for fatally shooting a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Metropolitan Isaiah makes first visit to new parish

Whitney Evans  |  posted Nov 24th - 4:25pm
Metropolitan Isaiah gave an inaugural sermon Sunday at the newly formed Greek Orthodox Mission Parish of Utah.
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Catholic officials see pope visit as a rebirth

The Associated Press  |  posted Nov 24th - 4:00pm
Philadelphia's archbishop said Monday that hosting Pope Francis in the city next year during his first U.S. visit as pontiff could foster a "rebirth" for an archdiocese that has struggled with financial problems and sex abuse scandals during the last decade.
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Missouri students want religious policy change

The Associated Press  |  posted Nov 24th - 3:21pm
A group of students has asked the University of Missouri to strengthen a classroom policy to ensure that professors accommodate students who have to miss class for a religious holiday.
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Colorado court upholds Day of Prayer proclamations

The Associated Press  |  posted Nov 24th - 3:11pm
The Colorado Supreme Court is upholding the governor's right to issue Day of Prayer proclamations.
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