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Hispanics energized by Argentinian pope's first visit to US

Claudia Torrens, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:42pm

Vianel Garcia told family members they could sleep on the floor of her East Harlem hair salon when Pope Francis visits the city in September so they can try to catch a glimpse of him when he makes a stop at a school across from her business.

Israeli police enter Jerusalem holy site, block Arab youths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 7:21am

Israeli police entered a holy Jerusalem site on Sunday to prevent Arab youths from attacking visiting Jews marking a biblical holiday, a police spokesman said.

BYU Education Week to offer messages of hope

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 8:32am

This year's BYU Campus Education Week will offer a message of hope in the 1,000 classes offered on marriage and family, health, finance and more.

Federal charges including hate crimes for accused shooter

Eric Tucker and Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 3:31am

Five weeks after nine people were slain at a black Charleston church, federal authorities have indicted the suspected shooter on dozens of new charges, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religion.

Mass held to protest Satan statue that crowds lined up for

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:11pm

Several hundred people attended a Mass at a Detroit Catholic church to protest an 8½-foot-tall bronze statue of Satan that crowds of people also lined up to see.

Changes in funding could change online offerings in Kansas

Mary Clarkin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 11:20am

Virtual school opportunities for Kansas students blending traditional classroom learning with online classes could nearly vanish in a couple of years.

Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 8:40am

Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing.

Albertville church hosts regular blood drives for 3 decades

Kerry Yencer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 7:11am

For the past three decades, twice-a-year American Red Cross blood drives have been a constant at North Broad Street Church of Christ.

China sentences 5 on charges of spreading cult teachings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 2:20am

A court in northeast China sentenced five people to prison Saturday for spreading the teachings of a banned religious group that's been linked to a killing of a woman in a McDonald's restaurant last year.

Philippine church accusing Chris Brown faces own legal probe

Oliver Teves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 7:30pm

A politically influential and secretive Christian church involved in a legal dispute with American R&B singer Chris Brown has been caught in a rising tide of its own troubles, including allegations of abductions and misuse of funds.

Egypt raises death toll from Nile boat collision to 31

Merrit Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 6:21am

Egyptian search teams have retrieved 13 more bodies from this week's boat collision on the Nile River, bringing the death toll from the tragedy to 31, the health ministry said Friday.

Top Iraq Shiite cleric calls for protection of army families

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 6:01am

Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Friday called on the government in Baghdad to do more to protect the families of Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State group, saying they are an "easy prey" for extremists bent on revenge attacks.

Cleric suspected of child abuse in US jailed in Australia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 1:11am

An American clergyman suspected of child sexual abuse at a Pennsylvania school was sentenced on Friday to three years in an Australian prison for molesting three children in Melbourne more than 30 years ago.

NC court upholds taxpayer-funded grants for private schools

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 5:01pm

A divided state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of a Republican-backed program that spends taxpayer money on tuition for students at private and religious schools.

Chinese leader's US visit questioned amid religious persecution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 4:21pm

Heightened religious persecution in China is casting a cloud over Chinese President Xi Jinping's (shee jihn-peengz) scheduled U.S. visit in September.

Canadian beauty queen speaks out over persecution in China

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 3:12pm

The cause of human rights in China is attracting glamor to Capitol Hill. Last week, Richard Gere. This week, a contender for Miss World.

Colorado nuns appeal birth control ruling to Supreme Court

Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 2:41pm

A group of Colorado nuns said Thursday they will go to the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal a ruling that allows their employees to receive birth control from a third party under the Affordable Care Act, fueling a combustible argument over contraception and religion ahead of next year's presidential election.

Egypt death toll rises to 18 in Nile collision; 2 detained

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 10:51am

Egypt's health ministry said Thursday that the death toll from a collision of two boats on the Nile the night before has risen to 18, after two more bodies were retrieved from the river.

Israeli government clashes with liberal Jewish streams

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 2:31pm

Israel's narrow coalition government, propped up by two ultra-religious parties, is butting heads with liberal streams of Judaism that dominate Jewish life in the United States — widening a rift that risks further alienating American Jews at a time of growing U.S.-Israel estrangement.

Appeals court hears arguments in 11-year church occupation

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 12:51pm

Parishioners occupying a long-closed Catholic church south of Boston had their day before the state Appeals Court on Wednesday as they sought to overturn a judge's ruling that ordered them to end their nearly 11-year, round-the-clock protest vigil.