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The Latest: Pope welcomed to Central African Republic

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 10:22am

The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)

Egypt's Coptic Orthodox leader makes rare Israeli visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 9:12am

The leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church is making a rare visit to Israel to attend the funeral of a senior Coptic official in Jerusalem.

The Latest: 150,000 youths attend Pope's rally in Kampala

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 6:31am

The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)

In Uganda, pope honors Christian martyrs, meets youth

Nicole Winfield and Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 8:00pm

Pope Francis is paying his respects to 19th century Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honored by Francis in hopes of giving today's faithful missionary role models.

Affiliate of IS group claims Bangladesh Shiite mosque attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 2:20am

An Islamic State group affiliate in Bangladesh said Friday it was behind an attack on a Shiite mosque in the country's north that killed one man and wounded three others.

Gunmen attack Shiite mosque, kill 1 in Bangladesh

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:00pm

Gunmen opened fire on Shiite Muslim devotees during evening prayers at a mosque in northern Bangladesh, killing one person and leaving three others injured, police said.

El Salvadoran church suspends priest in sex abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:50pm

El Salvador's Roman Catholic Church announced Thursday it has suspended a well-known priest, saying he acknowledged sexually abusing a young girl.

Pope presses case for adequate, dignified housing in Nairobi

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:50pm

Pope Francis is visiting a slum on Nairobi's northwestern edge to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society's most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital.

In Saudi prison, artist facing death says he's no atheist

Aya Batrawy and Abdullah Al-Shihri, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:30am

A Palestinian artist sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for apostasy was quoted by a local news website Thursday as saying that he is not an atheist and that his case centers around a personal dispute he had with someone.

Pope urges Kenyans to work for peace

Nicole Winfield and Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 11:01am

Brushing aside security concerns, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya on Wednesday on his first-ever trip to Africa and urged Kenyans to work for peace and forgiveness amid a wave of extremist violence on the continent that threatens to disrupt his trip.

EXCHANGE: Chaplains offer support to terminally ill

Jerrilyn Zavada(ottawa) Times, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 29th - 8:30am

For those who have a terminal illness, hospice care can be a spiritual lifesaver.

Journey to sainthood begins with simple step for priest

Patti Mengers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 9:00am

While Archbishop Charles Chaput was preparing for the Philadelphia visit of Pope Francis two months ago, he took time to give his blessing to a mission that may make a deceased Delaware County man a saint.

Russians open coffin of next-to-last czar to collect DNA

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 9:50am

Investigators have opened the coffin of Russia's next-to-last czar to obtain genetic material from his remains and say it was not tampered with in Soviet times.

Prosecutors seek 580 years for kidnapper of 2 NY Amish girls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 8:51am

Federal prosecutors are seeking a maximum 580-year prison sentence for a man who sexually abused six children, including two Amish girls he kidnapped in northern New York.

Head of inquiry into sex abuse outlines scope of probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 4:50am

The head of a British inquiry into child sex abuse says the Anglican and Catholic churches will be among the institutions investigated in the wide-ranging probe.

Catholic Diocese in Utah investigating 'bleeding host'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 1:10am

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City is investigating after a communion wafer turned red in water, an event known as a "bleeding host" considered miraculous by some.

Rights court upholds French headscarf ban in hospital job

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 3:10am

Europe's top human rights court is upholding France's headscarf ban in the case of a Muslim social worker who lost her hospital job because she would not remove her scarf.

Rev. Scott Fisher recalls life of service to church, Alaska

Matt Buxton-Miner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 4:21pm

In October 1970, a young man landed in Fairbanks on a 24-hour layover between his old life and a life that would come to touch countless people throughout Alaska.

Syrians in Nebraska plead: Don't turn your backs on refugees

Henry J. Cordes-Herald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 3:20pm

Rula Jabbour tells of how her father fled Syria when he was tipped off that a terror squad was on its way to kidnap and behead him.

Not guilty pleas in fatal New York church beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 11:40am

Several members of an insular upstate New York church have pleaded not guilty to being part of a group that beat a young man to death and injured his younger brother.