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Gay rights advocates: Jailed Kentucky clerk is no martyr

Claire Galofaro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 4:13pm

As a defiant Kentucky clerk sat in jail Friday, choosing indefinite imprisonment over licensing gay marriages, her lawyers approached the microphones outside and compared her to Dr. Martin Luther King.

Near LA's Koreatown, pastor tries to lift veil on drug abuse

Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 2:21pm

In a blue-and-white church on the outskirts of Los Angeles' Koreatown, pastor Young Ho Han is trying to lift the veil on a problem silently afflicting his community: drug abuse among young Korean-Americans.

Group trying to save pioneer-era tithing granary

Mike Anderson  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 9:03pm

If a historical society in Cache County doesn't get its way, one of the town's only pioneer relics could disappear.

Some tickets for broadcast of pope's speech to Congress available  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:44pm

Tickets for a broadcast on the U.S. Capitol west lawn of Pope Francis' speech to Congress this month are available through. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah.

Pope eyes unity, not division in talks with Israel's Rivlin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 3:01pm

Pope Francis met Thursday with Israel's president and gave him a medallion that reads: "Look for what unites, overcome that which divides."

At Venice fest, 'Spotlight' exposes sex abuse by priests

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 10:22am

Thomas McCarthy wants Pope Francis to go to the movies.

US Muslims hope new billboards reclaim Islam's message

Rasha Madkour, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 7:01am

Dozens of billboards with Muslim themes are sprouting nationwide, proclaiming what organizers say is the true message of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad.

Pope's apology doesn't change opinions on canonization

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 5th - 9:11am

Pope Francis' apology for the Roman Catholic Church's crimes against indigenous peoples has not softened opposition among some California Native Americans to his decision to canonize 18th-century Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra.

Pastor believes Tahoe church vandalism based on Satanism

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 9:01pm

The minister of one of several churches hit by a string of vandalism on the north shore of Lake Tahoe says they appear to be satanic attacks by an individual who is "very angry with Jesus."

Ticket requirements for the pope's Philadelphia events

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 3:51pm

Organizers faced an outcry this week over a ticket plan keeping most of Pope Francis' audience at his two biggest Philadelphia events several blocks away. A map added to some confusion over the size of the ticketholder-only zone.

Supporters of Christian politician hold huge rally in Beirut

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 12:31pm

Thousands of supporters of a Lebanese Christian leader staged a protest in downtown Beirut on Friday, demanding a new electoral law and parliament and presidential elections.

Johnny Depp wows Venice in gritty gangster tale 'Black Mass'

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 8:51am

It's Johnny Depp's day at the Venice Film Festival. Judging by the acclaim greeting his performance in gangster drama "Black Mass," it may turn out to be Johnny Depp's year.

Iraq's top cleric demands real steps in fighting corruption

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 4th - 7:41am

Iraq's top Shiite cleric said on Friday the government must start hunting the "big heads" as part of its anti-corruption drive, calling for "convincing and assuring steps" as proof of the government's seriousness in implementing its highly-touted reform plan.

Pope pops out of Vatican, stop to get new glasses

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:52pm

Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican Thursday for a personal — and very normal — errand: New glasses.

ACLU, CAIR, Muslim inmates sue over Miami-Dade jail meals

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 11:52am

A federal lawsuit on behalf of four jail inmates is challenging Miami-Dade County's refusal to provide meals that meet Muslim religious standards.

Priest to withdraw from public school teaching job

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:30am

A Roman Catholic priest says he plans to withdraw from a substitute teaching job in the Wood County public school system.

Australian leader causes offense by comparing IS with Nazis

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 4:21am

Australia's prime minister angered some Jewish leaders on Thursday by suggesting that the Islamic State movement was worse than Nazis during World War II.

Ohio diocese names interim Catholic schools superintendent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 2:10am

A veteran Catholic educator will lead schools in the 19-county Archdiocese of Cincinnati on an interim basis.

Catholic University gearing up for papal visit with Mass

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:20am

Students at The Catholic University of America are preparing for what will be a memorable fall semester — thanks to an upcoming visit from Pope Francis.