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Mud-splattered Filipinos pray to saint for blessing and woes

Bullit Marquez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 3:21am

Hundreds of Filipino villagers donning capes of banana leaves covered themselves in mud Friday in a ritual to thank their patron saint, John the Baptist, who they believe saved residents from killings by Japanese invaders in World War II.

First trial begins in deadly New York church beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 23rd - 7:31pm

The first trial began Thursday in what New York authorities say was a 14-hour group attack during a church counseling session that killed a young man and injured his brother.

Rally outside Shiite sheikh's home reflects Bahrain unrest

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 23rd - 1:52pm

Hundreds of Bahraini protesters kept up their rally Thursday outside the home of a Shiite cleric, a day after they chanted a promise to "give our soul and blood as a sacrifice" to protect him following the government's move that revoked his citizenship this week.

Pakistan province gives $3 million to Taliban-linked school

Riaz Khan and Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 23rd - 10:51am

A Pakistani provincial government has allocated $3 million to a Taliban-linked seminary in a volatile region bordering Afghanistan, a local official said Thursday, sparking criticism from the central government in Islamabad and secular groups.

1st edition Book of Mormon sells for $52.5K at NYC auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 23rd - 7:34am

A first edition of The Book of Mormon printed in the upstate New York town linked to Joseph Smith's establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has sold at auction for more than $50,000.

Mormon missionary killed in taxi accident in Venezuela

Tad Walch  |  Posted  Jun 22nd - 10:39pm

A 24-year-old Venezuelan serving as an LDS missionary and two other passengers died Wednesday afternoon in Venezuela after the taxi they were traveling was involved in a traffic accident.

Father of NY teen killed in church beating pleads guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 22nd - 1:21pm

The father of a 19-year-old beaten to death during a church counseling session pleaded guilty Wednesday to his role in the attack, describing how he whipped the teenager and a younger son with an electrical cord during a group assault that authorities have said went on for 14 hours over two days.

Francis lauds Benedict's prayerful life in book forward

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 22nd - 11:11am

Pope Francis is paying homage to his predecessor in the forward of a new book, saying Pope Benedict XVI's decision to retire to a life of prayer is a lesson to all priests that their main job is to pray for others.

Pope invites refugees to join him on stage for audience

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 22nd - 2:40am

Pope Francis has invited a dozen refugees to join him on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica for his general audience to press his demand for Europe to welcome more migrants.

Man creates violence, responsible for ending it, Dalai Lama tells U. crowd

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted  Jun 21st - 6:28pm

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet told a sold-out crowd Tuesday at the University of Utah's Huntsman Center that he is skeptical that peace can be achieved through prayer.

Largest US Presbyterian denomination picks 1st black leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 11:11am

The largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S. has elected its first African-American top executive.

New Jersey Senate OK's aid for private school busing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 5:00am

The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill in which state taxpayers would help cover the cost of busing private school students in Lakewood for the next three years.

Ohio AG: Proposed ballot issue on school prayer rejected

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 22nd - 10:50pm

A ballot effort in Ohio to allow students to pray in public schools has failed to clear an initial hurdle.

Federal court nixes SC court's ruling on graduation prayers

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 22nd - 3:31pm

A federal court in Virginia ruled Tuesday that it's now up to a South Carolina judge to consider if members of a humanist organization can continue a legal challenge over prayers during graduation ceremonies at a public school.

Clinton cites her Methodist faith after Trump remark

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 22nd - 3:01pm

Hillary Clinton is invoking her religion a day after Donald Trump questioned it.

Arkansas woman dies in Oklahoma recreating Mormon trek

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 22nd - 1:11pm

An Arkansas woman has died in Oklahoma while helping lead teenagers in a re-enactment of the westward journey of Mormons to Utah.

UN official urges Bahrain to ensure human rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 22nd - 10:41am

The United Nations special adviser on preventing genocide is urging Bahrain to ensure freedom of speech and assembly.

Patients who reject transfusions pose challenges to surgeons

Ben Schmitt and Wes Venteicher-Review, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 22nd - 9:10am

No matter how desperate the situation, Patricia Hawk won't accept another person's blood in her veins.

Federal agency upholds California abortion coverage mandate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 22nd - 12:50am

President Barack Obama's administration said Tuesday that California did not violate a religious freedom law when it ordered health insurance companies to pay for elective abortions.

In Utah speech, Dalai Lama says actions spread compassion

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 21st - 11:00pm

The Dalai Lama delivered his message of peace and compassion Tuesday to thousands of people during a visit to Utah that included a luncheon with the governor and a planned meeting with senior Mormon leaders.