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Vatican: Heart attack killed ex-envoy charged with sex abuse

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:51am

The former papal envoy to the Dominican Republic, who went on trial at the Holy See this summer for alleged sexual abuse of minors, died of a heart attack, according to initial autopsy results, the Vatican said Saturday.

LDS Church to keep Scouting program

Celeste Tholen Rosenlof  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 6:24pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement Wednesday saying it would stay with the Boy Scouts of America.

Victim group seeks independent review of clergy abuse claims

Greg Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:01pm

A group of clergy sexual abuse victims called Tuesday for an independent commission to investigate molestation accusations that are sealed as part of a bankruptcy case involving the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Influential Christian sect ends protests in Philippines

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 31st - 5:01am

Thousands of members of a politically influential Christian sect on Monday ended five days of street protests that set off huge traffic jams in the Philippine capital and sparked outrage from motorists.

Called to religious life, but not a priestly one

David Singleton(scranton) Times-Tribune, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 10:10am

John Baldino heard the calling to religious life. It just took time to recognize where it beckoned.

Ministers: Second calling sometimes leads to clergy career

Joanne Viviano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 7:40am

One of the Rev. Jay Anderson's most vivid childhood memories involves lining up his stuffed animals on the family couch before tipping an ottoman on its side as a makeshift altar and preaching to the fluffy faithful.

Pope: Let's stop crimes like deaths of migrants in trucks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 5:00am

Pope Francis is urging people to work together to stop crimes against migrants, including the 71 who perished in a smuggler's truck on the main Budapest-Vienna highway.

Clerk asks US Supreme Court to intervene in marriage case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 5:30pm

Two months after it legalized gay marriage nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked by a Kentucky county clerk for permission to keep denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Federal judge says religious monument can stay at school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 5:11pm

A federal judge has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument at a western Pennsylvania school violates the U.S. Constitution, but did not order that it be removed.

Vatican gets embroiled in Italy's 'banned books' fray

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 1:42pm

The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books.

Vatican says ex-envoy, charged with sexual abuse, has died

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 6:31am

The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the highest-ranking Holy See official to ever be charged with sexually abusing young boys, was found dead Friday as he awaited trial, the Vatican said.

Teacher priest seeks OK to wear religious habit in classroom

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:31pm

A Roman Catholic priest who also is a public school teacher has asked officials to allow him to wear his religious habit in the classroom.

Teacher priest seeks OK to wear religious habit in classroom

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:11pm

A Roman Catholic priest who also is a teacher has asked school officials to allow him to wear his religious habit in the classroom.

Christian lawyer taken away in China region removing crosses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:51am

A well-known Chinese Christian lawyer had been out of contact for almost two days after being taken away by government workers in an eastern province where local authorities are under a deadline to remove the Christian symbol, the cross, from church roofs, his colleague said Thursday.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:30am

The Mormon church — the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units — is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the announcement after getting assurances they can appoint troop leaders according to their own religious and moral values. The Mormon religion opposes gay marriage and believes homosexual activity is a sin.

Mormons keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite gay leaders

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 2:41pm

The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization's decision to allow gay troop leaders — preventing what would have been a thundering blow to the national association.

Mormon church to keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite decision to allow gay leaders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 9:51am

Mormon church to keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite decision to allow gay leaders.

Kansas Wesleyan, seminary announce joint ministry program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:40am

Kansas Wesleyan University and the Saint Paul School of Theology are planning a degree program that will reduce the number of years students will need to earn a divinity degree.

Probe sought of abusers in bankruptcy settlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:11pm

A bankruptcy reorganization plan filed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee would add 33 victims to the group receiving payouts for clergy abuse. But advocates for those victims claim that the reorganization would hide documents on abuse by priests who haven't been publicly identified before.