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Parishioners hold last service at church after 11-year vigil

Steven Senne, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 2:30pm

For more than 11 years, a core group of about 100 die-hard parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church kept their beloved parish open by maintaining an around-the-clock vigil in a peaceful protest of a decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to close it.

The Latest: Final service held in church after long protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 2:20pm

The Latest on the final service held at a Roman Catholic church after an 11-year protest (all times local):

Saudi Arabia slams Iran's role in Iraq as 'unacceptable'

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 29th - 1:40pm

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday that Iran must stop meddling in Iraq and that the presence of Iranian military units there is "unacceptable."

Colombian rebels free Spanish journalist, 2 others

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 8:30pm

Leftist rebels have freed a Spanish correspondent and two other journalists who went missing in a lawless region of Colombia, ending a weeklong saga that recalled some of the darkest days of a long-running conflict the South American nation is trying to move beyond.

Putin blasts West on first trip to EU country this year

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 5:30pm

On his first trip to a European Union country this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sharply criticized western policy toward Moscow, describing a newly expanded U.S. missile defense system as a threat to his country's security — and vowing to retaliate.

Israeli Christian wins first 'Miss Trans Israel' pageant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 11:41am

An Israeli from a Catholic Arab family has been crowned the winner of the country's first transgender pageant.

Polish Church leader appeals for end to political conflict

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 10:11am

The head of Poland's influential Catholic Church Episcopate has appealed for an end to a political conflict that has divided the nation and strained foreign ties.

The Latest: G-7 wants to close gaps on fighting extremism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 11:10pm

The latest news on the Group of Seven summit in Japan, where the leaders of the seven advanced economies are meeting for two days (all times local):

G7 leaders pledge collective action on sagging global growth

Elaine Kurtenbach and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 10:21pm

The leaders of the Group of Seven rich economies pledged Friday to "collectively tackle" major risks to global growth, including direct political threats to the international order from terrorist attacks, violent extremism and refugee flows.

Under high security, Jewish pilgrims gather on Tun

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 4:20pm

Under unprecedented security, the Tunisian island of Djerba hosted an annual Jewish pilgrimage amid raised fears of religious violence after deadly Islamic extremist attacks last year scared away visitors.

UN envoy to Syria: Peace talks not set to resume for weeks

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 1:00pm

The U.N. envoy for Syria plans a resumption of peace talks "as soon as feasible" between the government and opposition, but he set no new date and expects that it will "certainly not" come within the next two to three weeks, his office said Thursday.

Egypt: Muslim mob attacks Christians, parade naked woman

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 12:32pm

An armed Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were also looted and torched in a province south of the Egyptian capital.

Tens of thousands take part in Brazil's March for Jesus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 12:31pm

Tens of thousands of evangelical Christians are taking part in Brazil's "March for Jesus," an annual event that unites faithful from hundreds of Protestant churches in a country that is largely Roman Catholic.

Man convicted on terrorism charge in synagogue firebombings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 28th - 12:40pm

A New Jersey man convicted of terrorism for vandalizing and firebombing Jewish temples and a rabbi's home is now facing a possible life sentence.

Catholic priest says Colombian rebel group frees Spanish journalist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 2:50pm

Catholic priest says Colombian rebel group frees Spanish journalist.

A state-by-state look at proposals dealing with LGBT rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:30pm

Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia and Texas — announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. Here's a look at legislation around the country:

Chile police say 2 churches burned in Mapuche conflict zone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 5:10pm

Two Roman Catholic churches were burned in a southern region that the Mapuche indigenous group claims as its ancestral territory, police said Thursday.

Fourth missionary injured in Brussels attack out of hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 3:41pm

A 66-year-old Mormon missionary who suffered severe burns on more than one-third of his body in the Brussels airport bombing has been released from the hospital.

St. Paul archdiocese plan offers over $65M to creditors

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 3:41pm

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that would set up a trust fund of more than $65 million to compensate some 440 clergy abuse victims plus other creditors, with just over half of that amount coming from insurance.

Seminary program aims to transform prisoners into ministers

Brandi Grissom, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 2:31pm

For a couple of hours, the maximum-security prison felt like a real church.