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After migrants, German nationalist party takes aim at Islam

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 9:50am

Weeks after declaring that there is no place for Islam in Germany, a surging nationalist party has sharpened its rhetoric against prominent Islamic groups and suggested limiting the religious freedom of the more than 4 million Muslims in the country.

Pope embraces Al-Azhar imam in sign of renewed relations

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 7:40am

Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning, reopening an important channel for Catholic-Muslim dialogue after a five-year lull and at a time of increased Islamic extremist attacks on Christians.

Lightning damages Angel Moroni statue atop Bountiful Temple

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  May 22nd - 10:33pm

A lightning strike damaged the Angel Moroni statue atop the Bountiful Temple on Sunday afternoon.

22 complaints filed under Utah's new LGBT discrimination law

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 22nd - 5:40pm

Utah public school teacher Art Rice used to put on four shirts every day before work last year so no one would notice that he was becoming a woman.

Girl barred from prom for wearing suit has her prom night

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 22nd - 3:31pm

A central Pennsylvania high school student barred from attending prom at her Catholic high school because she wore a suit rather than a dress has had her prom night — at a different school.

1st stake in Czech Republic established; missionaries allowed to wear sunglasses

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  May 22nd - 3:15pm

Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can now wear sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf recently created the Czech Republic’s first stake, according to the LDS Church.

Philippine president-elect blasts Catholic church, bishops

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 22nd - 6:30am

The presumptive Philippine president-elect has blasted the country's dominant Roman Catholic church as "the most hypocritical institution" and accused some of its bishops of corruption for allegedly asking favors from politicians, including him.

Cameron: I'd meet Trump, but his Muslim comments are wrong

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 22nd - 5:50am

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday that he'd be happy to meet Donald Trump if he becomes the Republican presidential candidate.

Islamic State's lasting grip is a new hurdle for Europe, US

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 22nd - 4:30am

The girl, speaking in the lilting accent of southern France, appeared in government ads describing how she was recruited by Islamic State extremists during her quest for religion, then encouraged to quit school and go to Syria, and finally to plot a suicide attack against a synagogue at home.

Religious freedom is good for business, Elder Christofferson says, so all have a stake in it

Tad Walch  |  Posted  May 21st - 9:30pm

Research shows freedom of religion or belief contributes to better economic and business outcomes, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said Friday at the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce annual convention.

Vietnam frees jailed dissident priest ahead of Obama's visit

Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 21st - 9:00am

Vietnam granted early release from prison to a Catholic priest who is one of its most prominent dissidents, a move widely seen as a goodwill gesture before President Barack Obama arrives on an official visit late Sunday night.

Priest abuse victim sentenced for child pornography

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 4:50am

A Kentucky newspaper reports a man who was abused by a Catholic priest in Louisville as a child has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using two boys to produce child pornography.

Arizona city bars Satanic Temple prayer at council meeting

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

Officials say Scottsdale will bar the Satanic Temple from leading a scheduled prayer at a City Council meeting in July.

The Latest: Assembly agrees to labor-law signs in salons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 6:40pm

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Tunisian Islamist party to separate religious, politics work

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:41am

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party voted Monday to separate its political and religious work, part of its effort to cast itself in line with the North African country's secular political heritage.

Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Church marks 150 years

Peg Quann, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 8:30am

Alma Willits has been a member of the Scottsville United Methodist Church in Lower Southampton since 1949. As the church historian, she'll have a place of honor Sunday when the congregation celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Lightning damages angel Moroni statute atop Bountiful temple

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 8:20am

Lightning has struck the angel Moroni statue on top of the Mormon temple in Bountiful.

Head of Indian state to attend Mother Teresa canonization

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 1:50am

The head of the Indian state where Mother Teresa worked with the destitute and ill says she'll travel to the Vatican for the Nobel winner's canonization later this year.

Church of Scotland votes to allow gay marriage for clergy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 21st - 8:00am

The Church of Scotland has voted to let its ministers enter same-sex marriages — though saying it "maintains its traditional view of marriage between a man and woman."

Police: Doctor hacked to death, friend wounded in Bangladesh

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 21st - 1:00am

A doctor was hacked to death and his friend critically wounded by men wielding machetes in western Bangladesh, police said, in the latest attack on the country's atheist bloggers, minorities and others who promote liberal views.