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Italian populist mixes religious symbols with his politics

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 9:34am

Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began his speech to Parliament. He took it out and kissed it again midway through the address, just as Conte began admonishing him for exploiting his Catholic faith for political ends.

Report alleges sex abuse by 40 Vermont priests since 1950

Wilson Ring, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 9:26am

A report released Thursday by Vermont's Roman Catholic Church found there were "credible and substantiated" allegations of the sexual abuse of minors against 40 priests in the state since 1950.

UN report condemns sexual violence by Myanmar military

Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 9:03am

Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, a U.N. report charged Thursday.

Australian prison chaplain nervous about cardinal inmate

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 5:33am

A chaplain at an Australian prison for pedophiles on Thursday described the prospect of ministering to a cardinal who until recently was regarded as the third highest-ranking Catholic in the Vatican as "nerve racking."

India's 'patriotism pop' songs urge Hindus to claim Kashmir

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:39pm

The music videos began appearing on social media within hours of the announcement by India's Hindu nationalist-led government that it was stripping statehood from the disputed region of Kashmir that had been in place for decades.

AP Analysis: Trump's 'disloyal' jab may boost base, not Jews

Jill Colvin and Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:28pm

President Donald Trump's branding of American Jews who vote for Democrats as "disloyal" to their religion and Israel prompted alarms of anti-Semitism. But his ultimate aim appears to be dividing Democrats, peeling off Jewish support and shoring up his white evangelical Christian base.

Lawsuit accusing ex-bishop of drunken sexual assault settled

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:06pm

A lawsuit accusing the former bishop of West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese of molesting boys and men has been settled.

Priest accused of stealing nearly $100K from parish

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 2:47pm

A Pennsylvania Roman Catholic priest is accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from his parish and spending it on a beach house and men he met on dating apps.

As Trump questions loyalty of US Jews, Israeli PM is quiet

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 11:53am

Israel's prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump's comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation from Jewish critics who accused him of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes.

Jury to weigh ex-school head's lawsuit against writer Sparks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 11:06pm

A jury will decide whether the former head of a private Christian school that novelist Nicholas Sparks founded in his North Carolina hometown was unjustly fired, then defamed when the author said the educator suffered from mental illness.

The Latest: Vatican to wait before investigating Pell

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 7:03pm

The Latest on an appeals court upholding the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell (all times local):

Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 5:43pm

An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims' advocates demonstrating outside the court.

The Latest: Cleric issues edict forbidding US troops in Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 4:25am

The Latest on the situation in Iraq, after U.S. officials confirmed Israel last month bombed a weapons depot belonging to Iran-backed Shiite militias (all times local):

UN chief urges world to stamp out religious persecution

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 7:10pm

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the world on the first international day to remember the victims of religious persecution to "step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups."

Michigan priest accused of binding teen with plastic, tape

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 9:24am

A priest wrapped a teen boy in plastic and tape and left him in a janitor's room for more than an hour at a Michigan church, prosecutors alleged Thursday as they filed a charge of false imprisonment.

Boise pastor charged with sexual abuse of a child

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:03am

A Boise pastor has been charged with sexually abusing a child after prosecutors say he abused a teenage parishioner.

Prosecutor probes possible hate crime in synagogue shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 5:37am

Prosecutors are investigating to determine whether hate crime charges are warranted in the shooting of a 68-year-old man outside a North Miami Beach synagogue.

Appeals court upholds convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 5:37pm

Appeals court upholds convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse.

Suit: Catholic school fired unwed teacher for being pregnant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 6:45am

A former teacher at a Catholic school in Kansas City, Missouri, alleges in a lawsuit that she was fired because she was pregnant and unmarried.