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Militants kidnap Christian man in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 6:07am

Islamic militants on Thursday kidnapped a Christian man traveling in a communal taxi in the turbulent north of Egypt's Sinai peninsula, according to security officials, an incident that raises the specter of renewed attacks on minority Christians in the region after a two-year lull.

Ukraine OKs property law that could affect 12,000 churches

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 5:42am

Ukraine's parliament on Thursday adopted a bill spelling out procedures for transferring church property after a new unified Ukrainian Orthodox church was granted independence.

India's top court paves way for bars with dancers to reopen

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 2:52am

India's Supreme Court on Thursday paved the way for the reopening of Mumbai's dance bars, which had been a nightlife staple in the country's entertainment capital until they were outlawed six years ago.

Authorities: Man attacks Sikh at Oregon store

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 5:38pm

An Oregon man has been charged with a hate crime, assault and other charges after he allegedly attacked a Sikh who was working at a convenience store.

Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 5:48am

Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate.

Pope wants bishops to punish sex abusers, not cover up cases

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 4:36am

Pope Francis is insisting that bishops attending his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit will learn the laws to use against predators, how to care for victims and will make sure that no cleric abuse cases are covered up again.

Polish lawmakers pray for mayor; ruling party elite late

Vanessa Gera and Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 3:20am

Polish lawmakers paid respects Wednesday to the popular mayor of Gdansk, who was fatally stabbed during a charity show by an ex-convict with a grudge against Poland's previous ruling party.

Guam Catholic Church enters bankruptcy amid sex abuse claims

Grace Garces Bordallo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 5:16pm

Guam's Catholic Church filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits and enter settlement negotiations.

No-cost birth control, now the norm, faces court challenges

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 1:50pm

Millions of American women are receiving birth control at no cost to them through workplace health plans, the result of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, which expanded access to contraception.

Baltimore church leaders handing over files amid abuse probe

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 9:45am

The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore has delivered over 50,000 pages of internal files to Maryland's top law enforcement official amid an investigation into child sex abuse and is in the process of handing over more, church leaders announced Tuesday.

Church hosts first guests inside new Rome Italy Temple

Carole Mikita, KSL TV  |  Posted Jan 14th - 10:44pm

Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traveled to Rome to host national and international media as some of the first visitors to the open house of the new Rome Italy Temple.

India's mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 6:13pm

Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards encourage a "clean Kumbh," an extension of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's huge push to improve sanitation across the country.

Former journalist Jane Clayson Johnson shares personal story of depression in new book

Aley Davis, KSL TV  |  Posted Jan 14th - 5:43pm

Nationally recognized journalist Jane Clayson Johnson, who started her career at KSL TV and later became anchored the morning show on CBS, was back in Utah recently — this time to share her own story about her battle with depression.

Court rules against Pfizer in religious discrimination suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 1:31pm

A woman who said she was fired by a major pharmaceutical company because of her religious beliefs won a court victory Wednesday when a state appeals panel ruled that she didn't agree in an online form to waive her rights to sue.

Plea hearings set for 2 of 3 men accused in Mosque bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 1:08pm

Two of three militia members accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque have hearings scheduled next week in federal court to change their pleas.

Arrest warrant issued for former Dallas priest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 10:25am

An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Texas priest accused of molesting teenagers more than a decade ago after a new alleged victim came forward.

Pakistani police raid militant hideout; 4 people killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:58pm

Security forces raided a militant hideout in the northwestern town of Hangu, killing three suspects including the mastermind of a bombing last year that killed 35 Shiites at a food market, a police official and the military said Wednesday.

Principal who banned Christmas from school won't return

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:56am

A Nebraska principal placed on leave after a Christian group threatened legal action over her ban on Christmas and holiday symbols has been moved into a different district job.

Jesuits in Northeast post list of priests accused of abuse

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 9:34am

The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States released a list Tuesday of 50 priests under its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors.

Alabama priest who sledgehammered abortion clinic dies at 79

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 5:29am

A Catholic priest who served prison time for vandalizing abortion clinics in Alabama has died at 79.