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Chinese TV pulls Arsenal game coverage after Ozil criticism

Rob Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 9:30am

Chinese television pulled coverage of Arsenal's Premier League match against Manchester City on Sunday after Mesut Ozil, a forward for the London club, criticized Beijing's brutal mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims in the country.

Newtown football title brings joy on painful anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:57pm

Newtown marked the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School with vigils, church services and a moment of joy when the community's high school football team — with a shooting victim's brother as linebacker — won the state championship Saturday in a last-minute thrill.

Houses of worship attacked with deadly frequency in 2019

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 8:50am

not surprising in a year where attacks on places of worship occurred with relentless frequency. Hundreds of worshippers and many clergy were killed at churches, mosques, synagogues and temples.

Cries of abuse in Catholic Church start to be heard in Japan

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:32pm

During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.”

Jersey City attack being investigated as domestic terrorism

David Porter and Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:01am

The couple who burst into a kosher market in Jersey City with assault weapons appear to have acted alone even though they had expressed interest in a fringe religious group that often disparages whites and Jews, New Jersey officials said.

Anti-Semitism order raises tough issue of defining prejudice

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 4:37pm

President Donald Trump’s order to expand the scope of potential anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses is raising the stakes of an already tense battle over how to define discrimination against Jews.

Catholic dioceses spar over Archbishop Sheen sainthood

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:16pm

the last step before sainthood — in a ceremony in Peoria on Dec. 21.

New Jersey attackers linked to anti-Semitic fringe movement

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 2:35pm

a list of the 12 Tribes of Israel from the Bible, with each tribe equated to a modern-day ethnic group or country. “America has NOTHING for us but DEATH,” a caption on one of his posts read. The account went dormant a few years ago.

Shroud of Turin still surrounded with mystery and passion

Julia Buckley, CNN  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:17pm

When she was 24, Emanuela Marinelli was walking near the Vatican in Rome when she caught a glimpse of a "beautiful face of Christ" printed on a souvenir in the window of a shop run by nuns.

Tennessee school board votes down Bible Release Time policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:24am

A Tennessee county has voted against creating new rules for Bible Release Time and similar programs, despite concerns about what happens when some students are pulled from their classrooms for religious studies.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi's defense of army puzzles former admirers

Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:22am

What drives Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar who this week defended her country at the International Court of Justice against charges that it carried out genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority?

Guatemalan cardinal to visit Mississippi after migrant raids

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 1:53pm

A Guatemalan cardinal who advocates for migrants will visit Mississippi following immigration raids last summer that prompted 680 arrests.

Tennessee pastor gets 38 years in child sex abuse sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:34pm

A Tennessee pastor faces 38 years in prison after being found guilty on 24 counts involving child sex abuse.

Polish far-right leader arrested for inciting anti-Semitism

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:28am

Polish authorities on Friday arrested a far-right leader and plan to charge him with public incitement of hatred against Jews, officials said.

Pope honors spiritual father on 50th anniversary as a priest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 5:42am

Pope Francis was to mark his 50th anniversary as a priest Friday by paying homage to his spiritual father, a fellow Argentine Jesuit whose teachings on popular piety and discernment have had an enormous influence on the papacy.

Records: Man in National Shrine attack wanted to kill ex

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:19am

A man charged with attacking two guards at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was trying to kill the mother of his daughter, according to court records filed in Washington, D.C.

Ex-Roman Catholic deacon indicted on child rape charge

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 4:53pm

A former Roman Catholic Church deacon in New Orleans was indicted Thursday on a charge that he raped an altar boy nearly 40 years ago.

Pastor: Donated toys tainted by meth lab in church playroom

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:42pm

Christmas toys donated to a Maine church where a meth lab was discovered in the playroom have been contaminated and cannot be given out to children in need, the church's pastor said.

This Christmas tell your children the real Santa Claus story

Lisa Bitel– Dornsife College Of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:00pm

the one who would preach the First Crusade – formally enshrined the relics of the saint.