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Hungarian leader calls Christianity 'Europe's last hope'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 11:05am

Hungary's prime minister says that "Christianity is Europe's last hope" and that politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris favoring migration have "opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam."

Iraqi victories remain fragile as US reduces troops

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 10:04am

From their outpost on Iraq's westernmost edge, U.S. 1st Lt. Kyle Hagerty and his troops watched civilians trickle into the area after American and Iraqi forces drove out the Islamic State group. They were, he believed, families returning to liberated homes, a hopeful sign of increasing stability.

Vatican investigator meets with Chile abuse victim in NYC

Claudia Torrens, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 3:41pm

A key victim in the Chilean sex abuse scandal said he felt his story was finally heard after an hours-long meeting with a Vatican sex-crimes investigator on Saturday, the same day Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission amid criticism of how he is handling the scandal.

Israel slams Polish PM for WWII 'Jewish perpetrators' remark

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 2:47pm

Israeli politicians accused Poland's prime minister of anti-Semitism Saturday for equating the Polish perpetrators in the Holocaust to its supposed "Jewish perpetrators," setting off a new chapter in an angry dispute over Poland's new bill criminalizing the mention of Polish complicity in the Nazi-led genocide.

Special election to replace lawmaker who killed himself

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 7:23am

Voters in a Louisville, Kentucky, suburb will soon choose a successor for a Republican state lawmaker who killed himself last year after a woman publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her in his basement when she was a teenager and he was her pastor.

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 6:19am

Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members Saturday, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse.

Polish Jews stunned, scared by eruption of anti-Semitism

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 6:03am

Matylda Jonas-Kowalik has spent most of her 22 years secure in the belief that she would never know the discrimination, persecution or violence that killed or traumatized generations of Polish Jews before her. She once thought the biggest problem that young Jewish Poles like herself faced was finding a Jewish boyfriend or girlfriend in a country dominated by Catholics.

Sheriff didn't pursue sex case against Texas church gunman

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 4:54pm

Sheriff's deputies didn't pursue a sexual assault investigation against the gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church, even though the woman reporting it signed a complaint detailing the alleged attack, according to records released Friday.

Utah Legislature passes resolution honoring late LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 8:55am

The Utah Legislature unanimously passed a resolution Thursday honoring the late LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson.

Ancient beard traditions shape the face of modern Jerusalem

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 5:19am

Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of masculinity.

Russia: 5 dead in church shooting; police kill suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 12:28pm

A gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on churchgoers leaving a service in Russia's Dagestan region, killing five people and wounding four others, then was shot and killed by police, authorities say.

Egypt sentences 65 Islamists to jail for incitement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:05am

An Egyptian court has sentenced 65 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group to jail over alleged incitement against the state.

Russian news agency Tass reports that four people have been killed during a shooting at a church in Dagestan.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 8:00am

Russian news agency Tass reports that four people have been killed during a shooting at a church in Dagestan.

NY archbishop celebrates funeral for US soldier from Ghana

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:16pm

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, celebrated the funeral Mass for an Army National Guard soldier and native of Ghana who died rescuing some of more than a dozen people trapped in the deadliest fire in the city in quarter of a century.

The Latest: Chile abuse victim: story is finally heard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 1:33pm

The Latest on a Vatican sex-crimes investigator meeting in New York with one of the key victims in the Chilean abuse scandal (all times local):

Jailed Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan reported hospitalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 12:35pm

Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who was jailed this month during an investigation of two alleged cases of rape, has reportedly been hospitalized.

Fire erupts at major Tibetan monastery; no injuries reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:03am

A large fire broke out Saturday at the Jokhang monastery in Tibet, raising fears of severe damage to a 1,300-year-old religious site that's considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism.

Former US ambassador Glendon resigns from Vatican bank board

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 2:54pm

The former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon, has resigned from the board of the Vatican bank in the latest vote of no-confidence in the bank's efforts to turn itself around.

Priest River man convicted of ritualized abuse of his family

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 9:09am

A northern Idaho man accused of using his religious beliefs to justify the physical and sexual abuse of his wife and children was found guilty of more than a dozen felony charges.

Vatican wants to hear from young about hopes, concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 6:12am

Pope Francis is inviting 300 young people to the Vatican next month to personally present their hopes and concerns about the Catholic Church, after an online questionnaire failed to generate enough feedback.