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Pell's appeal pitted word of former choirboy against priest

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 7:29pm

Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his convictions for child molestation was largely a question of who the jury should have believed, his accuser or a senior priest whose church role was likened to Pell's bodyguard.

Pell's appeal argued 'solid obstacles' precluded convictions

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 7:23pm

Cardinal George Pell's lawyers argued in his appeal that there were more than a dozen "solid obstacles" that should have prevented a jury from finding him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of molesting two choirboys.

A look at the Islamic State affiliate's rise in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 11:42pm

A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan.

'Miracle house' in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push

Mitch Stacy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 6:38am

Late in the summer of 1939, crowds of strangers started showing up at Rhoda Wise's house next to a city dump in Ohio after she let it be known that miracles were occurring in her room.

Warren, Sanders get personal with young, black Christians

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 7:38am

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren framed their Democratic presidential bids in personal, faith-based terms Saturday before black millennial Christians who could help determine which candidate becomes the leading progressive alternative to former Vice President Joe Biden.

Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in Kashmir

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 11:36pm

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir began restoring landline phone services on Saturday after a nearly two-week security crackdown and news blackout following a decision by India's government to downgrade the Muslim-majority region's autonomy.

2 men sentenced for plotting to attack Muslim community

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:18pm

Two of four young men arrested for plotting to attack an upstate New York Muslim community with homemade explosives were sentenced Friday to four to 12 years in prison.

Abuse prevention training now required for Latter-day Saint leaders of children and youth

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 16th - 9:57am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched a new abuse prevention training program for leaders and teachers of children and youth Friday morning.

Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings

Jake Bleiberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 9:28am

Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday.

Police: Mosque bombing in southwest Pakistan kills 4 people

Abdul Sattar, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 5:11am

A powerful bomb exploded inside a mosque during Friday prayers on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta, where the Afghan Taliban have had a strong presence, killing at least four worshippers, including the prayer leader, officials said.

Slurs and slingshots: Kashmiris allege abuse amid lockdown

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 3:03am

Farooq Ahmed Wani was driving home on his motorcycle with his 6-year-old niece in Indian-controlled Kashmir when they were stopped by paramilitary soldiers, one of whom he said used a verbal slur.

Sheriff: Investigation closed in racist videos, threat case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 6:18pm

A South Carolina sheriff said Monday that no one else will be charged after last month's arrest of a Catholic high school student accused of making racist videos and charged with threatening to shoot people at his private school.

Florida governor asked for no storms in Western Wall prayer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 9:10am

Florida's governor says when he visited the Western Wall in Israel in May he followed tradition by sticking a slip of paper with a written prayer in between crevices of the ancient structure.

Jordan summons Israeli envoy over holy site clashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 8:44am

Jordan has summoned Israel's ambassador to protest "Israeli violations" at a Jerusalem holy site sacred to Muslims and Jews.

Police: 2nd mosque prayer leader killed in SW Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 4:26am

Pakistani police said Saturday that a second mosque's prayer leader had been killed in as many days near the southwestern city of Quetta.

UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world's highest

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 5:34pm

The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children.

Priest already deemed sexually violent sentenced again

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:34pm

The first Catholic priest in the U.S. to be labeled sexually violent when he was convicted in Illinois was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for abusing two boys in Missouri in the 1990s.

Court rules in favor of city allowing mosque to be built

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 6:03am

An appeals court says a Detroit suburb violated no laws when it cleared City Council chambers during a meeting about construction of a mosque.

Threats to Maryland synagogue charged in federal indictment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 4:58am

A federal grand jury has indicted a man who prosecutors say made threatening telephone calls to a Maryland synagogue.

DC priest convicted of sexually abusing 2 kids in parish

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 4:52am

A Catholic priest faces up to 45 years in prison for sexually abusing two children in his parish in Washington, D.C.