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Lawsuits seek removal of Arkansas Ten Commandments display

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:28pm

Opponents of a Ten Commandments display at the Arkansas state Capitol filed federal lawsuits Wednesday to have the monument removed, arguing it's an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by government

Jewish group questions sainthood for WWII-era cardinal

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 10:46am

A leading Jewish organization has criticized the Vatican's decision to move World War II-era Cardinal August Hlond along the path to possible sainthood, saying the Polish primate was "extremely" hostile to Jews and failed to condemn a 1946 pogrom.

Mike Pence's wife: Pences praying for ex-Indiana first lady

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 8:30am

Vice President Mike Pence's wife says she and her husband are praying for former Indiana first lady Susan Bayh, who is battling brain cancer.

Prominent Baptist leader removed as head of Texas seminary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:28am

A former head of the Southern Baptist Convention was removed Wednesday as president of a Texas seminary following allegations of "unbiblical teaching" through sexist and demeaning comments to women who he suggests should tolerate abuse.

Hindu hardliners criticize archbishop for talking politics

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:14am

India's governing Hindu nationalists on Wednesday criticized the archbishop of New Delhi for saying that a turbulent political atmosphere is posing a threat to the country's democratic principles.

Pope to China Catholics: Make gestures showing communion

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:12am

Pope Francis urged Chinese Catholics on Wednesday to show they are in full communion with the Holy See, amid what appears to be another stall in the Vatican's longstanding attempts to reach a deal with Beijing over bishop nominations.

Australian archbishop steps down after cover-up conviction

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 3:04am

An Australian archbishop said Wednesday that he will stand aside but does not intend to resign after becoming the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse.

Rights group: Rohingya insurgents massacred Myanmar Hindus

Todd Pitman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:04pm

Myanmar's army was not the only group that slaughtered civilians in the country's volatile west last year, Amnesty International said in a new report accusing ethnic Rohingya insurgents of massacring dozens of Hindus during an escalation of a long-running communal conflict in Rakhine state.

Trump rallies abortion opponents to vote for Republicans

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:36pm

President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a rallying call to opponents of abortion, encouraging them to head to the polls to elect conservative lawmakers.

Danish govt: Minister's views on fasting Muslims are her own

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:38pm

Assertions by Denmark's immigration minister that Muslims fasting for Ramadan pose a safety hazard in some jobs do not represent the views of the country's government, a spokeswoman for the ruling coalition said Tuesday.

Pope to host more Chile abuse victims, 5 of them priests

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 2:54pm

Pope Francis is planning to meet with more victims of Chile's most notorious predator priest, a sign he isn't finished hearing about the "system of abuse" that flourished in a parish that produced dozens of priests over the years.

LDS Church moves 169 missionaries out of Nicaragua due to 'growing political instability'

Carter Williams,  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:59pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday it is transferring 169 missionaries serving in Nicaragua because of “growing political instability” in the country.

Correction: Denmark-Minister-Ramadan story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:16am

In a story May 21 about a Danish minister's comments on Ramadan, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Denmark's government has been formed of only Liberal Party representatives since 2015. In November 2016, Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen expanded his Liberal Party government into a three-way coalition with the center-right Liberal-Alliance and the Conservative Party.

Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:38am

An Australian archbishop on Tuesday became the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse in a test case that holds to account church hierarchy that kept silent in the face of an international pedophile crisis.

Iran's Khamenei criticizes US over hard-line stance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:40pm

Iran's supreme leader criticized the U.S. on Wednesday over its hard-line stance toward the country since President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal with Western powers.

The Latest: Alaska agency responds to Muslim inmate lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:11pm

The Latest on a lawsuit by Muslim inmates against Alaska corrections officials (all times local):

2nd of 3 suspects in pastor's wife's killing inks plea deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:44am

The second of three men charged in the fatal shooting of an Indianapolis pastor's pregnant wife has reached a plea deal.

Police say teen girls abused in at-risk youth church program

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:08am

Authorities have charged a Maryland pastor, his minister son and another church leader with sexually abusing four teen girls in a program for at-risk youth.

Authorities: Priest catches couple having sex at church

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 7:37am

Authorities say a priest found two people having sex beneath a statue of the Virgin Mary at a Roman Catholic church in New Jersey.

4 guilty in French Quarter attack on Unitarian visitors

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

Two Boston men who were attacked and robbed in New Orleans' French Quarter one night during a Unitarian convention asked a judge to show leniency to their attackers.