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Cardinal: Nicaragua talks at impasse, suspended indefinitely

Luis Manuel Galeano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 8:18pm

Talks between President Daniel Ortega's administration and opposition and civic groups on resolving weeks of deadly unrest broke down Wednesday after government opponents demanded earlier elections and changes in electoral laws.

Muslim inmates sue Alaska corrections officials over policy

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:44pm

Muslim inmates are suing state corrections officials, arguing that they are not provided adequate nourishment as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan at an Alaska jail.

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.

Correction: Priest Shortage story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:10am

In a story May 23 about applicants to a Roman Catholic seminary in Rhode Island, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the number of applicants that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence had received. Carolyn Cronin, a spokeswoman for the diocese, says four men are going through the application process. She says none of the applicants are from the Diocese of Providence.

Pakistani mob demolishes mosque belonging to minority sect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:40pm

Sunni extremists have demolished a mosque belonging to Pakistan's minority Ahmadi sect in the eastern city of Sialkot, the latest mob attack on minorities in the country.

Man who said church shooting was hoax jailed on gun charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 9:44pm

A conspiracy theorist arrested after telling a Texas church that the killing of more than two dozen of its worshippers was a hoax is free on bond after another arrest — this time on a weapons charge.

More than $8M awarded to victim of cult in trafficking case

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:23pm

More than $8 million was awarded Wednesday to a woman who alleged that the spiritual leader of a cult forced her to work without pay for a decade.

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.