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Pope celebrates Holy Thursday ahead of foot-washing ritual

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:29am

Pope Francis is ushering in the most solemn period in the Catholic liturgical calendar by celebrating a Holy Thursday Mass, made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral.

Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 17th - 10:19pm

Emperor Akihito prayed at a Japanese shrine Thursday in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods.

Historic US church tests sprinklers in wake of Notre Dame

Natalie Pompilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 17th - 1:52pm

A sprinkler system check at a church that was frequented by George Washington and Benjamin Franklin drew a crowd Wednesday, with dozens of people watching as sheets of water poured from the 196-foot (60-meter) steeple.

Morocco is a trove of Jewish history if you know where to go

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 17th - 12:26pm

With its mountains and desert, beach resorts and Berber villages, Morocco is a feast for travelers of all kinds, including those who want to explore the kingdom's deep Jewish roots.

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco enters hospice care

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 17th - 9:27am

Louisiana officials are calling for prayers for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who has entered hospice care for incurable cancer.

The Latest: Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Notre Dame blaze

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 17th - 2:49am

The latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):

Tourist mecca Notre Dame also revered as place of worship

Nicole Winfield and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 17th - 12:33am

The soaring beauty of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral as it echoed with Gregorian chants so moved French poet Paul Claudel on Christmas Day 1886 that the avowed atheist converted to Catholicism on the spot.

Officials announce new measures to fight NY measles outbreak

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 16th - 4:12pm

Officials trying to contain a measles outbreak in a county north of New York City on Tuesday ordered all unvaccinated people exposed to the disease barred from public gathering places, including houses of worship, for up to three weeks.

LA Archdiocese agrees to $8M payment in sex abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 16th - 12:37pm

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $8 million to a teenager who was sexually abused by the athletic director at her Catholic high school who had continued to work despite prior allegations of misconduct, it was announced Tuesday.

Egypt lawmakers pass amendments now headed to referendum

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 16th - 2:38am

Egypt's parliament on Tuesday passed amendments to the constitution that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi remain in power until 2030.

Iran flies domestically made fighter jets to mark Army Day

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:23am

Iran showcased its domestically made fighter jets by flying the aircraft over Tehran during a military parade Thursday marking National Army Day as the country grapples with U.S. sanctions and the Trump administration's recent terrorism designation of Iran's powerful paramilitary force.

1 killed, several hurt in church bus crash on Texas highway

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 17th - 8:18pm

A church bus has crashed on a Texas highway, killing one person and injuring several others.

Pennsylvania House OKs new child sex abuse reporting rules

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 17th - 2:59pm

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved Wednesday to toughen penalties for people who do not report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and make it explicit that nondisclosure terms in contracts cannot prevent people from talking to police in child molestation investigations.

The Latest: LA archdiocese apologizes for teen sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 16th - 6:10pm

The Latest on an $8 million settlement of a sex-abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (all times local):

Judge clears way for lawsuit by Muslim engineer in Kansas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 16th - 2:44pm

A judge has rejected a move by Spirit Boeing Employees Association seeking to dismiss the lawsuit filed by a Muslim aerospace engineer alleging discrimination stemming from a party at a Kansas lake.

US government, Texas city settle Muslim cemetery lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 16th - 2:37pm

Federal authorities say they've reached an agreement with a Texas city that settles a lawsuit over the city's initial refusal to allow an Islamic group to develop a Muslim cemetery.

Omar raises $830K for re-election despite Trump backlash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 16th - 2:04pm

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who's engaged in an intensifying feud with President Donald Trump, has raised nearly $830,000 in the first quarter for her re-election campaign, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.

Church sorry for Easter lesson encouraging attacks on pastor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 16th - 12:13pm

An Ohio church has apologized for an Easter lesson in which a pastor encouraged students to slap, cut and spit on him — incidents that were captured in videos and posted online.

The Latest: Egypt amendments pass, now set for referendum

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 16th - 10:46am

The Latest on amendments to Egypt's constitution (all times local):

Kentucky diocese IDs priests 'credibly' accused of abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 16th - 6:16am

The Catholic Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky, has released a list of priests it says have been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors.