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Last minute donation saves Chicago church from auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:30pm

A 120-year-old Chicago church was saved from auction after a midnight call from a group of donors, which one church official said was "a Christmas miracle."

Latter-day Saint leaders announce changes for youth temple attendance, young men ordination

Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News  |  Posted Dec 14th - 9:23am

Changes announced Friday by the First Presidency will unify when children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints move from the Primary.

Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:44am

The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics.

Yemen's port city of Aden shows challenge of peace

Jon Gambrell and Malak Harb, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:02am

Yemen's government nearly saw itself pushed into the sea by advancing rebels here three years ago. Now the port city of Aden shows the challenges that will likely still plague the nation following any potential peace agreement.

Pope to visit Bulgaria, Macedonia in May in busy travel year

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 5:39am

Pope Francis is travelling in May to the Orthodox countries of Bulgaria and Macedonia, where he will pay tribute to Macedonian-born Mother Teresa, officials said Thursday.

Egyptian novel explores Christians under controlling church

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:09pm

Shady Lewis Botros says his recently published novel — "Ways of the Lord" — can be broadly viewed as an attempt to answer one question: What it's like to be a Christian in Egypt?

Lost girls of Indonesia among 61k dead and missing migrants

Kristen Gelineau and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:09pm

The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future.

Francis honors Virgin of Guadalupe, patron of Americas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:17am

Pope Francis is urging the faithful to make service the focus of their faith as he honors the patron of the Americas, the Virgin of Guadalupe. He's also telling followers not resort to violence.

Pope cuts 2 cardinals from cabinet named in abuse scandal

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 5:49am

Pope Francis has removed two cardinals from his informal cabinet after they were implicated in the Catholic Church's sex abuse and cover-up scandal, shedding embarrassing advisers ahead of a high-stakes Vatican summit on abuse early next year.

Myanmar rally urges release of 'Person of Year' journalists

Min Kyi Thein, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 5:11am

Several dozen journalists and activists held a rally Wednesday in Myanmar's biggest city to mark the anniversary of the arrest of two reporters for the Reuters news agency who are among a group of journalists being honored by Time magazine as its "Person of the Year."

Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:31am

The Philippine Congress on Wednesday approved a request by the president to extend martial law in the country's volatile south by a year due to continuing threats by Islamic State group-linked militants and communist insurgents.

Nobel laureate returns to Iraq, pledges to work for peace

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:27am

Iraqi activist Nadia Murad met her country's president in Baghdad on Wednesday after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence.

Deacon removed from ministry after calling for investigation

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:25pm

A deacon who has questioned the thoroughness of a recently published list of Tennessee priests accused of sexual abuse has been removed from ministry at his local parish.

Catholic store murder suspect identified in another assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 8:06am

The man accused of killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others inside a suburban St. Louis religious supply store is also a suspect in an assault in a rural area, police said.

Thai Islamic leaders tighten rules on child marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:23am

Islam's guiding council in Thailand has introduced new regulations requiring that marriages of children under age 17 be approved by a religious committee.

Philippines: 66 alleged militants convicted in kidnappings

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 4:05am

A Philippine court on Friday found 66 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf guilty of kidnapping dozens of students, teachers and a Catholic priest in the south in 2000, in the largest single conviction involving the brutal Muslim militant group.

1 of 3 men accused in mosque bombing negotiating plea deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:24pm

An attorney for one of three Illinois militia members accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque says his client is negotiating a possible plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Dutch court throws out case of disputed Buddha statue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 5:48am

A court in Amsterdam has refused to resolve a legal dispute over ownership of a Buddha statue that contains the mummified remains of a monk.

Italian police identify IS cell suspected in 2013 kidnapping

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 2:39am

Italian authorities said Wednesday they had identified members of the Islamic State group believed to have been behind the 2013 kidnapping in Syria of Italian aid worker Federico Motka and Briton David Haines, who was later killed.