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Unrepentant 'sinners' romp in Spanish town at Corpus Christi

Bernat Armangue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 7:39am

It is time for the Corpus Christi celebrations in Spain and the central town of Camuñas smells of rosemary.

California campus removes bell marking Catholic missions

Natalie Rice, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:39pm

A university in Northern California removed a bell marking the 18th century Catholic missions that Native Americans say glorifies racism.

AP names Sally Stapleton to manage new global religion team

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 8:26am

Sally Stapleton, an award-winning editor, photojournalist and newsroom leader, has been tapped to direct global religion coverage for The Associated Press, overseeing a new team that will report on faith and its influence throughout the world.

Syrian refugee held for trial in alleged church bomb plot

Ramesh Santanam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:08am

A young Syrian refugee was ordered to remain behind bars until his trial on charges he plotted to bomb a Pittsburgh church to inspire followers of the Islamic State of Iraq.

Bible underscores Lincoln's belief he was to end slavery

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 2:13pm

A Bible given to Abraham Lincoln in the final months of the Civil War ties together the 16th president's budding views on spirituality and his belief that God was calling him to end slavery as well as his widow's labors to solidify his religious standing, historians say.

Riot police drive protesters away from Georgian parliament

Sophiko Megrelidze, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:01pm

Riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas and unleashed water cannons early Friday to drive thousands of protesters away from Georgia's parliament building and off the capital's main avenue. As dawn broke, police appeared to be in full control of the city center after a night of clashes that injured scores.

Supreme Court upholds cross on public land in Maryland

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 10:33am

A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.

AP PHOTOS: German Catholics attend Corpus Christi parades

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:31am

Roman Catholic believers across Germany are celebrating the religious holiday of Corpus Christi with carefully arranged processions through villages and towns, often donning traditional costumes.

In Lebanon, Syrian refugees face new pressure to go home

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 12:54am

Lebanese authorities are making their most aggressive campaign yet for Syrian refugees to return home and are taking action to ensure they can't put down roots.

Serbia-Montenegro church row fuels Balkan tensions

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:49am

A Serbian government official on Wednesday branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and urged a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a new church law that has strained relations between the two former Balkan allies.

Nepal protesters demand government keep away from trusts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:00am

Thousands of people gathered in Nepal's capital Wednesday to protest proposed legislation that would allow the government to nationalize centuries-old community and religious trusts responsible for organizing festivals and ceremonies.

UN launches plan to combat escalating hate speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 3:14pm

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is launching a plan to combat hate speech and counter what he calls "a groundswell of xenophobia, racism and intolerance, violent misogyny, anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred" around the world.

Dominican judge sends 6 to trial in giant Odebrecht scandal

Martin Adames, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:44pm

A judge in the Dominican Republic on Friday ordered a former Senate president, an ex-public works minister and four other people to stand trial in a bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

APNewsBreak: 395 claims filed in church bankruptcy case

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:17pm

Nearly 400 claims have been filed against New Mexico's largest and oldest Roman Catholic diocese as part of a pending bankruptcy case that stems from the clergy sex abuse scandal, church officials announced Friday.

Vatican sex abuse office looking for more canonists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 10:23am

The Vatican office that handles clergy sex abuse is looking for help to process what a top official says is a steady stream of cases that arrive every day from around the world.

Pope seeks more freedom in theology, dialogue with Islam

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:14am

Pope Francis called Friday for a reform of the way theology is taught in Catholic schools, saying students must learn about dialogue with Judaism and Islam, and that overall there must be greater freedom in theological research and academic pursuits.

'Hail Satan' prayer at Alaska gov't meeting sparks protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:57am

A Satanic Temple member who won the right to open a regional Alaska government meeting declared "Hail Satan" during her first invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out.

Prosecutors: Syrian man planned ISIS-fueled church bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 8:22pm

A Syrian refugee who came to the U.S. three years ago plotted to bomb a church this spring to inspire followers of the Islamic State of Iraq, federal authorities said in announcing the man's arrest Wednesday.

Court document: Mosque bombing suspect tried to escape

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 7:11pm

An Illinois man who faces trial in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque had tried to escape from custody earlier this year.