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AP: Catholic Church boards reviewing sex abuse fail victims

Reese Dunklin, Matt Sedensky and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 10:32pm

sometimes leaving them dormant for more than a year — and have repeatedly warned of “complacency.” Review board members past and present told AP about dioceses gaming the process, from failing to keep them informed to using aides to steer deliberations.

Many in Venezuela’s 2nd city turn to prayer, not politics

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 11:34am

Thanks to the generosity of neighbors, Hayde Chacin and husband Jose Calderón are surviving their elderly years on the outskirts of Venezuela’s second largest city of Maracaibo.

Suu Kyi to lead Myanmar team contesting genocide court case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 8:15am

Myanmar said Wednesday its leader Aung San Suu Kyi will head the legal team contesting a genocide case filed against it in the International Court of Justice over the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims two years ago that set off their exodus to Bangladesh.

Police: White teen girl aimed to attack black Georgia church

Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 11:54am

A white 16-year-old girl is accused of plotting to attack a mostly black church in a north Georgia city, where police say she planned to kill worshippers because of their race.

Haiti mourns 5 people killed during ongoing protests

Evens Sanon, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 10:39am

Wails filled a church in Haiti’s capital on Tuesday during funeral services for five people killed in anti-government protests that began more than two months ago.

New Latter-day Saint missionary handbook focuses less on ‘rules’ and more on ‘principles’

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Nov 18th - 1:48pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a new missionary handbook Friday that focuses less on rules and more on principles.

Hungary signs special agreement with Orthodox Jewish group

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 10:16am

The Hungarian government has signed a special agreement with an Orthodox Jewish group, granting them a status in the country enjoyed only by a small number of churches.

Vatican’s financial 007 leaves amid fallout from police raid

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 4:38am

The head of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency is leaving his post after a raid by Vatican police on the agency’s offices breached the Holy See’s international financial obligations and jeopardized its reputation.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 11:49pm

Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president on Monday and appealed to minority Tamils and Muslims who voted against him to give their support.

Pope decries that ‘greed of a few’ worsens poverty of others

Frances D’emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 3:04am

Pope Francis on Sunday decried that the “greed of a few” wealthy people is compounding the plight of the poor before sharing a meal with the jobless and the homeless that has become a tradition of his papacy.

The Latest: Pope commits Church to work with Thai Buddhists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 8:32pm

The Latest on Pope Francis’s visit to Thailand and Japan (all times local):

Detroit-area priest gets jail; second priest pleads guilty

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 1:54pm

A Detroit-area Catholic priest was sentenced to 45 days in jail Wednesday for assaulting a suicidal younger man who wanted counseling, while a priest in western Michigan pleaded guilty to binding a teenager with bubble wrap and tape.

Group: Egypt targets relatives of dissidents living abroad

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 2:30am

An international rights group says Egyptian authorities have arrested, raided houses and imposed travel bans against dozens of relatives of dissidents who live abroad, apparently in reprisal for their activism.

Turkey issues warrants for 133 officers over coup links

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 19th - 12:04am

Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors have issued warrants for the detention of 133 military officers over suspected links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016.

Suit: School officials in Tennessee county push Christianity

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 3:39pm

Two atheist families are suing a Tennessee school system, claiming district officials there promote Christianity.

Teacher union to sue Quebec on religious symbols ban

Tracey Lindeman, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 12:39pm

A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees.

Cypriot president says Pope Francis to visit island in 2020

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 6:58am

Cyprus’ president says Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to visit the east Mediterranean island nation next year.

Kuwait’s ruler fires ministers, orders new government formed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 5:15am

Kuwait’s ruler has fired two warring Cabinet ministers at the center of embezzlement allegations and directed the prime minister to form a new government.

UN calls for talks to end Bolivia crisis as death toll rises

Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 7:08pm

A Bolivian official says a U.N. envoy is urging the government of the Andean country’s interim president and supporters of self-exiled leader Evo Morales to begin talks on resolving a crisis that has already claimed 23 lives and is causing food shortages.