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Mexican front-runner promotes 'well-being of the soul'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:14am

Religion has been the electrified "third rail" of Mexican politics since anti-clerical laws in the 1920s sparked a bloody uprising by Catholics in which thousands died.

Vatican sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile

Patricia Luna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:59am

The special envoy sent by Pope Francis to investigate allegations that a bishop had covered up sex abuse was undergoing gallbladder surgery Wednesday in Chile, church officials said.

Biographical details on the Rev. Billy Graham

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:58am

William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr.

Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:36am

The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement.

Vatican investigator meets with Chilean sex abuse victims

Patricia Luna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:46pm

The Vatican's sex abuse investigator on Tuesday began a series of meetings in Chile with victims and others who have opposed the appointment of a bishop accused of covering up for the country's most notorious pedophile priest.

The Latest: Wife loses bid to replace lawmaker who shot self

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:00pm

The Latest on a special election to complete the remaining term of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself last year (all times local):

Egypt adds detained Islamist politician to terror list

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:20am

An Egyptian court on Tuesday added a detained Islamist politician to a list of wanted "terrorists" over his alleged links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

Myanmar to resettle 6,000 stranded Rohingya refugees

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:30am

Myanmar agreed with Bangladesh on Tuesday to resettle more than 6,000 Rohingya Muslims who have been stranded in a no man's land between the two countries, as plans for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of others have been delayed over concerns for their safety if they return to Myanmar, officials said.

Pakistan cricketer turned politician Khan marries 3rd time

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 12:39am

Pakistan's cricket legend turned politician Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time by marrying a faith healer, his party announced on Monday.

Hungarian leader calls Christianity 'Europe's last hope'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 11:05am

Hungary's prime minister says that "Christianity is Europe's last hope" and that politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris favoring migration have "opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam."

Iraqi victories remain fragile as US reduces troops

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 10:04am

From their outpost on Iraq's westernmost edge, U.S. 1st Lt. Kyle Hagerty and his troops watched civilians trickle into the area after American and Iraqi forces drove out the Islamic State group. They were, he believed, families returning to liberated homes, a hopeful sign of increasing stability.

Spokesman: Evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham has died at his home in North Carolina at age 99

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:22am

Spokesman: Evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham has died at his home in North Carolina at age 99.

Character witnesses testify for embattled Allentown mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:17pm

A parade of character witnesses have testified in defense of the embattled mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city at his federal corruption trial.

Pope backs down, OKs resignation of divisive Nigerian bishop

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:26am

Pope Francis backed down Monday and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his diocese, setting a precedent that could have repercussions in Chile and elsewhere when papal authority is challenged.

Religious protests against films expose divisions in Romania

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:45am

Religious protesters in Romania have disrupted the screening of two movies in Bucharest, saying they violate traditional values in the Eastern European country.

IS claims responsibility for church shooting in Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:21am

The Islamic State group on Monday claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on churchgoers in Russia's predominantly Muslim Dagestan region.

Russia: 5 dead in church shooting; police kill suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 12:28pm

A gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on churchgoers leaving a service in Russia's Dagestan region, killing five people and wounding four others, then was shot and killed by police, authorities say.

Egypt sentences 65 Islamists to jail for incitement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:05am

An Egyptian court has sentenced 65 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group to jail over alleged incitement against the state.

Russian news agency Tass reports that four people have been killed during a shooting at a church in Dagestan.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 8:00am

Russian news agency Tass reports that four people have been killed during a shooting at a church in Dagestan.

NY archbishop celebrates funeral for US soldier from Ghana

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:16pm

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, celebrated the funeral Mass for an Army National Guard soldier and native of Ghana who died rescuing some of more than a dozen people trapped in the deadliest fire in the city in quarter of a century.