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The Latest: Vatican says 500,000 see pope at Poland rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:32pm

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Poland and World Youth Day celebrations (all times local):

Pope holds Mass celebrating Poland's deep Catholic roots

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:11am

Pope Francis, visiting a shrine cherished by Poles, praised native son St. John Paul II on Thursday and honored the countless "ordinary yet remarkable people" in Poland who held firm to their Catholic faith throughout adversity in the former Communist nation.

Danish nationalists seek 'close to zero' Muslim migrants

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:51am

Denmark should halt immigration from Muslim countries to stem the threat of violence from extremists, the nation's second-largest party argued Thursday.

Pope Francis misses step, falls down before Mass in Poland

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:11am

Pope Francis missed a step and fell to the ground Thursday as he walked on an open-air platform to celebrate Mass at Poland's holiest shrine of Jasna Gora.

Ukraine's president calls for recognition of splinter church

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:20am

The Ukrainian president has called on an Orthodox Christian leader to recognize the independence of his country's splinter church.

Israeli settler-turned-diplomat to take new post in New York

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:21am

For years, Dani Dayan was the West Bank settler movement's face to the outside world. Next week, he'll become the face of Israel to much of North America.

Church attacker nurtured jihad in quiet French town

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:01pm

Adel Kermiche nursed his obsession with jihad in this quiet French town alongside the Seine River, and his twice-thwarted attempt to join Islamic State extremists in Syria ended with an attack on an elderly priest celebrating Mass in its sturdy stone church.

Pope says the world's at war, urges Europe to greet refugees

Frances D'Emilio and Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 3:21pm

Pope Francis, deeply saddened by the slaying of an elderly priest during Mass in a church in the French countryside, warned grimly Wednesday that the world is at war, but cautioned against labeling it a war among religions.

The Latest: Pope talks about migrants with Polish bishops

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:52pm

The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Poland for World Youth Day events (all times local):

Church official seeks bail after high court nixes conviction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:31pm

A former Philadelphia church official imprisoned over his handling of abuse complaints is seeking bail after Pennsylvania's highest court granted him a new trial.

Turkey, once touted as regional model, is mired in tension

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 1:42pm

Turkey was riding high in 2010, casting its brand of Islamic piety, Western-style democracy and economic growth as a regional model amid popular upheavals in the Mideast and North Africa.

Russian Orthodox reach Kiev monastery despite threats

Francesca Ebel and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:00am

Thousands of Russian Orthodox Christian pilgrims reached the center of Ukraine's capital on Wednesday, finishing a procession to the city's most revered monastery after their march was disrupted a day earlier.

Judge rejects request in Minnesota archdiocese bankruptcy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:41pm

A federal judge has declined to include parishes and other church properties among assets in the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Yemen's Houthis, ousted leader formalize alliance

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:22pm

Yemen's Shiite rebels on Thursday announced a formal alliance with the country's ousted president and his former ruling party by setting up a new political council to rule the country, a step described by the United Nations Envoy to Yemen as jeopardizing peace talks in Kuwait.

Connecticut man charged with making anti-Semitic threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:21am

A 50-year-old Connecticut man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he made threats against Jews and synagogues on an internet forum for heavy metal music fans.

Feds investigate second fire at Florida mosque in 10 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 8:00am

Investigators are looking for answers after fire broke out at a Florida mosque for the second time in 10 days.

Authorities raid mosque in northern Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 3:31pm

Authorities in northern Germany say police have raided a mosque believed to be a "hot spot" for Islamic extremists in the city of Hildesheim.

Greece: anarchists evicted from illegally occupied buildings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:31pm

Greek police have emptied three buildings in this northern city of illegal occupiers and made 74 arrests.

Iran sets May 2017 for presidential elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 12:21pm

Iran's Interior Ministry on Wednesday said a constitutional watchdog had approved the country's presidential election for May 2017.

Egypt's scholars reject government-written sermons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:12am

In a rebuke to the Egyptian government, the top religious scholars of Egypt's Al-Azhar have rejected new government measures to standardize Friday sermons, saying such a step would "freeze" the development of religious discourse.