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Martin Luther King holiday: Faith, politics mix this holiday

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 11:02pm

The nation is marking the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with tributes Monday recalling his past struggles for racial equality, observing the federal holiday named for him against the backdrop of a presidential election year.

10 years after Vatican takeover, Legion in new abuse crisis

Maria Verza and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 10:00pm

The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them.

Bloomberg offers plan to tackle racial economic inequality

Sean Murphy and Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 10:59am

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg made a pitch to African American voters the day before the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., visiting the site of a race massacre nearly 100 years ago that left hundreds dead and the city’s thriving African American community in rubble.

French trial exposes how church covered for predator priest

Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 8:28am

One of the first people to notice Bernard Preynat's unhealthy obsession for young boys was the supervisor at the seminary where, still a teen, the future priest started training for his career in the church.

Hungary commemorates 1945 liberation of Budapest ghetto

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 7:25am

Hungary's Jewish community on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet troops of the Budapest ghetto, where over 70,000 Jews were confined near the end of World War II.

Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 6:21am

A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states.

Temple Square demolition begins a 4-year renovation project

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Jan 17th - 9:16pm

The Temple Square South Visitors’ Center and parts of the south wall were demolished Friday.

Trump's black voter outreach looks in part to the pews

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 2:19pm

In the eight years since he became a pastor at First Immanuel Baptist Church, Todd Johnson says he's seen his congregation's politics make a subtle shift.

Panama man pulled 2 children from clutches of killer cult

Juan Zamorano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 1:15pm

Indigenous farmer Josué González recalled how his pregnant wife and children were taken from their home by cult members in the remote hamlet of El Terrón in Panama.

‘Adjustments’ made to Latter-day Saint temple ceremonial clothing

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:21am

Latter-day Saints wear ceremonial clothing when participating in sacred rituals within their temples. That clothing has now been slightly adjusted.

Germany: Ugly anti-Semitic remnant at center of court battle

Geir Moulson and Kerstin Sopke, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 1:52am

High on the wall of a German church where Martin Luther once preached, an ugly remnant of centuries of anti-Semitism is now at the center of a court battle.

Trump campaign tries robust outreach to expand his appeal

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 10:53pm

Selfies on a “Women for Trump” bus tour through Iowa. Volunteer training at a “Black Voices for Trump” organizing session in Philadelphia. A vice presidential headliner at a "Latinos for Trump” event in Florida.

Pence courts evangelical Latino voters in Florida

Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 5:37pm

Marilyn Del Valle climbed to her feet at the Nacion de Fe church in Kissimmee on Thursday, clapping and taking photos as Vice President Mike Pence took the stage.

Church releases rendering and location of first Latter-day Saint temple in India

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Jan 16th - 5:04pm

President Russell M. Nelson said he was instructed by God to announce a temple in India one day before the church's biannual general conference where he planned to announce six other temples.

14 with church ties named in Alaska misconduct review

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 2:57pm

A review commissioned by the Archdiocese of Anchorage found credible evidence of sexual misconduct by 14 people who served in the archdiocese dating to 1966, a church leader announced Thursday.

Cult 'anointed by God' kills 7 in Panama Jungle

Juan Zamorano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 5:16pm

Bibles rest on a wooden altar next to percussion instruments — a guiro and a drum — in the room where a religious sect allegedly forced a pregnant woman and five of her children to walk through fire in this remote hamlet.

St. Louis donations wipe away $13 million in medical debt

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 9:32am

Thousands of St. Louis-area families were freed from a major financial burden thanks to a charitable effort that is increasingly popular among churches and other organizations trying to help the needy — eliminating medical debt.

Supreme Court will consider Trump administration rules expanding religious, moral exemptions from contraceptive coverage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 1:34pm

Supreme Court will consider Trump administration rules expanding religious, moral exemptions from contraceptive coverage.

Man charged in Hanukkah attack pleads not guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 1:02pm

The man charged in an attack at a suburban New York Hanukkah celebration that left five people wounded, one critically, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges on Thursday.