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Pope urges concrete measures to protect Syrian civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 22nd - 9:19am

Pope Francis has sent Syrian President Bashar Assad a letter expressing his "profound concern" for the humanitarian situation in Syria and in particular the plight of civilians in Idlib province.

House fire devours Baptist church in Savannah, Georgia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 22nd - 6:26am

A house fire spread to a house of worship next door, all but destroying the First Metropolitan Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia.

NAACP, Latter-day Saint partnership shows teamwork in a time 'marked by division,' op-ed says

Whitney Evans,  |  Posted Jul 21st - 8:45am

Latter-day Saint and NAACP leaders penned an op-ed on "the importance of collaboration between groups."

Funeral service held for 86 Muslims killed by Serbs

Almir Alic, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 7:59am

Several thousand people attended a funeral service in Bosnia on Saturday for 86 Muslims who were slain by Serbs in one of the worst atrocities of the country's 1992-95 war.

Former West Virginia bishop disciplined by pope

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 3:25pm

Pope Francis has issued disciplinary action against a former West Virginia bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said Friday.

Lebanese losing faith as politicians fumble over economy

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:14am

For days, Lebanese TV stations have been blanketed with live coverage as lawmakers held heated debate over a controversial austerity budget meant to salvage the flailing economy, with protests outside parliament and critics denouncing its focus on tax hikes and wage cuts. Mohammed Badran, sitting in his barber shop empty of customers, couldn't be bothered to watch.

Iran FM not giving up hope tensions with US can be resolved

Ian Phillips, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:54pm

Iran and the United States were only "a few minutes away from a war" after Iran shot down an American spy drone last month, Iran's foreign minister said Thursday, but the diplomat said he remains hopeful that escalating tensions might somehow be resolved.

Church sign in Virginia says "America: Love or Leave It."

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

Amid a national furor over President Donald Trump's tweet urging four Democratic congresswomen to "go back" to their home countries, a Virginia pastor is gaining attention with a sign at his church saying "America: Love or Leave It."

Pompeo takes aim at China at religious freedom conference

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 8:44am

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that China was responsible for the "stain of the century" of human rights abuses, citing mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities.

Latter-day Saint president to speak at NAACP national convention

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:31pm

Leaders have worked to make The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People a "high priority," a news release from the church reads.

Here’s what will replace Scouts and other teen programs, Latter-day Saint leaders say

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Jul 17th - 7:34pm

Leaders recently announced a new program that will replace not only Scouting, but all programs for teens in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Lobster vs. kebab: French food fight after minister scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:09am

France's government spokeswoman says the resignation of the country's ecology minister over reports of lavish dinners at taxpayers' expense comes at a time when most people "more likely eat kebabs" than lobster.

The Latest: Services held in Dallas for H. Ross Perot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 4:42pm

The Latest on services held in Dallas for Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot (all times local):

Ex-Israeli justice minister Shaked to head New Right party

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 21st - 12:24pm

Former Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has assumed the leadership of her right-wing nationalist party ahead of September's unprecedented repeat elections. The New Right party had failed to garner enough votes in April to win seats in parliament, but announced Sunday it's running again.

Mother convicted of deaths of 2 girls found on Colorado farm

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:05pm

A jury in southwest Colorado has convicted a mother of two girls who died after they were banished to a car without food or water by members of a doomsday religious group because the girls were thought to have been impure.

70 Catholics arrested in DC protest over migrant treatment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 4:39am

Hundreds of Catholics gathered in the nation's capital to protest the federal government's treatment of migrants, and about 70 sisters, clergy and parishioners were arrested.

Syrian refugee indicted on charges he plotted to bomb church

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:33pm

A federal grand jury is accusing a Syrian refugee of plotting to bomb a Christian church in Pittsburgh to inspire Islamic State of Iraq followers.

Pope Francis names British-born Matteo Bruni as spokesman

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:34am

Pope Francis named a new Vatican spokesman Thursday, tapping Matteo Bruni, the British-born official who has handled media logistics for papal trips, in the latest shakeup of the Vatican's communications operations.

Pope Francis has named a new Vatican spokesman, tapping British-born Matteo Bruni

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:21am

Pope Francis has named a new Vatican spokesman, tapping British-born Matteo Bruni .

Vatican denies interference in debate over Franco exhumation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:14am

The Vatican has responded to a formal protest by the Spanish government over a controversy regarding the remains of Gen. Francisco Franco, saying it never intended to meddle with Spain's domestic affairs.