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Pope appeals for end of migrant shipwrecks, prays for dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 22nd - 4:49am

Pope Francis has lamented the latest migrant deaths in shipwrecks of smugglers' boats and entreated nations to act swiftly to prevent more tragedies.

Mob lynches Muslim man over cow smuggling charges in India

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 21st - 6:41am

A Muslim man was beaten to death by a mob in western India over allegations of smuggling cows, police said Saturday, despite calls by the country's highest court for immediate steps to stop deadly mob violence across the country.

New sex abuse allegations levied against prominent cardinal

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 5:01pm

A Virginia man said Friday he was sexually abused for about two decades by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a prominent Roman Catholic leader who was removed from public ministry last month over separate child abuse allegations.

'A perpetual memorial': Salt Lake Buddhists honor loved ones at annual Obon Festival

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:00pm

Members of the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple who had died in the past year were remembered on Saturday as people ate, danced and celebrated at the temple’s annual Obon Festival.

Florida soldier says agency is blocking path to citizenship

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 11:14am

Haeder Al Anbki was all set to become a U.S. citizen last year.

Couple arrested for child abuse part of faith-healing church

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 9:42am

Authorities say an Idaho mother told deputies her religious beliefs prompted her to pray for her husband instead of tell police about his alleged sexual abuse of their daughters.

Israeli police detain liberal rabbi over 'illegal' weddings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:15am

Israeli police have briefly detained a liberal rabbi in the city of Haifa over performing "illegal" Jewish weddings without authorization of the country's chief rabbinate.

Australian prime minister calls on pope to fire archbishop

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:23am

Australia's prime minister on Thursday called on Pope Francis to fire an Australian archbishop who is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever convicted for covering up child sexual abuse.

US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:53pm

A Turkish court on Wednesday again denied a request for the release from custody of an American pastor based in Turkey who is on trial on charges of aiding terror groups and engaging espionage.

Ex-official facing trial recognized as refugee in Belarus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:53pm

A former Ukrainian defense minister accused of embezzling $2 million has been granted refugee status in neighboring Belarus.

Unidentified assailants kill well-known cleric in Yemen

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 22nd - 11:35am

Yemeni officials say unidentified armed men have killed a Muslim preacher in the southern city of Aden, base of Yemen's internationally recognized government backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

Egypt rejects Jewish-nation law passed by Israeli parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 21st - 5:23pm

Egypt's government says it rejects a controversial legislation passed by Israel's parliament defining Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people.

Honduran bishop accused of sexual misconduct resigns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 4:22am

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Honduran bishop accused of sexual misconduct with seminarians.

Chile bishop resists giving abuse report to prosecutors

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:53pm

The head of the Chilean Roman Catholic Church's abuse prevention committee says he will not deliver a report on sex abuse committed by priests against minors to Chile's attorney general.

Abbey pledges cooperation with any sex abuse investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:27am

A Massachusetts monastery being sued by a man who says he was sexually assaulted by a monk as a child says it cooperated fully with a police investigation into the allegations and will continue to cooperate.

Turkey formally arrests televangelist, scores of followers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 6:14am

Turkish authorities on Thursday formally arrested a controversial Islamic televangelist and cult leader on charges that include forming a criminal gang, blackmail and sexual abuse of minors, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Israeli parliament passes contentious Jewish nation bill

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:40am

Israel's parliament approved a controversial piece of legislation on Thursday that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people but, critics warn, sidelines minorities.

$63,000 found in ceiling at home of priest accused of theft

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 5:16pm

State police say they discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in the home of a Michigan priest who is accused of embezzling millions.

Vatican-OK'd journal strikes out again at US evangelicals

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 12:17pm

A Vatican-approved journal has dismissed "prosperity gospel" as a pseudo theology dangerously tied up with the American Dream and President Donald Trump's politics, launching its second major critique of American evangelicals in as many years.

Austrian province faces controversy over kosher meat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:55am

Proposals in an Austrian province for possible restrictions on the slaughter of animals according to Jewish and Muslim religious customs are drawing strong criticism.