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Claims process open for victims of Philadelphia clergy abuse

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 11:10am

Officials from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia have agreed to pay uncapped compensation offers for victims of child sexual abuse by clergy as part of a claims process that started Tuesday.

Mahathir slams Myanmar's Suu Kyi for handling of Rohingya

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 5:38am

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed sharply criticized Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday for her handling of an ethnic crisis that led to mass killings and the exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from her country.

Pope gives Vatican's sex abuse expert new role amid crisis

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 5:19am

Pope Francis is giving a prominent new role to the Vatican's most trusted sex crimes investigator as he seeks to improve the Holy See's response to abuse at a time when the church and papacy are facing a credibility crisis.

Pope to visit Morocco in March in big year for foreign trips

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 4:26am

Pope Francis is going to Morocco in March in what is expected to be a heavy year of foreign travel for the 81-year-old pontiff.

Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business

Rishabh R. Jain, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 6:04pm

Abul Kalam sits cross-legged on the floor of his tiny mud hut and whispers prayers into a small plastic bottle filled with water, creating what he says is a potion that will cure stomach cramps.

Bishops delay votes on combating church sex abuse crisis

David McFadden and David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 8:08am

At the Vatican's insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the church.

Leaders meet in Italy to find settlement in Libya

Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 1:42am

Representatives of Libya's quarrelling factions and of countries keen on stabilizing the North African nation started meetings in Sicily on Monday, as Italy encourages a political settlement that could bolster the fight against Islamic militants and stop illegal migrants from crossing the Mediterranean to Europe's southern shores.

Fake images of woman acquitted of blasphemy roil Pakistan

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 11th - 11:58pm

The Pakistani government, already struggling with a crisis surrounding a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges after eight years on death row, now has to deal with "fake" images on social media purporting to show her outside the country.

Ukraine transfers noted church to Constantinople patriarch

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 10th - 6:21am

Ukraine has turned over one of the most famous Orthodox churches in the capital for permanent use by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 9th - 6:22am

The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi — a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains at a secret location for her protection — has drawn attention to the plight of the country's Christians.

UN: 445,000 Yemenis have fled Hodeida area

Menna Zaki, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 9th - 6:13am

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis from the Hodeida area have been forced to flee amid a Saudi-led coalition offensive to take the key Red Sea port city from Shiite rebels, the United Nations' refugee agency said Friday, as fierce battles continue to rage in the area.

Church of God in Christ convention moving to Memphis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 11:36am

The Church of God in Christ says it is moving its Holy Convocation to Memphis, Tennessee, starting in 2021.

India's top court to re-examine Hindu temple ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 4:48am

India's top court has agreed to re-examine a ruling that lifted a ban on women of menstruating age from entering a Hindu temple after near-constant protests backed by both India's ruling party and the main opposition party.

All school kidnapping captives freed, says Cameroon leader

Edwin Kindzeka Moki, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 4:12am

All students and staff abducted more than a week ago from a school in Cameroon's restive North West region have been freed, a leader of the Presbyterian church said Tuesday.

Diocese withdraws offer to house priest at retirement home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 3:37pm

The Diocese of Rapid City has withdrawn an offer to house a priest accused of child sexual abuse at a priest retirement home.

Pennsylvania diocese sued over priest named in probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 12:47pm

A man is suing a Pennsylvania-based Roman Catholic diocese alleging abuse by a now-defrocked priest named in a statewide grand jury report this year.

Archdiocese: Abuse claim against dead priest deemed credible

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 11th - 1:54pm

The Archdiocese of Detroit says an allegation that a priest who died in 1994 sexually abused a child at some point has been found to be credible.

Israel postpones decision on church lands bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 11th - 9:51am

Israel has postponed discussion on a bill that would allow the state to seize church lands that have been sold to private developers.

Idaho man pleads guilty so sexually abusing relatives

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 9th - 2:10pm

A southwestern Idaho man who sexually abused young family members has pleaded guilty to five counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16.

Kenya launches internal police probe to help reform force

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 9th - 8:37am

Kenya's internal security minister Friday launched a police internal affairs unit to investigate allegations of abuses in the force including corruption and accusations that officers kill suspects and perpetrate other human rights abuses.