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Southern Baptists see 12th year of declining membership

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 11:54am

The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday.

Jail calls: Suspect, ex laughed at Tennessee church shooting

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 11:34am

Jurors on Thursday heard jail calls in which a suspect charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church in 2017 laughs about it with his then-girlfriend.

Lawyer: Synagogue massacre suspect wants plea deal

Ramesh Santanam, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:33am

The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre still wants to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, his lawyer said Thursday.

Modi surges to victory in India on Hindu-first platform

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 7:44am

Narendra Modi, India's charismatic but polarizing prime minister, was headed Thursday for a landslide election victory, propelling his Hindu nationalist party to back-to-back majorities in parliament for the first time in decades.

India's Modi paints image of Hindu ascetic called to power

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 4:29am

The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas.

California synagogue honors woman slain in gunman's attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 9:36pm

A Southern California synagogue where a gunman killed a woman and wounded three other people dedicated a new Torah scroll — the holiest object in Judaism — to the slain woman on Wednesday.

Defendant says he doesn't recall if he shot 8 at church

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:15pm

The man accused of fatally shooting one person and wounding seven others at a Nashville church in 2017 testified Wednesday that he can't remember if he did it.

Brazil: Man who killed 3 at Baptist church was 'incoherent'

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:29pm

A man was disoriented and speaking "incoherent phrases" when he shot three people to death at a Baptist church before being seriously wounded by Brazilian military police, authorities said Wednesday. He allegedly arrived at the church after having killing his ex-girlfriend with a knife.

Russian city cancels cathedral construction after protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 11:18am

The governor of Russia's Urals region says a plan to build a Russian Orthodox cathedral in a popular park will be cancelled after protests that drew nationwide attention.

Polish bishops admit they haven't done enough to stop abuse

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 9:06am

Poland's bishops acknowledged on Wednesday that they have not done enough to prevent clerical abuse of minors and said there are "no words" to describe their shame about sex scandals involving priests.

Austria: Interim ministers sworn in after video scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 5:34am

Austria's president on Wednesday swore in new, technocratic ministers to replace politicians from the far-right Freedom Party who left the government following a scandal surrounding its leader.

Pope urges China's Catholics to unify after bishop deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:47am

Pope Francis is urging China's divided Catholic community to come together in communion, as he seeks to heal decades of estrangement following a landmark deal with Beijing over bishop nominations.

Italy's Catholic bishops 'morally obliged' to report abuse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 10:14am

The Italian Catholic Church hierarchy said Thursday it had approved guidelines establishing a "moral obligation" to report cases of clergy sex abuse to police, after bishops long downplayed the problem and covered it up.

Russian court upholds guilty verdict for Jehovah's Witness

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 6:03am

A court in Russia has ruled that a Danish Jehovah's Witness must stay in prison for the next six years.

Early results show Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party leading India's vote count

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:12pm

Early results show Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party leading India's vote count.

Dutch prime minister, populist leader clash in Europe debate

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:24pm

The Dutch prime minister clashed Wednesday with the leader of a right-wing populist party over immigration and whether the Netherlands should remain in the European Union in a debate on the eve of European Parliament elections.

Austria: photos of Holocaust survivors defaced in Vienna

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:18am

Photos of Holocaust survivors exhibited on a central Vienna street have been defaced with swastikas, drawing condemnation from political and Jewish leaders.

Michigan priest facing allegation of misconduct with minor

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:07am

A priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is on administrative leave while church officials investigate an allegation of misconduct with a minor.

Kansas Christian school founder acquitted of child sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:21am

The co-founder of a suburban Kansas City school has been found not guilty of child sexual abuse charges.

Brazilian fatally stabs girlfriend, shoots 3 dead at church

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 8:23pm

A man knifed his girlfriend to death in her home Tuesday, then went to a Baptist church and opened fire with a pistol, killing three more people, authorities said.