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Catholic priest in Slovakia challenges celibacy rules

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 1:05am

A priest in the conservative Roman Catholic stronghold of Slovakia has challenged the church's celibacy rules, voicing his dissent at a time when clerical celibacy is once again a topic of debate amid ongoing sex abuse scandals.

Empty places at the table: Uighur children missing in China

Yanan Wang and Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 7:41pm

Chinese authorities are placing the children of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities into dozens of state-run orphanages across the far western Xinjiang region, as around 1 million adults in their families are sent to internment camps.

China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west

Yanan Wang and Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 7:33pm

The Chinese government has turned four of Meripet's children into orphans, even though she and her husband are alive.

With parents detained, Uighur kids in care of Chinese state

Yanan Wang and Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 7:05pm

Every morning, Meripet wakes up to her nightmare: The Chinese government has turned four of her children into orphans, even though she and their father are alive.

Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops' new proposals

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 1:21pm

Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shaken the church this year.

Texas church shooting lawsuits against Air Force combined

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 10:49am

All federal lawsuits against the U.S. Air Force over a Texas church shooting last year that left more than two dozen worshippers dead will be consolidated into one case, a judge says.

Cardinal hires judge to review church sex abuse policies

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 9:39am

Hoping to restore the faith of those disillusioned by how the church has handled sexual abuse allegations, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York appointed a former federal judge Thursday to review its procedures and protocols.

Polish police looking for man who threw stone into synagogue

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 6:18am

Polish police are looking for a man who threw a stone into a synagogue in the city of Gdansk as members of the Jewish community were praying at the end of the Yom Kippur holiday.

Shiites across Mideast mark Ashoura, mourning saint's death

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 1:19am

Shiites across the Middle East on Thursday marked Ashoura, an annual commemoration mourning the 7th century death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein, one of Shiite Islam's most beloved saints.

Jehovah's Witnesses accused of mishandling abuse in Montana

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 4:43pm

Two women who say they were sexually abused as children have alleged that the Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana and instead punished him internally by expelling him from the congregation until he repented the following year.

U2's Bono says pope's "aghast" about church sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 11:59am

U2 frontman Bono has described Pope Francis as being "aghast" about sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Funeral services planned for victim of Cape Cod shark attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 8:03am

Friends and family of the victim of the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts waters in more than 80 years will pay their final respects.

Police break up Muslim gatherings in Indian-held Kashmir

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 7:13am

Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir fired tear gas and used batons on Wednesday to break up religious processions marking the Muslim month of Muharram.

Canada declares Myanmar treatment of Rohingya to be genocide

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 4:27pm

Canada's Parliament has unanimously adopted a motion declaring crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be genocide.

Washington calls for the release of scientist in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 1:32pm

The United States has called for the immediate release of a NASA scientist who was arrested in southern Turkey for alleged links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Islamic cleric the Turkish government blames for a failed 2016 coup attempt.

Retired Illinois priest faces deportation over illegal vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 11:46am

A retired Episcopal priest in southwestern Illinois is facing deportation to his native England for what he says was mistakenly voting 12 years ago.

US Rep: Atheists trying to spy on Christian student groups

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 3:10pm

A northwest Louisiana congressman says "Atheist litigation groups" are trying to spy on Christian student groups at a school in his district.

Texas group sorry for likening Hindu deity to GOP elephant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 1:24pm

Republican leaders in suburban Houston have apologized for an advertisement likening the Hindu deity Ganesha to the GOP's elephant symbol amid a congressional race featuring an Indian-American Democrat.

Paraguay suspends judges over sentence for abusive priest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 12:43pm

Three Paraguayan judges who gave a Roman Catholic priest convicted of abusing a 14-year-old a minor sentence have been suspended, authorities said Wednesday.

Church officials: Victims with pre-2002 deals free to speak

Mike Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:25am

Sex abuse victims required to keep quiet by settlement agreements can speak publicly about their ordeals, New Jersey Catholic Church officials said Tuesday.