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Pope wants bishops to punish sex abusers, not cover up cases

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 4:36am

Pope Francis is insisting that bishops attending his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit will learn the laws to use against predators, how to care for victims and will make sure that no cleric abuse cases are covered up again.

Polish parliament honors slain Gdansk mayor with prayer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 3:20am

Polish lawmakers paid respects Wednesday to the popular mayor of Gdansk, who died after being stabbed by an ex-convict with a grudge while onstage during a charity show.

Guam Catholic Church enters bankruptcy amid sex abuse claims

Grace Garces Bordallo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 5:16pm

Guam's Catholic Church filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits and enter settlement negotiations.

No-cost birth control, now the norm, faces court challenges

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 1:50pm

Millions of American women are receiving birth control at no cost to them through workplace health plans, the result of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, which expanded access to contraception.

Baltimore church leaders handing over files amid abuse probe

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 9:45am

The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore has delivered over 50,000 pages of internal files to Maryland's top law enforcement official amid an investigation into child sex abuse and is in the process of handing over more, church leaders announced Tuesday.

Church hosts first guests inside new Rome Italy Temple

Carole Mikita, KSL TV  |  Posted Jan 14th - 10:44pm

Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traveled to Rome to host national and international media as some of the first visitors to the open house of the new Rome Italy Temple.

India's mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 6:13pm

Thousands of portable toilets line roads constantly swept clean, drinking water flows from newly installed taps, electric substations power a massive tent city and billboards encourage a "clean Kumbh," an extension of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's huge push to improve sanitation across the country.

Former journalist Jane Clayson Johnson shares personal story of depression in new book

Aley Davis, KSL TV  |  Posted Jan 14th - 5:43pm

Nationally recognized journalist Jane Clayson Johnson, who started her career at KSL TV and later became anchored the morning show on CBS, was back in Utah recently — this time to share her own story about her battle with depression.

Defendant in deadly store attack accused in earlier assault

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 2:31pm

A man accused of killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others inside a suburban St. Louis religious supplies store in November was charged Monday with sexually assaulting another woman two months earlier.

Building at renowned Kiev monastery complex catches fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 10:34am

Fire has broken out in a building at the renowned Pechersk monastery complex in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, but is not endangering any significant buildings and there have been no reported injuries.

Van Morrison sings at friend's funeral in Northern Ireland

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 10:26am

Van Morrison has performed one of his best-loved songs at the funeral of his longtime friend, the historian and politician Ian Adamson.

Chilean bishops meet Francis year after disastrous pope trip

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 8:19am

A delegation of Chilean bishops met Monday with Pope Francis a year after he threw his papacy into turmoil by defending a Chilean bishop accused of covering for a notorious sexual predator.

'McJesus' sculpture sparks outrage among Israel's Christians

Areej Hazboun and Isabel Debre, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 7:58am

An art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald has sparked protests by the country's Arab Christian minority.

Church envoy begs McCarrick to repent as abuse verdict nears

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 5:36am

The retired Vatican diplomat who accused Pope Francis of turning a blind eye to the alleged sexual misconduct of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is begging the American to publicly repent for his crimes for the good of the Catholic Church.

India's gov't boosts massive Hindu festival, eyeing election

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 1:32am

India's Hindu nationalist-led government is splashing out on a religious megafest, spending unprecedented sums as part of a strategy to focus on the country's majority Hindu population ahead of a general election due this year.

The Latest: Churchgoers: Prayers answered by teen's return

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 13th - 3:04pm

The Latest on a Wisconsin teenager found alive three months after she disappeared following her parents' deaths (all times local):

Pakistani police raid militant hideout; 4 people killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:58pm

Pakistani police say security forces raided a militant hideout, killing three suspects, including the mastermind of last year's bombing that killed 35 Shiites at a food market. A civilian was also accidentally killed in the shootout.

Principal who banned Christmas from school won't return

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:56am

A Nebraska principal placed on leave after a Christian group threatened legal action over her ban on Christmas and holiday symbols has been moved into a different district job.

Jesuits in Northeast post list of priests accused of abuse

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 9:34am

The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States released a list Tuesday of 50 priests under its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors.

Alabama priest who sledgehammered abortion clinic dies at 79

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 5:29am

A Catholic priest who served prison time for vandalizing abortion clinics in Alabama has died at 79.