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Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state

Yanan Wang and Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 12:18am

The Chinese database Victor Gevers found online was not just a collection of old personal details.

Future rabbis plant with Palestinians, sow rift with Israel

Isabel Debre, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 11:12pm

Young American rabbinical students are doing more than visiting holy sites, learning Hebrew and poring over religious texts during their year abroad in Israel.

Southern Baptist president says database of abusers possible

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:59pm

More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders say the possibility is on the table.

Oakland, California diocese names 45 accused of sexual abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:44am

The Catholic Diocese of Oakland, California, has released the names of 45 priests, deacons and religious brothers who officials say are "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors.

Pope Francis lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest, poet

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:54am

Pope Francis has lifted the suspension imposed in 1983 on Nicaraguan priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal, the Vatican's ambassador to Nicaragua said in a statement Monday.

Israeli police arrest 5 Palestinians at flashpoint holy site

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:16am

Israeli police say they have arrested five Palestinians for allegedly "causing a disturbance" at a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site.

French judge refuses to block Catholic sex scandal movie

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 7:29am

A French judge refused Monday to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex scandal.

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 11:08pm

The organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen abuse victims who have descended on Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to the crisis and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders, officials said Monday.

Nicaragua: New talks explored but opposition sets conditions

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:23pm

President Daniel Ortega's government announced it held talks on restarting a long-stalled dialogue following political violence that left more than 300 dead last year, but the proposal was swiftly met with a raft of preconditions from opposition groups and civil society Sunday.

Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver action

Frances D'Emilio and Trisha Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:08pm

Roman Catholics who were sexually abused by clergy are insisting that decisive actions to confront the decades-long problem of pedophile priests and church cover-ups must come out of an upcoming Vatican summit.

In Nigeria's tight election, Christian vote is seen as key

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 9:59am

Ask worshippers at St. Charles Catholic Church what they want most from Nigeria's presidential election, and the answer is peace.

Pope asks for prayers for sex abuse summit at Vatican

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 4:28am

Pope Francis is asking for prayers for this week's sex abuse summit at the Vatican, calling abuse an "urgent challenge of our time."

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

Frances D'Emilio, Nicole Winfield and Trisha Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:20am

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate's apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior.

The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 5:08am

The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local):

Trump declaration faces uncertain fate in coming court fight

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 3:08pm

Let the lawsuits begin.

Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 1:12pm

Washington state lawmakers advanced a measure Friday that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles as the Pacific Northwest struggles with an outbreak of the contagious virus.

Austrian leader expects US to raise IS fighters during visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 4:17am

Austria's leader says he expects U.S. officials to bring up their desire for European countries to take back captured Islamic State group fighters when he visits Washington this week, but he is "very cautious" on the issue.

Australian Anglican set to be defrocked over abuse inaction

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 11:49pm

An assistant bishop is set to become the most senior Anglican in Australia to be defrocked after a church committee on Tuesday found he took no action when he was told a priest had sexually abused a child.

Vatican: US prelate accused of abuse not at high court

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:09am

The Vatican says a Holy See lawyer who appeared on a list of American priests credibly accused of sexual abuse isn't currently at the Catholic church's supreme court, where he holds a top position.

Southern Baptist leader sorry he supported accused pastor

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 3:58pm

A prominent leader in the Southern Baptist Convention says he was wrong to support a Kentucky pastor accused of covering up sex abuse.