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Jersey City attack being investigated as domestic terrorism

David Porter and Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:01am

The couple who burst into a kosher market in Jersey City with assault weapons appear to have acted alone even though they had expressed interest in a fringe religious group that often disparages whites and Jews, New Jersey officials said.

Anti-Semitism order raises tough issue of defining prejudice

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 4:37pm

President Donald Trump’s order to expand the scope of potential anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses is raising the stakes of an already tense battle over how to define discrimination against Jews.

Catholic dioceses spar over Archbishop Sheen sainthood

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:16pm

the last step before sainthood — in a ceremony in Peoria on Dec. 21.

New Jersey attackers linked to anti-Semitic fringe movement

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 2:35pm

a list of the 12 Tribes of Israel from the Bible, with each tribe equated to a modern-day ethnic group or country. “America has NOTHING for us but DEATH,” a caption on one of his posts read. The account went dormant a few years ago.

Shroud of Turin still surrounded with mystery and passion

Julia Buckley, CNN  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:17pm

When she was 24, Emanuela Marinelli was walking near the Vatican in Rome when she caught a glimpse of a "beautiful face of Christ" printed on a souvenir in the window of a shop run by nuns.

Tennessee school board votes down Bible Release Time policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:24am

A Tennessee county has voted against creating new rules for Bible Release Time and similar programs, despite concerns about what happens when some students are pulled from their classrooms for religious studies.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi's defense of army puzzles former admirers

Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:22am

What drives Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar who this week defended her country at the International Court of Justice against charges that it carried out genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority?

Pope presses anti-nuke, environment call in peace message

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 6:36am

Pope Francis is pressing his anti-nuke campaign in his annual peace message, saying the fear of nuclear annihilation embodied by the doctrine of deterrence provides a false sense of security that should be replaced with policies based on fraternity and mutual trust.

Official: Jersey City attack was 'fueled' by anti-Semitism

David Porter and Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 4:40am

The two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City were driven by hatred of Jews and law enforcement, New Jersey's attorney general said Thursday, adding that the case is being investigated as domestic terrorism.

Sold to China as a bride, she came home on brink of death

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 12:06am

Sold by her family as a bride to a Chinese man, Samiya David spent only two months in China. When she returned to Pakistan, the once robust woman was nearly unrecognizable: malnourished, too weak to walk, her speech confused and disjointed.

Rohingya refugees reject Aung San Suu Kyi’s genocide denial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 7:38pm

Rohingya refugees accused former Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi of lying to the International Court of Justice in testimony Wednesday in which she denied that her country's armed forces were guilty of genocide against the Muslim minority group.

Turkey's Armenian church elects new patriarch

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:07am

Turkey's Armenian community on Wednesday voted in Bishop Sahak Masalyan as its new patriarch, in an election that critics say was overshadowed by Turkish government intervention.

Polish far-right leader arrested for inciting anti-Semitism

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:28am

Polish authorities on Friday arrested a far-right leader and plan to charge him with public incitement of hatred against Jews, officials said.

Pope honors spiritual father on 50th anniversary as a priest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 5:42am

Pope Francis was to mark his 50th anniversary as a priest Friday by paying homage to his spiritual father, a fellow Argentine Jesuit whose teachings on popular piety and discernment have had an enormous influence on the papacy.

Records: Man in National Shrine attack wanted to kill ex

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:19am

A man charged with attacking two guards at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was trying to kill the mother of his daughter, according to court records filed in Washington, D.C.

Ex-Roman Catholic deacon indicted on child rape charge

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 4:53pm

A former Roman Catholic Church deacon in New Orleans was indicted Thursday on a charge that he raped an altar boy nearly 40 years ago.

Pastor: Donated toys tainted by meth lab in church playroom

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:42pm

Christmas toys donated to a Maine church where a meth lab was discovered in the playroom have been contaminated and cannot be given out to children in need, the church's pastor said.

This Christmas tell your children the real Santa Claus story

Lisa Bitel– Dornsife College Of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:00pm

the one who would preach the First Crusade – formally enshrined the relics of the saint.

Vandals hit 2 Kentucky churches on same street

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 4:09am

Congregants entered two Kentucky churches Sunday morning to find their houses of God in disarray, with items missing or destroyed.