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Cyprus regains rare Orthodox Christian mosaic stolen in 70s

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 1:07pm

The head of Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church says a rare 6th century mosaic depicting St. Andrew that was taken from a looted church in the country's breakaway north has been returned after four decades.

Pakistani arrested for burning Christian woman to death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 7:46am

Police in Pakistan have arrested a Muslim man accused of burning a Christian woman to death for refusing his marriage offer, an official said Monday.

Iran police's assault on woman over headscarf stirs debate

Nasser Karimi and Mohammad Nasiri, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:58am

A grainy video of female officers from Iran's morality police assaulting a young woman whose headscarf only loosely covered her hair has sparked a new public debate on the decades-long requirement for women in the Islamic Republic.

Pakistan: Gunmen kill 2 Shiites in Quetta

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 11:11am

Gunmen killed two Shiites and wounded a third in Quetta on Sunday, the latest in a recent series of attacks on the religious minority, police said.

Nearing end of global tour, LDS Church president visits people of Hong Kong

Sam Penrod, KSL TV  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:46am

The worldwide ministry tour for LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson is winding down. On Saturday he made his second-to-last stop in Hong Kong.

Pope ordains 16 priests, tells them always 'be merciful'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 2:53am

Pope Francis is reminding priests to always be merciful, as he ordained 16 men in a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica.

Rohingya refugees rescued after drifting at sea for 9 days

Zik Maulana and Andi Jatmiko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 9:33am

A Rohingya Muslim man among a group of 76 rescued in a wooden boat in Indonesian waters says they were at sea for nine days after leaving Myanmar, where the minority group faces intense persecution, and were hoping to reach Malaysia.

Remains of Czech cardinal return home from Vatican

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:13am

The remains of a Czech cardinal who faced persecution from the Nazis and Communists have been returned to his homeland from the Vatican almost 50 years after his death.

'This is my real life': Where Trump's travel ban hits home

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 9:09am

At the New York City convenience store where he works the overnight shift, Radad Alborati takes a sip of coffee and surveys his life.

Memoir of secretly baptized Jewish boy under new scrutiny

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 7:47am

It's an incident that has stained the Vatican for 160 years: a 6-year-old Jewish boy taken from his family by papal police and brought to Rome to be raised Catholic after church authorities learned his housekeeper had secretly had him baptized.

Key findings in analysis of memoir of a Jew raised Catholic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 7:33am

The case of Edgardo Mortara has roiled Catholic-Jewish relations ever since the 6-year-old Jewish boy was taken from his home in Bologna by papal police in 1858 and brought to Rome to be raised a Catholic. The move was ordered after church authorities learned he had been secretly baptized. Church law at the time required all Catholics to be raised as Catholics and educated in the faith.

Correction: Israel at 70 story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:35am

In a story on April 18 and April 19 about Israel's 70th independence day, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Israel's founding document described the country as a "light unto the nations." While the biblical phrase has been widely used by leaders, it does not appear in the Declaration of Independence.

Indian LDS Church members welcome President Nelson to Bengaluru

Carole Mikita, KSL TV  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:25pm

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in India welcomed President Russell M. Nelson Thursday to a place he says he loves.

AP Was There: The fiery end of the standoff near Waco, Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 1:59pm

Around 6 a.m. on April 19, 1993, FBI agents moved in to end a 51-day standoff with the Branch Davidian religious sect near Waco, Texas, ramming holes in the group's compound with armored vehicles and spraying tear gas inside. About six hours later, smoke poured from the compound, which soon was consumed by a massive fire.

Group blames Trump for jump in attacks on US Muslims

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:45pm

A Muslim civil rights group blasted President Donald Trump and his administration Monday, saying his words and policies led to a sharp increase in attacks and bias against Muslims in 2017.

Landmark mosque in Iraq's Mosul to be rebuilt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 11:55am

The United Nations' cultural agency, the United Arab Emirates and Iraq have signed an agreement to finance the reconstruction of a landmark mosque in Mosul that was blown up last year by the Islamic State group.

Pope offers gelato to Rome's neediest to mark feast day

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

Pope Francis is offering up 3,000 servings of gelato to Rome's neediest.

French performers, politicians decry 'new anti-Semitism'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 10:02am

Actor Gerard Depardieu, singer Charles Aznavour and former President Nicolas Sarkozy are among some 300 well-known French people urging national action to counter a "new anti-Semitism" that they blame on rising Islamic radicalism.

Priest shot dead in Mexico marks 2nd clerical murder in week

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 2:36pm

A young Roman Catholic priest was shot dead in the west-central Mexican state of Jalisco, becoming the second cleric slain this week in a country said to lead the region in such killings.

Minnesota school bus driver removed after leading prayer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:41pm

A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer.