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Irish church eyes 2018 papal visit, reconciliation gesture

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 6:10am

The archbishop of Dublin is hoping Pope Francis will visit Northern Ireland as well as Dublin to mark the next edition of the Catholic Church's big family rally.

After migrants, German nationalist party takes aim at Islam

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 9:50am

Weeks after declaring that there is no place for Islam in Germany, a surging nationalist party has sharpened its rhetoric against prominent Islamic groups and suggested limiting the religious freedom of the more than 4 million Muslims in the country.

Pope embraces Al-Azhar imam in sign of renewed relations

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 7:40am

Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning, reopening an important channel for Catholic-Muslim dialogue after a five-year lull and at a time of increased Islamic extremist attacks on Christians.

Lightning damages Angel Moroni statue atop Bountiful Temple

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  May 22nd - 10:33pm

A lightning strike damaged the Angel Moroni statue atop the Bountiful Temple on Sunday afternoon.

22 complaints filed under Utah's new LGBT discrimination law

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 22nd - 5:40pm

Utah public school teacher Art Rice used to put on four shirts every day before work last year so no one would notice that he was becoming a woman.

Girl barred from prom for wearing suit has her prom night

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 22nd - 3:31pm

A central Pennsylvania high school student barred from attending prom at her Catholic high school because she wore a suit rather than a dress has had her prom night — at a different school.

1st stake in Czech Republic established; missionaries allowed to wear sunglasses

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  May 22nd - 3:15pm

Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can now wear sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf recently created the Czech Republic’s first stake, according to the LDS Church.

The Latest: Archbishop says archdiocese disclosed all assets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 5:30pm

The Latest on attorneys accusing the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis of hiding assets (all times local):

Complaint alleges Texas charter schools abusing visa program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 2:32pm

A formal complaint filed with Texas education officials alleges that a charter-school network is abusing a visa program to import large numbers of Turkish teachers and violating state and federal laws by paying them more than American teachers.

Mormon temple statue designed to be struck by lightning

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:41am

The gold statue on top of the Mormon temple in Bountiful that was struck by lightning is designed for that very purpose.

Senators air rights concerns about India ahead of PM's visit

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:30am

U.S. lawmakers said Tuesday they are encouraged by growing defense cooperation with India but remain concerned about religious intolerance and slavery in the South Asian nation ahead of a visit by its prime minister.

Virginia minister arrested on child pornography charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:01am

A Virginia minister has been arrested in connection to an ongoing child pornography investigation.

Priest abuse victim sentenced for child pornography

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 4:50am

A Kentucky newspaper reports a man who was abused by a Catholic priest in Louisville as a child has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using two boys to produce child pornography.

Arizona city bars Satanic Temple prayer at council meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 7:31pm

Officials say Scottsdale will bar the Satanic Temple from leading a scheduled prayer at a City Council meeting in July.

The Latest: Assembly agrees to labor-law signs in salons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 6:40pm

The Latest on action by the California Legislature (all times local):

Tunisian Islamist party to separate religious, politics work

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:41am

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party voted Monday to separate its political and religious work, part of its effort to cast itself in line with the North African country's secular political heritage.

Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Church marks 150 years

Peg Quann, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 8:30am

Alma Willits has been a member of the Scottsville United Methodist Church in Lower Southampton since 1949. As the church historian, she'll have a place of honor Sunday when the congregation celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Lightning damages angel Moroni statute atop Bountiful temple

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 8:20am

Lightning has struck the angel Moroni statue on top of the Mormon temple in Bountiful.

Head of Indian state to attend Mother Teresa canonization

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 1:50am

The head of the Indian state where Mother Teresa worked with the destitute and ill says she'll travel to the Vatican for the Nobel winner's canonization later this year.