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Kids at a Vatican charity give Pope Francis a birthday cake

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 7:24am

Children who frequent a Vatican pediatric dispensary have given Pope Francis a birthday cake, a day before he turns 82.

New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 6:19am

In his first liturgy as head of the freshly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius called Sunday for Ukrainians to unite under the new church and pray for peace in Ukraine.

The Latest: Ukraine Orthodox OKs break with Russian church

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 9:30am

The Latest on the split between Orthodox Churches in Ukraine and Russia (all times local):

Brexit debate needs a change of tone, Anglican bishops say

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 4:24am

The Brexit debate needs a change of tone, the Church of England's bishops said Saturday, calling for national unity following a week of divisive discussions around Britain's efforts to leave the European Union.

Ukraine Orthodox leaders approve break with Russian church

Yuras Karmanau and Efrem Lukatsky, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 4:14am

Ukrainian Orthodox leaders on Saturday approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head that new church — a move that could exponentially raise tensions with neighboring Russia.

Brazil faith healer wanted by police as abuse cases mount

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:49pm

A celebrity faith healer, accused of sexual violence by hundreds of women throughout Brazil, was being sought by police Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Last minute donation saves Chicago church from auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:30pm

A 120-year-old Chicago church was saved from auction after a midnight call from a group of donors, which one church official said was "a Christmas miracle."

Latter-day Saint leaders announce changes for youth temple attendance, young men ordination

Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News  |  Posted Dec 14th - 9:23am

Changes announced Friday by the First Presidency will unify when children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints move from the Primary.

Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 12:44am

The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics.

Yemen's port city of Aden shows challenge of peace

Jon Gambrell and Malak Harb, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:02am

Yemen's government nearly saw itself pushed into the sea by advancing rebels here three years ago. Now the port city of Aden shows the challenges that will likely still plague the nation following any potential peace agreement.

Pope to visit Bulgaria, Macedonia in May in busy travel year

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 5:39am

Pope Francis is travelling in May to the Orthodox countries of Bulgaria and Macedonia, where he will pay tribute to Macedonian-born Mother Teresa, officials said Thursday.

Egyptian novel explores Christians under controlling church

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:09pm

Shady Lewis Botros says his recently published novel — "Ways of the Lord" — can be broadly viewed as an attempt to answer one question: What it's like to be a Christian in Egypt?

Lost girls of Indonesia among 61k dead and missing migrants

Kristen Gelineau and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:09pm

The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future.

Pope hopes new UN global pact sparks compassion for migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 5:20am

Pope Francis is expressing hope that the new U.N. global pact on safe, orderly migration spurs solidarity toward migrants.

Ukrainian Orthodox leaders have approved the creation of a unified Church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 9:23am

Ukrainian Orthodox leaders have approved the creation of a unified Church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate .

Priest criticized teenager who killed himself at funeral

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:42pm

The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit says it regrets that a priest officiating at a teen's funeral questioned whether he would get to heaven after killing himself.

Deacon removed from ministry after calling for investigation

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 2:25pm

A deacon who has questioned the thoroughness of a recently published list of Tennessee priests accused of sexual abuse has been removed from ministry at his local parish.

Catholic store murder suspect identified in another assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 8:06am

The man accused of killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others inside a suburban St. Louis religious supply store is also a suspect in an assault in a rural area, police said.

Thai Islamic leaders tighten rules on child marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 6:23am

Islam's guiding council in Thailand has introduced new regulations requiring that marriages of children under age 17 be approved by a religious committee.

Philippines: 66 alleged militants convicted in kidnappings

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 14th - 4:05am

A Philippine court on Friday found 66 alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf guilty of kidnapping dozens of students, teachers and a Catholic priest in the south in 2000, in the largest single conviction involving the brutal Muslim militant group.