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Catholic school to drop name of cardinal accused of inaction

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 12:26pm

A new Catholic school in Baltimore will no longer feature the name of a late cardinal accused of failing to act in the case of priests who abused children in Pennsylvania.

Vigil held at Detroit church for Aretha Franklin

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 6:57am

People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor.

Australian's Parliament speech on 'final solution' condemned

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 2:41am

An Australian senator is being condemned for his speech in Parliament advocating reviving a white-only immigration policy and using the term "final solution" in calling for a vote on which migrants to admit into the country.

Senior Chinese monk accused of sexual misconduct quits post

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 1:55am

One of China's most high-profile Buddhist monks has resigned from a top national post following reports of sexual misconduct, a religious association said Wednesday.

Ellison wins Minnesota attorney general Democratic primary

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 8:27pm

Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and first Muslim elected to Congress, won his party's nomination Tuesday for Minnesota attorney general in a race clouded in the final days by an ex-girlfriend's allegation of domestic abuse.

Report: Pennsylvania priests molested over 1,000 children

Mark Scolforo and Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 5:27pm

Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, and senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., systematically covered up the abuse, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday.

The Latest: Priest abuse report faults Cardinal Donald Wuerl

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 5:07pm

The Latest on a grand jury report on clergy abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses (all times local):

Pennsylvania grand jury report on 'predator priests' also says there could be 'thousands' of victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 12:19pm

Pennsylvania grand jury report on 'predator priests' also says there could be 'thousands' of victims.

Landmark Pennsylvania grand jury report finds more than 300 'predator priests' sexually abused children

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 12:09pm

Landmark Pennsylvania grand jury report finds more than 300 'predator priests' sexually abused children.

Chile authorities raid Episcopal Conference in abuse probe

Eva Vergara, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 11:49am

Chilean authorities raided the headquarters of the Catholic Church's Episcopal Conference on Tuesday as part of a widespread investigation into sex abuse committed by members of the Marist Brothers order in the South American country, prosecutors said.

Bosnian Serb leader denies genocide in Srebrenica massacre

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:53am

The leader of Bosnia's Serbs denied on Tuesday that genocide was committed in Srebrenica and called for the withdrawal of a government report that acknowledged the massacre of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the eastern Bosnian enclave in 1995 — triggering possible new tensions in the war-scarred Balkan state.

Abbot's murder in desert monastery shocks Egypt's Christians

Hamza Hendawi and Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 12:31am

It reads like a murder mystery set in an exotic locale: an abbot found dead in a desert monastery; a monk defrocked and arrested; another held by police and hospitalized after trying to kill himself — or did his fellow monks stage a revenge attack?

Australia archbishop gets house detention for abuse cover-up

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th - 11:13pm

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse was ordered by an Australian court Tuesday to serve his 1-year sentence in home detention rather than jail.

Judge dismisses sex assault lawsuit against ex-MTC president; only 1 claim remains against LDS Church

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Aug 13th - 5:30pm

A federal judge Monday dismissed a Colorado woman's lawsuit against a former LDS Church Missionary Training Center president who she says raped her more than 30 years ago.

Church helped former priest accused of abuse get Disney job

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:10am

A sweeping grand jury report into child sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said church officials gave a former priest a positive reference to work at Disney World, even though they'd fielded at least one allegation about him sexually abusing a boy.

Afghanistan's Health Ministry says the death toll from the suicide bombing in a Shiite area in Kabul has risen to 48

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:29am

Afghanistan's Health Ministry says the death toll from the suicide bombing in a Shiite area in Kabul has risen to 48.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman: Death toll in Kabul suicide bombing that targeted a Shiite neighborhood rises to 25

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 6:58am

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman: Death toll in Kabul suicide bombing that targeted a Shiite neighborhood rises to 25.

DNC vice chair Keith Ellison, 1st Muslim elected to Congress, wins Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 8:11pm

DNC vice chair Keith Ellison, 1st Muslim elected to Congress, wins Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general.

Chicago-area megachurch paid $3.25M over child sexual abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 11:37am

A massive Chicago-area evangelical church whose founder faces accusations of sexual harassment paid $3.25 million to settle lawsuits alleging a church volunteer sexually abused two disabled children.

Prosecutor says authorities are raiding the headquarters of Chile's Catholic Episcopal Conference in probe of sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 8:43am

Prosecutor says authorities are raiding the headquarters of Chile's Catholic Episcopal Conference in probe of sex abuse.