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Latter-day Saint leaders announce missionary application changes

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov 16th - 10:40am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced changes to the missionary application process Friday and said missionaries who come home early from proselytizing missions for health reasons may now be considered for service missions.

Greece's Church says priests should keep state jobs

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 8:46am

Greece's powerful Orthodox Church says it wants priests to remain civil servants, rejecting part of a recent government offer to switch a payroll system for clergymen.

Lawyer: Court grants Islamic scholar bail amid rape inquiry

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 7:26am

A lawyer representing one of two women who have accused Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan of raping them in France says a court has approved Ramadan's release from jail.

Rohingya refugee camp quiet after Bangladesh delays return

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 2:12am

Normal life returned to a Rohingya Muslim refugee camp in Bangladesh on Friday, a day after government authorities postponed plans to begin repatriating residents to Myanmar when no one volunteered to go.

Italy's bishops respond to long-ignored clergy sex abuse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 8:14am

Italy's Catholic bishops are declaring a new era of transparency and truth about clergy sex abuse, as awareness of the scandal that has convulsed much of the Catholic world begins to take hold in a country where it was long ignored.

Attackers target church in Ukraine amid religious split

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 2:54am

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church says unknown attackers hurled Molotov cocktails at the landmark St. Andrew's Church in the capital Kiev and assaulted a priest.

China says foreign concerns over Muslim rights unwarranted

Christopher Bodeen and Sam McNeil, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 1:54am

China said Thursday that 15 foreign ambassadors exceeded their diplomatic roles by issuing a letter expressing concern about the incarceration of hundreds of thousands of members of the country's Muslim minorities in re-education camps.

Bishops angered by scandal involving ex-Cardinal McCarrick

David McFadden and David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 12:33pm

At a national assembly focused on the sex-abuse crisis, numerous U.S. Roman Catholic bishops called Wednesday for a formal repudiation of Theodore McCarrick, the ex-cardinal facing allegations of sexual misconduct over a long stretch of his career.

Chile: Former bishop questioned in sexual abuse case

Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 12:05pm

A former Chilean bishop was questioned by authorities Wednesday about allegations he covered up the sexual abuse of minors by a former air force chaplain.

Castle on the square: Sand to star in Vatican Nativity scene

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 11:29am

Sand castles are coming to the Vatican.

Group urges schools to update anti-bullying policies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 3:27pm

A nonprofit refugee support group in Utah is asking school districts to update their anti-bullying policies to add protections for students targeted for religious beliefs, citing the example of a young girl who had her hijab pulled off during recess.

Lawyer: FBI erred in tying man to synagogue massacre suspect

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 2:13pm

Federal authorities misrepresented a social media connection between the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and a man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior after the shooting to the FBI, a defense attorney said Friday.

Woman who called Texas shooting a hoax committed to facility

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 10:24am

A judge has committed a 56-year-old woman to a psychiatric facility after she and her boyfriend told a Texas church where a gunman killed more than two-dozen worshippers that the massacre was a hoax.

Holocaust scholar sues group that said he 'slandered' Poland

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 8:35am

A prominent Holocaust researcher said Friday that he is suing a Polish organization for libel after it waged a public campaign last year accusing him of slandering Poland's good name with his work exploring Polish violence against Jews during World War II.

Bishop reported missing amid Beijing-Vatican reconciliation

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 10:11pm

A bishop who has resisted demands to join China's Communist Party-controlled church body has been taken into custody, a Catholic news service reported, despite recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation.

Italy's church acknowledges looming tax bill after ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 11:58am

Italy's Catholic Church says it will open talks with the government to respond to a European Court of Justice ruling that says Italy has the right to recover millions of euros in property taxes.

Amish farmer seeks pardon by Trump for mislabeling products

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 6:16am

An Amish farmer in Kentucky is asking President Donald Trump for a pardon after he was sentenced to six years in federal prison for mislabeling homemade herbal products.

Family of woman killed by neo-Nazi settles lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 2:06pm

The family of a woman slain in Kansas by a man who wanted to kill Jews has settled a lawsuit with Walmart over the sale of a shotgun used in the shooting.

Italian priest who doubted Francis excommunicated for heresy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 10:33am

An Italian Catholic priest who considers Pope Francis an antipope and claims to have supernatural communications with angels, saints and the Madonna has been excommunicated.