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Defrocked Mass. priest ordered to serve 16 years in Maine

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:37pm

A Massachusetts priest who was defrocked for child sexual abuse and was portrayed in the movie "Spotlight" is going to prison for a second time — this time in Maine.

Judge tells attacker to study Sikhs as part of sentence

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:37pm

A judge on Friday ordered an Oregon man to learn about the Sikh religion and submit a report to the court as part of his sentence for an attack on a Sikh shopkeeper in Salem, a civil rights group said.

Supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric hold sit-ins against war

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 1:10pm

Thousands of supporters of an Iraqi populist Shiite cleric held sit-ins around Iraq on Friday night, saying their country should not be a battlefield between the United States and Iran.

South Dakota bishop to lead Saginaw diocese in Michigan

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 5:52am

A Catholic bishop in South Dakota has been selected as the new bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw in Michigan.

Jury finds man guilty of murder in Tennessee church shooting

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:56am

A jury on Friday found a man guilty of first-degree murder in a shooting at a Nashville church two years ago that left a woman dead and seven wounded.

Afghan police official says blast at Kabul mosque kills 2

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:04am

A bomb exploded during weekly prayers Friday at a mosque in an eastern part of Kabul, killing two people, including the prayer leader, and wounding 16, officials said.

India's Modi facing urgent economic challenges after win

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 2:39am

Dissatisfaction with India's lagging economy didn't deter voters from handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party a landslide parliamentary election victory.

Analysis: Economy, Hindu-first impact are Modi's challenges

Amrit Dhillon, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 1:59am

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi described his first term as "filling in potholes" — shorthand for addressing the country's basic needs.

India's Modi paints image of Hindu ascetic called to power

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 1:39am

The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas.

India's Modi facing urgent economic challenges after win

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 1:39am

Dissatisfaction with India's lagging economy didn't deter voters from handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party a landslide parliamentary election victory.

The Latest: Jurors break for night in church shooting case

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 3:09pm

The Latest on the Tennessee church shooting suspect's trial (all times local):

Southern Baptists see 12th year of declining membership

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 11:54am

The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday.

Jail calls: Suspect, ex laughed at Tennessee church shooting

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 11:34am

Jurors on Thursday heard jail calls in which a suspect charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church in 2017 laughs about it with his then-girlfriend.

The Latest: Jury finds man guilty in deadly church shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 12:34pm

The Latest on jury deliberations in the 2017 Tennessee church shooting (all times local):

Marshal, officers kill fugitive outside Florida mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 12:19pm

A U.S. marshal's task force fatally shot a fugitive wanted for attempted murder outside a Florida mosque.

The Latest: 5 priests charged with sex crimes in Michigan

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 9:32am

The Latest on the Michigan attorney general's investigation of clergy abuse within the Catholic Church (all times local):

5 former Michigan Catholic priests charged with sex crimes

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 8:35am

Michigan prosecutors announced Friday that five former Catholic priests are facing sexual abuse charges as part of the state attorney general's ongoing investigation into clergy abuse going back decades.

Catholic nuns urged to speak out about, confront sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 5:12am

The umbrella group of Catholic nuns is urging religious sisters around the world to speak out about sexual abuse by priests and other abuses of power that they experience, while also announcing new initiatives to protect children in their care.

Judge denies request to dismiss lawsuits over church attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 5:47pm

A federal judge has rejected a defense request to claims against the U.S. Air Force stemming from a 2017 massacre at a Texas church that left more than two dozen people dead.

Italy's Catholic bishops 'morally obliged' to report abuse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 10:14am

The Italian Catholic Church hierarchy said Thursday it had approved guidelines establishing a "moral obligation" to report cases of clergy sex abuse to police, after bishops long downplayed the problem and covered it up.