News  /  Features  /  Religion  / 

Most Recent

Lawyer: Man charged in Hanukkah attack incompetent for trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 4:27pm

A psychiatrist has found Grafton Thomas incompetent to stand trial on federal hate crime charges stemming from a machete attack at a Hanukkah party that wounded five Hasidic Jews, Thomas's attorney said Monday.

Priest gets 60 days in jail for bubble-wrapping boy

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 8:40am

A Michigan priest accused of wrapping a teenager in bubble wrap was sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail for attempted false imprisonment.

Auschwitz survivors warn of rising anti-Semitism 75 years on

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 2:27am

Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp prayed and wept as they marked the 75th anniversary of its liberation, returning Monday to the place where they lost entire families and warning about the ominous growth of anti-Semitism and hatred in the world.

Downing of jet in Iran reveals Islamic Republic's wider woes

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 26th - 11:23pm

The Ukrainian jetliner stood ready for takeoff at Iran's main international airport bound for Kyiv, packed with passengers and so many bags on one of the cheapest routes to the West that the ground crew rushed to unload some luggage to make its weight for flight.

Iraqi protesters defy top cleric and return to the streets

Samya Kullab, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 26th - 12:37pm

One protester was killed by security forces after hundreds of anti-government protesters flooded the streets of Iraq's capital and southern provinces on Sunday, defying a powerful Iraqi religious leader who recently withdrew his support from the popular movement.

Zelenskiy marks Auschwitz anniversary honoring survivors

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 26th - 12:27pm

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy paid tribute Sunday evening to Holocaust survivors, telling them on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the death camp's liberation that they are an example to humanity.

Three years later, Trump travel ban heads back to court

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 26th - 7:25am

After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries in 2018, the ruling appeared to shut down legal challenges that claimed the policy was rooted in anti-Muslim bias.

Germany urged to fight anti-Semitism to avoid Jewish exodus

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 26th - 5:41am

Germany's foreign minister is calling for strengthened efforts against anti-Semitism to ward off the possibility that many Jews decide to leave the country.

Cardinal at center of 2 Popes storm doubles down on celibacy

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 11:00am

A Vatican cardinal at the center of a storm over a book about celibacy and the Catholic priesthood is denouncing the “brutality” of criticism directed at him and his collaborator, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

Covington Catholic bus involved in fatal crash in Kentucky

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 9:49am

A charter bus carrying students from a Catholic high school collided with a car Saturday morning in northern Kentucky, killing the car's driver, police said.

Iraqis rally against US troops, demanding they leave

Qassem Abdul-Zahra and Samya Kullab, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 1:16am

Waving national flags and banners denouncing U.S. President Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Iraqis marched peacefully through Baghdad on Friday to demand the ouster of U.S. troops from their country in a protest organized by a populist Shiite cleric.

Trump attends March for Life with Mike Lee at his side

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:01am

Trump, a late convert to the cause, attended the anti-abortion March for Life with Utah Sen. Mike Lee at his side. Lee also posted his support for the cause online.

Militant sentenced to 19 years for role in Benghazi attacks

Jim Mustian, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:42pm

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Libyan militant to more than 19 years in prison for his role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.

Appeals court to hear lawsuits over Trump travel ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 11:22pm

President Donald Trump's travel ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries is going back before a federal appeals court.

3 Jehovah's Witnesses convicted in Russia amid crackdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 10:18am

A Russian court has convicted three adherents of the Jehovah's Witnesses of participating in a religion banned for extremism, the latest move against the denomination.

France reports 27% increase in anti-Semitic acts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 26th - 11:48am

Anti-Semitic acts increased in France last year by 27%, acts against Muslims inched higher while anti-Christian acts remained stable but highest of all, France’s interior minister said Sunday, denouncing the situation as intolerable.

4 aid workers for French charity disappear in Baghdad

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:49pm

Four aid workers for a French Christian charity disappeared this week in Baghdad at at time of heightened tension in Iraq, the organization said Friday,

Court: Methodist bishops must testify in sex abuse case

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:20pm

Two United Methodist bishops must testify in a lawsuit filed by a one-time church member who claimed he was sexually abused, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday, turning away the church leaders' efforts to stay out of the case.

Plea change set in African American church fire case

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 4:51pm

A suspect set for trial next month in a series of fires at African American churches in Louisiana is now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing.