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Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

Omar Akour, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 8:00am

More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers.

Movement encourages Argentines to quit Catholic church

Paul Byrne and Leo By Valle, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:54pm

Hundreds of people gathered in Buenos Aires on Saturday to oppose the influence of religion on Argentine politics and encourage people to quit the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of a Senate vote not to legalize some abortions.

Somali-American candidate: Wants to 'instill hope in people'

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 7:39am

The past 10 weeks have been a whirl for Ilhan Omar, who suddenly went from being famous for becoming the country's first Somali-American state legislator to being a likely shoo-in for the first Somali-American congresswoman.

Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Omar Akour, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 11:55pm

Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom.

Will other states follow Pennsylvania on church abuse?

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 2:40pm

Attorneys general around the U.S. have been largely silent this week about any plans to conduct an investigation like Pennsylvania's that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, although New York's top prosecutor is an exception, saying she is exploring teaming up with the local district attorneys.

UN rights chief condemns Bosnian Serb decision on Srebrenica

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 7:14am

The United Nations' human rights chief is condemning the Bosnian Serb legislature's decision to revoke support for a report acknowledging the 1995 massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. He says it will disrupt any attempts at reconciliation.

New lawsuit claims medical marijuana initiative violates religious freedoms

Ben Lockhart, KSL  |  Posted Aug 17th - 7:04am

A lawsuit against the lieutenant governor argues the medical marijuana initiative should be kept off the ballot in part because it violates religious freedoms.

Bishop: I have 'profound remorse' after sex abuse report

Natalie Pompilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 6:53am

A Pennsylvania bishop named in a grand jury report on rampant sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy said Friday he has "profound remorse" and offers his "heartfelt apology" to the victims.

A look at major attacks in Pakistan claimed by IS militants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 12:13am

Counterterrorism officials in Pakistan say the fight against the Islamic State group is the country's newest and deadliest front in the decades-old war on terror.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discourages use of 'LDS' in new name guidelines

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 16th - 10:42pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced new style guidelines for referring to the Church, asking people to avoid using terms such as “LDS Church.”

Pennsylvania bishops mostly silent on prosecutor's challenge

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 4:27pm

Reeling from a landmark grand jury report on child sexual abuse, the leadership of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church is under pressure to support a change in state law to give those victims — now adults — a temporary opportunity to file lawsuits on decades-old abuse claims. So far, it has been avoiding the topic.

Bishops request Vatican investigation as abuse crisis grows

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 3:18pm

Responding to what it calls a "moral catastrophe," the leading body of U.S. Catholic leaders said Thursday it would ask the Vatican to investigate the scandal involving a former cardinal who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with children and adult seminarians.

Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:14pm

The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse "criminally and morally reprehensible" and saying Pope Francis wants to eradicate "this tragic horror."

Myanmar panel probing Rohingya crisis pledges independence

Min Kyi Thein and Victoria Milko, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 7:57am

Members of a commission established by Myanmar's government to investigate human rights violations in western Rakhine state, where 700,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority fled brutal army operations, addressed critics Thursday with a pledge to be impartial.

Australian sex abuse victim settles with Catholic order

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 1:46am

A 74-year-old man with terminal cancer said on Thursday he could die happy after reaching a 1 million Australian dollar ($727,000) landmark settlement against a Catholic religious order for sexual abuse he suffered in Australia more than 50 years ago.

'Weaponization of faith': Examples from clergy abuse report

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:44pm

A landmark grand jury report on clergy abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania detailed how priests often used religious rituals, symbols of the faith and the threat of eternity in hell to groom, molest and rape children.

George Washington letter to be read at oldest US synagogue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 9:09am

A letter from George Washington will be read at the nation's oldest synagogue to celebrate freedom of religion.

Vatican condemns sex abuse described in Pennsylvania grand jury report, says Pope Francis is on victims' side

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:01pm

Vatican condemns sex abuse described in Pennsylvania grand jury report, says Pope Francis is on victims' side.

UN envoy criticizes Bosnian Serb action on Srebrencia

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 11:56am

The U.N. official focusing on preventing genocide on Thursday sharply criticized the Bosnian Serb legislature's decision to revoke support for a government report acknowledging the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.