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Police break up Muslim gatherings in Indian-held Kashmir

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 7:13am

Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir fired tear gas and used batons on Wednesday to break up religious processions marking the Muslim month of Muharram.

India bans instant divorce by Muslim men

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 3:21am

India's government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce.

UK police: possible hate crime outside Muslim center; 3 hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 1:46am

British police are investigating a possible hate crime after a car hit pedestrians near a Muslim community center, injuring three people.

Argentina: Key points in study of pedophile priest Grassi

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 12:03pm

Here are some key points from a church counter-inquiry into the legal case against a famous Argentine priest accused of sexual abuse. The four-volume study was commissioned by Argentina's bishops' conference, then led by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, before he was named Pope Francis. The study concluded that despite being convicted of abusing one boy, the Rev. Julio Grassi was innocent, that the complainants were lying and that the case never should have gone to trial.

Pope: Sex is a gift from god, not taboo, between couples

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 11:29am

Pope Francis has told French young people that sex is a "great" gift from God, not a taboo, and should be lived as a lifelong, passionate love between man and woman.

Pope role in study of Argentine sex abuse case in spotlight

Luis Andres Henao and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 8:59am

Pope Francis' role in Argentina's most famous case of priestly sex abuse is coming under renewed scrutiny as he faces the greatest crisis of his papacy over the Catholic Church's troubled legacy of cover-up and allegations he himself sided with the accused.

ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads on its platform

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 7:44am

Facebook is allowing job ads on its platform that exclude women, according to the American Civil liberties Union.

Pope gives bishops more decision-making options

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 6:37am

Pope Francis decreed on Tuesday that ordinary Catholics should be consulted about issues facing the Catholic Church and that bishops gathering for periodic meetings can make binding decisions on church teaching.

Orthodox envoys meet with Ukraine's president

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 1:07pm

Ukraine's president has met with two envoys dispatched by the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians to prepare for establishing a Ukrainian church that is ecclesiastically independent from the Russian Orthodox Church.

Texas group sorry for likening Hindu deity to GOP elephant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 1:24pm

Republican leaders in suburban Houston have apologized for an advertisement likening the Hindu deity Ganesha to the GOP's elephant symbol amid a congressional race featuring an Indian-American Democrat.

Paraguay suspends judges over sentence for abusive priest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 12:43pm

Three Paraguayan judges who gave a Roman Catholic priest convicted of abusing a 14-year-old a minor sentence have been suspended, authorities said Wednesday.

Church officials: Victims with pre-2002 deals free to speak

Mike Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:25am

Sex abuse victims required to keep quiet by settlement agreements can speak publicly about their ordeals, New Jersey Catholic Church officials said Tuesday.

Funeral services planned for victim of Cape Cod shark attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 8:03am

Friends and family of the victim of the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts waters in more than 80 years will pay their final respects.

Brooklyn Diocese to pay $27.5M to settle 4 sex abuse claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 6:36pm

Four men who said they were sexually abused as boys by a teacher at a Catholic church have reached a $27.5 million settlement with the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Campaigns crank up to press lawmakers on abuse lawsuits bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 1:24pm

Pennsylvania's attorney general and several lawmakers began ramping up efforts to apply public pressure Tuesday ahead of a debate in the state Legislature over giving victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to file civil lawsuits.

Man accused of planning Florida mosque shooting gets 5 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 1:03pm

A man accused of planning a mass shooting at a Florida mosque has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Amnesty decries Houthi prosecution of Bahais in Yemen

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 10:06am

An international rights group on Tuesday decried the prosecution of 24 Yemeni Bahais, including women and a teenager, by a Houthi rebel court on espionage charges.

Town accused of bias against Orthodox Jews settles lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 18th - 5:51am

A New Jersey town has agreed to repeal an ordinance that state officials said discriminated against Orthodox Jews.

Catholic dioceses sued over disclosure of abuse allegations

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 17th - 12:11pm

Parents of children in the Roman Catholic Church and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy filed a lawsuit Monday against Pennsylvania's eight dioceses and their bishops asking a judge to compel them to release information about abuse allegations.