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United Methodist Church chides Sessions over border policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:14am

More than 600 members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' church are denouncing him over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the border.

India takes direct control in Kashmir after alliance ends

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 6:38am

India's federal government took direct control of Kashmir state Wednesday after the ruling Hindu nationalist party ended its long-troubled alliance there with a Kashmiri political party.

Vatican promises to hear more abuse complaints in Chile

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:26pm

A papal envoy looking into clerical sexual abuse is leaving Chile, but he says the Vatican will continue collecting testimony from people who allege they were sexually abused.

Moment of silence held for attack near London mosque

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 5:36am

Grieving family members joined community leaders Tuesday for a moment of silence to remember a man who died and a dozen others who were injured last year when a jobless man drove his van into a crowd leaving evening prayers during Ramadan.

Dozens missing after ferry sinks in Indonesia's Lake Toba

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:57am

Rescuers searching Tuesday for dozens of people missing after a ferry sank on Indonesia's Lake Toba found bags, jackets, an ID card and other items in the waters but no new survivors, casting a tragic pall over holidays marking the end of the Muslim holy month.

Australian bishop to be sentenced next month for cover-up

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:00pm

A prosecutor told an Australian court on Tuesday that the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse must be jailed to send a message that such institutional cover-ups will no longer be tolerated.

Church suspends talks to ease Nicaragua political crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 6:52pm

Nicaragua's Roman Catholic hierarchy has suspended a dialogue with the government aimed at ending a two-month political crisis.

The Latest: Hungary asked to delay vote on 'Stop Soros' bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 2:46pm

The Latest on the immigration debate in Europe (all times local):

US urges Russia to release political and religious prisoners

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 2:02pm

The Trump administration urged Russia on Monday to release what it called a growing number of political and religious prisoners, warning that President Vladimir Putin's government was turning to "old Soviet practices" to deny rights to detainees.

LDS Church to significantly revise hymnbooks, asks for original submissions

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:49am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will significantly revise its hymnbook and children’s songbook and is asking members and nonmembers to submit original music for consideration.

Afghan Sikh leader holds out hope for dwindling minority

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 1:12am

Avtar Singh Khalsa will represent Afghanistan's tiny Sikh and Hindu minority in the next parliament, where he says he hopes to serve the entire country.

Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 10:24pm

Jewish artifacts, including ancient parchment torahs from one of the world's oldest synagogues, have gone missing from the Syrian capital amid the tumult of ongoing civil war, with some precious items reportedly surfacing abroad.

Papal envoy asks forgiveness in divided Chilean diocese

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 3:00pm

A papal emissary asked forgiveness Sunday from Roman Catholics in a region of Chile where people bitterly protested a now-resigned bishop who had once been a lieutenant of the country's most notorious predator priest.

Portugal remembers 66 victims from deadly year for wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 12:26pm

Portugal's president and prime minister have attended a Mass in a rural town to mark the anniversary of a wildfire that killed 66 people.

Pope presses for talks on Yemen amid humanitarian crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 8:33am

Pope Francis is pressing for negotiations involving the sides in the Yemen conflict so the humanitarian crisis doesn't worsen.

Pope: Abortion is 'white glove' equivalent to Nazi crimes

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 5:36pm

Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the "white glove" equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

U. School of Medicine honors LDS Church President Nelson

Josh Furlong,  |  Posted Jun 16th - 1:26pm

The University of Utah School of Medicine honored President Russell M. Nelson, president of the LDS Church, Friday for his many years as a practicing heart surgeon.

Vatican, Mexico lament children suffer most from migration

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 7:29am

The Vatican and Mexico are lamenting how children "are suffering the most" from forced migration, as the Trump administration comes under increasing criticism for its policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Swiss Guards to get place of honor during pope's Swiss trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 6:06am

The Vatican's Swiss Guards are getting a place of honor in Pope Francis' upcoming day trip to their native Switzerland.