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Special election to replace lawmaker who killed himself

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 7:23am

Voters in a Louisville, Kentucky, suburb will soon choose a successor for a Republican state lawmaker who killed himself last year after a woman publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her in his basement when she was a teenager and he was her pastor.

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 6:19am

Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members Saturday, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse.

Polish Jews stunned, scared by eruption of anti-Semitism

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 6:03am

Matylda Jonas-Kowalik has spent most of her 22 years secure in the belief that she would never know the discrimination, persecution or violence that killed or traumatized generations of Polish Jews before her. She once thought the biggest problem that young Jewish Poles like herself faced was finding a Jewish boyfriend or girlfriend in a country dominated by Catholics.

Sheriff didn't pursue sex case against Texas church gunman

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 4:54pm

Sheriff's deputies didn't pursue a sexual assault investigation against the gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church, even though the woman reporting it signed a complaint detailing the alleged attack, according to records released Friday.

Utah Legislature passes resolution honoring late LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 8:55am

The Utah Legislature unanimously passed a resolution Thursday honoring the late LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson.

Ancient beard traditions shape the face of modern Jerusalem

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 5:19am

Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of masculinity.

Iran president slams US recognition of Jerusalem as capital

Omer Farooq, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 4:25am

Iran's president on Friday strongly criticized the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and urged Muslims to support the Palestinian cause.

Victim's aunt calls for action, not prayers, after shooting

Brendan Farrington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 15th - 7:17pm

In an open letter addressed "Dear America," the aunt of a 14-year-old killed in a Florida school shooting calls for action — not prayers — to put an end to gun violence.

Top Egyptian Islamist ordered detained for 2 weeks

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 15th - 10:59am

Egyptian authorities on Thursday ordered a senior Islamist leader to remain in police custody for two weeks after a day of questioning by state security prosecutors over his alleged links to Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, the latest episode in the government's crackdown on dissent ahead of next month's presidential election.

Vatican seeks to defuse scandal, says pope meets victims

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 15th - 10:03am

The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis meets frequently with victims of sexual abuse, seeking to defuse a mounting scandal over his unbridled support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse.

Fire erupts at major Tibetan monastery; no injuries reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:03am

A large fire broke out Saturday at the Jokhang monastery in Tibet, raising fears of severe damage to a 1,300-year-old religious site that's considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism.

Vatican investigator meeting with Chile abuse victim in NYC

Claudia Torrens, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:02am

A Vatican sex-crimes investigator is meeting in New York with one of the key victims in the Chilean abuse scandal that involves a bishop Pope Francis has vigorously defended.

Former US ambassador Glendon resigns from Vatican bank board

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 2:54pm

The former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon, has resigned from the board of the Vatican bank in the latest vote of no-confidence in the bank's efforts to turn itself around.

Priest River man convicted of ritualized abuse of his family

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 9:09am

A northern Idaho man accused of using his religious beliefs to justify the physical and sexual abuse of his wife and children was found guilty of more than a dozen felony charges.

Vatican wants to hear from young about hopes, concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 16th - 6:12am

Pope Francis is inviting 300 young people to the Vatican next month to personally present their hopes and concerns about the Catholic Church, after an online questionnaire failed to generate enough feedback.

Mexican diocese withdraws nuns from violent city

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 15th - 1:59pm

The Roman Catholic diocese where two priests were killed earlier this month has withdrawn all nuns from the hyper-violent city of Chilapa in southern Mexico.

Anti-Sharia law bill advances to Idaho House

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 15th - 1:30pm

Idaho Republicans have agreed to advance anti-Sharia law legislation designed to prevent Idaho courts from making decisions based on Islamic or other foreign legal codes.

Vatican denies report Benedict XVI has neurological disease

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 15th - 12:48pm

The Vatican is denying a German tabloid report that suggested Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is suffering from a neurological disease.

Appeals court declares Trump travel ban unconstitutional

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 15th - 11:57am

President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on travelers from six largely Muslim countries is "unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam," a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, delivering another blow to the policy.