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Pope tenderly kissed on forehead by man in front-row seat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 11:44am

Well-wishers at Pope Francis' weekly audience have thrust soccer T-shirts, flowers and many a wailing baby into his arms. And on New Year's Eve, one admirer, trying to pull him closer, yanked his arm so hard he slapped her hand to free himself, an angry reaction Francis later famously apologized for.

Another Catholic diocese seeks bankruptcy after abuse deals

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 11:19am

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics.

New 'ministerial' church handbook clarifies transgender guidelines, excommunication

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Feb 19th - 9:01am

A new church handbook released Wednesday combines two older guideline manuals and details several changes. Here are the highlights.

Tennessee governor won't intervene in scheduled execution

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 6:30am

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday he will not grant clemency to a death row inmate whose group of supporters includes family members of his victims and past and present prison workers.

France to end imam, teacher deals to counter extremism

Sylvie Corbet and Jean-Francois Badias, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:27pm

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced measures intended to counter Islamic extremism in France by giving the government more authority over the schooling of children, the financing of mosques and the training of imams.

Democrats diverge on outreach to anti-abortion swing voters

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 1:55pm

In a party that’s shifted leftward on abortion rights, Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering different approaches to a central challenge: how to talk to voters without a clear home in the polarizing debate over the government’s role in the decision to end a pregnancy.

Stresses multiply for many US clergy: 'We need help too'

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:22am

Greg Laurie is among America’s most successful clergymen -- senior pastor at a California megachurch, prolific author, host of a global radio program. Yet after a youthful colleague’s suicide, his view of his vocation is unsparing.

Carnival revelers poke fun at world leaders in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:51am

The heads and bodies are gigantic, the subjects are world leaders, and the creations are irresistible to look at.

Steyer foundation mulling SC investments - after the primary

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 3:24pm

Ahead of this month’s crucial South Carolina primary, the wife of presidential candidate Tom Steyer said that the foundation she runs is interested in considering an investment proposal from one of the state’s largest black church congregations. But she said the foundation wouldn’t act on it until after the primary.

Anti-abortion group flips views on new Georgia senator

Ben Nadler, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 4:04pm

An influential anti-abortion group is backing Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia in her November special election, only months after opposing her appointment to the post.

Police to request hate crime charges in attack on black missionary

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 14th - 2:40pm

Payson police on Friday said they will request that the recent attack of a black Latter-day Saint missionary be prosecuted as a hate crime.

Mississippi gave $2M in welfare money to wrestler's group

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 1:31pm

The state of Mississippi gave more than $2.1 million in federal welfare money to a ministry run by former pro wrestler Ted DiBiase Sr., who was known in the ring as “The Million Dollar Man."

Christian theme park in Florida laying off most workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 8:11am

A Christian-oriented theme park in central Florida that describes itself as “bringing the Bible to life” is laying off most of its workers.

Christian sues US Postal Service over Sunday work shifts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 7:17am

A former Pennsylvania mail carrier says the U.S. Postal Service violated his rights by requiring him to work Sundays.

Senator, school leader win Wisconsin congressional primary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:17pm

A state lawmaker and a school board president won primaries Tuesday to earn the right to run for an open seat in northern Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District once held by a reality TV star.

Vatican police perform new raids in London real estate case

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:28am

Vatican police conducted new raids as part of a corruption investigation into a botched London real estate venture, focusing on the Vatican prelate who signed the contracts for the deal involving a luxury apartment building.

Televangelist, ex-pastor settle lawsuit alleging sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:53am

A confidential settlement was reached in a former Ohio megachurch pastor's lawsuit alleging televangelist Ernest Angley sexually abused and harassed him over a decade, starting in 2004.

Gunmen kill 24 in attack near church in Burkina Faso

Sam Mednick and Arsene Kabore, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:47am

Gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation.

Woman accused of damaging Jehovah’s Witnesses worship place

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 5:21pm

Police have arrested a woman suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail into a place of worship for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Maryland, according to court records.