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The Latest: Christian leaders greet Pope Francis in Geneva

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:04am

The Latest on the pope's visit to Geneva (all times local):

Imprisoned Bahrain opposition leader acquitted in spy case

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 2:36am

A prominent Shiite cleric in Bahrain who led a now-shuttered opposition party was acquitted Thursday of spying charges with two colleagues, marking a rare victory for activists in the island kingdom amid a yearslong clampdown on dissent.

AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 6:56pm

Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it's not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so .

LDS Church updates guidelines for interviewing youth

Josh Furlong,  |  Posted Jun 20th - 5:53pm

The LDS Church is again updating its guidelines for how its bishops should conduct interviews with youth and children.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick punished over abuse finding

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 3:42pm

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry and faces further punishment over "credible" allegations that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago, the church announced Wednesday.

Pope backs US bishops who called border separations immoral

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:12pm

Pope Francis backed the Catholic bishops in the United States who condemned the practice of separating children from parents after families are caught crossing the U.S-Mexico border illegally, according to an interview published Wednesday.

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.

Court halts release of report on Pennsylvania priest abuse

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:55pm

Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday held up the release of a grand jury report into the handling of sexual abuse claims involving six Roman Catholic dioceses and local officials, days before it was expected to be made public.

Iran arrests lawyer for criticizing execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:21pm

An Iranian lawyer has been arrested for "spreading lies" after saying on social media that a Sufi executed this week was wrongfully convicted.

Leaders of largest US black denomination decry separations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:53am

The United States' largest black denomination has convened its annual meeting in Oklahoma City, and its leaders are denouncing the separation of immigrant children from families at the border.

Europol says homegrown jihadis behind most 2017 attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 9:20am

Europol says armed jihadis plotted or carried out more attacks in Europe last year than in 2016, with a total of 33 attacks either planned or executed.