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Polish archbishop criticizes priest wishing Francis death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 5:39pm

Poland's leading archbishop deplored on Sunday comments by a senior conservative priest who had wished Pope Francis a quick death if he does not open to "wisdom."

Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope's letter

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 4:26pm

Stung by accusations of spreading "fake news," the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it.

Pope visits Italy's south to honor popular saint, Padre Pio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 5:54am

Pope Francis on Saturday traveled to southern Italy to honor a hugely popular Italian saint, Padre Pio, praying silently before a glass display case holding the mystic monk's body in a shrine town that draws millions of pilgrims each year.

Vatican convicts ex-Guam archbishop accused of abuse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 1:34am

The Vatican on Friday removed the suspended Guam archbishop from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after convicting him of some charges in a sex abuse trial.

German minister questions Islam's place in the country

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 3:26pm

Germany's new interior minister said Friday he doesn't consider Islam to be a part of Germany, a position that puts him at odds with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the central question of migration.

The Latest: Ex-Guam archbishop appealing sex abuse verdict

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 3:24pm

The Latest on the Vatican convicting suspended Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron of some charges in a sex abuse trial (all times local):

Myanmar forces Burman culture on minorities, erases identity

Denis D. Gray, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 3:48am

From the age of 5, when she entered a government school in Myanmar, Stella Naw learned about the triumphs of Burman kings and heroes, recited Burman poems and performed Burman dances at school ceremonies.

Ethnic Uighurs protest Chinese security crackdown

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 9:26pm

Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group held demonstrations in cities around the world to protest a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of their people into detention and political indoctrination centers.

Interfaith leaders, youths to push for assault rifle ban

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 7:42pm

A movement to ban assault rifles in Oregon was launched in a Portland church Thursday, with clerics saying youths — many of whom have been protesting for gun control — will drive the campaign.

Afghan baby named Donald Trump proves divisive

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 12:21pm

When Asadullah Poya's wife gave birth to their third child in a tiny village in rural Afghanistan, he immediately thought of Donald Trump.

School dance, anyone? Pakistan lawmakers in Punjab seek ban

Zaheer Babar and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 9:51am

Pakistani lawmakers in a provincial assembly voted in favor of a recommendation to ban dance parties at schools and other educational institutions, saying they promote Western culture, officials said Thursday. The move drew criticism from students and activists, who vowed to oppose the decision.

Muslims lament lack of solidarity over German mosque attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 6:10am

Muslim groups in Germany are asking for greater solidarity from officials and the general public over a series of attacks against mosques.

Father testifies in Australian court cardinal abused son

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 3:46am

A father testified in an Australian court Thursday that his son said he was sexually abused by Vatican Cardinal George Pell during a waterskiing outing years ago. When a defense lawyer accused him of lying, the father told the court it was an insult.

Alleged leader of mosque bombing could be threatening figure

Michael Tarm, Amy Forliti and Teresa Crawford, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 14th - 11:51pm

A former sheriff's deputy and purported ringleader in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque emerges in court documents as a sometimes-threatening figure with anti-government views who also wrote books and attracted others into his shadowy group.

School board will debate settlement in teachers-cult lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 8:23am

A school board will debate a proposed settlement of a lawsuit that accuses four educators of "indoctrinating" three sisters into a religious cult that celebrates death.

Police: Teen who stabbed 3 had been monitored

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 8:18pm

A Florida teenager accused of fatally stabbing a 13-year-old boy during a fight about his religion during a sleepover had been monitored by federal and other authorities for months, police said.

Lawsuit: Police forced Muslim women to remove head coverings

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 4:03pm

Two arrested Muslim women who said the police department forced them to remove their religious head coverings and pose for mugshots sued the city on Friday to try to change the practice.

St. Louis high school band gets surprise visit from the pope

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 1:59pm

A group of 45 band students from a Jesuit high school in St. Louis didn't know they'd get a surprise visit from Pope Francis when they recently performed at the Vatican.

Catholic, Jewish leaders in Poland seek to reduce tensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 11:14am

Catholic and Jewish leaders in Poland have taken steps to try to rebuild dialogue and fight prejudice in their communities after a Polish-Israeli dispute sparked expressions of mutual hostility.

Sri Lanka lifts Facebook ban after anti-Muslim violence ends

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 5:53am

Sri Lanka's government on Thursday ended a weeklong ban on social media that was imposed because of concerns that it was being used to fan anti-Muslim violence in the country's central region.