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Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 7:12am

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, has sought to reassure Iraqis about their next government, saying it will be "inclusive" and mindful of their needs.

Pope: Holy Land needs "gestures of dialogue, reconciliation"

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 7:00am

Pope Francis says "gestures of dialogue and reconciliation" are needed for the Holy Land and all the Middle East.

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 5:26am

Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first.

Chile bishop apologizes for not investigating abuse promptly

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 10:03pm

A Chilean bishop apologized Saturday for not promptly investigating a reported case of sexual abuse in his diocese, a day after every bishop in the South American country offered to resign over what Pope Francis said was their negligence in protecting children.

Salt Lake's bit part in the royal wedding? Presiding bishop of Episcopal Church elected in Utah

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted   May 19th - 8:57pm

Anglophiles take note: There's a Utah connection to the royal wedding.

Jimmy Carter gently jabs Trump at Liberty commencement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 2:37pm

Former President Jimmy Carter took a gentle poke at President Donald Trump at the start of a commencement address to graduates of Liberty University in Virginia.

Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 10:19am

And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

White House pushes ahead with Mideast peace plan

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 4:39am

The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza.

Militant-turned-populist cleric Sadr wins Iraqi election

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 18th - 6:27pm

Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq's electoral commission early Saturday.

Gaza border protests resume as UN calls for inquiry

Ashraf Sweilam and Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 18th - 2:01pm

Palestinians resumed their fiery protests at Gaza's border with Israel on Friday as a U.N. human rights body criticized Israel for the "disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force" that killed at least 59 Palestinians earlier this week. Israel condemned the resolution by the U.N. Human Rights Council as biased.

After biggest gaffe, pope demands accountability for abuse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 18th - 12:58pm

Four months ago, Pope Francis dug himself into the biggest hole of his papacy by strongly defending a Chilean bishop accused by sex abuse victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse.

The Latest: Chile bishops return home, vow to help reform

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 18th - 11:18am

The Latest on a sex abuse and cover-up scandal involving the Catholic Church in Chile (all times local):

2 shot, wounded after graduation at Kansas megachurch

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 18th - 10:14am

Two people, including a young man celebrating his high school graduation, were shot and wounded when a fight erupted into gunfire in the parking lot of a suburban Kansas City megachurch.

Bias fears justified; Wilders gets new appeals judges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 18th - 9:40am

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders will get new judges in his appeal against his 2016 conviction for inciting discrimination and insulting Moroccans, after an independent panel ruled that the original judges may have been biased.

Chile's bishops resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 18th - 7:36am

In the biggest shake-up yet in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse scandal, every active Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over what Pope Francis said was their "grave negligence" in investigating abuse and protecting children.

Pope Francis announces he will make 14 new cardinals June 29 at Vatican

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 4:27am

Pope Francis announces he will make 14 new cardinals June 29 at Vatican.

Council of Churches: 20 priests from evangelical church among dead in Cuban plane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 12:52pm

Council of Churches: 20 priests from evangelical church among dead in Cuban plane crash .

Police kill 4 gunmen who raided Orthodox church in Chechnya

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 10:45am

Four gunmen attacked a Russian Orthodox church in the mostly Muslim Russian province of Chechnya, but were killed by security forces in a clash Saturday that also left two policemen and a churchgoer dead. The attack underscored security challenges in Russia as it prepares to host soccer's World Cup next month.

Vatican: Martyred archbishop, Pope Paul VI to be canonized

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 3:54am

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will elevate to sainthood martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero alongside Pope Paul VI in a ceremony on Oct. 14.

US readies Mideast peace plan, but threatens Palestinian aid

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 18th - 12:56pm

The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza.