Religion

May 09, 2019 - 11:09 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal officials announced Thursday that they have filed 109 hate crime charges against the 19-year-old man accused of opening fire in a Southern California synagogue. Prosecutors say the gunman, identified as John T. Earnest, killed a woman and wounded an 8-year-old girl, her...
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Pope Francis does the sign of the cross during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 09, 2019 - 8:30 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to...
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 28, 2019 file photo, a San Diego county sheriff's deputy stands in front of the Poway Chabad Synagogue in Poway, Calif. The gunman who attacked the synagogue last week fired his semi-automatic rifle at Passover worshippers after walking through the front entrance that synagogue leaders identified last year as needing improved security. The synagogue applied for a federal grant to better protect that area. The money, $150,000, was approved in September but only arrived in late March. "Obviously we did not have a chance to start using the funds yet," Rabbi Scimcha Backman told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)
May 08, 2019 - 9:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has more than 850 open investigations into domestic terrorism across the country, and the threat continues to grow, top counterterrorism officials said Wednesday. FBI, Justice Department and Homeland Security officials gave testimony before a congressional committee on...
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Pakistani security personnel surround a damaged police van in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. A powerful bomb exploded near security forces guarding a famous Sufi shrine in Pakistan on Wednesday, police said. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
May 08, 2019 - 12:23 am
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked security forces guarding a famous Sufi shrine in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing at least eight people and wounding 23 others, police said. Officials said it was not clear if the target was the shrine itself, known as Data...
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Pope Francis talks to reporters on his flight back to Rome, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Francis made the first-ever papal visit to North Macedonia on Tuesday and sought to encourage its efforts to integrate into European institutions after its name change resolved a decades-long dispute with Greece. (Maurizio Brambatti/Pool Photo via AP)
May 07, 2019 - 1:33 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Tuesday that an international commission of scholars has failed to reach a definitive conclusion about whether women were ordained as deacons in the early Christian church in the same way men were. Francis told reporters returning home from the...
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FILE - In this March 1, 2019 file photo, India's Congress party President Rahul Gandhi attends a public rally in Mumbai, India. It has taken 15 years for this politician to come of age. Political observers in India are examining whether the scion of the country’s most important modern political dynasty can retain a seat in Parliament and revive his party’s fortunes. With India’s marathon general election inching toward the finish line, opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi is beginning to seem like more of a credible leader. But it’s unclear whether the 48-year-old has done enough to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
May 07, 2019 - 4:38 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — With India's general election inching toward the finish line, the battle for one seat in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh is being closely watched to see whether the scion of the country's most important modern political dynasty can retain his seat and revive his party's...
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In this April 14, 2019 photo, Muqadas Ashraf speaks to The Associated Press in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Muqadas Ashraf was just 16 when her parents married her off to a Chinese man who had come to Pakistan looking for a bride. Less than five months later, Muqadas is back home in Pakistan, pregnant and seeking a divorce from a husband she says was abusive. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
May 07, 2019 - 4:12 am
GUJRANWALA, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds young women from Pakistan's small Christian minority have been trafficked to China as brides in recent months as their impoverished community is targeted in an aggressive new marriage market, activists and officials say. Brokers offer desperately poor parents...
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Reuters reporters Wa Lone, center right, and Kyaw Soe Oo, center left, hold their children after being freed from prison, in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The two journalists who were imprisoned for breaking Myanmar's Official Secrets Act over reporting on security forces' abuses of Rohingya Muslims were pardoned and released Tuesday, the prison chief and witnesses said. (Ann Wang/Pool Photo via AP)
May 07, 2019 - 4:00 am
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Two Reuters journalists whose reporting on the Myanmar military's abuses of Rohingya Muslims got them imprisoned and drew the world's attention to curbs on freedom of the press were freed Tuesday as part of a mass presidential pardon. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, walked...
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May 07, 2019 - 1:00 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A protest is planned in Poland later Tuesday after police held for a few hours an Amnesty International activist on allegations she desecrated the country's most-revered Catholic icon by adding the LGBT rainbow colors to its halos. Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said on...
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Pope Francis is welcomed by North Macedonia President Gjorge Ivanov after landing at the airport of Skopje, North Macedonia, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Francis, who is on a three-day trip to the Balkans, is visiting North Macedonia for the first-ever papal visit to the country. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 07, 2019 - 12:57 am
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to North Macedonia (all times local): 9:55 a.m. Pope Francis is seeking to encourage North Macedonia's integration into Europe following the resolution of its conflict with Greece over its name, saying greater European participation...
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