Religion

Lebanese Shiite supporters of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group hold a portrait of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as they listen to the death story of Imam Hussein during the holy day of Ashoura, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Millions of Shiite Muslims around the region on Tuesday marked Ashoura, one of the most sacred religious holy days for their sect, holding rallies, prayers and self-flagellation amid soaring tensions in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
September 10, 2019 - 7:02 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Part of a walkway collapsed as tens of thousands of people celebrated Ashoura on Tuesday, causing a stampede and killing at least 31 pilgrims on one of the most sacred religious holy days for the Shiite sect, officials said. Around 100 others were injured in the incident, which...
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Faithful wave palm leaves as Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at the Monument Mary Queen of Peace, in Port Louis, Mauritius, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Francis has arrived in the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius to celebrate its diversity, encourage its ethical development and honor a 19th century French missionary who ministered to freed slaves. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 09, 2019 - 7:29 am
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Mauritius' ethnic and religious diversity on Monday during a daylong trip to the Indian Ocean nation, but he also urged the government to resist pursuing an "idolatrous economic model" that sacrifices people for profit. Francis spent the final...
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A view of St. Botolph’s Church in Boston, England, Saturday Sept. 7, 2019. Three years ago, almost 76% of voters in this eastern England town opted, against the government’s advice, to leave the European Union, the highest pro-Brexit vote in the U.K. With Britain’s departure delayed and politicians deadlocked, Bostonians now feel frustration, fatigue and even fury. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Schaeffer)
September 09, 2019 - 2:55 am
BOSTON, England (AP) — Like its American namesake, the English town of Boston has a reputation for rebellion. Three years ago, almost 76% of voters in this eastern England town opted, against the government's advice, to leave the European Union, the highest pro-Brexit vote in the U.K. With Britain'...
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Campaign signs for Republican House candidate Dan Bishop and Democratic House candidate Dan McCready, are shown in in Waxhaw, NC, outside Charlotte, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. McCready faces Bishop in a special election for a vacant house seat Tuesday. National Democratic and Republican leaders are breathlessly watching Tuesday’s special election for an empty House seat from North Carolina for early clues about next year’s presidential and congressional races. But for the two candidates, the race is less glamour than grind. (AP Photo/Alan Fram)
September 08, 2019 - 10:44 pm
MONROE, N.C. (AP) — National Democratic and Republican leaders are breathlessly watching Tuesday's special election for an empty House seat from North Carolina for early clues about next year's presidential and congressional races. But for the two candidates, the race is less glamour than grind...
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Worshippers attend an overnight vigil on the eve of a Mass that will be celebrated by Pope Francis at the Soamandrakizay esplanade in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa.(AP Photo/Alexander Joe)
September 07, 2019 - 11:41 pm
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis is pressing for the poor to have the dignity of work with a visit to a hilltop rock quarry in Madagascar where hundreds of people toil for a pittance rather than scavenge in the Indian Ocean capital's biggest dump. Francis celebrates an open-air Mass...
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Pope Francis is flanked by Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina upon his arrival in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 07, 2019 - 12:34 am
ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis has denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation with a plea for the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's environment and keeping its...
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September 06, 2019 - 5:24 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Corrections has agreed to policy changes to accommodate Muslim inmates who wish to practice their religion, settling a lawsuit brought last year. A federal judge Friday signed the agreement in a case brought on behalf of two Muslim inmates by the...
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass during the first half of the team's preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
September 06, 2019 - 9:21 am
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he's been unfairly and incorrectly portrayed as anti-gay after recording a video encouraging Christian students to take their bibles to school. The video was disseminated by an organization called Focus on the Family, which has...
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September 06, 2019 - 3:27 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee priest who banned Harry Potter books from a Catholic school's library was accused by parents of causing their children psychological and spiritual harm. The Tennessean obtained a 2017 letter from 14 St. Edward Catholic School parents, urging the Nashville diocese...
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Pope Francis waves to wellwishers as he leaves after a meeting at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the capital Maputo, Mozambique Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Pope Francis is opening a three-nation pilgrimage to southern Africa with a strategic visit to Mozambique, just weeks after the country's ruling party and armed opposition signed a new peace deal and weeks before national elections. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
September 05, 2019 - 11:16 pm
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Pope Francis is wrapping up his visit to Mozambique by meeting with HIV-infected mothers and children at a Catholic Church-run hospital in one of the countries hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic. The Zimpeto Hospital is the latest to be opened by the Sant'Egidio community, a...
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