Religion

This is the headquarters of the Imperial Valley Ministries located in El Centro, Calif. It is housed in an old movie theater. U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer on Monday, September 10, 2019 announced the arrest of 12 people, leaders of the Imperial Valley Ministries, accusing them of subjecting 31 mostly homeless people to forced labor forcing them to surrender welfare benefits and making them panhandle for the financial benefit of church leaders. (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
September 11, 2019 - 8:34 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California ministry whose leaders are charged with using deadbolt locks to detain homeless residents and making them turn over panhandling money was no fly-by-night operation. Imperial Valley Ministries was known in the remote desert region for decades of work helping...
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White House lawyer Steven Menashi, President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, appears for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Menashi's guarded responses were frustrating at times to both Democrats and Republicans on the Judiciary panel. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 11, 2019 - 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties criticized a federal appeals court judge nominee for declining to answer questions Wednesday about his work in the Trump White House and Education Department. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, has been nominated by President Donald Trump...
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President Donald Trump calls out as he arrives to speak at the 2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
September 10, 2019 - 4:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Historically black colleges and universities with a religious affiliation will no longer be restricted from accessing federal funding for capital projects, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday. Trump said federal law had restricted more than 40 faith-based HBCUs and seminaries...
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People evacuate an injured man after a walkway collapsed and set off a stampede as thousands of Shiite Muslims marked one of the most solemn holy days of the year in the holy city of Karbala, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Officials say at least 31 people have died and around 100 others were injured in the chaos Tuesday, which occurred toward the end of the Ashoura procession, causing panic and a stampede, according to two officials. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)
September 10, 2019 - 12:58 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — A walkway collapsed and set off a stampede in the holy city of Karbala on Tuesday as thousands of Shiite Muslims marked one of the most solemn holy days of the year. At least 31 people were killed and about 100 were injured, officials said. It was the deadliest stampede in recent...
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Marianne Turnbull poses Tuesday, September 10, 2019, in her St. Paul, Minn. home. She used to be a clinical social worker for the St. Paul Public Schools but had to retire in 2015 after she was diagnosed. She has stage IV ovarian cancer and will be among the people testifying Wednesday, September 11, before the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Policy Committee in a public hearing in support of the End-of-Life Option Act. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 10, 2019 - 12:56 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman with terminal cancer will tell her story Wednesday before a Minnesota House committee considering a bill that would allow adults with less than six months to live to obtain medication to end their lives on their own terms. The bill is patterned after an Oregon law that...
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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 - 9:29 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 - 7:27 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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A church member prays during the Sunday mass at the Roman Catholic Church in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, a church that Robert Mugabe regularly attended. Days of official mourning have begun in Zimbabwe for Robert Mugabe, who had become a national hero despite decades of rule that left the country struggling. Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla chief who took power in 1980 when Zimbabwe shook off white minority rule and presided for decades while economic turmoil and human rights violations eroded its early promise, died Friday at a hospital in Singapore. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
September 08, 2019 - 11:04 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is expected to be buried next Sunday, state media reported. Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla leader who became the southern African country's first leader following independence from white minority rule in 1980 and held on to power until he was...
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Pope Francis reads his message during a prayer for workers at the Mahatzana work yard, Madagascar, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Pope Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 08, 2019 - 10:20 am
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis insisted Sunday that poverty isn't inevitable and that the poor deserve the dignity of work as he visited a rock quarry in Madagascar where hundreds of people toil rather than scavenge in the capital's biggest dump. Francis appealed for new development...
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Pope Francis holds his skull cap in the Soamandrakizay esplanade as he celebrates a vigil with youth in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 07, 2019 - 12:25 pm
ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation by urging the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's ecosystem and keeping its...
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