Religious issues

June 21, 2019 - 11:22 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican office that handles clergy sex abuse is looking for help to process what a top official says is a steady stream of cases that arrive every day from around the world. Monsignor John Kennedy, head of the discipline section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...
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Aldo Davila, the first openly gay congressman-elect in Guatemala's history, poses for photos during an interview at his office in Guatemala City, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old businessman says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
June 20, 2019 - 9:28 pm
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Aldo Iván Dávila Morales is poised to take up a seat in Guatemala's congress in January, making history as the first openly gay man elected to the country's legislature. Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old activist says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause...
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June 20, 2019 - 2:00 pm
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of protesters have tried to storm the parliament building in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and are calling for the government's resignation. The unrest was sparked by the appearance Thursday of Russian legislator Sergei Gavrilov in the building as part of an...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019 file photo, visitors walk around the 40-foot Maryland Peace Cross dedicated to World War I soldiers in Bladensburg, Md. The Supreme Court says the World War I memorial in the shape of a 40-foot-tall cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland. The high court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the nearly 100-year-old memorial. The justices ruled that its presence on public land doesn’t violate the First Amendment’s establishment clause. That clause prohibits the government from favoring one religion over others.(AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
June 20, 2019 - 1:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life. The justices said preserving a long-standing religious monument is very...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as he talks during a campaign rally in Istanbul for the June 23 re-run of Istanbul elections, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Erdogan has claimed that former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi did not die of natural causes but that he was killed. At the campaign speech Erdogan offered as evidence the fact that the deposed president allegedly "flailed" in court for 20 minutes and that nobody assisted him. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
June 20, 2019 - 5:08 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday his country is determined to ensure that former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic death in a Cairo courtroom is not forgotten. Erdogan spoke during a meeting with a group of foreign journalists a day after he claimed...
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Philip Neville Arps, left, appears for sentencing in the Christchurch District Court, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. (John Kirk-Anderson/Pool via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 9:22 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison. Philip Arps had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing the video, which was livestreamed on Facebook...
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FILE - In this May 8, 2014 file photo, Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi sits in a defendant cage in the Police Academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. On Monday June 17, 2019, Egypt's state TV said the country's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, 67, collapsed during a court session and died. It said it occurred while he was attending a court trial on espionage charges. Morsi, who hailed from Egypt's largest Islamist group, the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was elected president in 2012 in the country's first free elections following the ouster the year before of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. (AP Photo/Tarek el-Gabbas, File)
June 17, 2019 - 5:16 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi who was ousted by the military in 2013 after a year in office, collapsed in court while on trial Monday and died, state TV and his family said. The 67-year-old Morsi had just addressed the court, speaking...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2019 file photo, John T. Earnest appears for his arraignment hearing in San Diego. A federal search warrant says Ernest, the sole suspect in a Southern California synagogue shooting told an investigator that he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack. Earnest also told a San Diego Sheriff's Office detective that that he was inspired by Adolf Hitler and suspected New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
June 17, 2019 - 12:58 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The sole gunman in a Southern California synagogue shooting in which a woman was killed told an investigator he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack, according to a federal search warrant. John T. Earnest, 19, also told a San Diego Sheriff's detective...
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This undated photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office shows former Grace Family Baptist Church pastor Stephen Bratton, 43. The former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years. (Harris County Sheriff's Office via AP)
June 16, 2019 - 3:46 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years. Stephen Bratton is accused of subjecting the...
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 9, 2019 file photo, Malta's Archbishop Charles Scicluna talks to journalists during a press conference at the Vatican's press room, Rome. The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, is meeting Poland's Catholic bishops to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish church admitted knowledge of hundreds of cases of abuse of minors by priests. Scicluna is attending the bishops' plenary session Friday, June 14 in Walbrzych, southwestern Poland, at the Episcopate's invitation. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)
June 14, 2019 - 7:05 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, met with Poland's Catholic bishops on Friday to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish church admitted knowing about hundreds of cases over the years where priests abused minors. Scicluna...
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