Religious issues

Pope Francis waves to faithful from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the Angelus noon prayer at the Vatican, Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
July 30, 2018 - 9:39 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of an Australian archbishop convicted in criminal court of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest, taking action after coming under mounting pressure from ordinary Catholics, priests and even the Australian prime...
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July 28, 2018 - 2:18 pm
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced 75 people to death on Saturday, including top figures of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in, state media reported. The Cairo Criminal Court referred the sentences to the Grand Mufti — the country's top theological...
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July 28, 2018 - 1:30 pm
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey pastor who co-founded a Christian music festival has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a child sex abuse case. Seventy-five-year-old Harry Thomas is the former pastor of Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford and co-founder of the Creation...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. Pope Francis has accepted U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick's offer to resign from the College of Cardinals following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy, and ordered him to conduct a "life of prayer and penance" in a home to be designated by the pontiff until a church trial is held, the Vatican said Saturday, July 28, 2018. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
July 28, 2018 - 1:07 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a move seen as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal's title following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy. The Vatican announced Saturday that Francis ordered McCarrick to...
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July 27, 2018 - 9:21 am
LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has issued a statement to a British inquiry investigating child abuse, saying he'd been deceived by a disgraced Church of England bishop jailed for sex abuse. The remarks by the Prince of Wales Friday came amid an investigation into the handling of allegations against...
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In this July 25, 2018 photo, Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, arrives at his house in Izmir, Turkey. Brunson, who had been jailed in Turkey for more than one and a half years on terror and espionage charges was released and will be put under house arrest as his trial continues. The White House is announcing that the Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on two Turkish officials over a detained American pastor who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
July 26, 2018 - 7:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared on Thursday the United States will impose sanctions on Turkey, a crucial NATO ally, in retaliation for the detention of an American pastor on terror and espionage charges. Turkey's response was both harsh and dismissive, calling his words "...
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July 26, 2018 - 11:21 am
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria now faces a deadlier threat than its own Boko Haram insurgency, with fighting between farmers and herdsmen over scare resources killing far more people this year, a new report said Thursday. The violence "threatens to become even deadlier" and could undermine national...
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In this July 25, 2018 photo, Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, arrives at his house in Izmir, Turkey. Brunson, who had been jailed in Turkey for more than one and a half years on terror and espionage charges was released and will be put under house arrest as his trial continues. The White House is announcing that the Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on two Turkish officials over a detained American pastor who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
July 26, 2018 - 10:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-threatened sanctions on Turkey over a detained American pastor (all times local): 11:37 a.m. President Donald Trump says the U.S. will hit Turkey with "large sanctions" over a American pastor detained on terror and espionage charges, and he called for the pastor...
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In this Tuesday, July 24, 2018 photo, Asmina Bano, wife of Rakbar Khan, is comforted by family members and neighbors as she lies on a cot outside her home in Kolgaon village, India. Khan, a cattle trader, died after being thrashed by a mob last week on suspicion of cattle smuggling. A series of mob attacks on minority groups involved in cattle trade have occurred since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party swept elections in 2014. Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India, and slaughtering them or eating beef is illegal or restricted across much of the country. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
July 26, 2018 - 3:35 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Outrage is growing in India over a series of mob attacks on minority groups involved in cattle trade. In the latest case, a mob of Hindu villagers thrashed a Muslim cattle trader last week in western India. When police rushed to the scene, they first took his two cows to an animal...
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July 25, 2018 - 9:20 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has executed all six members of a doomsday cult who remained on death row for a series of crimes in the 1990s including a sarin gas attack on Tokyo subways that killed 13 people. Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa said the six men were hanged Thursday morning. Thirteen members of the...
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