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Stories with subject: Religion
  • Prosecutors wants convicted ex-priest civilly committed 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 7:25 pm

    SALEM, Massachusetts - Massachusetts prosecutors want a former Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing children civilly committed indefinitely now that his prison term has ended.

  • GOP proposes protections for clergy on gay marriage 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 6:01 pm

    ATLANTA - A top-ranking Republican leader wants to make clear that Georgia clergy can refuse to perform gay marriages, a protection they already enjoy under the U.S. Constitution.

  • Russian Orthodox Church pushes for control over St. Isaac's story has photos
    Updated: Jul-31-15 2:49 pm

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defended its controversial bid to fully take over St. Petersburg's landmark St. Isaac's Cathedral, saying it's in line with the law and wouldn't hamper tourist access.

  • Q&A: A look at violent Jewish attacks on Palestinians 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 2:23 pm

    JERUSALEM - The torching of a West Bank home that burned a Palestinian toddler to death marks one of the most serious cases of suspected Jewish violence against Arabs. Though the attacks rarely kill and are smaller in scope than past Palestinian attacks, Jewish extremists have for years been attacking Palestinian property, as well as mosques, churches and even Israeli schools and military bases, often to counter what they perceive to be the Israeli government's soft stance toward Palestinians.

  • Mormon official buys New York home where Brigham Young lived 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 10:01 am

    PORT BYRON, New York - A descendant of early Mormon church leader Brigham Young has bought the central New York home where his ancestor lived two decades before leading the Mormon migration to Utah.

  • Report: C. African Republic Muslims forced to convert 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 8:46 am

    DAKAR, Senegal - Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death, Amnesty International said Friday.

  • NY rabbi acquitted of sexual abuse charges 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 8:41 am

    NEW CITY, New York - A New York judge has found a rabbi not guilty of sexually abusing a boy over a 5-year period.

  • Light at end of tunnel for First Christian Church 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 4:07 am

    TUPELO, Mississippi - For the past year and some months, the Rev. Sherry Horton of First Christian Church has been making a lot out of a little.

  • French Jewish immigrants flock to Israeli coastal city 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 3:17 am

    NETANYA, Israel - The coastal city of Netanya markets itself as the "Israeli Riviera" and walking along its main pedestrian boulevard, one would be hard-pressed to tell it apart from its twin city of Nice. Barely a word of Hebrew is spoken, and real estate ads, restaurant menus and cafe conversations are mostly in French.

  • Judge leaves Katy Perry's bid to buy convent in limbo story has photos
    Updated: Jul-31-15 1:49 am

    LOS ANGELES - Katy Perry's dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have to wait a while longer.

  • Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 10:29 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.

  • Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 7:22 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.

  • Indiana convention's CEO calls for broader LGBT protections story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 7:20 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - The CEO of a massive gamers' convention that threatened to leave Indiana earlier this year over a divisive religious objections law said Thursday that organizers are "shopping the show" to other cities and could relocate if lawmakers don't expand protections for gays and lesbians.

  • Confederate flags left near Rev. Martin Luther King's church story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-30-15 5:16 pm

    ATLANTA - Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church.

  • Judge won't extend deadline for Minnesota archdiocese claims 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 4:47 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - A federal bankruptcy judge declined Thursday to extend next week's deadline for victims of clergy sex abuse to file claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

  • The Latest: Police: Hate crime not ruled out over MLK flags story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 12:59 pm

    ATLANTA - The latest on the investigation into Confederate flags found at the Ebenezer Baptist Church near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta:

  • District settles with teacher who claimed discrimination 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 5:04 am

    DENVER - A southern Colorado school district accused of promoting evangelical Christian ideals has reached a settlement with a teacher who filed a lawsuit claiming religious discrimination.

  • Massachusetts officials attend church service for Baby Doe 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 8:35 pm

    BOSTON - Massachusetts officials have attended a memorial Mass near the Statehouse for a young girl whose body was found in a trash bag last month.

  • 1 dead, 10 injured as church van crashes into train in Ohio 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 4:31 pm

    CINCINNATI - A van carrying vacation Bible school students crashed through a crossing gate and into the side of a freight train at a southwest Ohio rail crossing, killing an adult passenger and injuring nine children and the driver, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark, NJ, archbishop 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 3:25 pm

    NEW YORK - Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse want a Vatican investigation of the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.

  • TV depiction of Colombia's only saint angers her devotees story has photos
    Updated: Jul-29-15 3:15 pm

    BOGOTA, Colombia - For weeks, billboards on buses and television spots have been announcing what promises to be Colombia's next big prime-time sensation.

  • Former church teacher sentenced in child sex abuse case 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 11:59 am

    CALDWELL, Idaho - An Oregon man who taught at a church in Idaho is spending at least a year and a half in prison for having a sexual relationship with a teenage student.

  • Supporters of gay Methodist pastor rally at bishop's office 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 10:46 am

    LANSING, Michigan - United Methodist clergy and churchgoers have held a press conference outside the bishop's office in Lansing in support of an openly gay pastor who says he was forced to resign.

  • Kristen Stewart, Idris Elba in Venice Film Festival lineup story has photos
    Updated: Jul-29-15 10:37 am

    LONDON - This year's Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, Idris Elba at war and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, as well as potentially awards-worthy performances from Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jake Gyllenhaal.

  • Pakistani militant leader killed in police convoy attack story has photos
    Updated: Jul-29-15 10:08 am

    MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan - One of Pakistan's most-feared Islamic militant leaders, believed to be behind the killing of scores of minority Shiites, was gunned down along with 13 other militants during an assault on a police convoy that was transporting him from prison on Wednesday.