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  • On his native turf, Pope Francis touches on cherished issues story has photos
    Updated: Jul-05-15 4:49 am

    QUITO, Ecuador - History's first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.

  • The Latest: Pope Francis leaves for Ecuador on 3-nation trip story has photos
    Updated: Jul-05-15 4:31 am

    ROME - Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:

  • Excommunicated founder of Mormon women's group steps down 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 3:19 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - The founder of a Mormon women's group who was excommunicated last year is stepping down from the organization.

  • Benedict XVI is honored for keen devotion to church music 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 10:04 am

    VATICAN CITY - Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an "encounter with the divine," saying listening to Mozart helps him experience "very deeply the Lord's presence."

  • Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 12:09 am

    AGUARAGUE NATIONAL PARK, Bolivia - In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby.

  • Cinder blocks laid down around polygamous sect church 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 6:01 pm

    HILDALE, Utah - Workers were spotted placing down cinder blocks around a church building of the polygamous sect known as The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS.

  • Ex-followers to celebrate independence from polygamist sect 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 3:30 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Former followers of imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs are planning a Fourth of July event to celebrate their independence from the grips of his polygamist sect.

  • Pope to Christians: Put aside divisions amid persecution story has photos
    Updated: Jul-03-15 3:20 pm

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.

  • Mormon missionaries in hot climates can ditch the suit coat 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 2:24 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church is relaxing its dress code standards for male missionaries sent to serve in hot climates around the world.

  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-03-15 1:18 pm

    NEW YORK - Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless.

  • Upstate NY shrine fails to land spot on pope's itinerary 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 8:43 am

    AURIESVILLE, New York - A Roman Catholic shrine in upstate New York has failed in its bid to land a spot on Pope Francis' itinerary when he visits the U.S. this September.

  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-02-15 9:55 pm

    NEW YORK - Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless.

  • Church fires not usually arson; weather found as cause in SC story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:25 pm

    GREELEYVILLE, South Carolina - As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators announced Thursday that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina.

  • Pope to visit prison where convicted monsignor is locked up story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:08 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - A prison that Pope Francis plans to visit during his U.S. trip houses a former church official jailed for his handling of priest sexual-abuse complaints.

  • California delays plan to replace statue of soon-to-be saint 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:13 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - A California lawmaker announced Thursday that he is delaying a plan to replace a statue of the missionary Rev. Junipero Serra with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride in the U.S. Capitol, succumbing to criticism from Roman Catholics ahead of Pope Francis' planned visit to the United States in September.

  • Mennonites delay divestment vote over Israeli occupation 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 3:37 pm

    NEW YORK - A leading Mennonite group has delayed a decision on divesting from companies with business tied to Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.

  • Woman in Mormon church photo voices support for gay marriage 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 2:06 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A Mormon woman whose photograph was used by her church last week on a webpage explaining the faith's belief that marriage should be between a man and woman says she supports the legalization of gay marriage.

  • Kansas City delays action on diocese's plan for housing 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 9:16 am

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Kansas City officials have again delayed action on a controversial plan to build housing near Rockhurst University.

  • French cartoonist acquitted over pope drawing 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 9:01 am

    PARIS - A French appeals court has acquitted France's best-known cartoonist of accusations of inciting hatred for a drawing representing former Pope Benedict XVI sexually abusing a child.

  • Pope brings 'church for the poor' to South America's poorest story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:19 am

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best: speaking his native Spanish on his home turf about issues closest to his heart.

  • Bats force Mormon church to relocate missionaries in Provo 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 5:05 am

    PROVO, Utah - A young woman at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Missionary Training Center in Provo found a bat in her bunk, forcing the church to relocate about 600 female LDS missionaries to nearby areas as a precaution against rabies.

  • Heeding Francis, Iowa Catholic leaders to pressure '16 field 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 3:40 am

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa will call Thursday on candidates for president to follow the teachings of Pope Francis and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion.

  • Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 3:22 am

    SALT LAKE CITY - Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.

  • Carless 96-year-old Orem man bikes to complete church duties 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 2:07 am

    OREM, Utah - If you're out and about in Orem during the first of the month, keep your eyes peeled. Behind the handlebars of a four-wheel bike, 96-year-old Clare Oliphant will be on the road, too.

  • Polygamist leader's wife to testify against FLDS community 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 6:47 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - An estranged wife of polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs plans to testify against the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and two polygamist towns on the Utah-Arizona line.