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This Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 photo shows Brian Toale in New York. Thousands of people who say they were molested as children in New York state will head to court this week to file lawsuits against their alleged abusers and the institutions where they worked. Toale, 66, who says he was molested by an employee at a Catholic high school he attended on Long Island, was one of the leaders in the fight to pass the Child Victims Act. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
August 14, 2019 - 4:23 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the filing of child sex abuse lawsuits in New York (all times local): 4:20 p.m. A lawsuit is accusing the former Catholic bishop of the Albany Diocese of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy in the 1990s. Former Bishop Howard Hubbard is one of the highest-profile...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2010 file photo, Warren Jeffs sits in the Third District Court in Salt Lake City. Imprisoned polygamist leader Jeffs has allegedly suffered a mental breakdown and isn't fit to give a deposition in a sex abuse case against him. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)
August 12, 2019 - 4:26 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has suffered a mental breakdown and isn't fit to give a deposition in a sex abuse case against him, according to a recent court filing. Forcing Jeffs to testify would be "futile," said lawyers representing a community trust that once...
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Rev. Nicola Corradi, center, and Rev. Horacio Corbacho, following behind on left, are escorted from the courtroom after attending their trial in Mendoza, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Corradi, an Italian who is 83 and under house arrest and Corbacho, a 59-year-old priest, are charged with alleged crimes against deaf minors. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
August 05, 2019 - 11:31 am
MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) — Downcast and sitting in a wheelchair as his historic trial began Monday in Argentina, the Rev. Nicola Corradi didn't look like the man former students at an institute for the deaf say was the force behind years of "indescribable" torment through sexual abuse. The 83-year-...
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Pope Francis prays for the dead and injured of the three U.S. mass shootings, during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Francis told a crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly Angelus blessing Sunday that ''I am spiritually close to the victims of the episodes of violence that have bloodied Texas, California and Ohio, in the United States, striking defenseless people.'' (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
August 04, 2019 - 9:19 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday sent a new letter to priests worldwide offering encouragement in light of the global sex abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church. In a nearly 5,000-word letter sent on the feast day of St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests, the pope on...
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FILE - In this Saturday, July 1, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump is greeted by Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Dallas Church as he arrives to speak during the Celebrate Freedom event at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Many religious leaders have strongly condemned Trump's disparaging remarks about minority members of Congress. "He does not judge people by the color of their skin," said Jeffress, a frequent guest at the White House. "He judges people on whether they support him," Jeffress said. "If you embrace him, he'll embrace you. If you attack him, he'll attack you. That's the definition of color blind." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 01, 2019 - 5:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Many religious leaders have strongly condemned President Donald Trump's disparaging remarks about minority members of Congress. Prominent figures on the religious right have not joined in, instead maintaining public silence or insisting that Trump's tactics reflect hard-nosed...
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Maria Chavalan-Sut of Guatemala speaks during an interview at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Chavalan-Sut is among a number of immigrants taking sanctuary at houses of worship who have received letters from immigration authorities notifying them of their intent to impose a civil fine of up to $799 a day. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
July 30, 2019 - 4:21 pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Maria Chavalan-Sut, an indigenous woman from Guatemala, has spent 10 months living in makeshift quarters at a Methodist church trying to stave off a deportation order to a country she says has scarred her life with violence and discrimination. Her fight for asylum could...
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A Lebanese activist holds an Arabic placard that read: "If you are scared for your faith because of a song, reconsider your faith, not the song," during a protest expressing solidarity with Mashrou' Leila or "Leila's Project" band, a popular Mideast rock band known for its rousing music and lyrics challenging norms in the conservative Arab world, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, July 29, 2019. The group is at the center of a heated debate about freedom of expression after church leaders demanded that their concert, scheduled to take place in the coastal city of Byblos on Aug. 9, be canceled, saying the group's songs are an insult to Christianity. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
July 30, 2019 - 1:44 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — An international music festival in Lebanon said Tuesday that it has cancelled a planned concert by a popular Mideast rock band whose lead singer is openly gay, apparently caving to pressure after weeklong calls by some Christian groups to pull the plug on the show, as well as online...
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Pope Francis salutes from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Francis on Sunday bowed his head in silent prayer for the migrants, perhaps as many as 150, who perished last week in shipwrecks of smuggler’s boats near the Libyan coast. He invited faithful in St. Peter’s Square to join him in praying for the victims and their families. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
July 28, 2019 - 7:08 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is appealing for swift, decisive action by governments so that more migrants don't die at sea. Francis on Sunday bowed his head in silent prayer for the migrants, perhaps as many as 150, who perished last week in the Mediterranean Sea in shipwrecks of smugglers'...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2003 file photo, guard towers and razor wire ring the compound at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., the site of the last federal execution. Democratic presidential candidates may have a delicate balancing act when dealing with the Justice Department's announcement that it will begin executing federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003. The Democratic Party is more unified in its opposition to capital punishment than in years past, but a majority of Americans continue to support the death penalty. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
July 26, 2019 - 8:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The question to Michael Dukakis, the Democratic presidential candidate in 1988, was brutally personal. "If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?" Bernard Shaw, a CNN anchor, asked, referring to the Massachusetts...
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July 26, 2019 - 7:19 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Benedict XVI, the 92-year-old former pontiff, has made an unscheduled day trip to the Alban hills near Rome. The Vatican on Friday said Emeritus Pope Benedict, who relinquished the papacy due to physical frailty, traveled a day earlier to Castel Gandolfo, which is home to the...
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