Christianity

Armed separatists kidnapped at least 79 students and three staff members from a Presbyterian school in a troubled English-speaking region of Cameroon, the governor said Monday.
November 07, 2018 - 12:14 pm
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The 79 students kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in Cameroon have been released, but two of the three staff members abducted with them are still being held, a church official said Wednesday. The students, aged between 11 and 17, were brought to a church near...
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FILE - In this November 2014 file photo, Archbishop Anthony Apuron stands in front of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagatna, Guam. Guam's Catholic church announced Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 that it will file for bankruptcy _ a move that lawyers say will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by priests and move toward settlements. The U.S. territory, where almost everyone is Catholic, has been ripped apart by claims the archbishop and other priests abused children. Apuron has denied allegations he molested multiple altar boys. (AP Photo/Grace Garces Bordallo, File)
November 07, 2018 - 7:08 am
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's Catholic church will file for bankruptcy — a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by priests and move toward settlements. Archbishop Michael Byrnes announced Wednesday that mediation efforts that began in...
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This August 2010 photo provided by Reuben Ortiz, shows retired Catholic priest Jerome Coyle in Albuquerque, N.M. An Associated Press investigation shows that the diocese based in Sioux City, Iowa, quietly transferred Coyle to New Mexico for treatment after he acknowledged in 1986 that he had sexually abused roughly 50 Iowa boys over a 20-year period. (Reuben Ortiz via AP)
November 06, 2018 - 6:37 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese issued an apology Tuesday for covering up an Iowa priest's sexual abuse of boys for decades and promised to identify all priests who have faced credible allegations. The actions by the Diocese of Sioux City come in response to an investigation by The...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2010, file photo, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, listens to officials at a prison in Sheikhupura near Lahore, Pakistan. Italy is working to help relocate the family of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, amid warnings from her husband that their life is in danger in Pakistan. (AP Photo, File)
November 06, 2018 - 4:53 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy said Tuesday that it is working to help relocate the family of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, amid warnings from her husband that the family's life is in danger in Pakistan. The Foreign Ministry said it was...
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Bishop Richard Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, speaks during a news conference Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cheektowaga, N.Y. Malone has resisted calls to step down amid reports that he left accused priests in ministry and excluded others from a list of problematic priests released to the public in March. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
November 05, 2018 - 8:27 pm
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Embattled Bishop Richard Malone added 36 names Monday to a public list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a child, bringing the number to 78, and described a "tsunami" of victims who came forward following the creation of a program to compensate victims...
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The image of Pope Francis is projected on a giant screen during the Angelus noon prayer he delivered from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
November 04, 2018 - 8:08 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decried the attack on pilgrims in Egypt, saying they were killed "for being Christians." Francis invited faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday to pray with him for the seven slain as they were making their way to a remote Orthodox Coptic monastery. Christians...
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Rabbi Chuck Diamond, center, a former Rabbi at the Tree of Life Synagogue, hugs a woman after leading a Shabbat service outside the Tree of Life Synagogue, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 in Pittsburgh. Last Saturday, 11 people were killed and six wounded when their worship was interrupted by a gunman's bullets. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
November 03, 2018 - 12:40 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — About 100 people gathered in a cold drizzle for what was called a "healing service" outside the Pittsburgh synagogue that was the scene of a mass shooting a week ago. Former Tree of Life rabbi Chuck Diamond led Saturday morning's 45-minute service, which featured prayers, songs...
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Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, left, talks to members of the media following his meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, right, at the patriarchate in Istanbul, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Poroshenko and Bartholomew signed an agreement between Ukraine and the patriarchate, for their cooperation and coordinartion on the process of granting Ukrainian church its autocephaly. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
November 03, 2018 - 11:27 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — Ukraine's president has met the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, as some Ukrainian clerics prepare to break ties with the Russian Orthodox Church. President Petro Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew I spoke in Istanbul on Saturday, weeks after the patriarchate's Oct. 11...
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This undated photo provided by Southeast Ohio Regional Jail shows Rev. Henry Christopher Foxhoven. Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the Roman Catholic priest taking a now-pregnant altar girl to a wedding reception last year and whether the diocese responded appropriately when officials learned about the outing. Foxhoven was charged this week with sexual battery after informing the Steubenville diocesan bishop about his relationship with the 17-year-old. (Southeast Ohio Regional Jail via AP)
November 02, 2018 - 1:54 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether a Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio responded appropriately last November when it learned that a priest for two of its parishes had taken a now-pregnant altar girl to a wedding reception last November, Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn...
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Pakistani protesters burn a poster image of Christian woman Asia Bibi, who has spent eight-years on death row accused of blasphemy and acquitted by a Supreme Court, in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Bibi plans to leave the country, her family said Thursday, as Islamists mounted rallies demanding Bibi be publicly hanged, and also called for the killing of the three judges, including Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, who acquitted Bibi. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih
November 02, 2018 - 9:00 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The release of a Christian woman in Pakistan, acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, was apparently delayed Friday after talks failed between the government and radical Islamists who want her publicly hanged. Islamists held rallies Friday across...
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