Religion

June 16, 2019 - 11:06 am
HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas this year that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse. Court records show that Stephen Bratton posted a $50,000 bond Saturday. The Houston Chronicle reports that 43-year-old...
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Pope Francis wears a safety helmet as he arrives to visit the earthquake damaged Cathedral of Camerino, Italy, Sunday, June 16, 2019. The pontiff will be celebrating mass in front of the cathedral that was heavily damaged by the 2016 earthquake that hit the central Italian Marche region. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
June 16, 2019 - 8:30 am
CAMERINO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis donned a white firefighter's safety helmet Sunday to enter a damaged cathedral during a visit to central Italy, where he gave encouragement to people still struggling three years after devastating earthquakes struck. Francis traveled to the town of Camerino,...
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The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, second left, leads the first mass in a side chapel, two months after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, Saturday June 15, 2019, in Paris. (Karine Perret, Pool via AP)
June 15, 2019 - 5:20 pm
PARIS (AP) — The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire. Exactly two...
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Activists hold up signs outside the Vatican as Pope Francis meets with oil executives, Friday, June 14, 2019. The meeting marked the second year that Francis has invited oil and financial sector executives to the Vatican to impress upon them his concern that preserving God’s creation is one of the fundamental challenges facing humankind today. (Claudio Peri/ANSA via AP)
June 14, 2019 - 3:48 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Some of the world's major oil producers pledged Friday to support "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid "perpetrating a brutal act of injustice" against the poor and future generations. The companies, including...
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Activists hold up signs outside the Vatican as Pope Francis meets with oil executives, Friday, June 14, 2019. The meeting marked the second year that Francis has invited oil and financial sector executives to the Vatican to impress upon them his concern that preserving God’s creation is one of the fundamental challenges facing humankind today. Signs in Italian read "Don't steal our future", left, and "Climate emergency is not an opinion!", second from right. (Claudio Peri/ANSA via AP)
June 14, 2019 - 9:54 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Vatican summit on climate change (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Some of the world's major oil producers have committed to supporting "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes at the end of a Vatican summit on climate change. The companies, including...
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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, left, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops accompanied by Rev. J. Brian Bransfield, participates in a morning prayer, during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), 2019 Spring meetings in Baltimore, Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
June 14, 2019 - 8:45 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — Under intense public pressure, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops approved new steps this week to deal more strongly with the clergy sex-abuse crisis. But activists and others say the moves leave the bishops in charge of policing themselves and potentially keep law enforcement at...
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June 14, 2019 - 7:39 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, met with Poland's Catholic bishops on Friday to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish church admitted knowing about hundreds of cases over the years where priests abused minors. Scicluna...
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June 14, 2019 - 7:32 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has lifted a city's ban on the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit used by some Muslim women. Wearing the garments in municipal pools in the western city of Koblenz was forbidden at the beginning of this year after the local council narrowly approved a ban. Officials...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., north of New York City. On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, federal health officials updated the U.S. measles case count, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 14, 2019 - 5:31 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted...
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In this courtroom drawing, Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques on March 15, 2019 appears via video link at the Christchurch District Court, from the maximum security prison in Auckland where he's being held, Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, June 14, 2019. Tarrant pleaded not guilty to all the charges filed against him. (AP Photo/Stephanie McEwin)
June 14, 2019 - 3:16 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge who set his trial for next May. The courtroom was filled with 80 survivors and family members of...
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