Religious issues

August 04, 2018 - 8:06 am
CAIRO (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it will resume oil shipments through the Bab al-Mandeb strait after they were temporarily halted following attacks by Yemen's Shiite rebels. Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih is quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency as saying shipments through the narrow strait,...
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August 03, 2018 - 6:28 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A grand jury investigating clergy sex abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses found that church leaders were more interested in preventing scandal than protecting children, in some cases discouraging victims from going to police or pressuring law enforcement...
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August 03, 2018 - 10:01 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing at least 29 people and wounding another 81, officials said. Abdullah Asrat, spokesman for the governor of Paktia province, said the heavily armed attackers, disguised in the...
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In this photo taken July 3, 2015, Abbot Xuecheng of the Beijing Longquan Temple poses for a photo at the temple in Beijing, China. Xue, one of China's highest-ranking Buddhist monks is facing a government investigation over accusations of sexual misconduct, in what is seen by some as an indication the #MeToo movement is gaining traction in the world's most populous nation. (Chinatopix via AP)
August 03, 2018 - 5:46 am
BEIJING (AP) — One of China's highest-ranking Buddhist monks is facing a government investigation over accusations of sexual misconduct, in what is seen by some as an indication the #MeToo movement is gaining traction across the world's most populous society. Longquan Monastery abbot Shi Xuecheng...
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August 02, 2018 - 12:21 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A new survey has found that the majority of U.S. Catholic religious orders believe women should be allowed to serve as ordained deacons in the church, lending support to an issue that is being studied at the Vatican amid pressure for women to be given greater roles in the church...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, that sex abuse allegations against the ex-Cardinal dating back decades raise serious questions about how the alleged abuse remained a secret for so long. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
August 01, 2018 - 7:30 pm
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Wednesday that sex abuse allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick dating back decades raise serious questions about how the claims could stay secret for so long as the retired archbishop from Washington, D.C., rose in...
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The Most Rev. Ronald Gainer, the Roman Catholic bishop of the diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., discusses child sexual abuse by clergy and a decision by the diocese to remove names of bishops going back to the 1940s after concluding they did not respond adequately to abuse allegations, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 during a news conference in Harrisburg, Pa. The bishop apologized to victims and said the diocese is posting an online list of 71 priests and others in the church accused of the abuse. Following the Erie, Pa., diocese, the Harrisburg diocese is the second Pennsylvania diocese to get ahead of a roughly 900-page grand jury report that could be made public in August 2018, which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said found more than 300 "predator priests" in six of the state's eight dioceses. (AP Photo/Mark Scolforo)
August 01, 2018 - 5:41 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese on Wednesday identified 71 priests and other members of the church who had been accused of child sex abuse and said it was holding accountable the bishops who led the church for the past 70 years, announcing their names will be stripped from all...
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August 01, 2018 - 3:50 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a ban on garments covering the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, are clashing verbally as the law takes effect. Marcus Knuth of the ruling liberal party Venstre, says the dress worn by some conservative Muslim women is "...
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Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican's family and laity office, talks during an interview with The Associated Press in office in Rome, Tuesday, July 31, 2018. The highest-ranking American at the Vatican insists he never even suspected his former boss sexually abused teenagers and seminarians, telling that he is livid that he didn't know because he could have done something about it. (AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia)
July 31, 2018 - 4:48 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The highest-ranking American at the Vatican insisted Tuesday he never knew or even suspected that his former boss, disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, allegedly sexually abused boys and adult seminarians, telling The Associated Press he is livid that he was kept in the...
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July 31, 2018 - 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington is siding with transportation officials in a dispute about the transit agency's decision to reject an ad from the Roman Catholic Church. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday. The Archdiocese of...
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