Religious issues

June 13, 2018 - 3:25 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in last month's parliamentary elections, has announced an alliance with an Iran-backed coalition ahead of marathon negotiations to form a new government. The move, which was announced by al-Sadr and...
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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2010, file photo, former Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson poses for a photo in Fort Worth, Texas. The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., heads into its annual meeting next week facing what one senior leader calls a “horrifying #MeToo moment." A series of sexual misconduct cases within the SBC has prompted its socially conservative, all-male leadership to seek forgiveness for the ill-treatment of women. Illustrating the SBC's predicament, the featured sermon at next week's meeting is scheduled to be delivered by Patterson, the central figure in the most prominent of the troubling #MeToo cases. (Paul Moseley/Star-Telegram via AP, File)
June 12, 2018 - 6:53 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention opened its annual national meeting Tuesday in an anxious mood as the denomination's all-male leadership grappled with the fallout of multiple sexual misconduct cases. With virtually no opposition, delegates at the meeting adopted resolutions condemning...
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People watch Pope Francis as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
June 11, 2018 - 2:11 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — An international family rally the Catholic Church is hosting in Ireland will feature workshops on hot-button issues facing Catholic families, including protecting children from clergy sexual abuse, weathering divorce and ministering to lesbian and gay faithful. Pope Francis will...
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Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
June 11, 2018 - 10:23 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignations Monday of the bishop at the center of Chile's clerical sex abuse scandal and two other priests, launching a purge of the Catholic Church in a country where it had been damaged by an avalanche of abuse and cover-up accusations. A Vatican...
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June 10, 2018 - 7:39 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — An opinion poll published Sunday shows deep divisions between Israelis and American Jews, particularly in relation to President Donald Trump, highlighting the growing rift between the world's two largest Jewish communities. The survey of the American Jewish Committee showed 77...
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June 08, 2018 - 3:19 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, signed bills Friday to protect transgender people from discrimination and ban therapies that seek to change the sexual orientation of minors. The anti-discrimination law, which takes effect July 8, bans discrimination based on gender identity in...
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This image made from a body camera video on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, released by the Mesa Police Department shows police officers approaching a man in Mesa, Ariz. A report from the incident states the man, Robert Johnson, was "verbally defiant and confrontational." Mesa police released the report, along with footage from police-worn cameras, on Wednesday, June 6, after video released by Johnson's attorneys circulated this week, raising criticism over the handling of the incident. (Mesa Police Department via AP)
June 07, 2018 - 10:43 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The attorneys and a pastor for a suburban Phoenix man seen on video being beaten by police while standing against a wall said Thursday that the officer's claim that their client posed a threat "doesn't pass the smell test." Pastor Andre Miller said the Mesa Police Department...
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June 07, 2018 - 12:10 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Some of the most prominent figures in the fight against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church are joining forces in a new international effort to end abuse and the impunity of bishops and religious superiors who enable it. The multinational initiative, End Clergy Abuse, was announced...
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President Donald Trump speaks at an iftar dinner, which breaks a daylong fast, celebrating Islam's holy month of Ramadan, in the State Dining Room of the White House Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 06, 2018 - 10:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wishing Muslims around the world a "Ramadan Mubarak" — a blessed holiday — President Donald Trump on Wednesday hosted his first White House dinner for Islam's holy month of Ramadan, an overture that surprised many in the Muslim community after he skipped hosting such a meal last...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prince Charles speaks to dignitaries as he attends "Platinum – Israel at 70", the Jewish community's celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel at the Royal Albert Hall in London. On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, it was made public that Prince Charles was asked to give a witness statement to a public inquiry into how abuse allegations against a pedophile bishop were handled. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, pool, file)
June 06, 2018 - 1:25 pm
LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has been asked to give a witness statement to a public inquiry into how abuse allegations against a pedophile bishop were handled. The request for a statement from Charles and his private secretary was made public Wednesday during an Independent Inquiry into Child...
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