Discovery of bones near Vatican embassy revives 1983 mystery

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican said Tuesday that human bones were found during renovation work near its embassy to Italy, reviving talk about one of the Holy See’s most enduring mysteries – the fate of...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Church covered up priest’s abuse of 50 boys

FORT DODGE, Iowa – A Roman Catholic diocese acknowledged Wednesday that it concealed for decades a priest’s admission that he sexually abused dozens of Iowa boys – a silence that may have put other...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Before shooting, anti-Semitic incidents were on the rise

NEW YORK – Swastikas scrawled into Jewish students’ notebooks. Headstones toppled and desecrated by vandals at Jewish cemeteries. Jews falsely blamed for challenges facing the nation. The shooting...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

U.S. religious orders asked to ID priest abusers

NEW YORK – The umbrella organization of Catholic religious orders in the U.S. is suggesting that its members consider voluntarily identifying priests accused of sexual abuse, opening up what could...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Museum of the Bible removes items billed as Dead Sea Scrolls after experts find they are not authentic

WASHINGTON – The Museum of the Bible – a prominent new institution off the Mall in Washington, D.C. – announced this week that it has removed five prized items once thought to be historical Dead...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Issue of married Catholic priests gains traction under pope

VATICAN CITY – As the Vatican copes with the growing clergy sex abuse scandal and declining number of priests worldwide, it is laying the groundwork to open formal debate on an issue that has long...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Episcopal Church confronts past of sexual exploitation

NEW YORK – With striking displays of candor, the Episcopal Church is acknowledging the potency of the #MeToo movement by officially lamenting its past role in sexual exploitation and pledging steps...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope indicates willingness to visit North Korea

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis indicated a willingness to visit North Korea during a private audience Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, according to Vatican and South Korean officials....

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he’s responding to the church’s global sex...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Mormons to spend less time at church on Sundays

SALT LAKE CITY – Mormons will start spending less time at church each Sunday – two hours instead of three – after a change announced earlier this month aimed at making worship more manageable for...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Mormon leader: Nicknames for faith are ‘victory for Satan’

SALT LAKE CITY – The president of the Mormon church reiterated Sunday that he wants members, the media and others to use the faith’s full name, saying nicknames are “a major victory for Satan.”...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Christian TV network enters world of 24-hour news

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A Christian TV network is entering the crowded world of 24-hour news broadcasting at a time when the mainstream news media is under increasing attack by President Donald Trump...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

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