Pennsylvania priests abused over 1,000 children, report says

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she’d had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Judge won’t toss claim against Mormon church in rape case

SALT LAKE CITY – A woman’s lawsuit claiming she was raped by a Mormon church leader who was allowed to oversee young missionaries despite a history of sexual misconduct will go forward, a judge...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Evangelist seeks prayer for yoga-practicing Oregon governor

SALEM, Ore. – The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state’s Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian. Yoga and meditation...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Death penalty decree could be quandary for U.S. politicians

MINNEAPOLIS – Pope Francis’ decree that the death penalty is “inadmissible” in all cases could pose a dilemma for Roman Catholic politicians and judges in the United States who are faced with...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Michigan attorney set to be first Muslim woman in Congress

DETROIT – Rashida Tlaib’s opposition to President Donald Trump began while he was still candidate Trump and before she decided to run for Congress. The 42-year-old attorney, who is set to become...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Muslim candidates run in record numbers but face backlash

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – A liberal woman of color with zero name recognition and little funding takes down a powerful, long serving congressman from her own political party. When Tahirah Amatul-Wadud...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Jewish teens enlisted to fight anti-Semitism in Germany

LUCKAU, Germany – Sophie Steiert opens a bag of kosher gummy bears and offers them to 20 other German teenagers seated around her in their high school classroom. “They’re really yummy,” Steiert,...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope rules out death penalty in change to church teaching

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is “inadmissible” under all circumstances and the Catholic Church should campaign to abolish it, a change in church teaching that...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Company unveils moving mosque to welcome Muslims in Japan

TOKYO – A large white and blue truck pulls up outside a stadium in central Japan and slowly expands into a place of worship. Welcome to the Mobile Mosque. As Japan prepares to host visitors from...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Boys rescued from Thai cave ordained at Buddhist temple

MAE SAI, Thailand – The young soccer teammates and their coach who were rescued after being trapped in a cave in northern Thailand were ordained Wednesday at a Buddhist temple, a merit-making...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

U.S. nuns demand action to end ‘culture of silence’ on abuse

VATICAN CITY – The largest association of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States urged its members Monday to report any sexual abuse of religious sisters by clergy and demanded that church...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

What’s behind the belief in weeping Virgin Mary statues?

In a Catholic parish in Hobbs, New Mexico, a statue of the Virgin Mary has been “weeping.” Onlookers have gathered out of curiosity, and also for prayer and healing. The liquid on the statue has...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

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