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House votes to reauthorize international religious freedom commission

19 hours ago

French financier to head Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has chosen a French financier to become the new president of its bank, which is overhauling the way it operates after a series of financial scandals.

23 hours ago

South Carolina Episcopalians take fight to court

South Carolina Episcopalians take fight to court

ST. GEORGE, S.C. (AP) — About 50 conservative Episcopal churches in South Carolina are in court this week, trying to keep their name, seal and $500 million in land and buildings after they broke away from the national denomination in a wide-r…

July 08, 2014 4:01 pm Photos

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Vatican bank's profit takes big dip amid reform

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican bank on Tuesday reported a big drop in profits as Pope Francis presses reforms to make the scandal-tainted institution more transparent.

July 08, 2014 7:54 am

Pope: Bishops must be held accountable for abuse

Pope: Bishops must be held accountable for abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of …

July 07, 2014 3:43 pm Photos

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Pope's visit seen encouraging Catholics in Asia

Pope's visit seen encouraging Catholics in Asia

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asia has a special spot in the heart of Pope Francis, who looks forward to visiting the region to encourage Christians, especially those suffering or being persecuted, Manila's archbishop said Monday.

July 07, 2014 4:12 am Photos

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Pope: No-work Sundays good, not just for faithful

Pope: No-work Sundays good, not just for faithful

CAMPOBASSO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis has lamented the abandoning of the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays, saying it has a negative impact on families and friendships.

July 05, 2014 10:31 am

Sri Lanka accused of turning blind eye to violence

Sri Lanka accused of turning blind eye to violence

ALUTHGAMA, Sri Lanka (AP) — The attackers stormed in close to midnight, tearing through town with gasoline bombs and clubs before carting away piles of cash and jewelry they stole from Muslim families in this tiny corner of Sri Lanka.

July 05, 2014 1:09 am Photos

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China court jails Christian pastor for 12 years

BEIJING (AP) — The pastor of a Christian church in central China was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday in what supporters say is a crackdown aimed at curbing fast-growing religious activity, his lawyer said.

July 04, 2014 8:17 am

Vatican taps Jesuit to be pope's advisor to Legion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has named a Jesuit canon lawyer as special papal adviser to the Legion of Christ to help guide it for the next few years following revelations that its founder was a pedophile and a fraud and that the order nee…

July 03, 2014 6:14 pm

32,000 Mormon missionaries to get iPad minis

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media.

July 03, 2014 5:19 pm

Vatican gives thumbs up for exorcist association

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Exorcists now have a legal weapon at their disposal.

July 02, 2014 11:26 am

Religion news in brief

Religion news in brief

Green family, Hobby Lobby, connected for 40 years

July 02, 2014 11:08 am Photos

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Vatican bank shakeup expected as pope mulls reform

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The embattled Vatican bank is heading into a new round of turmoil, with the resignations of its president and board expected soon as Pope Francis mulls how to reform the institution blamed for some of the Vatican's biggest…

July 01, 2014 3:08 pm

Bishop in mob town seeks godfather moratorium

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A southern Italian archbishop has proposed a 10-year moratorium on the naming of godfathers in a bid to stem the way mob bosses use the "padrino" system to spread their influence and authority to the next generation.

July 01, 2014 7:40 am

Superior who led Legion through abuse turmoil dies

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Rev. Alvaro Corcuera, who led the Legion of Christ religious order through the turmoil surrounding revelations that its founder was a pedophile and fraud, has died. He was 56.

June 30, 2014 3:29 pm

Spain's new king and queen invite pope to visit

Spain's new king and queen invite pope to visit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Spain's new king and queen met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday on their first foreign trip as monarchs, and invited the pontiff to visit Spain.

June 30, 2014 8:32 am Photos

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No decision on Mormon gay-rights advocate case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon man well-known for advocating for gay rights and questioning some church policies said no immediate decision was made Sunday by a Utah church leader considering whether he'll be excommunicated.

June 29, 2014 6:27 pm

Pope leads long Vatican Mass after health setbacks

Pope leads long Vatican Mass after health setbacks

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Looking tired but relaxed, Pope Francis on Sunday led his first major public ceremony since health problems forced a spate of canceled appointments.

June 29, 2014 7:30 am Photos

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Ex-GalleyCat ed Jason Boog on raising bookworms

Ex-GalleyCat ed Jason Boog on raising bookworms

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Boog was immersed in publishing for five years as editor of the MediaBistro blog GalleyCat. When he became a dad, he was curious how best to foster a love of books in his newborn daughter.

June 28, 2014 5:34 pm Photos

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Pope tired but smiling amid new health concerns

Pope tired but smiling amid new health concerns

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has had a busy morning of audiences amid new health concerns following his cancellation of a planned outing.

June 28, 2014 5:28 am Photos

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Vatican defrocks ex-ambassador in sex abuse case

Vatican defrocks ex-ambassador in sex abuse case

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has defrocked its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic for sexually abusing boys. It's the first time a top papal envoy has been convicted of the crime and signals that Pope Francis is serious about impo…

June 27, 2014 2:40 pm

Pope Francis again cancels event, citing ailment

Pope Francis again cancels event, citing ailment

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canceled a planned visit to one of Rome's main hospitals Friday, the third time this month the 77-year-old has skipped or scaled back an event due to illness or fatigue.

June 27, 2014 1:42 pm Photos

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Wiccan says he was barred from giving invocation

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A member of the Wiccan faith says he was set to give the opening invocation at a Huntsville City Council meeting until the plan was publicized and he was asked about his faith. He was then told he was no longer invited.

June 27, 2014 8:24 am

Wiccan says he was barred from giving invocation

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A member of the Wiccan faith says he was set to give the opening invocation at a Huntsville City Council meeting until the plan was publicized and he was asked about his faith. He was then told he was no longer invited.

June 27, 2014 7:49 am

Vatican: Many Catholics ignore teachings on sex

Vatican: Many Catholics ignore teachings on sex

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican conceded Thursday that most Catholics reject its teachings on sex and contraception as intrusive and irrelevant and officials pledged not to "close our eyes to anything" when it opens a two-year debate on some …

June 26, 2014 12:14 pm Photos

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Sandberg back with new 'Lean In' for graduates

Sandberg back with new 'Lean In' for graduates

It's been a year since Sheryl Sandberg came out with "Lean In," her best-selling manifesto for working women, launching a new catchphrase in the process.

April 13, 2014 7:30 am Photos

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Some question Sheryl Sandberg's Ban Bossy campaign

Some question Sheryl Sandberg's Ban Bossy campaign

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and the Girl Scouts recently declared a campaign to "Ban Bossy," complete with Beyonce, Jane Lynch and Condoleezza Rice on video, a website full of tips and thousands of fans who pledged to stamp out that B …

March 23, 2014 8:00 am

Misty Copeland shares her story about rising to success in spite of adversity

Misty Copeland shares her story about rising to success in spite of adversity

When Misty Copeland takes the stage this spring as the principal title character in the classic ballet, "Coppelia", her rise to this pinnacle of stardom as a soloist who has danced around the world, seems meteoric in itself. But reading her m…

March 16, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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Perspectives on coping with loss: Local author writes about the caregiver's perspective on cancer

Perspectives on coping with loss: Local author writes about the caregiver's perspective on cancer

In times of turmoil, a man often feels like he is supposed to be strong and know what to do.

March 09, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Ex-GalleyCat ed Jason Boog on raising bookworms

Ex-GalleyCat ed Jason Boog on raising bookworms

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Boog was immersed in publishing for five years as editor of the MediaBistro blog GalleyCat. When he became a dad, he was…

June 28, 2014 5:34 pm Photos

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