Religion and politics

Flames engulf the Santa Juana Catholic chapel in the Alta Can Can community of Cunco, Chile, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Three churches including Santa Juana have been firebombed in Chile on the first full day of Pope Francis' visit to the Andean nation. (Alejandro Hidd via AP)
January 17, 2018 - 12:03 am
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis is looking to put Chile's sex abuse scandal behind him Wednesday by diving into another divisive issue roiling the South American nation: the plight of the indigenous Mapuche and their long-running conflicts with government authorities. In an ominous reminder of...
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January 16, 2018 - 5:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is supporting the Archdiocese of Washington in a court fight against D.C.'s subway system, which rejected an ad for the organization's Christmas fundraising effort. The archdiocese sued Metro, arguing its refusal to sell ad space violated the First Amendment...
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President Russell M. Nelson, center, as his counselors Dallin H. Oaks, left and Henry B. Eyring, speak during a news conference announcing his new leadership in the wake of the death of President Thomas S. Monson Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
January 16, 2018 - 4:23 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The selection of a new Mormon president fills a void atop a well-defined leadership hierarchy that has governed the church for decades. A closer look at how the leadership structure is arranged and how new members are chosen: ___ WHO LEADS THE CHURCH? The Church of Jesus...
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President Russell M. Nelson speaks at a church broadcast announcing his new leadership as the faith's president in the wake of the death of President Thomas S. Monson on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
January 16, 2018 - 11:40 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church appointed a 93-year-old former heart surgeon Tuesday as its new president, following a longstanding succession plan that aims to keep the faith on course with a minimum of upheaval. The selection of Russell M. Nelson was announced by high-ranking Mormon D...
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Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the San Luis Beltran church on his way to the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Francis flew in to Chile’s capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
January 16, 2018 - 6:26 am
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis will be under pressure Tuesday to confront a priest sex abuse scandal during his first full day in Chile, an Andean nation where the majority identifies as Roman Catholic but strong currents of skepticism and even contempt for the church are increasingly present...
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Pope Francis waves to followers on his way to the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
January 15, 2018 - 6:53 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis flew in to Chile's capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church. It's the pope's first visit to the Andean nation of 17 million...
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Pope Francis boards the plane on the occasion of his trip to Chile and Peru, at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci international airport in Fiumicino, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. The pontiff is visiting Chile from January 15-18, then will head to Peru, where he'll stay until January 21. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
January 15, 2018 - 3:15 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Hours before Pope Francis was set to arrive in Chile Monday, activists on issues related to sex abuse by priests called for sanctions against both abusers and anyone who helped cover up their actions. About 200 people attended the first of several activities aimed at making...
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FILE - This is a Jan 8, 2018 file photo of Sinn Fein Member of Parliament Barry McElduff. McElduff and Irish nationalist lawmaker has resigned from Britain's Parliament after sparking outrage by appearing to mock a massacre during Northern Ireland's decades of violence. McElduff was shown in a Twitter video with a loaf of Kingsmill brand bread on his head, on the anniversary of the 1976 murder of 10 Protestant workmen by IRA militants in the village of Kingsmill. (Niall Carson/PA, File via AP)
January 15, 2018 - 9:32 am
LONDON (AP) — An Irish nationalist lawmaker has resigned from Britain's Parliament after sparking outrage by appearing to mock a massacre carried out during Northern Ireland's decades of violence. Sinn Fein legislator Barry McElduff was shown in a Twitter video with a loaf of Kingsmill brand bread...
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January 15, 2018 - 8:12 am
LONDON (AP) — An Irish nationalist lawmaker has resigned from Britain's Parliament after sparking outrage by appearing to mock a massacre carried out during Northern Ireland's decades of violence. Sinn Fein legislator Barry McElduff was shown in a Twitter video with a loaf of Kingsmill brand bread...
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A man waves a Chilean flag as Pope Francis recites the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Pope Francis says while fear of migrants is “legitimate’ it’s a sin if that causes hostility. Francis invited migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, newly arrived immigrants and second-generation immigrant families to a special Mass he celebrated Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
January 15, 2018 - 7:57 am
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis' visit to Chile was always going to be fraught, but it has taken on an unprecedented degree of opposition with the firebombings of Catholic churches ahead of his Monday arrival and protests by Chileans fed up with priest sex abuse and cover-up. Francis is coming...
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