Religion

Pope Francis kisses a baby during an audience for members of the diocesis of Molfetta and Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
December 01, 2018 - 8:15 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has been quoted as saying homosexuality in the clergy "is something that worries me." In excerpts from an interview to be published soon in a book, he was also quoted as saying "in our societies it even seems homosexuality is fashionable." Italian daily Corriere...
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December 01, 2018 - 7:21 am
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian actress is facing trial next month charged with public obscenity after she showed up at the closing ceremony of a film festival in Cairo wearing a see-through dress that revealed the entirety of her legs. Rania Youssef's trial, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 12, follows a...
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A Ukrainian border guard checks documents of a man who is going to cross the border to Russia at the checkpoint at the border with Russia in Hoptivka, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Ukrainian officials announced earlier on Friday that all Russian men aged between 16 and 60 will be barred from entering Ukraine for the duration of the 30-day-long martial law. (AP Photo/Pavlo Pakhomenko)
November 30, 2018 - 5:27 pm
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine toughened its stance in its increasingly tense confrontation with Russia on Friday, banning entry to all Russian men of fighting age in what Ukraine's president said was an effort to prevent the Kremlin from destabilizing the country. The ban will last 30 days — as long...
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This photo from July 22, 2009 shows Omaha Archbishop George Lucas at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, Neb. On Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha released a list of 38 priests and other clergy members who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct after the state's top prosecutor requested the information. Archbishop Lucas said in a written statement: "We're deeply saddened so many innocent minors and young adults were harmed by the church's ministers. To victims and their families, I am sorry for the pain, betrayal and suffering you have experienced in the church." (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
November 30, 2018 - 4:25 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha released a list Friday of 38 priests and other clergy members who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct, a move prompted by a request from the state's top prosecutor. The archdiocese said 24 of the priests were under its control...
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A Vatican Swiss guard stands beside a giant screen broadcasting Pope Francis as he delivers his message during an audience with Sardinian volunteers, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
November 30, 2018 - 3:15 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has made more progress in its path to greater financial transparency by securing approval to join the European banking system that harmonizes electronic payments across the continent. With the endorsement of the European Council, the Vatican City State and Holy See...
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November 30, 2018 - 2:22 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha released a list Friday of 38 priests and other clergy members who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct after the state's top prosecutor requested the information. The archdiocese said 24 of the priests were under its control when...
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This undated photo provided by Ablikim Abliz, shows his uncle's family posing with an unknown Han Chinese man, second from the right, in Istanbul, Turkey. Abliz heard the Han Chinese man was part of a government homestay program meant to monitor his relatives, part of a broader crackdown on religious expression in China's far western region of Xinjiang. More than a million Chinese civil servants have been assigned to move into the homes of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities, spending weeks as uninvited guests. While government notices about the "Pair Up and Become Family" program portray it as an affectionate cultural exchange, exiled Uighurs living in Turkey said their loved ones saw the campaign as a chilling intrusion, aimed at coercing Uighurs into living secular lives like the Han majority. (Ablikim Abliz via AP)
November 30, 2018 - 12:02 pm
ISTANBUL (AP) — The two women in the photograph were smiling, but Halmurat Idris knew something was terribly wrong. One was his 39-year-old sister; standing at her side was an elderly woman Idris did not know. Their grins were tight-lipped, mirthless. Her sister had posted the picture on a social...
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In this Nov. 22, 2018, photo provided by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Japan's Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko attend a press conference ahead of his birthday at their residence in Tokyo. Prince Akishino, Emperor Akihito's second son, celebrated his 53rd birthday on Nov. 30. (Imperial Household Agency of Japan via AP)
November 30, 2018 - 11:28 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prince Akishino said a highly religious ritual that is part of next year's succession ceremonies should be paid for privately by the Imperial family, and questioned the government's decision to use public money. Emperor Akihito's younger son spoke about the contentious issue in...
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Exterior view of the Bethel church in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, where for more than a month, a rotating roster of preachers and visitors has been leading a non-stop, round-the-clock service at a small Protestant chapel in a quiet residential street in The Hague in an attempt to prevent the deportation of a family of Armenian asylum seekers. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
November 30, 2018 - 11:00 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — For more than a month, a rotating roster of preachers has been leading a non-stop, round-the-clock service at a small Protestant chapel in The Hague in an attempt to shield a family of Armenian asylum-seekers from deportation. Under a centuries-old tradition,...
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Exterior view of the Bethel church in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, where for more than a month, a rotating roster of preachers and visitors has been leading a non-stop, round-the-clock service at a small Protestant chapel in a quiet residential street in The Hague in an attempt to prevent the deportation of a family of Armenian asylum seekers. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
November 30, 2018 - 10:40 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — For more than a month, a rotating roster of preachers has been leading a non-stop, round-the-clock service at a small Protestant chapel in The Hague in an attempt to shield a family of Armenian asylum-seekers from deportation. Under a centuries-old tradition,...
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