Religious issues

Pope Francis marries flight attendants Carlos Ciuffardi, left, and Paola Podest, center, during a flight from Santiago, Chile, to Iquique, Chile, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying these two flight attendants from Chile’s flagship airline during the flight. The couple had been married civilly in 2010, however, they said they couldn’t follow-up with a church ceremony because of the 2010 earthquake that hit Chile. (L'Osservatore Romano Vatican Media/Pool Photo via AP)
January 18, 2018 - 7:29 pm
IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — It was all in a day's work for the ever-unpredictable Pope Francis. First he celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants at 36,000 feet during a flight on Thursday to this northern Chilean beachside town. Then after landing, Francis came to...
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In this Jan. 14, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump, right, accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to members of the media as they arrive for a dinner at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. Reinforcing its standing with social conservatives, the Trump administration creates a federal office to protect medical providers who refuse to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures because of their moral or religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 18, 2018 - 4:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. Leading Democrats and...
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January 18, 2018 - 9:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is creating an office aimed at protecting the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion. The new enforcement unit will be part of the civil rights office at the Department of Health and Human Services. It will be called the...
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People look through the rubble of the house of Palestinian gunman Ahmed Jarrar following Israeli military operations in the West Bank city of Jenin, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Israeli police say special forces killed a Palestinian gunman in the West Bank who allegedly killed an Israeli in a drive-by shooting earlier this month. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
January 18, 2018 - 6:15 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces hunting the killers of a rabbi raided a West Bank home before dawn Thursday, killing a wanted Palestinian in a firefight that also wounded two Israeli officers, one seriously, officials said. The raid capped a police and army hunt for the suspect in a drive-by...
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People look through the rubble of the house of Palestinian gunman Ahmed Jarrar following Israeli military operations in the West Bank city of Jenin, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Israeli police say special forces killed a Palestinian gunman in the West Bank who allegedly killed an Israeli in a drive-by shooting earlier this month. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
January 18, 2018 - 5:01 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces hunting the killers of a rabbi raided a West Bank home before dawn Thursday, killing a wanted Palestinian in a firefight that also wounded two Israeli officers, one seriously, officials said. The raid capped a police and army hunt for the suspect in a drive-by...
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Women march to protest a plan in Poland's parliament to tighten the country's already restrictive abortion laws, in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Similar protests were also held in other Polish cities. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
January 17, 2018 - 1:27 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish abortion rights proponents, most of them women, are marching in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland to express their opposition to a proposal in parliament to further tighten the country's already restrictive abortion law. Hundreds took part in a march in Warsaw on Wednesday...
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This photo released on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 by the YPG press office of the Kurdish People's Protection Units shows French national Emilie Konig in a video. Konig is one of two notorious French Islamic State members with roots in Europe’s networks of violent extremists are appearing on video with nearly identical messages, insisting they insisting they are being treated well by the Kurdish forces jailing them. (YPG press office via AP)
January 17, 2018 - 8:43 am
PARIS (AP) — Six families of French jihadis captured during Islamic State's retreat filed a complaint Wednesday demanding that the government bring them home, a week after a video of two notorious European extremists renewed the debate over how hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters should be...
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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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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at O'Higgins Park in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the “irreparable damage” done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church’s credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
January 16, 2018 - 10:15 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The latest on the pope's visit to Chile (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Pope Francis has met with a small group of Chilean victims of sex abuse by priests. That is according to Vatican spokesman Greg Burke. Burke told reporters that the meeting happened Tuesday at lunch. It was...
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Pope Francis meets with Bishops at the Sacristy of the Cathedral of Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Luca Zennaro/Pool via AP)
January 16, 2018 - 7:29 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the "irreparable damage" they suffered, his spokesman said. The pontiff also acknowledged the "pain" of priests who have been held collectively responsible for...
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