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Bishop: Albany diocese covered up priest abuse for decades

By Associated Press — August 2, 2021
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — About 300 lawsuits have been filed against the Albany diocese under a state law that allows people until Aug. 14 to sue over sexual abuse they say they endured as children, sometimes decades ago.

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen

By Associated Press, Alanna Durkin Richer — July 29, 2021
BOSTON (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in the 1970s.

NXIVM sex cult member who cooperated avoids prison time

By Associated Press — July 29, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — A former member of NXIVM leader Keith Raniere’s inner circle avoided prison at sentencing Wednesday after prosecutors cited her extraordinary cooperation.

German woman indicted over her time with IS in Syria

By Associated Press — July 28, 2021
BERLIN (AP) — The indictment of Leonora M., is the latest in a string of cases in Germany involving women who went to the area held by IS and were involved in holding women captured by the extremist group as slaves.

Plaintiffs propose replacing Bible with Book of Faith

By Associated Press — July 28, 2021
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Government lawyers argued the lawsuit should be dismissed because the lead plaintiff acknowledged he wasn’t offended by the display.

Karadima, priest defrocked for sexual abuses, dies in Chile

By Associated Press — July 27, 2021
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Fernando Karadima, a Chilean priest who was at the center of a sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, has died at 90.

New Hampshire bishop denies allegations of past sexual abuse

By Associated Press — July 26, 2021
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A lawsuit accuses Bishop Peter Libasci of the Diocese of Manchester of abusing a male youth on numerous occasions in 1983 and 1984.

Pope honors grandparents on first World Day for elderly

By Associated Press — July 26, 2021
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated the Roman Catholic Church’s first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday.

Vanderbilt’s James Lawson Institute honors rights activist

By Associated Press — July 23, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University announced the launch of the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements.

China’s Xi visits Tibet amid rising controls over religion

By Associated Press — July 23, 2021
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region’s traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernized infrastructure. State media reported Friday that Xi visited sites in the capital, Lhasa, including the Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Street and […]

Grueling itinerary set for pope’s first post-surgery trip

By Associated Press — July 21, 2021
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis, 84, had already confessed that during his last trip, to Iraq in March, he thought he might need to slow down his normally rigorous travel schedule.

California synagogue shooting suspect pleads guilty

By Associated Press — July 21, 2021
SAN DIEGO (AP) — John T. Earnest called 911 to say he had shot up a synagogue because Jews were trying to ‘destroy all white people,’ authorities said.

Officials now say no ban on animal sacrifice in Kashmir

By Associated Press — July 16, 2021
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Friday said there is no ban on the sacrifice of animals during the upcoming Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday, a day after the government asked law enforcers to stop the sacrifice of cows, calves, camels and other animals. G.L. Sharma, a senior government official, said the earlier […]

United Methodist conference seizes church assets in dispute

By Associated Press — July 15, 2021
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The North Georgia Conference and the leadership at the conservative Mount Bethel church have been in a dispute for months.

EU court rules employers can limit religious symbols

By Associated Press — July 15, 2021
BERLIN (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that employers may forbid the wearing of visible symbols of religious or political belief, such as headscarves. But the Luxembourg-based tribunal said in its ruling that courts in the bloc’s 27 member states should weigh up whether the ban corresponded to a “genuine need” on […]
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