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Lee University considers limiting student speech on gender

By Associated Press — May 23, 2022
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — If approved, the policy presented to faculty and staff this month would not allow students to identify as anything other than their biological sex.

A year after disaster, thousands flock to Israeli holy site

By Associated Press — May 18, 2022
(AP) — This year's Lag BaOmer holiday festivities at Mount Meron are overshadowed by last year's deaths, the largest civilian disaster in the country's history.

Catholic cardinal, others arrested on Hong Kong security law

By Associated Press — May 11, 2022
HONG KONG (AP) — The arrests were apparently related to their roles as trustees of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which provided legal aid to people who took part in 2019 pro-democracy protests that were quashed by security forces.

Anglican leader apologizes to Canadian residential school survivors for church’s role

By Associated Press — May 2, 2022
PRINCE ALBERT, Saskatchewan (AP) — "I am more sorry than I could ever, ever begin to express,” said the Rev. Justin Welby.

Israel defense chief, Jordan’s king discuss Ramadan calm

By Associated Press — March 29, 2022
JERUSALEM (AP) — Tensions between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem during last year’s Ramadan helped contribute to the eruption of an 11-day war.

Gold ring stolen from St. Nicholas statue in Italian church

By Associated Press — March 23, 2022
ROME (AP) — A thief broke into the Basilica of St. Nicholas in the southern city of Bari overnight, stealing a gold ring from a finger of a statue.

UN sets March 15 as International Day to Combat Islamophobia

By Associated Press — March 16, 2022
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The resolution emphasizes the right to freedom of religion and belief and recalls a 1981 resolution calling for “the elimination of all forms of intolerance and of discrimination based on religion or belief.”

Priest who balked at COVID-19 precautions removed from Vermont parish

By Associated Press — March 14, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Williams' bishop determined that “his serious disobedience and disrespect shown to the office of the bishop” merited removal.

German church urges quick decision on divisive archbishop

By Associated Press — March 9, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, the archbishop of Cologne, said that he had offered his resignation to the pontiff after returning from a monthslong ‘spiritual timeout’ last week.

Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees celebrate festival

By Associated Press — March 1, 2022
(AP) — Around 1 million devotees were expected to visit the temple of Hindu god Shiva on Shivaratri, one of Nepal's most cherished festivals.

Trump, Pence speak at global forum held in South Korea

By Associated Press — February 14, 2022
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Several former leaders and top officials participated virtually or in-person at the weekend event in Seoul organized by the Unification Church,

Kentucky archdiocese to be led by bishop who’s fought racism

By Associated Press — February 9, 2022
(AP) — Fabre, who is Black, serves as the chair of the USCCB's Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and led the writing of the U.S. bishops’ most recent pastoral letter on racism.

Pope Francis notches new first: TV evening talk show guest

By Associated Press — February 7, 2022
ROME (AP) — Francis spoke about personal friendship as well as about issues like migration while interviewed by the host of a popular Italian talk show.

Former pope was at meeting where pedophile priest discussed

By Associated Press — January 24, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that he did attend a 1980 meeting at which the transfer of a pedophile priest to his then-diocese was discussed, saying an editorial error was responsible for his previous assertion that he wasn’t there. Authors of a report on sexual abuse between 1945 and 2019 in […]

Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect

By Associated Press — January 24, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — The group — including priests, religion teachers and administrative employees — publicly outed themselves, saying they want to live without fear.
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