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French police operations underway after beheading of teacher

By Associated Press — October 19, 2020
PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Sunday across France in support of freedom of speech and in memory of the slain 47-year-old teacher.

Apt Bible passage at Catholic Mass coincides with earthquake

By Associated Press — August 11, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Scripture quite literally came to life for several Catholic churches in North Carolina as a rare earthquake rattled portions of the state over the weekend.

Retired Pope Benedict XVI ill after visit to Germany

By Associated Press — August 3, 2020
BERLIN (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a German newspaper reported Monday.

China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism

By Associated Press — July 13, 2020
BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it will impose sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback in response to similar actions taken by the U.S. last week against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against Muslims.

Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus

By Associated Press — June 22, 2020
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The kingdom said that only people of various nationalities already residing in the country would be allowed to perform the hajj.

Falwell apologizes for tweet that included racist photo

By Associated Press, Kathryn Post — June 9, 2020
(AP) — ‘I understand that by tweeting an image to remind all of the governor’s racist past I actually refreshed the trauma that image had caused,’ said Falwell.

China says boy picked by Dalai Lama now a college graduate

By Associated Press — May 19, 2020
BEIJING (AP) — A boy who disappeared 25 years ago after being picked by the Dalai Lama as Tibetan Buddhism’s second-highest figure is now working at an undetermined job.

Pope backs migrant farm workers as Italy mulls legalization

By Associated Press — May 6, 2020
(RNS) — While migrants are not testing positive in great numbers, their precarious, off-the-books work has dried up because of Italy's coronavirus lockdown.

Eastern Christians mark Easter in shuttered Jerusalem church

By Associated Press — April 20, 2020
JERUSALEM (AP) — Travel restrictions imposed by Israel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have prevented the arrival of pilgrims to Jerusalem for the springtime holiday.

Rival Ukraine churches clash over Easter lockdown rules

By Associated Press — April 16, 2020
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Moscow-affiliated church said believers could gather outside places of worship despite a government ban on public gatherings, while the independent church called it a ‘Christian duty’ to stay home.

Massachusetts man charged with attempted arson at Jewish nursing home

By Associated Press — April 16, 2020
(AP) — Officers found a full gas canister that had a Christian religious pamphlet burned out in the nozzle at the entrance of Ruth's House in Longmeadow on April 2.

Pope names 1st woman manager in Vatican Secretariat of State

By Associated Press — January 15, 2020
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Francis has called for women to be given greater decision-making roles in the Vatican often reserved for priests, bishops or cardinals.

Pastor pledges safety for immigrants at Miami Trump event

By Associated Press — January 2, 2020
MIAMI (AP) — The pastor of a Miami megachurch that will host President Donald Trump at a rally this week is guaranteeing that congregants who entered the U.S. illegally won't risk deportation by attending.

Pope: Sorry I lost patience with hand-shaker who yanked me

By Associated Press — January 1, 2020
VATICAN CITY (AP) — 'So many times we lose patience. Me, too,' said Francis.

2 dead, 1 hurt in shooting at church near Fort Worth, Texas

By Associated Press — December 29, 2019
WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — Congregants shot and killed a man who opened fire in a church near Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, killing the attacker, police said. A person shot by the suspect also died and a second parishioner has life-threatening injuries following the attack at the West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement […]
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