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Trump’s Bible walk to church was an act of ‘sacrilege,’ says former Bush advisor
After calling for governors to call out the National Guard, President Trump walked to St. John’s church, where a fire had been set during unrest. Before the president left the White House, law enforcement broke up a peaceful protest with tear gas.
Panama: 7 killed, 14 tortured in exorcism terror rituals
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Seven people were killed in a bizarre religious ritual in a jungle community in Panama, in which indigenous residents were rounded up by about 10 lay preachers and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them “repent their sins,” authorities said Thursday.
Brazil judge orders Netflix to remove film with gay Jesus
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian judge on Wednesday ordered Netflix to stop showing a Christmas special that some called blasphemous for depicting Jesus as a gay man and which prompted a gasoline bomb attack on the satirists behind the program.
Pastor pledges safety for immigrants at Miami Trump event
MIAMI (AP) — The pastor of a Miami megachurch that will host President Donald Trump at a rally this week is guaranteeing that parishioners who entered the U.S. illegally won’t risk deportation by attending.
5 stabbed at rabbi’s house on Hanukkah; suspect in custody
(AP) — Grafton E. Thomas, 37, of Greenwood Lake, New York, will face five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary, according to Police Chief Brad Weidel.
After deadly shooting, Pittsburgh synagogue plans reopening
PITTSBURGH (AP) —Tree of Life leaders now envision a rebuilt space that includes places for worship; memorial, education and social events; classrooms and exhibitions. The mission is to fight anti-Semitism.
US Christian evangelical delegation meets Saudi crown prince
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s meeting with prominent Christians marks the second such visit by American evangelicals to the kingdom, which is trying to shake off its reputation for religious intolerance and human rights abuses.
Pastor whose child was shot at Texas church runs for office
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Frank Pomeroy had not been outspoken politically in the two years since a discharged Air Force airman with a history of violence opened fire in the church where the gunman’s wife and mother-in-law attended, killing 22 people.
‘A heavy lift’: Religious black voters weigh Buttigieg’s bid
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In South Carolina, part of the dialogue focuses on a conflict between a cultural openness for same-sex marriage and the deeply held religious convictions that could impede support for Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male consent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi clerics supported the imposition of male guardianship based on a Quran verse, but other Islamic scholars argued this misinterprets fundamental Quranic concepts.
Unmarked buildings, quiet legal help for accused priests
DRYDEN, Mich. (AP) — A secretive network operating out of unmarked buildings in rural Michigan provides money, transportation, shelter and legal assistance to priests accused of abuse.
New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The measure follows this year’s measles outbreak , which federal officials recently said has surpassed 1,000 illnesses, the highest in 27 years.
Jimmy Carter to teach Sunday school days after breaking hip
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter plans to teach Sunday school this weekend just days after undergoing surgery for a broken hip, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
Pope gives joyride to migrant kids newly arrived in Italy
VATICAN CITY (AP) — It is Pope Francis’ latest gesture to show solidarity with asylum-seekers and those on society’s margins.
Jean Vanier, Catholic hero to developmentally disabled, dies
Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche International, a network of communities where people with and without disabilities live together, died at 90. He was the subject of the 2017 film “Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness.”