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Westminster Abbey has witnessed nearly a millennium of British history – but many rituals, like those at royal funerals, aren’t so old

By Paul Hammer — September 20, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of British history explains how the ornate church and its significance to the monarchy have changed over centuries.
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Former mayor, Mormon bishop accused of sex abuse of children

By Brady Mccombs — September 9, 2022
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah mayor and Mormon bishop was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of seven counts of sex abuse of at least three children decades ago.

Padim Ciço, Brazil’s greatest folk saint, to be beatified

By Eduardo Campos Lima — September 7, 2022
SAO PAULO (RNS) — Almost 90 years after his death, the once excommunicated priest may officially become a saint.

Mother Teresa: The first great saint of the television era

By Jon M. Sweeney — September 7, 2022
(RNS) — Her story is so well known that we don’t really know her.

John Paul I, briefly serving, ‘smiling” pope, is beatified

By Frances D'emilio — September 6, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — John Paul I, the pontiff recognized for his humility and cheerfulness, and whose abrupt death shocked the world, was beatified on Sunday by Pope Francis.

Afghan mosque blast kills 18, including pro-Taliban cleric

By Associated Press — September 2, 2022
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — A blast through a crowded mosque in western Afghanistan killed at least 18, including prominent cleric Mujib-ul Rahman Ansari, who was known for his criticism of the country's Western-backed governments.

Chaplain who sexually abused inmates gets 7 years in prison

By Michael R. Sisak and Michael Balsamo — September 1, 2022
(AP) – A chaplain at a California federal women's prison was sentenced to seven years in jail for "egregious" sexual abuse against inmates. He is one of the five workers at the prison charged in the last 14 months for the same crime.

Iraqis heed cleric’s plea to leave streets after clashes

By Samya Kullab and Qassim Abdul-zahra — August 30, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — Following two days of unrest that resulted in at least 30 deaths, cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told his supporters to leave the government quarter where they had rallied.

Turkish pop star jailed over joke about religious schools

By Associated Press — August 26, 2022
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish singer and songwriter Gulsen was arrested on Thursday on charges of “inciting hatred and enmity” for a joke she made at an Istanbul concert in April, sparking outrage on social media.

Gritty cult director Ferrara gets religion in ‘Padre Pio’

By Nicole Winfield — August 26, 2022
(AP) – Director Abel Ferrara's new project starring Shia LaBeouf pays homage to Padre Pio, the mystic Capuchin monk best known for having displayed the “stigmata” wounds of Christ.

Oz’s Senate bid could be a Muslim first but is ‘complicated’

By Marc Levy — August 25, 2022
(AP) – Dr. Mehmet Oz, who calls himself a “secular Muslim," would be the first of his faith to ever serve in the U.S. Senate chamber if elected this fall.

It’s Cheney-mania!

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 24, 2022
(RNS) — There’s something about Liz.

Demi Lovato’s fusing of the sacred and the profane is part evolution, part miracle

By Da'Shawn Mosley — August 23, 2022
(RNS) — Lovato knows how it feels to break the tenets of conventional society while all eyes are on you.
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