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France rules against burkini swimwear for religious reasons

By Associated Press — June 21, 2022
PARIS (AP) — While worn by only a small number of primarily Muslim women in France, the burkini draws intense political debate in the country.

Camino pilgrims help rural Spain’s emptying villages survive

By Giovanna Dell'orto — June 21, 2022
TERRADILLOS DE LOS TEMPLARIOS, Spain (AP) — Terradillos de los Templarios, and dozens of villages like it, were built to host medieval pilgrims. Today’s Camino travelers are saving them from disappearing.

Church shooting survivor: Gunman ‘disengaged,’ sat alone

By Kim Chandler — June 21, 2022
(AP) — The suspected gunman had previously attended church services and a few church gatherings but didn't seem to interact much with others.

‘A dear friend’: Syrian carves model of Cologne cathedral

By Kirsten Grieshaber and Daniel Niemann — June 21, 2022
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Alkhudr, who is Muslim, said he developed such a close connection to the Catholic cathedral that at some point it felt like the building became a part of him.

Supreme Court: Religious schools must get Maine tuition aid

By Mark Sherman — June 21, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The outcome could fuel a renewed push for school choice programs in some of the 18 states that have so far not directed taxpayer money to private, religious education.

Two Nigeria churches attacked; worshippers killed, abducted

By Chinedu Asadu — June 21, 2022
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 32 people were killed in the Kajuru area last week in an attack that lasted for hours across four villages.

Funerals announced for 3 killed at Alabama church dinner

By Associated Press — June 21, 2022
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — Services for Walter Bartlett Rainey, Sarah Sharon Yeager and Jane Pounds will take place at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, where the three church members were fatally shot Thursday night.

Maine diocese sued for 1st time since abuse suit barrier end

By Patrick Whittle — June 17, 2022
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Attorneys who represent three people with claims of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and a lay educator filed the complaints seeking monetary damages.

Jesus’ earthly dad, St. Joseph – often overlooked – is honored by Father’s Day in many Catholic nations

By Gloria Falcão Dodd — June 17, 2022
(The Conversation) — The Catholic Church considers St. Joseph a role model of fatherhood and faith. In many countries, Father’s Day is celebrated on his feast day.

Why Indigenous communities need a seat at the table on climate

By Ray Minniecon — June 17, 2022
(The Conversation) — An Anglican Aboriginal pastor who attended the COP26 climate conference shares his perspective on Indigenous knowledge in dealing with climate change.

Wiccan celebration of summer solstice is a reminder that change, as expressed in nature, is inevitable

By Helen A. Berger — June 17, 2022
(The Conversation) — For Wiccans, midsummer, with the maximum hours of sunlight, is the time for celebrating new life.

Gunman kills 3 seniors over potluck dinner at Alabama church

By Kim Chandler and Jay Reeves — June 17, 2022
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — Emergency dispatchers got a call at around 6:20 p.m. reporting an active shooter at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills, said Police Capt. Shane Ware.

Belgian bishop declines cardinal honor over abuse record

By Nicole Winfield — June 17, 2022
(AP) — Ghent Bishop Luc Van Looy had asked Francis for permission to decline the honor in order “to not harm victims again,” and Francis accepted the request, the bishops said in a statement.

Disney’s ‘Lightyear’ banned in Muslim world for lesbian kiss

By Jon Gambrell — June 16, 2022
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) —“Lightyear” includes a female character voiced by actress Uzo Aduba briefly kissing her female partner in one scene in the $200 million film.

In Yemen, child soldiering continues despite Houthi promise

By Samy Magdy — June 16, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — Houthi officials said the rebels recruited several hundred children including some as young as 10 over the past two months.
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