- Clerk asks US Supreme Court to intervene in marriage case Updated: Aug-28-15 7:29 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Two months after it legalized gay marriage nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked by a Kentucky county clerk for permission to keep denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- Federal judge says religious monument can stay at school Updated: Aug-28-15 7:07 pm
PITTSBURGH - A federal judge has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument at a western Pennsylvania school violates the U.S. Constitution, but did not order that it be removed.
- Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside Updated: Aug-28-15 5:26 pm
BEIRUT - To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.
- Radar detects object believed to be missing Nazi gold train Updated: Aug-28-15 3:44 pm
WARSAW, Poland - A Polish official said Friday he has seen an image made by ground-penetrating radar that seemed to prove the discovery of an armored Nazi train missing in southwestern Poland since World War II.
- Vatican gets embroiled in Italy's 'banned books' fray Updated: Aug-28-15 3:44 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books.
- Non-profit threatens suit over decals on sheriff's vehicles Updated: Aug-28-15 2:14 pm
DOTHAN, Alabama - A nonprofit group is asking an Alabama sheriff to remove decals that include a portion of a Bible verse from patrol vehicles.
- Iraq's top cleric says government must genuinely seek change Updated: Aug-28-15 1:57 pm
BAGHDAD - Iraq's top Shiite cleric said on Friday the government must show it was seeking genuine change to combat corruption and improve services and not just introduce temporary measures to placate the embattled nation.
- State waivers allow Amish to ignore Wisconsin building code Updated: Aug-28-15 11:27 am
EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin - Religious waiver forms that will be distributed this week to all 72 counties in Wisconsin are expected to resolve a dispute over building codes between Eau Claire County and its Amish community.
- Vatican says ex-envoy, charged with sexual abuse, has died Updated: Aug-28-15 8:31 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the highest-ranking Holy See official to ever be charged with sexually abusing young boys, was found dead Friday as he awaited trial, the Vatican said.
- Cincinnati educator named to lead Chicago Catholic Schools Updated: Aug-28-15 3:49 am
CHICAGO - A Cincinnati school administrator has been hired to lead Chicago Catholic Schools, the nation's largest private school system.
- ACLU sues to block sweeping Nevada education funding program Updated: Aug-27-15 8:56 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - A Nevada education funding program that's considered the nation's broadest school choice initiative attracted its first legal challenge Thursday, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools.
- Oklahoma high court says Ten Commandments must be removed Updated: Aug-27-15 8:52 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court Thursday ordered a County judge to implement a ruling that said a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds is unconstitutional and must be removed.
- Foundation supports Wyoming magistrate on gay marriage stand Updated: Aug-27-15 7:47 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A conservative law firm that has worked to oppose gay marriage initiatives nationwide is representing a Wyoming magistrate under investigation for saying she would refuse to perform same-sex marriages.
- Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling Updated: Aug-27-15 6:41 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union.
- Pastor, wife accused by police of embezzling from church Updated: Aug-27-15 4:35 pm
HIGH POINT, North Carolina - Authorities in High Point have accused a pastor and his wife of taking money from their church.
- Teacher priest seeks OK to wear religious habit in classroom Updated: Aug-27-15 2:17 pm
PARKERSBURG, West Virginia - A Roman Catholic priest who also is a public school teacher has asked officials to allow him to wear his religious habit in the classroom.
- Argentine mom hopes pope will help get son off death row Updated: Aug-27-15 2:12 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - When Lidia Guerrero met with Pope Francis in Rome last year, the Argentine native told her he knew all about Guerrero's son, who has been on death row in Texas for 19 years.
- The Latest: Kentucky clerk again refuses to grant license Updated: Aug-27-15 1:44 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The latest in the refusal of a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples (all times local):
- Worker awarded $586,860 in religious discrimination suit Updated: Aug-27-15 12:41 pm
CLARKSBURG, West Virginia - A judge has awarded more than $586,000 in pay and benefits to a retired CONSOL Energy worker who had accused the company of religious discrimination.
- Diocese: Peoria priest removed for prior abuse allegations Updated: Aug-27-15 11:52 am
PEORIA, Illinois - A central Illinois Catholic priest has been forced to step down from public ministry for past allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
- Indianapolis' oldest temple is historic but empty Updated: Aug-27-15 5:04 am
INDIANAPOLIS - It is the oldest synagogue in the city, a historic, neoclassical structure designed by renowned architects.
- Christian lawyer taken away in China region removing crosses Updated: Aug-27-15 4:46 am
BEIJING - A well-known Chinese Christian lawyer had been out of contact for almost two days after being taken away by government workers in an eastern province where local authorities are under a deadline to remove the Christian symbol, the cross, from church roofs, his colleague said Thursday.
- Focus shifts to shared goals with Obama as papal visit nears Updated: Aug-27-15 3:15 am
WASHINGTON - Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common cause with Obama on vivid display.
- Mormons keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite gay leaders Updated: Aug-26-15 4:38 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization's decision to allow gay troop leaders - preventing what would have been a thundering blow to the national association.
- Diocese punishes group that let woman perform sacrament rite Updated: Aug-26-15 3:53 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Des Moines bishop has told an area Catholic group to cease Mass services because it let a woman preside over sacrament in December.