- Duluth priest says Pope Francis signed baseball for him Updated: May-05-15 6:19 am
DULUTH, Minnesota - A Duluth priest says Pope Francis signed a baseball for him during a recent trip to Rome.
- Georgia town to remove Christian flag flying over City Hall Updated: May-04-15 6:04 pm
COCHRAN, Georgia - Leaders of a central Georgia city say they'll remove a Christian flag flying over City Hall.
- LePage nominee to utility board 'agnostic' to energy source Updated: May-04-15 4:59 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage's newest nominee to the Maine Public Utilities Commission shares his view on energy: The source of the energy doesn't matter as long as it makes economic sense.
- Cartoon contest organizer known for inflammatory rhetoric Updated: May-04-15 4:13 pm
NEW YORK - The Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that exploded in violence over the weekend in Texas was organized by Pamela Geller, a New Yorker who rails against Islam with such ferocity that one of the nation's top civil rights groups lists her in its "extremist files."
- Judge: Rowan leaders must stop Christian prayers at meetings Updated: May-04-15 3:50 pm
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - A federal judge ruled Monday that Rowan County commissioners must stop opening their meetings with prayers that almost always referred to Christianity.
- Georgia city to remove Christian flag flying over city hall Updated: May-04-15 3:50 pm
COCHRAN, Georgia - Leaders of a central Georgia city say they'll remove a Christian flag flying over city hall.
- Texas lawmakers attempt to revive religious objections bill Updated: May-04-15 3:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas got a taste Monday of the religious objections issue that drew strong criticism elsewhere, with many church leaders imploring state lawmakers to protect religious freedoms in the name of tolerance but others taking the opportunity to openly decry gay marriage.
- Senegal pledges 2,100 troops to aid effort in Yemen Updated: May-04-15 3:14 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Senegal is sending 2,100 troops to help back the military intervention led by Saudi Arabia that is underway in Yemen, becoming the first sub-Saharan African country to contribute soldiers to the effort, the country's foreign minister said Monday.
- Protests highlight troubles of Ethiopian Jews in Israel Updated: May-04-15 3:08 pm
JERUSALEM - When Israel secretly airlifted waves of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s and 1990s, saving them from war and famine in the Horn of Africa, it was celebrated as a triumphant show of unity for the Jewish people.
- Israeli foreign minister steps down to join opposition Updated: May-04-15 2:28 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel's foreign minister dealt a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's effort to build a coalition by announcing Monday he is stepping down and that his secular, nationalist party is joining the opposition.
- The Latest on Nepal: EU approves millions in funding support Updated: May-04-15 10:13 am
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- Muted celebrations of Buddha's birthday in Nepal Updated: May-04-15 10:10 am
BIDUR, Nepal - Celebrations of Buddha's birthday in Nepal were muted on Monday, as the faithful turned their prayers to loved ones lost in the country's massive earthquake and worries that the tragedy might be the start of a much larger reckoning.
- Waterloo-area police working to build bridges with community Updated: May-04-15 10:04 am
WATERLOO, Iowa - Law enforcement officials in the Waterloo area are hoping faith will help build bridges in their relationship with residents.
- Religious leaders plan prayers during Bikefest Updated: May-04-15 9:29 am
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina - Religious leaders on the Grand Strand will pray for the safety of those attending the Atlantic Beach Bikefest this month after violence marred the event last year.
- Thailand arrests 4, vows crackdown on human traffickers Updated: May-04-15 8:49 am
PADANG BESAR, Thailand - Police arrested three Thai officials and a Myanmar citizen in a crackdown on a long-existing criminal network that smuggles persecuted ethnic Muslims from Myanmar into Thailand and holds them captive in camps where scores have died before they can pay ransoms demanded for their freedom.
- Archdiocese needs time to study future of 5 churches Updated: May-04-15 6:31 am
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's Roman Catholic archdiocese needs more time to study whether five Lower Northeast churches can remain open.
- Pastor sued for defamation after labor complaints Updated: May-03-15 6:34 pm
MCMINNVILLE, Oregon - A former parishioner of a McMinnville church who reported his pastor to labor officials for not paying students in a church landscaping business is now suing the pastor for defamation.
- Muslims plan to build mosque in Wausau area Updated: May-03-15 5:34 pm
WAUSAU, Wisconsin - A group of central Wisconsin Muslims wants to build a mosque in the Wausau area to help meet the growing number of worshippers.
- Congressmen to reconsider separate funding for Iraq factions Updated: May-03-15 3:52 pm
BAGHDAD - Congress may reconsider a provision in an upcoming bill funding the training of the Iraqi army that would also send weapons directly to Arab Sunnis and Kurds, a congressman visiting Baghdad said Sunday.
- Ohio police recruit leaves police academy over headscarf ban Updated: May-03-15 1:44 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A Somali-American police recruit who wears a type of headscarf often worn by Muslim women says she left a Columbus police academy over the city police department's rule barring headscarves.
- Joyful noise or unholy din? New church 'bells' mean discord Updated: May-03-15 1:06 pm
BURLINGTON, Vermont - The sound system next door is making it hard for Olga Lopatina to love thy neighbor: Christ the King church.
- Madison bans discrimination against atheists, non-religious Updated: May-03-15 11:08 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren't invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin's capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists.
- Angola: Opposition, police dispute fatalities in raid Updated: May-03-15 10:43 am
JOHANNESBURG - Angolan police and opposition politicians are at odds over the exact number of people killed in a raid on a religious sect that believes the world will end in 2015.
- 2 W.Va. churches organize garden to help drug addicts Updated: May-03-15 9:51 am
PARKERSBURG, West Virginia - Two churches are working together to provide free and healthy produce while helping participants battle drug problems.
- Religious objections turmoil likely to spill into next year Updated: May-03-15 9:49 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's legislative session wrapped up with little talk of this year's biggest controversy, but don't expect the Religious Freedom Restoration Act turmoil to go away.