- UK Methodist Church apologizes for past sexual abuse cases Updated: May-28-15 5:08 am
LONDON - Britain's Methodist Church says there were almost 2,000 reports of physical and sexual abuse within the institution over more than half a century, and has apologized for failing to protect the victims.
- Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community Updated: May-28-15 4:54 am
RAMLE, Israel - It was an unlikely display of protesters: nuns cloaked in white, a black-clad priest clutching a golden scepter and dozens of Arab schoolchildren picketing outside the hulking headquarters of Israel's Education Ministry. Their message, raised high on large banners: "Take your hands off our schools."
- NY farmer gets 40 years for sexually abusing 6 Amish boys Updated: May-28-15 3:04 am
FONDA, New York - A Mohawk Valley farmer has been sentenced to 40 years in state prison for sexually abusing six Amish boys over several years.
- Marriage objections bill nears final OK in NC legislature Updated: May-27-15 8:37 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina legislators neared final approval Wednesday on legislation allowing some North Carolina court officials to opt out of same-sex marriage duties based on "sincerely held religious" objections.
- Lawsuit accuses Notre Dame professor of sexual assault Updated: May-27-15 4:20 pm
SOUTH BEND, Indiana - A Texas lawsuit accuses a Roman Catholic priest who's a theology professor at the University of Notre Dame and a former priest of sexually abusing an underage boy more than 30 years ago.
- Third grade field trip canceled after legal threats Updated: May-27-15 11:57 am
GLENDIVE, Montana - Third-graders in eastern Montana were unable to go on a field trip to a local creationist museum after an advocacy group called the event a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state.
- French court convicts Salafi for disrupting mosque prayers Updated: May-27-15 9:52 am
PARIS - A mosque won an unusual court battle on Wednesday against an ultraconservative Salafist member of the congregation regarded as disruptive and, in an apparent first for Muslims, used France's 1905 law guaranteeing secularism to argue its case.
- Teacher sues high school for religious discrimination Updated: May-27-15 8:20 am
DENVER - A high school in southern Colorado is facing a religious discrimination lawsuit from a teacher who says on-campus prayer and distribution of religious materials violates the constitution's First Amendment.
- For-sale signs go up at archdiocese buildings in St. Paul Updated: May-27-15 4:07 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - For-sale signs have been posted outside several properties owned by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as it seeks to pay creditors.
- Erdogan promises private jet for top Muslim cleric Updated: May-27-15 4:01 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will ask the government to provide a private jet to the country's top Muslim cleric, ignoring criticism caused by his earlier promise to give the cleric a Mercedes.
- Malaysian forensics teams dig up graves at traffickers' camp Updated: May-26-15 3:04 pm
BUKIT WANG BURMA, Malaysia - Malaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave Tuesday at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim findings as they search through a cluster of illicit hideouts near the border with Thailand.
- 11-year protest in Catholic church faces moment of reckoning Updated: May-26-15 10:27 am
SCITUATE, Massachusetts - Parts of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Roman Catholic Church could easily be mistaken for someone's living room, if not for the stained glass window depicting Mother Cabrini, the patron saint of impossible causes.
- What does Ireland vote say about US debate on gay marriage? Updated: May-25-15 6:14 pm
NEW YORK - Ireland's national referendum on same-sex marriage, which was approved by 62 percent of the voters, comes just weeks ahead of an expected ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether to legalize gay marriage throughout the United States. A look at some of the parallels and contrasts in the two countries' situations:
- Thousands flock to mass funeral for Saudi attack victims Updated: May-25-15 3:22 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Tens of thousands of mourners poured into the streets of eastern Saudi Arabia on Monday to attend a mass funeral for victims of last week's suicide bombing attack at a Shiite mosque that was claimed by the Islamic State group, attendees said.
- Man convicted in 1985 cult killings dies in Nebraska prison Updated: May-25-15 1:41 pm
TECUMSEH, Nebraska - A man who had spent three decades on Nebraska's death row for the 1985 cult killings of two people, including a 5-year-old boy, has died in prison, officials said Monday.
- Army chiefs plan for proposed joint Arab force in Mideast Updated: May-25-15 5:50 am
CAIRO - Army chiefs of staff of Arab countries have drafted a protocol for a new joint force to intervene in Middle East hotspots on missions ranging from fighting Islamic militants to Iran-backed groups - despite lingering disagreements on some details, including where to base the force's headquarters.
- Kids on their own among migrants who arrived in Indonesia Updated: May-24-15 11:53 pm
KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia - It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their boat, when their empty bellies ached and when they were beaten for trying to stand up to stretch their legs.
- Analysis: Bill rejection gives Jindal a campaign opportunity Updated: May-24-15 5:14 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - By voting down a proposal to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage, lawmakers thought they had put the divisive issue to bed and ended one of the major controversies of the legislative session.
- Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message Updated: May-24-15 12:13 pm
NEW YORK - There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.
- Myanmar president signs off on contested population law Updated: May-23-15 8:42 pm
YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.
- 'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide Updated: May-23-15 6:25 pm
DUBLIN - Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."
- Once expelled by France, Cohn-Bendit gets French nationality Updated: May-23-15 2:17 pm
PARIS - German Green party politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit has been granted French citizenship nearly a half century after being expelled from France during the May 1968 student uprising.
- Former Hastings priest denies abusing altar boy Updated: May-23-15 12:38 pm
HASTINGS, Minnesota - A former priest denies that he sexually abused an altar boy at a Hastings church almost 30 years ago.
- Timeline of landmarks in Ireland's changing attitude to gays Updated: May-23-15 12:36 pm
DUBLIN - Gays in Ireland lived in the shadows for decades, lest they face ridicule, assault or even prison in Victorian times. Saturday's referendum result to legalize gay marriage represents a stunning triumph for gay rights activists following decades of struggle to gain greater rights and respect.
- Pence passes up presidential bid, but future still cloudy Updated: May-23-15 10:25 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's decision not to fulfill the political buzz and chase White House dreams in 2016 doesn't necessarily clear up questions about his future.