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Stories with subject: Religious issues
  • Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:25 pm
  • ELLIJAY, Georgia - Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

  • Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:10 pm
  • CAIRO - A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a campaign of violence since last summer's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

  • Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 3:49 pm
  • DAMASCUS, Syria - A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that embattled President Bashar Assad likely will win.

  • New Hampshire ex-priest gets jail time for thefts 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 2:20 pm
  • MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - A New Hampshire priest who was the former leader of one of the nation's top clergy treatment centers was sentenced Wednesday to serve at least four years in prison for stealing $300,000 from a hospital, a dead priest's estate and the state's Roman Catholic bishop.

  • New sex abuse lawsuit against Portland Archdiocese 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:01 am
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - Another lawsuit has been filed against the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland by a man who says he was one of dozens of boys sexually abused by a priest in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • In India's vote, Hindu holy city is battleground 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:53 am
  • VARANASI, India - For tens of millions of Hindus, Varanasi is a place of pilgrimage. Crowded with ancient temples and shrines, its streets jammed with believers and tourists, this city on the banks of the holy Ganges River is where the devout believe they attain instant salvation.

  • Blair: Radicalized Islam a growing threat 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:28 am
  • LONDON - The West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair said Wednesday, in a speech that included a call to support Egypt's military government against its Muslim Brotherhood opponents.

  • Minn. archbishop deposition on abuse made public 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 7:07 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt said in a recent sworn deposition that he hasn't reprimanded or disciplined anyone for the way church officials have handled allegations of clergy sexual abuse, and he doesn't think he should have, according to a recording of the deposition that was made public Tuesday.

  • Cook County sheriff reopens inquiry into priest 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 5:46 pm
  • CHICAGO - The Cook County Sheriff's office says it is reopening an investigation of sexual abuse allegations made against a Roman Catholic priest.

  • Nuns ask to bring diocese back to Montana court 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 5:16 pm
  • HELENA, Montana - An order of nuns facing child sex abuse lawsuits wants to bring the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena back into state court, saying the diocese should have to pay part of any judgment against the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province.

  • John Paul saint-maker: Pope not involved in Legion 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 1:47 pm
  • VATICAN CITY - The Polish priest who has spearheaded the case to make Pope John Paul II a saint said Tuesday that no documentation exists linking the pontiff personally to the scandal of the Legion of Christ religious order.

  • Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 8:17 am
  • BEIRUT - Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of the revolution.

  • NYC jury hears tape defending 9/11 terror attacks 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 8:43 pm
  • NEW YORK - An Egyptian cleric defended the Sept. 11 attacks in a broadcast interview, saying it left Muslims and non-Muslims around the world happy, according to a tape played for the jury at his terrorism trial on Monday.

  • Former Kearney pastor sentenced for sexual assault 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 8:13 pm
  • KEARNEY, Nebraska - A former Kearney church youth pastor faces up to 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting three boys.

  • Lawmaker shelves bill to name Bible as state book 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 8:13 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A Shreveport lawmaker is scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.

  • Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 5:09 pm
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 18

  • Bill creates unfunded mandate, activist group says 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 2:55 pm
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A Muslim activist group says a bill that would require the state's school districts to review textbooks used in classrooms creates an unfunded mandate and opens the door to biased learning materials.

  • Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 12:01 pm
  • WASHINGTON - While scientists believe the universe began with a Big Bang, most Americans put a big question mark on the concept, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.

  • Vatican knew for decades about Legion problem 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 3:28 am
  • The late Pope John Paul II and his top advisers failed to grasp the severity of the sexual abuse problem until late in his 26-year papacy, especially concerns about the troubled Legion of Christ order and its leader, the Rev. Marcial Maciel. But the Legion's troubles were not news to the Vatican, according to a trove of 212 Vatican documents exposed in the 2012 book "The Will to Not Know" and placed online at . Here's a look at some of the more pointed criticism about Maciel from the archive, which also included plenty of letters from bishops and Vatican officials praising him and his order.

  • St. Louis priest accused of abuse released on bond 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 4:50 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - A 31-year-old St. Louis priest accused of sexually abusing a grade school student has been released on bail.

  • LDS leader: Protections on religious freedom erode 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 2:35 pm
  • SALT LAKE CITY - A high-ranking Mormon leader said he believes protections for religious freedom of speech are eroding.

  • Bible verse on Parkersburg S. T-shirts questioned 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:47 am
  • PARKSBURG, West Virginia - Wood County school officials have asked their lawyers to review a wrestling team's T-shirts that bear a Bible verse on the back.

  • Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 6:40 am
  • FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus - An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island.

  • Atheist national conference aims at Mormon church 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 8:28 pm
  • SALT LAKE CITY - Leaders of a national atheist group say the best spot to find a nonbeliever is in a place of faith.

  • St. Louis priest charged with child sex crimes 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:34 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis priest previously accused of felony child endangerment and witness tampering in Lincoln County has been charged with first-degree sodomy involving another child.