Religious issues

FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, then Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, center, talks to his lawyers after his sentencing hearing at a court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited protests that were the largest in Muslim-majority Indonesia in years was freed Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy. (Bay Ismoyo/Pool Photo via AP, File)
January 24, 2019 - 12:47 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited the largest protests in years in Muslim-majority Indonesia was freed Thursday after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy. Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, the former governor of Jakarta, left a...
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People take pictures with their mobile phones as Pope Francis rides the pope mobile through the streets of Panama City, Panama, Wednesday, Jan, 23, 2019. Pope Francis is in Panama to attend World Youth Day, the church's once-every-three-year pep rally that aims to invigorate the next generation of Catholics in their faith. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
January 23, 2019 - 5:40 pm
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday that fear of migration is "making us crazy" as he began a trip to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump's promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a new caravan of migrants heading north. Francis was asked by reporters about...
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Brian Toale, 65, a sexual abuse victim when he was a student in a Long Island Catholic school, and now a victims' rights activist, holds a copy of his yearbook photo from around the time he was abused, in New York on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Toale underwent years of therapy and still participates in a weekly 12-step program with other abuse victims, including several who still don't speak publicly about their experience. "When people do tell their stories and expose their abuser, it's so helpful," he said. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
January 23, 2019 - 4:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws that thwart their quest for justice. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2015, file photo, members of an honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol lower the Confederate battle flag as it is removed from the Capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C. Confederate Relic Room Executive Director Allen Roberson said Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, museum staff put the flag into a $1,400 protective case on Nov. 26, ending a more than three-year saga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
January 22, 2019 - 4:35 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The last Confederate flag to fly at the South Carolina Statehouse has quietly been put on display at a museum, ending a three-year saga over what to do with the rebel banner, which was removed after nine black church members were killed in a racist attack on a Charleston...
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In this Aug. 26, 2016 photo, former Bishop of Oran Gustavo Zanchetta participates in negotiations with border workers in Oran, Salta, Argentina. In August 2017, Pope Francis accepted Zanchetta's resignation after priests in the remote northern Argentine diocese of Oran rebelled under his authoritarian rule and sent reports to the Vatican embassy in May or June of 2017 alleging abuse of power and sexual abuses with adult seminarians, the former vicar said. (AP Photo/Javier Corbalan)
January 22, 2019 - 2:26 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is insisting that there were no accusations of sexual abuse against an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis when he resigned suddenly in 2017 and was promoted to a job at the Vatican. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti repeated Tuesday that the Vatican only...
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Following a Martin Luther King Jr. prayer service at Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right walk with NAACP President Brenda Murphy during a march to the Statehouse. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
January 21, 2019 - 7:46 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., used the holiday to launch a presidential campaign...
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A Muslim woman casts her ballot in a referendum at the Marawi Sagonsongan elementary school-turned polling station in Marawi, Lanao del Sur province, southern Philippines, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants. (AP Photo/Bogie Calupitan)
January 21, 2019 - 7:11 pm
MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants. The vote caps...
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January 21, 2019 - 5:31 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A commemorative service for Martin Luther King Jr. that was nearly imperiled by the federal government shutdown was held Monday morning in Atlanta at a church called King's "spiritual home." King's daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, said in her remarks that the annual service at...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, a large crowd representing a majority of the remaining Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, including Nathan Phillips, center with glasses, march out of the Oceti Sakowin camp before the deadline set for evacuation of the camp near Cannon Ball, N.D. Phillips says he felt compelled to get between a group of black religious activists and largely white students with his ceremonial drum to defuse a potentially dangerous situation at a rally in Washington. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)
January 20, 2019 - 4:27 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A Native American who was seen in online video being taunted outside the Lincoln Memorial said Sunday he felt compelled to get between two groups with his ceremonial drum to defuse a confrontation. Nathan Phillips said in an interview with The Associated Press that he was trying to...
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Gdansk Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glodz appeals for unity among Poland's divided politicians during the funeral of slain Gdansk city Mayor Pawel Adamowicz that was attended by Poland's leaders at St. Mary's Basilica in Gdansk, Poland, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Adamowicz died Monday after being stabbed the night before at a charity event by an ex-convict with a grudge against an opposition party that Adamowicz once belonged to.(AP Photo/Wojtek Strozyk)
January 19, 2019 - 1:56 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Catholic archbishop and other speakers at the funeral Saturday of slain Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz urged an end to the political and social divisions in Poland, targeting some of their comments at the country's ruling right-wing party. Top Polish and European officials and...
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