Religious issues

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool Image via AP)
September 28, 2018 - 3:39 am
ROME (AP) — The magazine of the Jesuit religious order in the United States has publicly withdrawn its endorsement of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice following testimony before the Senate by the Jesuit-educated Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her decades ago. In...
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FILE- In this Sept. 24, 2017 file photo police blocks demonstrators protesting against the nationalist 'Alternative for Germany', AfD, party in Berlin, Germany. A Jewish student group says it will protest the far-right Alternative for Germany’s plans to found a Jewish section within party. Jewish Students Union of Germany leader Dalia Grinfeld said Wednesday the party, known as AfD, “isn’t getting a kosher certificate from us” because it is one of the biggest threats to Jewish life in Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
September 26, 2018 - 7:42 am
BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany party has announced it will create a Jewish section within the party, drawing widespread criticism by Jewish groups across the country. One prominent Jewish student group accused the anti-migrant party on Wednesday as being "one of the biggest...
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This combination of file photos show, from left to right; then Malaysia’s President-elect Mahathir Mohamad, Maldives President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Pakistan politician Imran Khan. The three Muslim-majority South Asian countries have recently elected leaders who campaigned on promises to move away from China’s growing sphere of influence. The surprising elections of nonagenarian Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia, cricketer Imran Khan in Pakistan and longtime opposition lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the Maldives could signal problems for the continued development of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative to build ports, highways and other trade-related infrastructure. (AP Photo, File)
September 26, 2018 - 2:31 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Three Muslim-majority Asian countries have elected leaders who campaigned on a promise to temper China's growing influence, but analysts say reducing the foothold of the world's second-largest economy won't be easy because of the billions of dollars in development projects that are...
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Dignitaries and guests attend a remembrance ceremony convened by the Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello at the San Cristobal Castle, on the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, September 20, 2018. Hurricane Maria left almost three thousand dead, caused economic losses amounting hundreds of millions of dollars and left a path of destruction and damaged infrastructure through the island. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
September 20, 2018 - 8:13 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Clapping and raising their hands to the sky, hundreds of people clad in white gathered at an 18th-century fort in the Puerto Rican capital on Thursday to remember the thousands who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as the U.S. territory struggles to recover one...
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U2 rock band frontman Bono Vox talks to reporters during a press conference he held after meeting Pope Francis, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 19, 2018 - 1:59 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — U2 frontman Bono described Pope Francis as being "aghast" about sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The Irish singer meet privately with Francis on Wednesday at the Vatican hotel where the pope lives, to discuss themes including that Bono told reporters included "the wild beast...
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September 17, 2018 - 9:35 am
MADRID (AP) — Church officials in northern Spain say the Vatican has suspended a priest for 10 years over allegations that he abused schoolchildren more than three decades ago. The priest, Jose Manuel Ramos, is required to serve out his suspension in a monastery outside of his Astorga diocese,...
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A 2015 photo shows West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling Charleston. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, and authorized an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed adults. (Scott McCloskey/The Intelligencer via AP)
September 13, 2018 - 5:01 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop Thursday and authorized an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed adults, adding awkward drama to an audience with U.S. church leaders over the abuse and cover-up scandal roiling the Catholic Church. The...
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Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar, gestures during a one-on-one discussion at the World Economic Forum's meeting at the National Convention Center Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Suu Kyi says the country's handling of its Rohingya Muslim minority crisis could have been handled better. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
September 13, 2018 - 7:31 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — In the face of global condemnation, Myanmar's leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday said that the handling of Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh amid a brutal military campaign, could have been better, but still defended...
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Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 12, 2018 - 2:31 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis summoned the presidents of the world's bishops' conferences Wednesday to a summit on preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children, responding to the greatest crisis of his papacy with the realization that Vatican inaction on the growing global scandal now...
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September 12, 2018 - 12:36 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges. Two people tell The...
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