Religious issues

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2014, file photo, Archbishop Blase Cupich acknowledges after the retiring Cardinal Francis George presents the crozier the during his Installation Mass at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying that Catholic dioceses in Illinois has not released the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children. Cupich in a statement said that although he regretted "our failures to address the scourge of clerical sexual abuse," the archdiocese has been a leader in dealing with the issue, including a policy since 2002 of reporting "all allegations of child sexual abuse to civil authorities." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, Pool, File)
December 20, 2018 - 11:08 pm
The Catholic archbishop of Chicago, who was hand-picked by the pope to help organize an upcoming Vatican summit on clergy sex abuse, will have a leading role in the church's effort to seek reforms, including the response to new allegations from the Illinois attorney general. Cardinal Blase Cupich...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, photo, two layers of barbed wire fencing ring the "Hotan City apparel employment training base" where Hetian Taida has a factory in Hotan in western China's Xinjiang region. This is one of a growing number of internment camps in the Xinjiang region, where by some estimates 1 million Muslims are detained, forced to give up their language and their religion and subject to political indoctrination. Now, the Chinese government is also forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food industries. Some of them are within the internment camps; others are privately owned, state-subsidized factories where detainees are sent once they are released. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
December 20, 2018 - 5:49 am
BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government lashed out Thursday at recent U.S. media reports about forced labor of mostly ethnic Muslim detainees in China's far western Xinjiang region. The stories are "a malicious attack that severely distorts the fact," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at...
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Lawyers and judges wait for the start of a pre-trial hearing in the case of Mehdi Nemmouche, at the Justice Palace in Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. Nemmouche accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium in 2014 appeared in court Thursday, as preparations begun for his trial, which is due to start next month. ( AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, Pool)
December 20, 2018 - 4:24 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — A man accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium in 2014 after fighting alongside extremists in Syria appeared in court Thursday amid high security, as preparations began for his trial next month. French national Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, is accused of "terrorist...
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This Nov. 16, 2013 photo shows the Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar in Garden Grove, Calif. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (Kevin Sullivan/The Orange County Register via AP)
December 19, 2018 - 6:53 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following an allegation of sexual misconduct with a child in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday. The Vatican announced the resignation in a one-line statement. It was the...
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FILE - In a Monday, April 23, 2018 file photo, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan outlines a federal lawsuit her office filed against Champaign, Ill.-based Suburban Express Inc., and owner Dennis Toeppen accusing it of discriminating and harassing customers and their families, during a news conference in Chicago. Madigan on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying that Catholic dioceses in Illinois received allegations of child sexual abuse by 500 more clergy than previously publicly identified. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)
December 19, 2018 - 6:37 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying that Catholic dioceses in Illinois has not released the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children. The preliminary report found that the church's...
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December 19, 2018 - 4:48 am
PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Greece violated a prohibition on discrimination by applying Islamic religious law to an inheritance dispute among members of the country's Muslim minority. The court ruled Wednesday that Greece had violated the European Convention on...
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FILE - In this Monday, June 4, 2018, file photograph, baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his shop after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that he could refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs did not violate Colorado's anti-discrimination law in Lakewood, Colo. Attorneys for Philliups are in federal court in Denver Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, to seek to overturn a Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruling that the baker discriminated against a transgender person by refusing to make a cake to mark the person's transition from male to female. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
December 18, 2018 - 5:34 pm
DENVER (AP) — Attorneys for a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stand partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — argued in federal court Tuesday that the state is punishing him again over his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender...
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This recent but undated photo, released Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento, Calif., shows Ali Hassan with his dying 2-year-old son Abdullah in a Sacramento hospital. The boy's Yemeni mother, blocked by the Trump administration's travel ban, has won her fight for a waiver that would allow her to travel to California to see her son. Basim Elkarra of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento said Shaima Swileh was granted a visa Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, and will be flying to San Francisco on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (Council on American-Islamic Relations via AP)
December 18, 2018 - 4:52 pm
A Yemeni mother on Tuesday won her fight for a waiver from the Trump administration's travel ban that would allow her to go to California to see her dying 2-year-old son. Shaima Swileh planned to fly to San Francisco on Wednesday after the U.S. State Department granted her a visa, said Basim...
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Pope Francis waves to faithful during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
December 18, 2018 - 3:40 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday released the first details of Pope Francis' upcoming high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit, making clear that bishops attending the gathering must reach out to victims before they get to Rome and that accountability is very much on the agenda. Organizers...
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December 18, 2018 - 2:28 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to look into the reported persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses. Russia officially banned the Christian denomination last year and declared the religious group an extremist organization. Nearly 100 Jehovah's Witnesses face charges in Russia,...
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