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Mormons to again 'Light the World' with service leading up to Christmas

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted   Nov 23rd - 5:28pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is relaunching its global initiative promoting service worldwide daily leading up to Christmas Day for the second-straight year.

Pope prays for 'seeds of peace' for South Sudan, Congo

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 23rd - 11:44am

Pope Francis has led a special prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica for peace in South Sudan and Congo.

Towering Christmas tree arrives at Vatican from Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 23rd - 7:00am

A towering Christmas tree that survived a lightning strike in Poland has been set up in St. Peter's Square as the Vatican gets ready for the holidays.

AP FACT CHECK: Man dissed by Trump has put felons in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 22nd - 1:59pm

The Alabama Democrat who was disparaged by President Donald Trump as "soft on crime" is a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted church bombers and domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph.

Pope to meet with Myanmar military chief, Rohingya Muslims

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 22nd - 7:24am

Pope Francis has added in a private meeting with Myanmar's military chief during his upcoming trip to the region in an indication that the Vatican views the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as a military operation distinct from the will of the civilian government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Islamic schools in Pakistan plagued by sex abuse of children

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 21st - 5:58pm

Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again.

China widens personality cult around 'unrivaled helmsman' Xi

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 21st - 5:50pm

The village where he labored as a teen has become a shrine, a tree he planted an icon. State media applaud him endlessly, private businessmen praise his speeches and universities are devoting new departments to his theories.

Bombing at Nigeria mosque kills at least 50

Sam Olukoya, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 21st - 3:26pm

A teenage suicide bomber attacked worshippers as they gathered for morning prayers Tuesday at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 50 people, police said, in one of the region's deadliest assaults in years.

Vatican, China exchange art amid stall in hard diplomacy

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 21st - 8:02am

The Vatican and China are planning a first-ever exchange of artworks for exhibits in China and the Vatican Museums, as the two states forge ahead with soft diplomacy amid a stalemate in negotiations to heal decades of diplomatic estrangement.

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 21st - 7:22am

Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again.

Correction: Myanmar-Foreign Ministers story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 21st - 4:14am

In a Nov. 20 story from Naypyitaw, Myanmar, The Associated Press wrongly transcribed remarks by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi at a meeting of foreign ministers. According to an official transcript of the speech released a day later, Suu Kyi said: "Conflicts around the world are giving rise to new threats and emergencies; illegal migration, spread of terrorism and violent extremism, social disharmony and even the threat of nuclear war. Conflicts take away peace from societies, leaving behind underdevelopment and poverty, pushing peoples and even countries away from one another."

Manson has endured as the face of evil for nearly 50 years

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 21st - 1:24am

Other killers snuffed out far more lives than Charles Manson did in 1969. Yet he has endured for nearly a half century as the personification of evil, even in an age in which mass shootings leave dozens dead at a time.

Swedish Lutherans urge use of gender-neutral words for God

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 24th - 2:38am

The Church of Sweden is urging its clergy to use gender-neutral language when referring to the supreme deity, refraining from using terms like "Lord" and "He" in favor of the less specific "God."

Sessions orders review of background check system for guns

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 22nd - 5:25pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a far-ranging review of the FBI database used to check the backgrounds of prospective gun buyers, after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church.

Immigrant allowed to return home after living in church

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 22nd - 2:52pm

A native of Ecuador living in Connecticut who took sanctuary inside a New Haven church last summer to avoid deportation can go home to his family.

Philippines to extradite priest accused of molesting US boys

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 22nd - 5:30am

The Philippine government is preparing to extradite to the United States a recently arrested Filipino Catholic priest who faces charges of sexually molesting two boys in North Dakota churches in the 1990s, an official said Wednesday.

Vatican beefs up oversight of diplomats after 2 sex probes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 21st - 12:27pm

Pope Francis has beefed up the Vatican's oversight of its diplomatic corps after two recent cases of alleged sexual misconduct and other instances of its ambassadors going off-message from the pope.

Death toll in northern Nigeria suicide bombing at mosque rises to 50, police say

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 21st - 2:45am

Death toll in northern Nigeria suicide bombing at mosque rises to 50, police say.

At least 20 killed as teenage suicide bomber detonates at northern Nigeria mosque, police say

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 21st - 1:59am

At least 20 killed as teenage suicide bomber detonates at northern Nigeria mosque, police say.