Religious issues

Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the San Luis Beltran church on his way to the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Francis flew in to Chile’s capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
January 16, 2018 - 7:21 am
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the "irreparable damage" done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church's credibility here and cast a cloud over...
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Pope Francis waves to followers on his way to the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
January 15, 2018 - 6:53 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis flew in to Chile's capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church. It's the pope's first visit to the Andean nation of 17 million...
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January 15, 2018 - 8:12 am
LONDON (AP) — An Irish nationalist lawmaker has resigned from Britain's Parliament after sparking outrage by appearing to mock a massacre carried out during Northern Ireland's decades of violence. Sinn Fein legislator Barry McElduff was shown in a Twitter video with a loaf of Kingsmill brand bread...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017 photo, demonstrators sustain afloat the Mapuche nation's flag during a protest against the arrests of several Mapuches, in Santiago, Chile. Pope Francis will meet with indigenous groups during his Chile, Peru visit beginning Jan. 15, 2018. The Chilean stop is more delicate as the visit comes as some radical Mapuche groups have been staging violent protests, occupying and burning farms, churches and lumber trucks to demand the return of their land. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo, File)
January 13, 2018 - 2:06 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' trip to Chile and Peru, originally aimed at highlighting the plight of indigenous peoples and the delicate Amazon ecosystem, is being overshadowed by the Catholic Church's dismal record confronting priestly sex abuse in Chile and political turmoil in Peru. On the...
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This undated photo provided by the Mississippi Department of Corrections shows Edgar Ray Killen, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 "Mississippi Burning" slayings of three civil rights workers. Killen died in prison at the age of 92, the state's corrections department announced Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)
January 12, 2018 - 3:46 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted decades later in the "Mississippi Burning" slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state's corrections department announced Friday. Killen was serving three consecutive 20-...
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In this image taken from video shot Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, by China Aid and provided to the Associated Press, clouds of debris billow during the demolition of the Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen in northern China's Shanxi province. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary troops known as the People's Armed Police used excavators and dynamite on Tuesday to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church, a Christian mega-church that clashed with the government. (China Aid via AP)
January 11, 2018 - 2:45 am
BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in northern China's coal country this week demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party. Witnesses and overseas activists say paramilitary People's Armed Police...
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Pope Francis is greeted by faithful upon his arrival in the Paul VI hall on the occasion of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
January 10, 2018 - 3:43 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Wednesday took over a Peru-based Catholic movement whose founder was accused of sexually, physically and psychologically abusing his members, just days before Pope Francis starts a trip to Chile and Peru where the church's sexual abuse scandal is expected to play...
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Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis addresses lawmakers during a Parliament session in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Czech Republic's Parliament gathered for a confidence vote for a newly appointed government led by Babis. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
January 10, 2018 - 2:12 pm
PRAGUE (AP) — The new Czech minority government led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis agreed with a proposal to tax the compensation that the country's churches receive for property seized by the former Communist regime. The government announced its decision Wednesday, when it was also supposed...
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January 10, 2018 - 11:51 am
Germany's main Jewish leader is giving a guarded welcome to a politician's suggestion that everyone living in Germany, including migrants, should be obliged to visit a former Nazi concentration camp at least once. The suggestion by Sawsan Chebli, a Berlin city government official who is Muslim,...
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In this Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 file photo, pilgrims walk outside Kirmahalle Cammi mosque in the northeastern Greek town of Komotini. Lawmakers in Greece are set to limit powers of Islamic courts which operate in a border region of the town of Komotini that is home to a 100,000-strong Muslim minority, following a European court challenge. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, File)
January 09, 2018 - 1:53 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece voted Tuesday to limit the powers of Islamic courts operating in a border region that is home to a 100,000-strong Muslim minority, scrapping procedures dating back more than 90 years. The proposed law passed easily, with backing from parliament's largest...
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