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Trump tells evangelicals gains he's made are 'fragile'

Jun. 26, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday listed steps his administration had taken to bolster conservative causes and oppose abortion, warning evangelical voters that it all could change very quickly with the "wrong person" in the White House. Trump's remarks came in a speech kicking off a...

Diocese: Priest suspended after abuse allegations

Jun. 26, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Fargo Roman Catholic Diocese says it suspended a priest after a woman alleged she was sexually abused as a teenager in the 1970s. The diocese confirmed the suspension to KFGO radio this week after the woman recently told the station she was inappropriately touched by the Rev. Jack...

Victims question Kamala Harris' record on clergy abuse

Jun. 26, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joey Piscitelli was angry when Kamala Harris emerged as a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. It brought back the frustration he felt in the 2000s, when he was a newly minted spokesman for clergy sex abuse victims and Harris was San Francisco's district attorney....

Pope expresses sadness over image of drowned father, child

Jun. 26, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed sadness over the fate of the father and young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to cross into the United States. "With immense sadness, the Holy Father has seen the images of the father and his baby daughter who drowned in the Rio...

Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

Jun. 26, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent online in a town in Lebanon, southeast of Beirut. The 27-year-old journalist called the number and asked the owner when they could drop by to take a look. He was stunned by her response: Muslims are...

American cardinal severs ties with Bannon-linked group

Jun. 25, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A conservative American cardinal distanced himself Tuesday from former White House adviser Steve Bannon and severed ties with a Bannon-linked institute that wants to train future populist leaders in Europe. Cardinal Raymond Burke said in a statement Tuesday that he was terminating his...

Pastor accused of taking inappropriate photos resigns

Jun. 25, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The pastor of a Catholic church in Kentucky has resigned following accusations he took inappropriate pictures of students during the parish's field day. The Courier-Journal reports church leaders announced the resignation from Rev. Jeff Gatlin in a June 17 email to parishioners of...

Ex-priest dies months into imprisonment for raping boys

Jun. 25, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A former Catholic priest who pleaded guilty last year to raping two boys decades earlier has died just several months into a 20-year prison sentence in South Carolina. Wayland Yoder Brown, 75, died at a hospital June 8 from what appear to be natural causes, South Carolina Corrections...

Maine Episcopal Diocese consecrates first openly gay bishop

Jun. 25, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Episcopal Diocese of Maine has consecrated an openly gay bishop for the first time. The diocese says Rev. Thomas James Brown was ordained and consecrated its tenth bishop on Saturday in a ceremony that drew more than 900 people to St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland. Twenty-seven...

Police: Driver health may be issue in fatal church bus crash

Jun. 24, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado authorities on Monday were investigating what caused a bus carrying a New Mexico high school church group home from a weekend retreat to veer off a highway and crash, killing the driver and a man training to become a Catholic priest. Investigators were looking into the...