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Tom Alexander holds a cross as he prays prior to rulings outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The Supreme Court is siding with two Catholic schools in a ruling that underscores that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can’t sue for employment discrimination. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Double win at Supreme Court elates religious conservatives

Jul. 11, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative-leaning faith leaders and their allies, outspoken in recent years about what they consider infringements on religious liberties, cheered Wednesday as the Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings that protected certain rights of religious employers. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School...

Muslims offer their evening prayers outside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, following Turkey's Council of State's decision, Friday, July 10, 2020. Turkey's highest administrative court issued a ruling Friday that paves the way for the government to convert Hagia Sophia - a former cathedral-turned-mosque that now serves as a museum - back into a Muslim house of worship. The Council of State threw its weight behind a petition brought by a religious group and annulled a 1934 cabinet decision that changed the 6th century building into a museum. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque

Jul. 10, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum. The decision sparked deep...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 2, 2020, file photo, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf arrives at a naturalization ceremony for 16 new Americans at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. In a letter to Wolf, leaders of 12 Christian organizations on Friday, July 10, 2020, urged the Trump administration to rescind a policy requiring international students to leave the U.S. or transfer if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall, saying it “falls short of American ideals.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Christian groups oppose ICE rule on international students

Jul. 10, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

Leaders of 12 Christian organizations on Friday urged the Trump administration to rescind a policy requiring international students to leave the U.S. or transfer if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall, saying it “falls short of American ideals.” In a letter to Acting Secretary of...

FILE - In this Sunday, April 12, 2020 file photo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, right, delivers his homily over mostly empty pews as he leads an Easter Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Due to coronavirus concerns, no congregants were allowed to attend the Mass which was broadcast live on local TV. The Archdiocese of New York received 15 loans worth at least $28 million just for its top executive offices. St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue was approved for at least $1 million. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

AP: Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B

Jul. 10, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse...

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, and the former President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, right, pose for the media at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Mario Draghi has been awarded Germany's highest honor. It was a recognition of his central role in helping preserve Europe's single currency that has met with some criticism in the eurozone's biggest economy.  (Britta Pedersen/dpa via AP)

Pope names Draghi, ex-head of European Central Bank to panel

Jul. 10, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Mario Draghi, the former head of the European Central Bank, has been appointed by Pope Francis to a Vatican advisory panel, the Holy See said on Friday. The pontiff named Draghi, 72, as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. An economist who received his doctorate from...

This Aug. 8, 2018 photo shows St. Peter Cathedral in Erie, Pa., the home parish for the Catholic Diocese of Erie. In mid-March 2020, the diocese closed its churches as the coronavirus spread, limiting its access to weekly donors, and applied for funds from the Paycheck Protection Program. It also decided to withhold payments from its victim-compensation program, saying its bank had decreased a line of credit. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)

Takeaways: Paycheck Protection loans and the Catholic Church

Jul. 10, 2020 6:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic caused a broad economic downturn and Depression-era unemployment rates, Washington responded with trillions of dollars in federal relief. One centerpiece was the $659 billion Paycheck Protection Program. Congress created the program to help smaller businesses...

Infections rise among young, Catholic schools to reopen

Jul. 9, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Catholic schools will reopen to in-class instruction this fall, while health officials keep an eye on rising infections in young people. Coronavirus developments in New Hampshire: YOUNGER CASES Public health officials are closely monitoring an increase in the number of children and...

Vegas priest who conducted Mass tests positive for COVID-19

Jul. 9, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

Roman Catholic Church officials in Las Vegas say they have temporarily closed a church where a priest conducted Mass this week before learning he had tested positive for COVID-19. The Diocese for Las Vegas said in a news release Thursday that Holy Family Catholic Church would be cleaned and sanitized and that it...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 30, 2020 file photo, police for a line near St. John's Episcopal Church as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, near the White House in Washington. Floyd, a Black man, died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. St. John's, at the epicenter of protests in Washington, has a long legacy on civil rights dating to its embrace of the 1963 March on Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington's 'Church of Presidents' etched in history again

Jul. 9, 2020 7:02 AM EDT

The Rev. John C. Harper had been rector at the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church for less than a year when the 1963 March on Washington began taking shape. A lay leader in the congregation urged him to steer clear of it — but instead he embraced it. Harper held a service the morning of the...

Kevin Rokos, right, and his one-year-old son Merritt, both of Boston, attend a drive-in movie screening of the film

8 free COVID-19 test sites to open; new deaths reported

Jul. 8, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is launching free COVID-19 testing sites in eight communities to help monitor the spread of the disease in part by also offering tests to asymptomatic individuals, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. The eight communities were chosen because they have a higher number of cases...