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Pope seeks more freedom in theology, dialogue with Islam

Jun. 21, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Friday for a reform of the way theology is taught in Catholic schools, saying students must learn about dialogue with Judaism and Islam, and that overall there must be greater freedom in theological research and academic pursuits. The Jesuit pope made the call during...

Summer camp is newest front in battle with measles outbreak

Jun. 16, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The battle to contain the worst U.S. measles outbreak in 27 years has a new front: summer camp. Vaccinations have been made mandatory this summer for campers and staff in several counties north of New York City that annually fill up with kids from the Orthodox Jewish communities that...

Jerusalem gay pride parade draws revelers, police

Jun. 6, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of people marched through the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday in the city's annual gay pride parade, a festival that exposes deep divisions between Israel's secular and Jewish ultra-Orthodox camps. Some 10,000 revelers waving rainbow flags joined the carnival-like procession, as...

Poland bestows honor on philosopher fired by British govt

Jun. 4, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president bestowed a prestigious state honor Tuesday on an English philosopher for his contributions to Poland's anti-communist struggle in the 1980s. President Andrzej Duda presented Sir Roger Scruton with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, the...

New Israeli election highlights tense ties to ultra-Orthodox

Jun. 4, 2019 3:42 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The trigger for Israel's unprecedented repeat election touches upon one of the major fault lines in Israeli society — the role of the growing ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in modern life. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's prospective government collapsed last week over the issue...

Democrats want to extend security money to houses of worship

Jun. 3, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania want the state to provide millions of dollars in grants to protect houses of worship from hate crimes in the wake of October's deadly mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa said Monday that forthcoming...

Israel heads to election as Netanyahu fails to form govt

May. 29, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament voted to dissolve itself early Thursday, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition before a midnight deadline. The dramatic vote, less than two months after...

Synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty to new charges

May. 28, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The sole suspect in a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue pleaded not guilty to federal hate crimes and other charges Tuesday. John T. Earnest entered the plea a week after a grand jury returned a 113-count indictment that largely mirrors a complaint filed shortly after his...

With crisis unresolved, Israel looks headed toward elections

May. 28, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel was in an unprecedented political impasse Tuesday as parliament pressed forward with legislation to dissolve itself in a high-stakes showdown that could lead to another snap election. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had appeared to have secured a fresh mandate to rule after last...

Police: Jewish boys helped save man with swastika tattoo

May. 27, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts authorities say a group of Jewish teens played a key role in saving the life of a drowning man with a tattoo of a swastika. NBC Boston reports it happened Thursday night as the four youths — all students at an Orthodox Jewish high school in suburban Brookline —...