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Catholic school in Mississippi Delta closing after 70 years

May. 17, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Catholic elementary school that primarily serves Black and Hispanic families in the Mississippi Delta is closing after more than 70 years, following a sex abuse scandal, declining enrollment and a steep decrease in donations. St. Francis of Assisi School...

Pope's recipe to heal his painful knee? A shot of tequila

May. 17, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Doctors have prescribed a wheelchair, cane and physical therapy to help heal Pope Francis' bad knee. He has other ideas. According to a viral video of the pope at the end of a recent audience, Francis quipped that what he really needs for the pain is a shot of tequila....

Vatican minister visits Ukraine as pope toes delicate line

May. 17, 2022 06:56 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, is heading to Kyiv this week as the Holy See seeks to balance its concern for Ukrainians amid Russia's war with its efforts to keep open a channel of dialogue with Moscow. Gallagher is due to arrive...

Pope rallies from knee pain to proclaim 10 new saints

May. 15, 2022 22:34 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis created 10 new saints on Sunday, rallying from knee pain that has forced him to use a wheelchair to preside over the first canonization ceremony at the Vatican in over two years. Francis stood for a long period at the start to greet priests concelebrating...

Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

May. 15, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wedged into a recliner in the corner of her assisted living apartment in Portland, Skylar Freimann, who has a terminal heart condition and pulmonary illness, anxiously eyed her newly arrived hospital bed on a recent day and worried over how she would maintain independence as...

155-year-old Chickasaw County church finds renewed life

May. 15, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

HOUSTON, Miss. (AP) — New Hope Church, on a country road halfway between Houlka and Okolona, was founded on Oct. 6, 1866, less than a year after the Civil War ended. On that day, Isaac Mullins and William Gaskin deeded ground to the Methodist Episcopal Church South “for the...

Nigeria: Student's brutal killing triggers protest, curfew

May. 14, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian authorities ordered a curfew in a northwestern state where hundreds protested Saturday to demand the release of suspects in the brutal killing of a Christian student accused of blasphemy against Islam. Sokoto state Governor Aminu Tambuwal imposed a...

Egypt begins trial of man accused of killing Coptic priest

May. 14, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A court in the Egyptian city of Alexandria began the trial Saturday of a man accused of stabbing to death a Coptic Christian priest, an attack that shocked the Arab world’s most populous country. The case dates to early April when Arsanious Wadid, a 56-year-old...

US report details church-state collusion on Native schools

May. 14, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

A new Interior Department report on the legacy of boarding schools for Native Americans underscores how closely the U.S. government collaborated with churches to Christianize them as part of a project to sever them from their culture, their identities and ultimately their land. The...

Interfaith group asks Starbucks to drop vegan milk surcharge

May. 13, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A group of Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish leaders is asking Starbucks to stop charging extra for vegan milk alternatives, saying the practice amounts to a tax on people who have embraced plant-based lifestyles. In a statement issued Friday, an interfaith...