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Hong Kong court convicts Cardinal Zen, 5 others over fund

Nov. 25, 2022 01:30 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A 90-year-old Roman Catholic cardinal and five others in Hong Kong were fined after being found guilty Friday of failing to register a now-defunct fund that aimed to help people arrested in the widespread protests three years ago. Cardinal Joseph Zen, a retired...

Bahrain's Shiites hope pope raises human rights during visit

Nov. 01, 2022 02:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Pope Francis is making the first-ever papal trip to Bahrain this week, sparking calls from the country’s majority Shiite opposition and human rights activists for the pontiff to raise human rights concerns in the small island nation. The island off the coast of...

In Pa. governor's race, faith surfaces in contrasting ways

Oct. 27, 2022 10:40 AM EDT

CARMICHAELS, Pa. (AP) — In one of the most closely watched races in one of the most contested of battleground states, both gubernatorial candidates bring up religion. But in starkly different ways. Republican Doug Mastriano’s campaign has several hallmarks of Christian...

Brazil's Lula issues letter to evangelicals to allay concern

Oct. 19, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva published an open letter to evangelicals on Wednesday aimed at countering claims he would persecute their faith and at winning votes among a large and growing part of the population. The letter, read at a...

Judge gauges if Indiana abortion ban defies religious rights

Oct. 14, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A top Indiana lawyer on Friday questioned the validity of a lawsuit brought by a group of residents who argue that the state's abortion ban violates their religious freedoms. A judge heard arguments Friday for about an hour in an Indianapolis courtroom, spurred...

Jewish women cite faith in contesting Kentucky abortion ban

Oct. 06, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's sweeping abortion ban was challenged Thursday by three Jewish women who brought a lawsuit arguing that it violates their religious rights under the state's constitution. The legal challenge, filed in state court in Louisville, says the state's...

Texas executes inmate who fought prayer, touch rules

Oct. 05, 2022 21:35 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate whose case redefined the role of spiritual advisers in death chambers nationwide was executed Wednesday, despite the efforts of a district attorney to stop his lethal injection. John Henry Ramirez, 38, was executed at the state...

The Satanic Temple takes aim at Idaho, Indiana abortion bans

Oct. 05, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Religious organizations have long been involved in the debate over Idaho's strict abortion laws, with Catholic priests, evangelical Christian groups and others frequently lobbying lawmakers and filing legal briefs in support of abortion bans. Now The Satanic...

For 4.5M Americans, ugliest day signaled a step to freedom

Oct. 01, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) — For the better part of 160 years, military historians have been poring over the movements of Union and Confederate soldiers through southern Washington County in the waning days of the summer of 1862 and piecing together the conditions that led to the worst single-day...

Yeshiva University halts clubs amid high court LGBTQ ruling

Sep. 17, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yeshiva University has abruptly suspended student club activity in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this week that ordered the school to recognize — for now — an LGBTQ student group. In an email to students, university officials on Friday said...