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Satanic Temple suit over Boston council prayer moves forward

Jul. 23, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit filed by the Satanic Temple against Boston to move forward. U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs rejected the city's bid to dismiss the Salem-based group's lawsuit challenging the Boston City Council's...

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha holiday in pandemic's shadow

Jul. 20, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Muslims around the world were observing Tuesday yet another major Islamic holiday in the shadow of the pandemic and amid growing concerns about the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus. Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice,” is...

Indonesian Muslims mark grim Eid amid devastating virus wave

Jul. 19, 2021 22:54 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims across Indonesia marked a grim Eid al-Adha festival for a second year Tuesday as the country struggles to cope with a devastating new wave of coronavirus cases and the government has banned large gatherings and toughened travel restrictions. ...

Israeli PM: No change to ban on Jewish prayer at mosque

Jul. 19, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is not changing the norms at a contested site in Jerusalem to allow Jewish prayer there, his office said Monday, walking back comments that sparked angry reactions a day earlier. Bennett, Israel's new premier, had...

Parents of kidnapped students in Nigeria plea for help

Jul. 07, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Praying, crying and waiting for news about their children, the parents of more than 120 Nigerian students abducted by armed bandits at the Bethel Baptist High School in the nation’s northern Kaduna state have been gathering at the school awaiting updates about their...

LGBTQ youth of faith pray, bond at 'Beloved Arise' group

Jul. 04, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

Jessika Sessoms grew up in a conservative Black evangelical family, attended Christian schools and often heard that being gay was an abomination, until she understood that she was queer while studying to become a missionary. The 23-year-old from Florida came out publicly...

Pope: Lebanon must remain a 'land of tolerance, pluralism'

Jul. 01, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis insisted Thursday that Lebanon must remain a “land of tolerance and pluralism” as he welcomed the country’s Christian patriarchs to the Vatican to pray for an end to the economic and political crisis that has thrown the country into chaos and threatened its...

Pope Francis: Thank you, Benedict, for praying for church

Jun. 29, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday offered an affectionate, public thank-you to Benedict XVI, whose retirement from the papacy in 2013 shocked the Roman Catholic Church and the world. Addressing tourists and Romans in St. Peter’s Square, Francis triggered...

Palestinians protest against Abbas after activist's death

Jun. 25, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians protested against President Mahmoud Abbas after Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem a day after an outspoken critic died in the custody of Palestinian security forces. Nizar Banat had harshly criticized the...

Palestinians clash with Israel police at Jerusalem holy site

Jun. 18, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians protested after Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem and briefly clashed with Israeli police, leaving three demonstrators wounded. A series of far more violent clashes at the site in April and May helped ignite last...