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Turkey's Armenian church elects new patriarch

Dec. 11, 2019 1:08 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Armenian community on Wednesday voted in Bishop Sahak Masalyan as its new patriarch, in an election that critics say was overshadowed by Turkish government intervention. Delegates elected Masalyan, 57, as the 85th patriarch of the Armenian Orthodox Christians in Turkey, the...

German army to get military rabbis again after 100 years

Dec. 11, 2019 9:28 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's government decided Wednesday to reintroduce military rabbis, backing a proposal by the Central Council of Jews to restore religious counseling for Jews serving in the armed forces after more than a century without such assistance. “Today, we set an important example for our...

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis

Dec. 9, 2019 1:14 PM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due...

Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism

Dec. 9, 2019 7:40 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel. But in recent years a new form of tourism has taken root, focused on...

Pope names Manila Cardinal Tagle to major Vatican post

Dec. 8, 2019 2:20 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to a major Vatican post, in a move that could boost the Asian prelate's chances of perhaps someday becoming pontiff himself. The Vatican announced Sunday that Tagle, 62, will head the Congregation for the Evangelization of the...

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Fears mount that New Jersey shooting was anti-Semitic attack

Dec. 11, 2019 5:04 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti-Semitic attack mounted on Wednesday as authorities recounted how a man and woman deliberately pulled up to the place in a rental van with at least one rifle and got out firing. A day after the gunbattle and...

Parliament vote puts Israel on verge of 3rd election

Dec. 11, 2019 3:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament on Wednesday approved a preliminary vote to dissolve itself, putting the country on the verge of an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period while giving scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a welcome break as he fights to save his political...

Soros attacks in impeachment saga spark anti-Semitism debate

Dec. 11, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Near the end of a marathon impeachment hearing in the House of Representatives last month, former White House national security aide Fiona Hill tied conservative jabs at George Soros to “the longest-running anti-Semitic trope that we have in history.” Anti-Soros theories amplified by conservatives...

Cancer survivor, Luke Putney, on the healing power of music

Dec. 11, 2019 2:15 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Luke Putney’s prayers are simple these days. He prays for healing in his left hand so he can play guitar and bass again. He asks God to strengthen his body so he can be a blessing to other people. And he gives thanks for being able to use the bathroom. “Praise God...

Turkey's Armenian church elects new patriarch

Dec. 11, 2019 1:08 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Armenian community on Wednesday voted in Bishop Sahak Masalyan as its new patriarch, in an election that critics say was overshadowed by Turkish government intervention. Delegates elected Masalyan, 57, as the 85th patriarch of the Armenian Orthodox Christians in Turkey, the...

Egypt urges decisive action against states backing 'terror'

Dec. 11, 2019 12:19 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president Wednesday called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting “terrorism" in an apparent reference to Turkey and Qatar, who back the Muslim Brotherhood group, which is outlawed in Egypt. The three countries also...

India's Parliament passes contentious citizenship bill

Dec. 11, 2019 12:09 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian lawmakers approved legislation on Wednesday granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated illegally from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Critics of the government said the legislation undermines the country's secular constitution, as protests against the law intensified in...

Rohingya refugees reject Aung San Suu Kyi’s genocide denial

Dec. 11, 2019 11:52 AM EST

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Rohingya refugees accused former Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi of lying to the International Court of Justice in testimony Wednesday in which she denied that her country's armed forces were guilty of genocide against the Muslim minority group. Suu Kyi, who is...

Man charged with attacking guards at National Shrine in DC

Dec. 11, 2019 10:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man attacked two guards at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday morning, authorities said. A domestic dispute was apparently behind the attack at what's believed to be the largest Roman Catholic church in North America, assistant police Chief...

German army to get military rabbis again after 100 years

Dec. 11, 2019 9:28 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's government decided Wednesday to reintroduce military rabbis, backing a proposal by the Central Council of Jews to restore religious counseling for Jews serving in the armed forces after more than a century without such assistance. “Today, we set an important example for our...