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Christians' ethnic inclusion in Sri Lanka keeps fragile calm

Apr. 26, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — During the bad years, when rebels mostly from the ethnic minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese government forces were slaughtering each other in a horrific civil war, Gnanamani found solace in something many of her fellow Tamils didn't have: Christianity — and especially...

Party leader calls LGBT rights an imported threat to Poland

Apr. 25, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The chairman of Poland's conservative ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has called the LGBT rights movement a foreign import that threatens the Polish nation. Kaczynski, a member of parliament who wields tremendous influence as leader of the Law and Justice party, also said during a...

Egypt extends state of emergency ahead of Coptic Easter

Apr. 25, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has extended a state of emergency imposed after deadly church bombings by the Islamic State group in 2017. The decision to extend the state of emergency by three months was announced Thursday, ahead of Coptic Easter. Egypt has been battling Islamic...

Romanian villagers light graveyard fires in Easter ritual

Apr. 25, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

COPACIU, Romania (AP) — Orthodox Christians in a southern Romanian village lit fires and candles at the gravesites of friends and relatives, part of a centuries-old Easter ritual. The fires burning Thursday before dawn in the village of Copaciu are believed to guide the souls of the dead during the night...

Sri Lankan woman loses most of her family in Easter bombings

Apr. 24, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Before the undertakers could move in, Anusha Kumari wrested herself away from her sisters and flung herself on the three coffins, wailing. In an instant, she was left childless and a widow when suicide bombers attacked churches and luxury hotels in and near Sri Lanka's capital of...

Baltimore Archdiocese names 23 clergy accused of sex abuse

Apr. 24, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore on Wednesday published the names of 23 dead priests and religious brothers who it says were credibly accused of child sex abuse after their deaths. The release of the names marks a revision to an archdiocese policy that once prohibited the naming of...

Boy Scouts could be hit with more sex abuse claims

Apr. 24, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its 109-year history. Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts'...

Prosecutor: St Patrick's suspect booked hotel near Vatican

Apr. 24, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a college philosophy teacher accused of taking gas cans and lighters into Manhattan's St. Patrick's Cathedral last week had also booked a hotel near the Vatican but the attorney for the man says it was all part of a psychotic episode. Details about Marc Lamparello's case...

Rep. King compares criticism of him to persecution of Christ

Apr. 24, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Steve King says the criticism he has faced from fellow members of Congress over his offensive remarks gives him "better insight" into what Jesus Christ experienced when he was persecuted for his beliefs. King was attending a town hall meeting Tuesday in his home...

Egypt court sentences 2 monks to death for abbot's killing

Apr. 24, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced two former monks to death for killing an abbot in a desert monastery north of Cairo last year. The Damanhur Criminal Court, north of Cairo, announced the sentences Wednesday for two defrocked monks identified as Isaiah and Faltaous. They can appeal. The two were...