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Serbia-Montenegro church row fuels Balkan tensions

Jun. 19, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian government official on Wednesday branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and urged a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a new church law that has strained relations between the two former Balkan allies. The Montenegrin draft church law calls...

Alabama sheriff charged with scamming food bank, church

Jun. 14, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff was arrested Friday and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of scamming a food bank and his own small-town church to pocket thousands under an old law that let state sheriffs profit from feeding prisoners. Pickens County Sheriff David Abston, who held office...

3 of ousted West Virginia bishop's top priests resign jobs

Jun. 11, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three priests have lost their high-ranking positions in West Virginia after a church investigation reportedly accused them of enabling predatory and harassing conduct and financial mismanagement by the former leader of the state's Roman Catholic Church. Archbishop William Lori...

Sex abuse crisis the focus as US Catholic bishops convene

Jun. 9, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

As the Roman Catholic church's sex abuse scandal grows ever wider in scope in the U.S., bishops convene for a national meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday under heavy pressure to acknowledge their oversight failures and give a larger role to lay Catholics and secular authorities in confronting the crisis. The...

Greece: Athens mosque likely to open in September

Jun. 7, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's education and religion minister says the country's long-delayed first state-sponsored mosque is likely to begin operating in September, about three years after its construction was approved by parliament. Kostas Gavroglou spoke Friday during a visit to the nearly complete...

4 dead, 8 injured when pickup truck rear-ends church van

May. 29, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

FORD, Va. (AP) — Members of a close-knit church community in central Virginia were in shock Wednesday after four people were killed and seven others were injured in a van crash on their way to a revival at another church. Virginia state police said the van carrying 11 people from Shiloh Baptist Church in...

Buttigieg acknowledges work needed to appeal to black voters

May. 5, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Continuing his outreach to African American voters, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg acknowledged Sunday that he needs to do more work to connect with the community, particularly in the early-voting state of South Carolina. "It shows we've got a lot of work to...

Satanic Temple sues Minnesota city over proposed monument

Apr. 28, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple is suing a Minnesota city for withdrawing permission for a satanic monument two years ago, when local government officials got tangled in a debate over religious symbols in public places. Satanic Temple co-founder Malcolm Jarry told the Star...