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Vatican's Pius XII archives shed light on another contentious chapter: The Legion of Christ scandal

Jul. 21, 2024 20:59 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The recently opened archives of Pope Pius XII have shed new light on claims the World War II-era pope didn’t speak out about the Holocaust. But they’re also providing details about another contentious chapter in Vatican history: the scandal over the founder of the...

As a scholar, he's charted the decline in religion. Now the church he pastors has closed its doors

Jul. 21, 2024 16:23 PM EDT

They gathered one last time on Sunday — the handful of mostly elderly members of First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The members, joined by well-wishers, said the Lord's Prayer, recited the Apostle's Creed and heard a biblical passage typically used at funerals, “To...

Pastor Robert Jeffress vows to rebuild historic Dallas church heavily damaged by fire

Jul. 21, 2024 13:39 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The leader of an historic church in downtown Dallas nearly destroyed by a fire told congregants on Sunday that they will rebuild the iconic structure. Services for First Baptist Dallas were held at the nearby Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, where senior Pastor...

Israel shoots down a missile fired from Yemen hours after a deadly Israeli strike on Houthi rebels

Jul. 21, 2024 13:21 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen early Sunday, hours after Israeli warplanes struck several Houthi targets in the Arabian Peninsula country. The Israeli airstrikes — in response to a deadly Houthi drone strike on Tel Aviv —...

Pope Francis calls for Olympic truce for countries at war, prays for peace

Jul. 21, 2024 11:03 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday voiced his hope that the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games will provide an opportunity for countries at war to respect an ancient Greek tradition and establish a truce for the duration of the Games. “According to ancient tradition, may...

Pope Francis accepts the resignation of a Colombian bishop mentioned in a book on sexual abuse

Jul. 20, 2024 14:46 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of a Colombian bishop who was mentioned in a book about members of Colombia's clergy who have allegedly committed acts of sexual abuse. The Vatican said in its daily news bulletin that the pope approved the...

A fire severely damages the historic First Baptist Dallas church sanctuary

Jul. 20, 2024 14:22 PM EDT

A fire all but destroyed the historic church sanctuary at First Baptist Dallas, sending smoke billowing over the city but causing no deaths or injuries, Dallas firefighters said. The fire in the Texas Historic Landmark, a Victorian-style red brick church built in 1890, was reported...

Top UN court says Israel's presence in occupied Palestinian territories is illegal and should end

Jul. 19, 2024 22:18 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The top United Nations court said Friday that Israel’s presence in the occupied Palestinian territories is unlawful and called on it to end, and for settlement construction to stop immediately, issuing an unprecedented, sweeping condemnation of Israel’s rule over...

Appeals court hears Christian homeless shelter's challenge to Washington anti-discrimination law

Jul. 19, 2024 20:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers for a Christian homeless shelter were in a federal appeals court Friday to challenge a Washington state anti-discrimination law that would require the charity to hire LGBTQ+ people and others who do not share its religious beliefs, including those on sexuality and...

Mississippi's new Episcopal bishop is first woman and first Black person in that role

Jul. 19, 2024 19:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is being formally installed Saturday, and she is first woman and first Black person to hold the post. The Rev. Dorothy Sanders Wells was elected bishop in February and has been in the leadership role since...