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Company tied to polygamous sect leader buys Minnesota land

Jan. 18, 2019 4:08 PM EST

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) — A company tied to a man who led a secretive polygamous sect's compound in South Dakota has purchased about 40 acres of land in northern Minnesota. Seth Jeffs is listed as registered agent for the company that acquired land west of the Lake Superior town of Grand Marais. Officials...

Russians plunge into icy waters to mark feast of Epiphany

Jan. 18, 2019 4:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers. Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ as the incarnation of God through his baptism...

New attorneys general to continue investigating clergy abuse

Jan. 18, 2019 12:14 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Newly inaugurated state attorneys general said they plan to continue investigations of clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic church as thousands of victims reach out to state hotlines and online systems to report past abuse. At least 14 attorneys general around the country have confirmed...

Pence defends wife's teaching job at school that bars gays

Jan. 17, 2019 8:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says the criticism of Christian education in America should stop. Pence is responding to media reports of his wife returning to teach at a school that says it can refuse to employ gay and lesbian teachers or enroll children with gay or lesbian parents. Karen...

Pole held for China spying worked on security for pope visit

Jan. 17, 2019 5:07 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish cybersecurity expert charged with spying for China cooperated with Poland's government on security measures for a visit by Pope Francis and a Catholic Church event that brought hundreds of thousands of young people to the country in 2016, a Polish radio station said Thursday....

Road to snowed-in Austrian nuns cleared, but they stay put

Jan. 17, 2019 11:27 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities on Thursday cleared the road to reach 30 Catholic nuns whose Alpine convent was cut from the outside world by heavy snowfall for more than 10 days. But the nuns were staying put at the cloister, saying that they have enough food and fuel. The convent run by the "Sisters of...

Militants kidnap Christian man in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Jan. 17, 2019 10:00 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Islamic militants on Thursday kidnapped a Christian man traveling in a communal taxi in the turbulent north of Egypt's Sinai peninsula, according to security officials, an incident that raises the specter of renewed attacks on minority Christians in the region after a two-year lull. The...

Ukraine OKs property law that could affect 12,000 churches

Jan. 17, 2019 8:30 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's parliament on Thursday adopted a bill spelling out procedures for transferring church property after a new unified Ukrainian Orthodox church was granted independence. The bill could potentially affect some 12,000 churches in Ukraine and vast amounts of property, including...

Arrest warrant issued for former Dallas priest

Jan. 16, 2019 12:25 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Texas priest accused of molesting teenagers more than a decade ago after a new alleged victim came forward. Edmundo Paredes is believed to have fled Texas after sexual assault allegations involving three teenagers were made public in August. The...

Pope wants bishops to punish sex abusers, not cover up cases

Jan. 16, 2019 8:40 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is insisting that bishops attending his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit will learn the laws to use against predators, how to care for victims and will make sure that no cleric abuse cases are covered up again. The Vatican on Wednesday provided details about the Feb....