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On remote US territories, abortion hurdles mount without Roe

May. 27, 2022 00:21 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Women from the remote U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands will likely have to travel farther than other Americans to terminate a pregnancy if the Supreme Court overturns a precedent that established a national right to abortion in the United States. ...

Southern Baptist leaders release secret accused abuser list

May. 26, 2022 23:19 PM EDT

In response to an explosive investigation, top Southern Baptists have released a previously secret list of hundreds of pastors and other church-affiliated personnel accused of sexual abuse. The 205-page database was made public late Thursday. It includes more than 700 entries from...

Pope greets Russian patriarch, criticized for 'naive' policy

May. 25, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has sent a protocol greeting to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, assuring him of prayers on his patron's feast day and stressing the value of human life and wisdom, as the Vatican insists on maintaining cordial relations amid the war in Ukraine. ...

Released from Russia, Jehovah's Witness returns to Denmark

May. 25, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish Jehovah’s Witness on Wednesday has returned to Denmark after spending five years in a Russian prison under Moscow’s crackdown on the religious group, the organization said. Russia officially banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017, and...

Top Southern Baptists plan to release secret list of abusers

May. 24, 2022 20:21 PM EDT

Top administrative leaders for the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, said Tuesday that they will release a secret list of hundreds of pastors and other church-affiliated personnel accused of sexual abuse. An attorney for the SBC's Executive...

Pelosi pushes back on archbishop who denies her Communion

May. 24, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Tuesday on the decision by San Francisco's conservative Catholic archbishop to deny her Communion over her support of abortion rights, saying she respects that people have opposing views but not when they impose them on others. ...

Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

May. 24, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wedged into a recliner in the corner of her assisted living apartment in Portland, Skylar Freimann, who has a terminal heart condition and pulmonary illness, anxiously eyed her newly arrived hospital bed on a recent day and worried over how she would maintain independence as...

Russia releases jailed Danish Jehovah's Witness, group says

May. 24, 2022 14:48 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Danish Jehovah’s Witness was released Tuesday after spending five years in a Russian prison under Moscow’s crackdown on the religious group and was to be sent home, the organization said. Russia officially banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017, and designated...

Pope offers solidarity to Gaylord, Michigan, after tornado

May. 24, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is offering his condolences and solidarity to the people of Gaylord, Michigan, following a deadly tornado. The Vatican on Tuesday released a telegram signed by the Vatican secretary of state addressed to Gaylord Bishop Jeffrey Walsh saying Francis...

Churches of Serbia, North Macedonia, end decades-old dispute

May. 24, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The head of Serbia's Orthodox Church said Tuesday that he would recognize the full independence of the church in neighboring North Macedonia, signaling an end to a decades-old religious dispute. The Macedonian Church unilaterally announced its...