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US Catholic bishops OK steps toward possible rebuke of Biden

Jun. 18, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. The result of the vote —...

US Catholic bishops approve drafting of Communion document that could lead to rebuke of President Joe Biden

Jun. 18, 2021 13:21 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — US Catholic bishops approve drafting of Communion document that could lead to rebuke of President Joe Biden.

Remains found of wife of Danish priest charged with murder

Jun. 18, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The remains of a 43-year-old woman discovered in Denmark have been confirmed as belonging to the wife of Danish Lutheran priest, who already faced a murder charge and directed investigators to the body, police said Friday. Thomas Gotthard,...

Palestinians clash with Israel police at Jerusalem holy site

Jun. 18, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians protested after Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem and briefly clashed with Israeli police, leaving three demonstrators wounded. A series of far more violent clashes at the site in April and May helped ignite last...

Catholic foster care agency wins Supreme Court verdict

Jun. 17, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In another victory for religious groups at the Supreme Court, the justices on Thursday unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples. The court said the city of Philadelphia wrongly limited...

AP Interview: Tibet exile leader hopes to resume China talks

Jun. 17, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The new president of the Tibetan exile government said on Thursday he will do his best to resume a dialogue with China after more than a decade, and that a visit by the Dalai Lama to Tibet could be the best step forward. The Buddhist spiritual...

Heated debate before US Catholic bishops vote on Communion

Jun. 17, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

In impassioned debate Thursday, U.S. Catholic bishops clashed over how to address concerns about Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who continue to receive Communion despite supporting abortion rights. Some bishops said a strong rebuke of Biden is needed...

High court ruling cited in Kentucky child services dispute

Jun. 17, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

Republicans turned up pressure on Kentucky's Democratic governor Thursday to renew a contract with a Baptist-affiliated children's agency, reacting to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling they say should settle the dispute between religious beliefs and gay rights. Gov. Andy...

Court: If bias rules have exceptions, faith groups qualify

Jun. 17, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

Justice Samuel Alito called it a “wisp” of a decision — a Supreme Court ruling Thursday that favored Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia but was far from the constitutional gale wind that would have reshaped how courts interpret religious liberty under the First Amendment. ...

N. Ireland Unionist leader ousted amid turmoil in party

Jun. 17, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The leader of the senior party in Northern Ireland's government resigned late Thursday after colleagues revolted over a deal to appoint new leaders to the Protestant-Catholic power-sharing administration. Edwin Poots, who was elected just a month ago,...