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Federal agency sues Chipotle after a Kansas manager allegedly ripped off an employee's hijab

Sep. 30, 2023 16:54 PM EDT

A federal agency has sued the restaurant chain Chipotle, accusing it of religious harassment and retaliation after a manager at a Kansas location forcibly removed an employee's hijab, a headscarf worn by some Muslim women. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the Equal Employment...

Pope Francis creates 21 new cardinals who will help him to reform the church and cement his legacy

Sep. 30, 2023 06:43 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis created 21 new cardinals at a ritual-filled ceremony Saturday, including key figures at the Vatican and in the field who will help enact his reforms and cement his legacy as he enters a crucial new phase in running the Catholic Church. On a crisp...

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, trailblazer and champion of liberal priorities, dies at age 90

Sep. 29, 2023 17:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a centrist Democrat and champion of liberal causes who was elected to the Senate in 1992 and broke gender barriers throughout her long career in local and national politics, has died. She was 90. Feinstein died on Thursday...

Baltimore Archdiocese files for bankruptcy before new law on abuse lawsuits takes effect

Sep. 29, 2023 17:16 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Archdiocese of Baltimore on Friday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization days before a new state law goes into effect removing the statute of limitations on child sex abuse claims and allowing victims to sue their abusers decades after the fact. The...

A green card processing change means US could lose thousands of faith leaders from abroad

Sep. 29, 2023 14:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — For more than two hours on a Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Gustavo Castillo led the Pentecostal congregation he’s been growing in this Minneapolis suburb through prayer, Scriptures, rousing music and sometimes tearful testimonials. But it all may end...

Catholic Baltimore Archdiocese says it will file for bankruptcy before new law on church abuse lawsuits takes effect

Sep. 29, 2023 14:32 PM EDT
BALTIMORE (AP) — Catholic Baltimore Archdiocese says it will file for bankruptcy before new law on church abuse lawsuits takes effect.

Inspired by llamas, the desert and Mother Earth, these craftswomen weave sacred textiles

Sep. 28, 2023 08:18 AM EDT

COLCHANE, Chile (AP) — In northern Chile, Teófila Challapa learned to weave surrounded by the hills and sandy roads of the Atacama Desert. “Spin the threads, girl,” her grandmother told her a half a century ago. Aymara women like Challapa, now 59, become...

Soccer player Paulinho won't let intolerance of his Afro-Brazilian religion stop his faith

Sep. 27, 2023 15:04 PM EDT

LAGOA SANTA, Brazil (AP) — When Brazilian soccer player Paulinho scored a goal at the Tokyo Olympics, he celebrated by pointing an imaginary arrow at the flashing cameras as homage to a deity in his persecuted Afro-Brazilian faith – and taking aim at religious intolerance. ...

A Belgian bishop says the Vatican has for years snubbed pleas to defrock a pedophile ex-colleague

Sep. 27, 2023 07:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A prominent Belgian bishop on Wednesday criticized the Vatican for failing to defrock a former bishop who admitted sexually abusing children, saying it had led to massive frustration with the highest Roman Catholic authorities. Disgraced bishop Roger Vangheluwe,...

Revised report on Maryland church sex abuse leaves 5 church leaders’ names still redacted

Sep. 26, 2023 18:00 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s attorney general released some previously redacted names in its staggering report on child sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore on Tuesday, but the names of five Catholic Church leaders remained redacted amid ongoing appeals, prompting criticism of the church by...