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Pastors see a wariness among Black men to talk abortion politics as Biden works to shore up base

Jul. 13, 2024 13:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Phoenix pastor the Rev. Warren H. Stewart Sr. has had countless discussions this election season with fellow Black men on the economy, criminal justice, immigration and other issues dominating the political landscape in their battleground state of Arizona. But never abortion. ...

On anniversary of Frida Kahlo's death, her art's spirituality keeps fans engaged around the globe

Jul. 13, 2024 08:36 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Frida Kahlo had no religious affiliation. Why, then, did the Mexican artist depict several religious symbols in the paintings she produced until her death on July 13, 1954? “Frida conveyed the power of each individual,” said art researcher and curator Ximena...

Who is the Buddhist nun who built a global charity from a tiny apartment in rural Taiwan?

Jul. 13, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — The Buddhist teacher who founded what is now a global charity and religion with a $283 million operating budget grew up at a time when women could not be ordained as Buddhist nuns. What Cheng Yen, now 87, started in 1966 in Taiwan's countryside as a...

A Taiwan-based Buddhist charity attempts to take the founding nun's message of compassion global

Jul. 13, 2024 00:31 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — When a 7.4-magnitude earthquake ripped through Taiwan in April, it took about 30 minutes for the region’s most ubiquitous charity to set up an emergency response center. Tzu Chi, an international Buddhist organization led by an 87-year-old nun, the...

Judge rejects effort by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson to get records from Catholic church

Jul. 12, 2024 21:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state judge said Friday that Attorney General Bob Ferguson is not entitled to enforce a subpoena seeking decades of records from the Seattle Archdiocese, despite his assertion that the records are needed to learn whether the Catholic church used charitable trust funds...

Alabama agrees to forgo autopsy of Muslim inmate scheduled to be executed next week

Jul. 12, 2024 18:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has agreed to forgo an autopsy on a Muslim death row inmate, scheduled to be executed next week, who said the post-mortem procedure would violate his religious beliefs. Keith Edmund Gavin had filed a lawsuit against the state seeking to avoid the...

The gods must be angry: Mexico 'cancels' statue of Greek god Poseidon after dispute with local deity

Jul. 12, 2024 17:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The gods must be angry — or just laughing at the hubris of humanity. Authorities in Mexico have slapped a “closure” order on a 10-foot-tall (3-meter) aquatic statue of the Greek god of the sea Poseidon that was erected in May in the Gulf of Mexico just off...

Small fire in towering spire of medieval cathedral in French city of Rouen is under control

Jul. 11, 2024 22:17 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A small fire broke out Thursday in the spire of the medieval cathedral in Rouen, a major landmark in northern France that was under renovation, but authorities said it was quickly brought under control. Witnesses told French television they saw smoke emanating from the...

Knights of Columbus will cover up mosaics by ex-Jesuit artist accused of abusing women

Jul. 11, 2024 20:49 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Knights of Columbus, an influential Catholic charitable organization, announced Thursday that it will cover up its mosaics made by a famous ex-Jesuit artist accused of abusing women in a sign of solidarity with victims of abuse. The world's largest Roman Catholic...

He was orphaned in the Holocaust and never met any family. Now he has cousins, thanks to DNA tests

Jul. 11, 2024 18:33 PM EDT

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Shalom Korai never knew his real name or his birthday. He was saved from the streets of a burning Warsaw neighborhood while he was a toddler during World War II, when the rest of his family was killed by Nazis in Poland. He grew up and lived in Israel...