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Spain: Police raid home of suspect in church machete attacks

Jan. 26, 2023 19:35 PM EST

ALGECIRAS, Spain (AP) — Spanish police on Thursday raided the home of a young Moroccan man held over the machete attacks at two Catholic churches the previous night that left a church officer dead and a priest injured in the southern city of Algeciras. A police investigation...

Colorado baker loses appeal over transgender birthday cake

Jan. 26, 2023 16:01 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado baker who won a partial U.S. Supreme Court victory after refusing to make a gay couple’s wedding cake because of his Christian faith lost an appeal Thursday in his latest legal fight, involving his rejection of a request for a birthday cake celebrating a gender...

Queer bars offer sacred space for LGBTQ community

Jan. 26, 2023 15:24 PM EST

(RNS) — When actor Daniel Franzese visited Jerusalem in November, he looked for God in all the usual places. But it wasn’t at the Western Wall or Mount of Olives where he encountered the divine, but in a hole-in-the-wall ’80s-style gay bar that was hosting a “David and...

Church helps mining community evolve in dark, warming Arctic

Jan. 26, 2023 08:36 AM EST

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway (AP) — The warm glow of Svalbard Kirke’s lights gleams on the mountain slope from where the church stands over this remote Norwegian Arctic village, cloaked in the polar night’s constant darkness. A century after it was founded to minister to the coal...

Church helps mining community evolve in dark, warming Arctic

Jan. 26, 2023 08:31 AM EST

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway (AP) — The warm glow of Svalbard Kirke’s lights gleams on the snow-covered mountain slope from where the church stands like a beacon over this remote Norwegian Arctic village, cloaked in the polar night’s constant darkness. A century after it was founded to...

Spain: 1 dead in church machete attacks, terror link probed

Jan. 25, 2023 23:31 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A machete-wielding man killed a sexton and injured a priest at two Catholic churches in the city of Algeciras on Wednesday before being arrested, Spain’s interior ministry said. Authorities are investigating the attacks as a possible act of terrorism. The...

District alters policy after suit over 'Jesus Loves Me' mask

Jan. 25, 2023 17:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A conservative legal group said Wednesday that a Mississippi school district has agreed to retract a policy that banned political or religious slogans on face masks, in response to a lawsuit from the family of a girl who was told not to wear one with the slogan “Jesus...

The AP Interview takeaways: Pope decries expanding gun use

Jan. 25, 2023 16:56 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis lamented that the use of guns by civilians to defend themselves is becoming a “habit.” In an interview on Tuesday with The Associated Press, the pontiff, who has frequently criticized the arms industry, was asked about the large number of guns...

The AP Interview: Pope says homosexuality not a crime

Jan. 25, 2023 16:53 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church. “Being homosexual isn’t a crime,”...

Faculty calls on embattled Minnesota college head to resign

Jan. 25, 2023 15:03 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Faculty leaders at a Minnesota college that dismissed an art history instructor who showed depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a course have overwhelmingly called for the university president to resign. Faculty leaders at Hamline University said 71 of 92...