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Pope: Moon landing inspires progress on justice, environment

Jul. 21, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is hoping that the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk inspires efforts to help our "common home" on Earth. Francis told the public in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, the day after the anniversary of the July 20, 1969, lunar landing, that the feat achieved an...

Funeral service held for 86 Muslims killed by Serbs

Jul. 20, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

PRIJEDOR, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Several thousand people attended a funeral service in Bosnia on Saturday for 86 Muslims who were slain by Serbs in one of the worst atrocities of the country's 1992-95 war. Relatives of the victims, religious leaders and others gathered at a soccer stadium near the...

Matthew Ministry provides free clothing for the needy

Jul. 20, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — For nearly 20 years, one Corbin woman has faithfully helped to clothe the community, volunteering countless hours of service. Cheryl Robinson spends much of her time in a small old house on the corner of Fourth and Poplar Streets, across from Central Baptist Church in Corbin. If you...

Former Cochise County jail chaplain loses bid to move trial

Jul. 20, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — A former Cochise County jail chaplain has lost his bid to have his upcoming trial on charges accusing him of sexually assaulting female inmates conducted outside the county. Herald/Review Media reported that Superior Court Judge Laura Cardinal denied the motion but said she would...

Coffee employee tells Muslims to 'go back to your country'

Jul. 19, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — The Tim Hortons coffee chain says a Michigan employee has been fired after a Muslim couple were told to "go back to your country." The incident occurred on June 28 at a Tim Hortons in Ypsilanti. Alaa Kouider and her husband say they were harassed when they went inside to fix a...

Mother convicted of deaths of 2 girls found on Colorado farm

Jul. 19, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A jury in southwest Colorado has convicted a mother of two girls who died after they were banished to a car without food or water by members of a doomsday religious group because the girls were thought to have been impure. Nashika Bramble was found guilty Wednesday of two counts of...

Former West Virginia bishop disciplined by pope

Jul. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis has issued disciplinary action against a former West Virginia bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said Friday. The diocese posted the pope's decision on its website, saying former bishop Michael Bransfield can't live within the diocese, can't...

Lebanese losing faith as politicians fumble over economy

Jul. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For days, Lebanese TV stations have been blanketed with live coverage as lawmakers held heated debate over a controversial austerity budget meant to salvage the flailing economy, with protests outside parliament and critics denouncing its focus on tax hikes and wage cuts. Mohammed Badran,...

Sudanese opposition seeks postponement in deal with military

Jul. 19, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy movement is seeking to postpone the signing of the second and possibly more contentious part of a power-sharing agreement with the country's military, saying Friday that it needs more time to resolve differences among its members over the deal. The first part of the deal...

70 Catholics arrested in DC protest over migrant treatment

Jul. 19, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Catholics gathered in the nation's capital to protest the federal government's treatment of migrants, and about 70 sisters, clergy and parishioners were arrested. The Washington Post reports protesters armed with photos of migrant children who died in federal custody recited...