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Orthodox Church's top patriarch to visit US, meet with Biden

Oct. 22, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

The spiritual leader of the world’s 200 million Eastern Orthodox Christians brings an agenda spanning religious, political and environmental issues to a 12-day U.S. visit beginning Saturday that includes a meeting with President Joe Biden and various ceremonial and interfaith gatherings. ...

Georgia pastor indicted on COVID-19 relief fraud charges

Oct. 22, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia pastor has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to stealing thousands of dollars in COVID-19 assistance funds and using some of the money to buy a luxury car. Mack Devon Knight, 45, is accused of lying to the Small...

3 years after Pittsburgh synagogue attack, trial still ahead

Oct. 22, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the three-year mark since the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue approaches, survivors are planning now-familiar annual rituals of remembrance, the criminal case involving the suspect plods on, and the site is in line for restoration. The...

Blank slate to best hope: Can Youngkin rescue the Va. GOP?

Oct. 22, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Glenn Youngkin threw his hat and his cash into the Republican nominating contest for Virginia governor this year, he was a rich former private equity executive with no experience as a candidate, and few insider connections or public political views. ...

Tehran holds first public Friday Prayers in almost 2 years

Oct. 22, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Iranian capital Tehran has held its main public Friday prayer service for the first time in 20 months, after it was halted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers said beforehand that all health protocols would be followed to protect the expected...

43 countries criticize China at UN for repression of Uyghurs

Oct. 21, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 40 mainly Western countries criticized China at a U.N. meeting on Thursday for the reported torture and repression of Uyghurs and other religious and ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, keeping a spotlight on the region where foreign governments and researchers...

South Sudanese refugees find home, and church, in Syracuse

Oct. 21, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

(RNS) — On the corner of East Avenue and West Yates Street in East Syracuse, New York, sits Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The quaint building, with its bright white exterior and cherry red doors, is the home to not one, but two distinct congregations. The first, a modest parish of 25...

Man gets 11 years in prison for drowning daughter in church

Oct. 21, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the 2016 drowning of his 4-year-old daughter in the baptismal pool of a Catholic church. Gerardo Mendoza, 47, had been smoking methamphetamine for three days and began believing...

Virginia man indicted for scheme to defraud investors

Oct. 21, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Virginia man who they say duped investors out of more than $740,000 by convincing them to help him build a religion-themed family entertainment venue, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The U.S. Attorney’s...

UK police charge 25-year-old man with lawmaker's murder

Oct. 21, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police charged a 25-year-old man Thursday with the murder of a Conservative lawmaker, alleging that the killing was an act of terrorism by a supporter of the Islamic State group. Prosecutors said Ali Harbi Ali, a man from London with Somali...