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Israeli minister likens Jewish intermarriage to 'Holocaust'

Jul. 9, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new education minister has likened intermarriage among North American Jews to the Holocaust in a recent Cabinet meeting. A spokesman for Education Minister Rafi Peretz confirmed Tuesday that Peretz said that "assimilation is like the Holocaust" in a July 1 session. Peretz is...

Kentucky students lose appeal in chickenpox vaccination case

Jul. 1, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than two dozen Catholic school students and their parents have lost their initial appeal in challenging a Kentucky health department's efforts to control a chickenpox outbreak they claim infringed on their religious beliefs. A three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals...

Pope seeks more freedom in theology, dialogue with Islam

Jun. 21, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Friday for a reform of the way theology is taught in Catholic schools, saying students must learn about dialogue with Judaism and Islam, and that overall there must be greater freedom in theological research and academic pursuits. The Jesuit pope made the call during...

Jimmy Carter, after hip surgery, back teaching Sunday school

Jun. 9, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter talked about his recent health setback and his conversation with President Donald Trump, as he returned to teaching Sunday school in Georgia for the first time since breaking his hip. Carter told people gathered at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains...

Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as Southern Baptists convene

Jun. 9, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

The Southern Baptist Convention gathers for its annual national meeting Tuesday with one sobering topic — sex abuse by clergy and staff — overshadowing all others. Inside the meeting hall in Birmingham, Alabama, delegates representing the nation's largest Protestant denomination will likely vote on...

New Israeli election highlights tense ties to ultra-Orthodox

Jun. 4, 2019 3:42 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The trigger for Israel's unprecedented repeat election touches upon one of the major fault lines in Israeli society — the role of the growing ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in modern life. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's prospective government collapsed last week over the issue...

China deploys Confucius in bid to boost religion controls

May. 28, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has begun five-day Confucian culture immersion courses for religious leaders in the sage's hometown as part of a campaign to extend government control over faith communities through a process of sinicization. The ruling Communist Party's United Work Front Department said in a news...

Congregants grapple with church shooter once their colleague

May. 25, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Minister Joey Spann watched Friday as 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson was convicted of first-degree murder for killing one person and wounding seven others when he sprayed Spann's church and its congregants with bullets in 2017. It was hard for Spann to recognize in Samson the...

Jimmy Carter won't teach Sunday school days after procedure

May. 18, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter canceled plans to teach Sunday school just days after undergoing surgery for a broken hip. "Though he is progressing well, he underestimated the amount of time he would need to recover from his recent hip replacement," Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said in...