Latest Religious strife News

The Latest: New saint gives Salvadorans 'happiest day'

Oct. 14, 2018 10:53 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Catholic Church canonizations on Sunday (all times local). 4:00 p.m. Thousands of people have gathered in El Salvador's capital to celebrate slain Archbishop Oscar Romero being declared a saint. Church bells pealed in unison throughout the country and large crowds watched...

In El Salvador, slain archbishop long seen as saint

Oct. 12, 2018 1:31 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Bespectacled, smiling and with close-cropped hair, the late Archbishop Oscar Romero's visage gazes kindly from postage stamps, handmade busts on sale at the San Salvador cathedral, even from a huge black-dot mural on the side of the Foreign Ministry. On Sunday in the...

Egypt court sentences 17 to death for attacking Christians

Oct. 11, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 Islamic militants to death for involvement in deadly attacks on Christians, a rights lawyer said. The court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria also issued life sentences to 19 defendants and sentenced another nine to 15 years in prison...

2 teachers killed by suspected extremists in northern Kenya

Oct. 10, 2018 10:55 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says two non-Muslim teachers have been killed in a bombing by suspected Islamic extremists at the Somali border. The attack early Wednesday by suspected al-Shabab extremists exacerbates a teacher shortage in counties along the Somali border. Al-Shabab fighters have...

The Latest: Over 1,000 honor limo crash victims at vigil

Oct. 8, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on a limousine crash in upstate New York that killed 20 people (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Over 1,000 people have jammed a riverside park to honor the victims of a limo crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York. Some relatives of the dead shed tears as local officials...

'Miracle' woman says El Salvador's Oscar Romero a saint

Oct. 5, 2018 9:07 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A Salvadoran woman whose unexpected recovery from a life-threatening condition was deemed a miracle, paving the way for the upcoming canonization of the late Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, said Friday she's convinced he is a saint. Speaking days before a planned...

Algeria approves beatification service for slain Catholics

Oct. 1, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian authorities say the country's president has approved a December beatification ceremony for seven Trappist monks and 12 other Catholics who were killed during a bloody civil war in the 1990s. Religious Affairs Minister Mohamed Aissa said President Abdelaziz Bouteflika agreed...

Illinois man pleads guilty to charges

Sep. 25, 2018 11:03 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An 18-year-old Illinois man facing conspiracy and weapons allegations has pleaded guilty to the charges. Ellis Mack of Clarence entered his plea Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats and violence and unlawful possession of a machine gun. U.S. Magistrate...

Iran-backed militias accused of reign of fear in Iraqi Basra

Sep. 23, 2018 7:27 AM EDT

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Hajar Youssif was on her daily commute to work, staring at her phone and flicking through her Instagram account when she looked up to find herself in an unusual location. The taxi driver had turned into an alley. When she questioned the driver, he sped up. "I started to feel uneasy and...

Rivals for Georgia governor clash on 'religious freedom' law

Sep. 21, 2018 3:49 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The rivals campaigning to become Georgia's next governor clashed Friday over whether the state needs a law offering protection for citizens acting on religious belief — an issue the outgoing Republican governor shot down amid an outcry from business leaders who joined gay rights...