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Islamic extremists kill Nigerian pastor, attack his hometown

Feb. 28, 2020 1:10 PM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants in Nigeria have killed a Christian pastor who had appealed for help in a video just days earlier, and a human rights activist said Tuesday that other extremists attacked his hometown on the same day. The Rev. Lawan Andimi was abducted earlier this month when Boko...

Rhode Island man says in lawsuit he was abused by priest

Feb. 28, 2020 12:37 PM EST

A Rhode Island man alleges that he was molested as a child by a Roman Catholic priest who also trafficked children for sex while church leaders looked the other way, according to a lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Providence. Robert Houllahan, 51, of Providence, said in the suit filed Thursday that he was...

In this May 29, 2012 file photo, Bishop Richard Malone speaks during a news conference in Buffalo, N.Y. The embattled Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, Feb. 28 2020, taking another major step in its effort to recover from a clergy misconduct scandal that's been the basis for hundreds of lawsuits, Vatican intervention and the resignation of Malone on Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Buffalo Roman Catholic Diocese seeks bankruptcy protection

Feb. 28, 2020 11:28 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The embattled Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, taking another major step in its effort to recover from a clergy misconduct scandal that‘s been the basis for hundreds of lawsuits, Vatican intervention and the resignation of its bishop....

Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy protection in effort to recover from misconduct scandal

Feb. 28, 2020 8:44 AM EST
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy protection in effort to recover from misconduct scandal.
Pope Francis salutes faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican before leaving after his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Vatican task force offers help to church on abuse prevention

Feb. 28, 2020 8:07 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is launching a task force of experts to help Catholic dioceses and religious orders develop guidelines to handle cases of sexual abuse by clergy and tend to survivors. The initiative was proposed last year during Pope Francis’ summit on preventing abuse. It was...

In this picture taken Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, Pope Francis coughs inside the Basilica of Saint Anselmo prior to the start of a procession to the Basilica of Santa Sabina before the Ash Wednesday Mass opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, in Rome. Pope Francis is sick and skipped a planned Mass with Rome clergy across town on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, officials said. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope sick a 2nd day with apparent cold, cancels audiences

Feb. 28, 2020 4:19 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canceled his official audiences Friday after apparently coming down with a cold. The Vatican said the 83-year-old pontiff celebrated morning Mass as usual and greeted participants at the end. He planned to keep his private meeting schedule as planned, but decided to cancel...

Jury: Man callously disregarded life in train murders

Feb. 27, 2020 7:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury has ruled that Jeremy Christian callously disregarded the lives of the three men he stabbed on a Portland light rail train, was fueled by racist and religious bigotry, poses a future danger and can’t be rehabilitated. The 12-person jury on Thursday also agreed with a...

Los Angeles police officers stand after a pursuit of a stolen hearse with with a casket and body inside on Interstate 110 in South Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.  The hearse was stolen from outside a Greek Orthodox church in East Pasadena on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says one person is in custody.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Stolen hearse carrying casket recovered after freeway chase

Feb. 27, 2020 7:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It has all the hallmarks of an only-in-Los Angeles crime: A thief stole a hearse — with a body inside — then went on a wild ride, ending with a chase and a crash on a busy freeway. Authorities say they found the body undisturbed inside a casket Thursday morning and took...

FILE - This Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, shows the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has postponed a key meeting of top global leaders scheduled for April 1-2 because of the spread of the coronavirus around the world. The faith is also discouraging members from traveling from outside the United States for a twice-yearly conference set for the weekend of April 4-5 in Salt Lake City, the religion said in a news release Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

New virus prompts Mormons to cancel key leadership event

Feb. 27, 2020 7:11 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday that it has postponed a key April meeting of its top global leaders because of the spread of the coronavirus, and said it is discouraging its many members who live outside the U.S. from coming to Utah for much larger...

Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Barr, DeVos speak at religious broadcasters forum

Feb. 27, 2020 7:11 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr warned a group of Christian broadcasters on Wednesday that the decline of religion in America is undermining liberal democracy. In a speech at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Tennessee, Barr said religion is necessary to provide...