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Gunman targets Taiwanese faith with long pro-democracy link

May. 19, 2022 00:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The recent deadly shooting at Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in California didn’t just violate a sacred space. Taiwanese Americans across the country say it ripped through their cultural bastion. It is where the congregation in Laguna Woods worshipped....

Sex abuse suit filed against Oklahoma City Catholic school

May. 18, 2022 17:10 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ten current and former students of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City and six parents or guardians are suing the private school, alleging it fostered “a rape culture” for more than 10 years. School officials have known since 2011 that...

Egypt's top mufti to weigh in on penalty for priest's killer

May. 18, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court is asking the country’s top mufti, the highest religious authority for Islam, to weigh in on the case of a man accused of stabbing to death a Coptic Christian priest, the leading judge in the trial announced Wednesday. A decision from Grand Mufi...

$121.5M settlement in New Mexico clergy sex abuse scandal

May. 17, 2022 22:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — One of the oldest Catholic dioceses in the United States announced a settlement agreement Tuesday to resolve a bankruptcy case in New Mexico that resulted from a clergy sex abuse scandal. The tentative deal totals $121.5 million and would involve about 375...

Catholic school in Mississippi Delta closing after 70 years

May. 17, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Catholic elementary school that primarily serves Black and Hispanic families in the Mississippi Delta is closing after more than 70 years, following a sex abuse scandal, declining enrollment and a steep decrease in donations. St. Francis of Assisi School...

Pope's recipe to heal his painful knee? A shot of tequila

May. 17, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Doctors have prescribed a wheelchair, cane and physical therapy to help heal Pope Francis' bad knee. He has other ideas. According to a viral video of the pope at the end of a recent audience, Francis quipped that what he really needs for the pain is a shot of tequila....

Vatican minister visits Ukraine as pope toes delicate line

May. 17, 2022 06:56 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, is heading to Kyiv this week as the Holy See seeks to balance its concern for Ukrainians amid Russia's war with its efforts to keep open a channel of dialogue with Moscow. Gallagher is due to arrive...

Pope rallies from knee pain to proclaim 10 new saints

May. 15, 2022 22:34 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis created 10 new saints on Sunday, rallying from knee pain that has forced him to use a wheelchair to preside over the first canonization ceremony at the Vatican in over two years. Francis stood for a long period at the start to greet priests concelebrating...

Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

May. 15, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wedged into a recliner in the corner of her assisted living apartment in Portland, Skylar Freimann, who has a terminal heart condition and pulmonary illness, anxiously eyed her newly arrived hospital bed on a recent day and worried over how she would maintain independence as...

155-year-old Chickasaw County church finds renewed life

May. 15, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

HOUSTON, Miss. (AP) — New Hope Church, on a country road halfway between Houlka and Okolona, was founded on Oct. 6, 1866, less than a year after the Civil War ended. On that day, Isaac Mullins and William Gaskin deeded ground to the Methodist Episcopal Church South “for the...