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FILE—In this file photo from Sept. 9, 2020, people attending an event with Vice President Mike Pence, pray before he took the stage to speak to Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, at Cornerstone Ministries church, in Export, Pa. a Pittsburgh suburb. Trump's selection of Mike Pence to be his vice president has often been cited as a turning point in getting evangelicals, who make up about 1 in 5 voters, to rally behind Trump four years ago. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File)

Evangelicals at base of Trump hopes for Pennsylvania repeat

Sep. 19, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s homestretch push to repeat his razor thin victory in Pennsylvania four years ago won't happen without white evangelicals, and there are signs that critical component of his coalition hasn't lost the faith. It's a group that has often made the...

Former Episcopal priest gets 6 years on child porn charge

Sep. 18, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Episcopal priest in Massachusetts convicted of downloading child pornography was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison. Gregory Lisby, 41, received the sentence in U.S. District Court in Worcester during a hearing at which it was disclosed that he had sexual...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi to church: 'Follow science' on COVID-19 restrictions

Sep. 18, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Friday against the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco's criticism of COVID-related restrictions, saying he should “follow science” rather than advocate for fuller in-person gatherings for Mass and worship. Asked about Archbishop...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis blesses a statue of the Mother Mary as he celebrates Mass at the National Stadium, in Bangkok, Thailand. Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican think tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary for their own illicit ends. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope seeks to 'liberate' Virgin Mary from the Mafia

Sep. 18, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican think tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary for their own illicit ends. The Vatican’s Pontifical Marian Academy launched the think tank Friday at a conference...

Group appeals US judge's Idaho transgender sports ban ruling

Sep. 17, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservative Christian group is appealing a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked an Idaho law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports. Alliance Defending Freedom on Wednesday filed its appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a U.S....

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Hawaii again sets plan for pre-testing tourists

Sep. 16, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for the coronavirus. Gov. David Ige said Wednesday that travelers will have to take the test within 72 hours before their flight arrives in...

Pope Francis blesses newly ordained priests in the St. Damaso courtyard on the occasion of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

What's in a name? At the Vatican, a debate on inclusiveness

Sep. 16, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican responded Wednesday to criticism that the title of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on the post-COVID world is sexist, saying the document, “Fratelli Tutti,” ("Brothers All") in no way excludes women. In Italian, “fratelli” means brothers but it...

A restorer works on one of Michelangelo's Pieta sculpture in Florence, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. A restoration of one of Michelangelo’s Pieta sculptures has uncovered previously unknown details, including the artist’s tool marks, that had been hidden under centuries of dust and wax. Florence’s Museo dell’Opera del Duomo said Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 that the cleaning of the Bandini Pieta, which began last year but was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, had resumed and that the public was now invited to watch restorers at work. Michelangelo carved the Bandini Pieta between 1547-1555, when he was nearly 80. (Claudio Giovannini/Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore via AP)

Restorers uncover new details in a Michelangelo Pieta

Sep. 16, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A restoration of one of Michelangelo’s sculptures of the Madonna and Christ has uncovered previously unknown details, including the artist's tool marks, that had been hidden under centuries of dust and wax. Florence’s Museo dell’Opera del Duomo said Wednesday that the...

FILE - This Aug. 18, 2020, file photo shows the Big Moose Inn on Millinocket Lake in Millinocket, Maine. A COVID-19 outbreak connected to a wedding reception held at the inn in early August has led to more than 175 cases of the virus and at least five deaths. (Linda Coan O'Kresik/The Bangor Daily News via AP, File)

Virus death toll linked to Maine wedding grows to 7

Sep. 15, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At least seven people have died in connection to a coronavirus outbreak that continues to sicken people in Maine following a wedding reception held over the summer that violated state virus guidelines, public health authorities said. The August wedding reception at the Big Moose Inn...

Michigan Catholic priest compared BLM to 9/11 attackers

Sep. 15, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in suburban Detroit is apologizing after a fellow priest likened Black Lives Matter to the people responsible for the 9/11 attacks. The Rev. Paul Graney's homily Saturday created "division, anger, confusion and chaos,” the Rev. Bob McCabe...