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Ministry focuses on inclusion of those with special needs

Oct. 20, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The SPICE program works to raise awareness, money for people with special needs in Catholic parishes and schools. Founded 20 years ago by Eastmoor resident Bob Ryan and his wife Mary Ginn Ryan, the program has grown to several parishes within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus....

WV Institute for Spirituality, director mark anniversaries

Oct. 19, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The first time Sister Carole Riley laid eyes on Charleston, she was driving a truck that rolled into town from Pittsburgh in 1977, carrying nuns from the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of the Retreat in the Cenacle and items needed to set up housekeeping at a new Cenacle...

Mississippi pastor doubles as US Army chaplain

Oct. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — On a typical Sunday, in congregations across the country, someone is missing while fulfilling an obligation to the military as a member of the National Guard or Reserves. It's a little different at First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, where one Sunday per month the person is not...

Report: Diocese of Lansing mishandled 1990 sexual abuse case

Oct. 18, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing says an independent investigator determined that the diocese failed to investigate allegations that a priest had sexually assaulted a man at a boxing training camp decades ago. The diocese on Thursday released the findings of an independent...

Syria crisis tests Trump's global religious freedom vows

Oct. 18, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

The Turkish invasion of northern Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's troop withdrawal from the region could put to the test Trump's stated commitment to global freedom of worship for religious minorities. The fighting between the Turks and Kurds has raised fears for the safety of Syrian Christians,...

Allegations against Catholic priest lead to his resignation

Oct. 18, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic priest in Kentucky has resigned as pastor of a church following allegations of inappropriate contact made by two men. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that in a letter Tuesday, Bishop John Stowe accepted the resignation of the Rev. Alan Carter as pastor of Saints Peter...

Christian music manager accused of child sex crime in Texas

Oct. 18, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee-based manager of Christian music artists is accused of touching the genitals of a child when he worked for a Texas Baptist church more than a decade ago. News outlets report 55-year-old Jeffrey Charles Berry was arrested this week in Franklin, Tennessee, on charges...

Share of Americans with no religious affiliation growing

Oct. 17, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Based on telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, Pew said Thursday that 65% of American adults now...

Latter-day Saint bishop arrested in child-pornography case

Oct. 17, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) — A bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is under arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Police say 61-year-old Timothy James Hallows of Kaysville is being held on suspicion of eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. He is being held without...

Diocese pays $4.4M in abuse compensation to 57 victims

Oct. 17, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania diocese has announced a nearly $4.4 million payout to 57 victims of sexual abuse by its clergy and seminarians. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg made the announcement Thursday about the payment through the out-of-court compensation program. The Pittsburgh...