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Rich in dramatic Catholic history, Nagasaki awaits the pope

Nov. 19, 2019 7:37 PM EST

NAGASAKI, Japan (AP) — It’s fitting that Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, the city where Christianity first took hold in the country and where nearly 500 years later it remains steeped in blood-soaked symbolism, both religious and political. It was here that a...

Pope’s Asian agenda: Disarmament, martyrs, family reunion

Nov. 17, 2019 9:06 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution. Emphasizing the dignity of...

Montana, Jehovah's Witness settle discrimination complaint

Nov. 7, 2019 7:08 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has agreed to pay some of an inmate's attorney fees and have a prison warden undergo religion rights training to settle a discrimination complaint. The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday that the state Department of Corrections settled with Montana Women's...

Auschwitz survivor a focus of Italy's anti-Semitic tensions

Nov. 7, 2019 10:15 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — An 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor who is a senator-for-life in Italy has unwittingly provoked one of the country's most intense confrontations with anti-Semitism since the end of Italy's Fascist dictatorship during World War II. In response to revelations that she is subject to 200 social...

China and West clash over claims Beijing oppresses Uighurs

Oct. 29, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China and the West clashed at the U.N. human rights committee Tuesday over claims that Beijing systematically oppresses ethnic minority Muslims in far western Xinjiang province. Belarus read a statement on behalf of 54 countries commending "China's remarkable achievements in the field...

NY's new pay equity law goes into effect

Oct. 8, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New laws in New York state aim to prohibit gender pay discrimination, making it illegal to pay someone less based on their race, religion or gender identity. The new laws go into effect Tuesday. They also bar employers from demanding prospective workers' salary histories. Democratic...

UN investigator: Myanmar is not safe for Rohingyas to return

Oct. 4, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s independent investigator on Myanmar says it's not safe for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to return because Myanmar has failed to dismantle its "system of persecution" of Rohingyas. Yanghee Lee said in a report to the General Assembly...

Judge questions U. of Iowa's response to Christian lawsuit

Sep. 30, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge is questioning the University of Iowa's decision to deregister dozens of student organizations following a lawsuit by a Christian student group that accused university officials of discrimination. U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Rose said in a ruling Friday that...

Trump condemns religious persecution amid refugee squeeze

Sep. 29, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said at the United Nations this week that "protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities." But his promise rings hollow to advocates for persecuted religious minorities seeking refuge in the United States. Trump's administration already has slashed the...

Judge: Michigan adoption agencies can turn away LGBT couples

Sep. 26, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Religious-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan will be allowed to refuse to place children in LGBT homes under a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge Thursday. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids blocked Democratic state Attorney...