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Southern Baptists pick president who worked for racial unity

Jun. 15, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention tamped down a push from the right at its largest meeting in decades on Tuesday, electing a new president who has worked to bridge racial divides in the church and defeating an effort to make an issue of critical race theory. ...

Louisiana will give child victims more time to file lawsuits

Jun. 15, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation removing deadlines for Louisiana's child sex abuse victims to pursue damages in civil court, delivering a victory to survivors of abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy. The new law, taking effect Aug....

Famous German boys' choir to add separate choir for girls

Jun. 15, 2021 07:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — One of Germany's most famous Catholic boys' choirs, the Regensburg Cathedral Choir, plans to establish a separate choral group for girls for the first time in its more than 1000-year history. “We are happy to welcome girls in the future,” choir...

Workers push back against hospitals requiring COVID vaccines

Jun. 14, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Jennifer Bridges, a registered nurse in Houston, is steadfast in her belief that it's wrong for her employer to force hospital workers like her to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or say goodbye to their jobs. But that's a losing legal argument so far. In...

Southern Baptists quash expanded sex abuse probe, for now

Jun. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee on Monday quashed a push for an independent committee to lead a probe of its handling of sex abuse cases, but the proposal is almost certain to resurface when the nation's largest denomination holds its biggest...

Mormons and NAACP seek to advance work with new initiatives

Jun. 14, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Top leaders from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced $9.25 million in new educational and humanitarian projects Monday as they seek to build on an alliance formed with the NAACP in 2018 as part of the faith's efforts to improve race relations....

US Catholic bishops meet amid divisions on Communion policy

Jun. 14, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

When U.S. Catholic bishops convene virtually for a national meeting Wednesday, they will be divided ideologically as well as physically. They’re split over whether to press ahead with an initiative that could — at least implicitly — rebuke President Joe Biden for receiving Communion...

Eriksen's teammates to 'play for Christian' at Euro 2020

Jun. 14, 2021 07:07 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Christian Eriksen had a simple message for his Denmark teammates when he spoke to them from the hospital for the first time following his collapse at the European Championship. ”He told us to look forward, and to look forward to the game on...

Southern Baptists meet amid controversy over leaked letters

Jun. 13, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Southern Baptists prepare for their biggest annual meeting in more than a quarter-century, accusations that leaders have shielded churches from claims of sexual abuse and simmering tensions around race threaten to once again mire the nation’s largest Protestant...

Ku Klux Klan ruled Denver a century ago; legacy still felt

Jun. 13, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nora Flaherty saw the cross burning in front of St. Dominic Catholic Church in north Denver and ran to her home a block away to get her husband. He grabbed an ax and helped put the fire out, but the Ku Klux Klan members who constructed the symbol of hate...