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Explosions hit 2 churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

Apr. 21, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Two explosions hit two churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, wounding at least 50 people, witnesses said. The first blast ripped through St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo. Alex Agileson, who was in the vicinity, said buildings in the surrounding area shook with the blast. He said...

A second explosion rocks St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo in Sri Lanka, north of capital Colombo

Apr. 21, 2019 12:32 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A second explosion rocks St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo in Sri Lanka, north of capital Colombo.

An explosion hits church in Sri Lanka's a capital on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among worshippers

Apr. 21, 2019 12:23 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An explosion hits church in Sri Lanka's a capital on Easter Sunday, causing casualties among worshippers.

Pope during Easter vigil: reject the 'glitter of wealth'

Apr. 20, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — At an Easter vigil in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the "glitter of wealth," and to avoid seeking life's meaning in "things that pass away." "Do not bury hope!" Francis exclaimed, after noting that when things go badly,...

Ukraine quiet ahead of presidential election

Apr. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who plays the role of Ukraine's president on television is set to take on the job for real, pushing out the man who currently holds the office, according to public opinion surveys ahead of Sunday's election. Saturday was a so-called "day of quiet," on which electioneering is...

Tourists, Easter worshippers lament closure of Notre Dame

Apr. 20, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Tourists, devout Catholics and others looked on mournfully at Notre Dame Cathedral Saturday, regretting that they couldn't get inside the magnificent monument on this Easter weekend because of the damage caused by a violent fire. Parishioners who normally celebrate Easter at Notre Dame...

United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies

Apr. 20, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. The differences...

2020 campaign trail runs through churches in South Carolina

Apr. 20, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — By now, most Democratic presidential candidates have polished their stump speeches. But when they're in South Carolina, they may need to add in a sermon. In a large and diverse primary field, White House hopefuls are angling to develop relationships with black churches. That's...

Key events in Egypt since the 2011 pro-democracy uprising

Apr. 20, 2019 3:30 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Here are key events in eight years of turmoil and transition in Egypt, leading up to a national referendum on constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030. ___ Feb. 11, 2011: Autocrat Hosni Mubarak steps down after 18 days of...

Nicaraguans use Good Friday processions to protest

Apr. 20, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Good Friday religious processions in Nicaragua's capital took on a political tone as people seized a rare opportunity to renew protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega. As hundreds of faithful walked in a traditional Stations of the Cross procession to the city's...