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Anti-government activist Bundy issues Idaho campaign videos

Jun. 19, 2021 22:54 PM EDT

Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy on Saturday came out with his first videos announcing his campaign to become governor of Idaho. “I’m running for governor because I’m sick and tired of all of this political garbage just like you are,” Bundy said in a nearly...

An architect of European unity moves ahead on sainthood path

Jun. 19, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Robert Schuman, a French statesman who paved the way for the bloc that eventually evolved into European Union, has moved ahead on the Catholic church’s path toward possible sainthood. The Vatican said Pope Francis on Saturday approved a decree...

EXPLAINER: What is the Catholic Communion controversy?

Jun. 18, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops is getting to work on a policy document that has stirred controversy among their colleagues before a word of it has even been written. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a document “on the...

Conservative activists heckle Pence at conference in Florida

Jun. 18, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Some attendees at a conference in Florida for conservative activists heckled former Vice President Mike Pence on Friday during a speech. A few attendees shouted, “Traitor!" as Pence spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority...

NC governor again vetoes gun-rights bill for more churches

Jun. 18, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed gun-rights legislation on Friday that would allow parishioners at more churches to be armed, marking the second year in a row that he's blocked the idea. The legislation affirms that people going to religious...

US Catholic bishops OK steps toward possible rebuke of Biden

Jun. 18, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. The decision, vehemently...

Catholic foster care agency wins Supreme Court verdict

Jun. 17, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In another victory for religious groups at the Supreme Court, the justices on Thursday unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples. The court said the city of Philadelphia wrongly limited...

AP Interview: Tibet exile leader hopes to resume China talks

Jun. 17, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The new president of the Tibetan exile government said on Thursday he will do his best to resume a dialogue with China after more than a decade, and that a visit by the Dalai Lama to Tibet could be the best step forward. The Buddhist spiritual...

Heated debate before US Catholic bishops vote on Communion

Jun. 17, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

In impassioned debate Thursday, U.S. Catholic bishops clashed over how to address concerns about Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who continue to receive Communion despite supporting abortion rights. Some bishops said a strong rebuke of Biden is needed...

High court ruling cited in Kentucky child services dispute

Jun. 17, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

Republicans turned up pressure on Kentucky's Democratic governor Thursday to renew a contract with a Baptist-affiliated children's agency, reacting to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling they say should settle the dispute between religious beliefs and gay rights. Gov. Andy...