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Judge denies lower bond for ex-priest accused of abuse

Apr. 22, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County judge has refused to lower bail for a former Catholic priest who was previously imprisoned and labeled sexually violent. Fred Lenczycki of suburban Chicago was charged in February with two counts of sodomy for allegedly abusing two boys in the early 1990s at a north...

Michigan adoption agency reverses LGBT policy

Apr. 22, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan said Monday it will place children in LGBT homes, reversing course following a recent legal settlement. Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services is responsible for about 8% of Michigan's more than...

New lawsuit targets faith-based policy at Michigan resort

Apr. 22, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A resort community in northern Michigan is being sued again over membership policies that are related to religion. Bay View Association last year eliminated a rule that requires cottage owners to be of "Christian persuasion." But a lawsuit filed last week in federal court targets a...

Polish church condemns beating of Jewish effigy in Poland

Apr. 22, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Catholic Church in Poland poured scorn Monday on an anti-Semitic ritual enacted over the Easter holiday that involved an effigy of Judas represented by a stereotypical Jew being hanged, burned and beaten. Residents, among them children, beat and burned the effigy in Pruchnik, a...

A Catholic town at the center of Sri Lanka's deadly attacks

Apr. 22, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The seaside Sri Lankan fishing town of Negombo has long been called "Little Rome," a reference to its abundance of churches and its place at the center of the country's small Catholic community. On Monday, it was a town in mourning. Small white flags flew in house after house near...

A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday has exploded, but no injuries have been reported

Apr. 22, 2019 6:53 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday has exploded, but no injuries have been reported.

A look at sites hit by Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

Apr. 22, 2019 3:13 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Easter Sunday bombings were Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since the country's civil war ended a decade ago. Six near-simultaneous blasts targeted churches and luxury hotels in and near Colombo, the capital. A look at the sites targeted: ___ CHURCHES St. Anthony's Shrine is a...

Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 200 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena...

Pope denounces 'cruel violence' of Sri Lanka Easter attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the "cruel violence" of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed and political violence afflicting many parts of the world. Francis...

Paris Easter Mass honors firefighters who saved Notre Dame

Apr. 21, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The archbishop of Paris and Catholics from around France and the world honored the firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral, praying Sunday at a special Easter Mass for a swift reconstruction of the beloved monument. Some streets around the medieval cathedral also reopened six days after...