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US sanctions squeeze Iran middle class, upend housing sector

Jul. 23, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Stay-at-home mom Maryam Alidadi used to lead a comfortable middle-class life. The 35-year-old and her husband, a mechanic, could afford a spacious rental apartment in a central neighborhood of Tehran, along with a car, occasional restaurant meals and holidays abroad. Now they are barely...

West Virginia diocese to discuss 'future leadership'

Jul. 23, 2019 1:52 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese says it's set to discuss its "future leadership," 10 months after the resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston says a news conference is scheduled Tuesday at the diocese offices in Wheeling. A diocese...

Deceased Knoxville priest, bishop accused of sexual abuse

Jul. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has sued the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, claiming he was sexually abused by a priest and bishop while serving as an altar boy in the 1990s. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Michael Boyd filed the suit in Knox County on Thursday. It claims Boyd was abused by...

Ex-judge investigates abuse allegations against late bishop

Jul. 22, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts has brought in a retired judge to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against a former bishop. The Diocese of Springfield announced Monday that retired Superior Court Judge Peter Velis will investigate allegations of misconduct...

In NAACP speech, Mormon leader urges love for all

Jul. 22, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' top leader urged people to love one another no matter their differences during a speech at the NAACP convention. President Russell M. Nelson said Sunday night in Detroit that everyone has a God-given responsibility to help make life...

Pope urges concrete measures to protect Syrian civilians

Jul. 22, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has sent Syrian President Bashar Assad a letter expressing his "profound concern" for the humanitarian situation in Syria and in particular the plight of civilians in Idlib province. The Vatican said Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of Francis' top advisers, hand-delivered the...

Saginaw diocese adds priests accused of abuse to website

Jul. 22, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The Roman Catholic diocese in Saginaw has added names of priests credibly accused of abusing minors to its website. The Diocese of Saginaw says The Capuchin Order provided names of eight priests, five of whom are dead, involved in ministry, but the allegations didn't arise in the...

House fire devours Baptist church in Savannah, Georgia

Jul. 22, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A house fire spread to a house of worship next door, all but destroying the First Metropolitan Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia. Savannah Fire Rescue firefighters responding to a two-story house fire late Sunday found the flames had already spread to the First Metropolitan Baptist...

Real-time painting brings Bible story to life

Jul. 22, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Canyon Lutheran Church is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a new and vibrant reminder that God is with them. Paul Oman, an artist from Wisconsin, brought his live-action ministry "Drawn to the Word" to South Canyon Lutheran Church on June 30. While scripture verses were...

Wisconsin abbey names 22 priests accused of sexual abuse

Jul. 21, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

DE PERE, Wis. (AP) — St. Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin has released the names of 22 priests who faced "credible" allegations of sexually abusing minors. The abbey says an independent review deemed more than 40 allegations credible. About half came from the 1960s, and 12 Norbertine priests faced multiple...