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Key hearing set in Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case

Sep. 21, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A key hearing before a Delaware judge could determine whether the Boy Scouts of America might be able to emerge from bankruptcy later this year. The Boy Scouts, based in Irving, Texas, sought bankruptcy protection in February 2020 amid an onslaught of...

Arson suspected in fire at historic Kansas City church

Sep. 20, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal investigation is underway after arson damaged a historic Kansas City, Missouri, church that now serves a congregation predominantly made up of people from South Sudan. John Ham of the Kansas City office of the Bureau of Alcohol,...

German cleric defends pope's decision to keep archbishop

Sep. 20, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the German Bishops’ Conference on Monday defended the pope’s decision to allow the archbishop of Hamburg to stay on at this post, despite being faulted for his handling of sexual abuse allegations. Limburg Bishop...

Fire destroys Jacksonville church; officials investigating

Sep. 20, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Officials are trying to determine the cause of an overnight fire that destroyed a Jacksonville church on Monday. St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church was fully engulfed in flames when Jacksonville firefighters arrived at about 2 a.m. The roof...

Maine church to celebrate centennial with bishop in October

Sep. 19, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

LIMERICK, Maine (AP) — The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland will preside over the centennial of a Maine church next month. St. Matthew Church in Limerick is turning 100. The diocese said Bishop Robert Deeley will preside over an anniversary mass at the...

Probe of Southern Baptist sex abuse response moves forward

Sep. 19, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The Rev. Marshall Blalock feels the weight of his new responsibility. The South Carolina pastor serves as vice chair of a recently formed Southern Baptist Convention task force charged with overseeing an investigation into how a top...

Access, travel rules influence missionary vaccine policies

Sep. 18, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

COVID-19 vaccine refusal rates may be high among white evangelical Christians, but the International Mission Board — which deploys thousands of missionaries — is not hesitant about the shot. The global agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest...

Pope to bishops: Listen to abuse victims for sake of church

Sep. 18, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged European bishops on Saturday to listen to survivors of clergy sexual abuse and consider them partners in reform, warning that their failure to do so risks the very future of the Catholic Church. Francis issued a videomessage to Central...

Paddling the Susquehanna in search of adventure, history

Sep. 18, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) — Mark Heller, of Manheim, wanted to paddle 444 miles down the Susquehanna River for a sense of adventure. A year of COVID-19 claustrophobia and a similar yearning for exploration did it for the Rev. John Laughlin, a Millersville resident and pastor of...

Many faith leaders say no to endorsing vaccine exemptions

Sep. 17, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

As significant numbers of Americans seek religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates, many faith leaders are saying: Not with our endorsement. Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said Thursday that while some people may have medical reasons for...