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Lebanon protests receive backing from religious leaders

Oct. 23, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Anti-government rallies received major support Wednesday from the country's Christian and Muslim leaders who described the weeklong protests as "a historic and exceptional popular uprising" against corruption and mismanagement and appealed to the government to meet the demands of the people....

Report details 70 years of sexual abuse by Colorado clergy

Oct. 23, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — At least 166 Colorado children were sexually abused by 43 Roman Catholic priests over 70 years, and it took the church an average of nearly 20 years to act against clergy credibly accused of abuse, according to a report released Wednesday by Colorado's attorney general. The findings of the...

Spanish village gears up for dictator Franco's remains

Oct. 23, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

EL PARDO, Spain (AP) — For visitors wondering why a tranquil cemetery outside Madrid suddenly needs around-the-clock police security, the answer is simple: an empty burial space awaits the remains of Gen. Francisco Franco, who is being reunited with his wife 44 years after he died. Weather-permitting, the...

Black Baptist church shaped Cummings' commitment

Oct. 23, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — To many black clergy, Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings was more than a formidable orator, civil rights champion and passionate public servant, he was also one of them — in practice, if not profession. His upbringing, as "a preacher's kid" gave him a comfort level with ministers and...

Vatican financial watchdog defends actions after raid

Oct. 23, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's financial watchdog agency on Wednesday strongly denied allegations of wrongdoing by Vatican prosecutors who ordered an unprecedented raid on its offices and seizure of confidential documents. The board of the Financial Information Authority, which works with national...

W Virginia gov appoints Baptist pastor to empty House seat

Oct. 23, 2019 1:54 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a Baptist pastor to fill an empty House seat. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Republican governor appointed 59-year-old Kevin Bartlett to the seat on Monday. Bartlett says his legislative priorities are, in order, anti-abortion...

Michigan judge denies request to halt LGBT adoption ruling

Oct. 23, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has denied Michigan's request to halt his preliminary injunction that preserved a Catholic adoption agency's ability to refuse to place state wards with LGBT couples. Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids declined the stay Tuesday. It had been sought by state...

Secular groups decry Carson's church and state comment

Oct. 22, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An opening prayer at Monday's Cabinet meeting by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who said the separation of church and state "doesn't mean that they cannot work together," has drawn sharp criticism from secular groups who say his words infringe on the principle of...

Fired Indianapolis Catholic school counselor files lawsuit

Oct. 22, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former guidance counselor at an Indianapolis Catholic high school who was fired for being in a same-sex marriage is suing the archdiocese. Shelly Fitzgerald's federal lawsuit names the Indianapolis archdiocese and Roncalli High School as defendants. It alleges that Fitzgerald was...

Vatican denies risk of default over structural deficit

Oct. 22, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A top Vatican administrator is denying the Holy See risks default over its structural deficit, saying claims in a new book about possible financial ruin are overblown. Archbishop Nunzio Galantino, president of the office that manages the Vatican's real estate and other assets, told the...