Religious issues

Pope Francis lies down in prayer during the Good Friday Passion of Christ Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 30, 2018. Pope Francis began the Good Friday service at the Vatican with the Passion of Christ Mass and hours later will go to the ancient Colosseum in Rome for the traditional Way of the Cross procession. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
March 30, 2018 - 6:00 pm
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March 30, 2018 - 2:29 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Three teenagers accused of shooting at a priest who was gathering eggs from his Cleveland church's chicken coop have been indicted. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office said Friday that 16-year-olds Amin Walker and Jaylen Miller and 18-year-old Kenitra Robinson...
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March 30, 2018 - 11:09 am
MASON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan priest accused of embezzling more than $5 million now faces a civil lawsuit filed by the insurance company for the Catholic Diocese of Lansing. Rev. Jonathan Wehrle is charged with six counts of embezzling $100,000 or more from St. Martha Church in Okemos, east of...
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March 30, 2018 - 10:35 am
CHICAGO (AP) — A nonprofit has been ordered to pay $45 million to the estate of a 2-year-old suburban Chicago boy whose mother is charged in his beating death. A Cook County jury reached the verdict Tuesday against Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Lavandis Hudson was placed in foster care...
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Charles Swift, defense attorney for Noor Salman paces outside the Orlando Federal Courthouse, Thursday, March 29, 2018, as the jury deliberates the fate of his client in Orlando, Fla. Jurors in the trial of Salman, accused of aiding her husband's terrorist attack against an Orlando nightclub, later finished deliberating on Thursday without reaching a verdict. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
March 30, 2018 - 10:32 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of the widow of the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 people in 2016 (all times local): 10:30 a.m. The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay Orlando nightclub has been acquitted on charges of lying to the FBI and helping her husband...
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Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Melbourne Magistrates Court, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Melbourne, Australia. An Australian magistrate has closed a monthlong court hearing of evidence on whether Pell, the most senior Vatican cleric ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, will stand trial. (Joe Castro/AAP Image via AP)
March 29, 2018 - 2:25 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian magistrate has closed a monthlong court hearing of evidence on whether the most senior Vatican cleric ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis will stand trial. Belinda Wallington told the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday she would make...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2015, file photo, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence takes a question during a news conference discussing the state's new religious-freedom law in Indianapolis. Then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence faced a firestorm of criticism three years ago after signing a "religious freedom" law critics decried as anti-gay. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
March 28, 2018 - 5:46 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence faced a firestorm of criticism three years ago after signing a "religious freedom" law critics decried as anti-gay. Now emails released this week to The Associated Press illustrate similar backlash from fellow conservatives when the eventual vice...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017 file photo shot through an obstruction Alexandre Bissonnette arrives at the courthouse in Quebec City. Bissonnette, accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque has pleaded not guilty. Bissonnette entered the pleas in a courtroom Monday, March 26, 2018, ahead of pretrial motions to be debated this week. (Mathieu Belanger/The Canadian Press via AP, Pool, File)
March 28, 2018 - 1:01 pm
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — The man accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque asked for forgiveness Wednesday after changing his mind and pleading guilty. Alexandre Bissonnette faced six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. More than 50 people were at the Islamic...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by Metro Nashville Police Department shows Emanuel Kidega Samson. Samson accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding several other people at a Tennessee church in September pleaded not guilty through his attorney on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, to charges in a 43-count indictment, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony civil rights intimidation. (Metro Nashville Police Department via AP, File)
March 28, 2018 - 12:15 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A black man accused of fatally shooting a white woman and wounding six other people at a Tennessee church in September pleaded not guilty through his attorney Wednesday to charges in a 43-count indictment including first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony civil...
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March 28, 2018 - 11:46 am
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Pope Francis will not apologize to Canadian residential school survivors and their families for the role the Roman Catholic Church played in operating the schools or the abuses suffered by their students. Some 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children were taken from...
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