Religious issues

Pope Francis arrives to recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Pope Francis says he was stuck for 25 minutes in a Vatican elevator and had to be rescued by firefighters. Francis apologized to faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday for showing up seven minutes late for his traditional noon appointment with the public. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 01, 2019 - 8:54 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is giving the Catholic church 13 new cardinals, including two churchmen who have worked to help migrants and several others who toil in poor countries or nations where Christians are a minority. Francis made the surprise announcement Sunday from his studio window...
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Protesters stand near burning items during a pro-democracy protest in causeway bay, Hong Kong, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Hundreds of people are rallying in an athletic park in central Hong Kong as a 13th-straight weekend of pro-democracy protests gets underway. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 31, 2019 - 10:41 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong threw gasoline bombs at government headquarters and set fires in the street on Saturday, while police fired tear gas and blue-colored water from truck-mounted cannons in the 13th consecutive weekend of anti-government and anti-police demonstrations. Police...
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Villagers check their names in the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at an NRC center in Buraburi village, in Morigaon district, in the northeastern Indian stat of Assam, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. India has published the final citizenship list in the Indian state of Assam, excluding nearly two million people amid fears they could be rendered stateless. The list, known as the National Register of Citizens (NRC), intends to identify legal residents and weed out illegal immigrants from the state. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
August 31, 2019 - 4:38 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Nearly 2 million people from the east Indian state of Assam were excluded Saturday from a final citizenship list that is intended to identify legal residents and weed out illegal immigrants, amid fears they could be rendered stateless. A total of 31.1 million people were included...
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August 30, 2019 - 1:57 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit over a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a South Carolina church. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a...
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Joshua K. Love sits in the living room of his home in Greenwood, Miss., Saturday, June 8, 2019. Love says he was sexually abused by two Franciscan friars at a local Catholic grade school. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
August 29, 2019 - 9:12 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Catholic sex abuse survivors in Mississippi and Wisconsin on Thursday demanded that federal authorities investigate allegations from three black Mississippi men who say they were molested by Franciscan friars during the mid-1990s, when they were as young as 9 years old. Mark...
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August 27, 2019 - 6:21 pm
Good evening! Here's a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up today in the Deep South. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to: The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org The Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org The...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, July 6, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech before the Warsaw Uprising Monument in Warsaw, Poland. Dozens of former Polish ambassadors are telling Trump that Poland's democracy is at risk, in an open letter published Tuesday Aug. 27, 2019, ahead of the U.S. President's visit to attend ceremonies upcoming Saturday in Warsaw marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, FILE)
August 27, 2019 - 9:54 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Almost two dozen Polish former ambassadors are telling U.S. President Donald Trump that Poland's democracy is at risk, and urging him to use an upcoming visit to pressure the country's populist government to respect human rights and stop flouting the constitution. "Mr...
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FILE - This undated Pennsylvania Department of Transportation photo shows Robert Bowers. Bowers is charged with killing 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh filed a notice of intent Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 to seek the death penalty against Bowers in last year's attack. (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation via AP, File)
August 26, 2019 - 4:05 pm
A man charged with killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue should face the death penalty if convicted, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Monday. The U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against 46-year-old Robert Bowers in last year's...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, Rohingya refugees shout slogans during a protest against the repatriation process at Unchiprang refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh. Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to a U.N. report released Thursday Aug. 22, 2019. The Rohingya refugees still live in squalid camps in Bangladesh, and a planned effort Thursday to repatriate an initial large group to Myanmar collapsed when none showed up to be taken back. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, FILE)
August 25, 2019 - 4:36 am
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh by rallying, crying and praying Sunday as they demanded that Myanmar grant them citizenship and other rights before they agree to return. The rally was...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a campaign event in Fairfield, Iowa. Buttigieg is making a faith-based appeal to Democratic voters as he tries to demonstrate his party’s religiosity. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 23, 2019 - 11:43 pm
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The question was about climate change. The answer soon turned to the Bible. And Pete Buttigieg knew the verses. "There's a lot about the stewardship of creation that is in Scripture that I don't see being honored by the administration right now, not to mention the stuff about...
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