Religion and politics

Pilgrims unfurl a "#Pray for Venezuela" banner prior an outdoor mass by Pope Francis in Panama City, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. Pope Francis has arrived in Panama amid a political crisis in nearby Venezuela, a migration standoff over the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall and tens of thousands of wildly excited young Central Americans welcoming him. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
January 24, 2019 - 6:27 pm
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis insisted Thursday that public officials live simply, honestly and transparently as he opened a visit to a Central America that has been rife with corruption scandals and is now coping with political upheaval in nearby Venezuela. Francis didn't mention the Venezuela...
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FILE- In this Jan. 3, 2018, file photo, the angel Moroni statue, silhouetted against the sky, sits atop the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The Mormon church says it won't oppose strengthening hate-crimes legislation in Utah to include protections for LGBT people. The announcement Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, could break a longtime legislative logjam. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
January 24, 2019 - 4:27 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church said Thursday it doesn't oppose hate-crimes legislation in Utah that includes protections for LGBT people, an announcement that could break a longtime legislative logjam on the issue. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' sought to clarify that it...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, then Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, center, talks to his lawyers after his sentencing hearing at a court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited protests that were the largest in Muslim-majority Indonesia in years was freed Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy. (Bay Ismoyo/Pool Photo via AP, File)
January 24, 2019 - 12:47 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited the largest protests in years in Muslim-majority Indonesia was freed Thursday after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy. Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, the former governor of Jakarta, left a...
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This Dec. 21, 2018, photo provided by the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room shows the final Confederate flag used at the South Carolina Statehouse, on display at the Confederate Relic Room in Columbia, S.C. It took more than three years after the flag was removed on July 10, 2015, to put it on display. (Brad Warthen/South Carolina Confederate Relic Room via AP)
January 22, 2019 - 5:05 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The last Confederate flag to fly at the South Carolina Statehouse has quietly been put on display at a museum, ending a three-year saga over what to do with the rebel banner, which was removed after nine black church members were killed in a racist attack on a Charleston...
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Following a Martin Luther King Jr. prayer service at Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right walk with NAACP President Brenda Murphy during a march to the Statehouse. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
January 21, 2019 - 7:46 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., used the holiday to launch a presidential campaign...
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A Muslim woman casts her ballot in a referendum at the Marawi Sagonsongan elementary school-turned polling station in Marawi, Lanao del Sur province, southern Philippines, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants. (AP Photo/Bogie Calupitan)
January 21, 2019 - 7:11 pm
MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants. The vote caps...
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January 21, 2019 - 5:31 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A commemorative service for Martin Luther King Jr. that was nearly imperiled by the federal government shutdown was held Monday morning in Atlanta at a church called King's "spiritual home." King's daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, said in her remarks that the annual service at...
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Gdansk Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glodz appeals for unity among Poland's divided politicians during the funeral of slain Gdansk city Mayor Pawel Adamowicz that was attended by Poland's leaders at St. Mary's Basilica in Gdansk, Poland, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Adamowicz died Monday after being stabbed the night before at a charity event by an ex-convict with a grudge against an opposition party that Adamowicz once belonged to.(AP Photo/Wojtek Strozyk)
January 19, 2019 - 1:56 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Catholic archbishop and other speakers at the funeral Saturday of slain Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz urged an end to the political and social divisions in Poland, targeting some of their comments at the country's ruling right-wing party. Top Polish and European officials and...
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels hold up their weapons as they attend a gathering to show their support for the ongoing peace talks in Sanaa, Yemen. U.N. experts say fuel is being shipped illegally from Iran to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen to finance their war against the government, and both sides are violating international law with their military campaigns and arbitrary detention of rivals. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
January 19, 2019 - 12:30 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Fuel is being shipped illegally from Iran to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen to finance their war against the government, and both sides are violating international law with their military campaigns and arbitrary detention of rivals, U.N. experts said in a new report. The...
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January 18, 2019 - 11:07 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Newly inaugurated state attorneys general say they plan to continue investigations of clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic church as thousands of victims reach out to state hotlines and online systems to report past abuse. At least 14 attorneys general around the country have...
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