Religious issues

Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
April 15, 2019 - 3:10 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 10;05 p.m. A group of Americans from Maine had just finished visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and were in a nearby park when they heard it was on fire. Freeport resident Lucy Soule, 22, said it was "weird" having...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Nebraska Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Bob Kerrey speaks in Omaha, Neb. The Nebraska Republican Party says a Jesuit college in Omaha should rescind its invitation asking former Sen. Kerrey to speak at its commencement, citing his position on abortion. The state party's executive director, Ryan Hamilton, released a statement Thursday, April 11, 2019, saying that Creighton University should find a different commencement speaker and "take a stand for their pro-life values."(AP Photo/Nati Harnik,File)
April 15, 2019 - 12:10 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey says he has decided not to address graduates and their families at a Jesuit college in Omaha because he doesn't want his support for abortion rights to be a distraction. Kerrey told Creighton University's president, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson,...
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April 15, 2019 - 1:29 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Six people appeared in a New Zealand court Monday on charges they illegally redistributed the video a gunman livestreamed as he shot worshippers at two mosques last month. Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O'Driscoll denied bail to businessman Philip Arps and...
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In this Thursday, April 4, 2019, photo, kindergarten teacher Haniyfa Scott gives a lesson during class in Montreal. The Quebec government's recently tabled Bill 21 bans the wearing of religious symbols for new government placed employees within schools, the courts and law enforcement. Bill 21 is Quebec’s fourth legislative attempt since 2011 to regulate the wearing of religious symbols for people working in the public sphere, and for the first time it invokes a constitutional clause allowing local governments to override some constitutional rights. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 13, 2019 - 10:32 am
MONTREAL (AP) — A proposal to ban many public employees from wearing religious clothing is creating a fiery debate in the Canadian province of Quebec, where people are fighting to freely practice their religion — or to be free of it. The measure introduced late last month would prohibit civil...
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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, surrounded by supporters and family members of Tree of Life synagogue shooting victims, signs three gun-control bills into law, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
April 12, 2019 - 9:29 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A prosecutor is refusing to approve criminal charges against Pittsburgh's mayor and six City Council members over the passage of firearms laws that gun-rights advocates say are blatant and deliberate violations of state law. Seven city residents tried to file private criminal...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2015, file photo, then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, right, talks with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg during a visit to recap the legislative session that ends in South Bend. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg blasts Vice President Mike Pence’s religious conservatism. But as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, his tone toward the state’s former governor was more muted. The two once had a cordial relationship. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)
April 12, 2019 - 8:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the campaign trail, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg blasts Vice President Mike Pence's cultural and religious conservatism. But as the mayor of Indiana's fourth largest city, his tone toward the state's Republican former governor was more muted. During the four...
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Pope Francis kneels to kiss the feet of South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit, at the Vatican, Thursday, April 11, 2019. Pope Francis has closed a two-day retreat with South Sudan authorities at the Vatican with an unprecedented act of respect, kneeling down and kissing the feet of the African leaders. (Vatican Media via AP)
April 11, 2019 - 4:33 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of South Sudan's rival leaders Thursday, in an unprecedented act of humbleness to encourage them to strengthen the African country's faltering peace process. At the close a two-day retreat in the Vatican for the African leaders, the pope...
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Likud party ballot papers and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign fliers are seen on the ground after polls for Israel's general elections closed in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
April 11, 2019 - 7:42 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The final ballots of Israel's election were being tallied Thursday, with another nationalist faction tantalizingly close to crossing the 3.25% electoral threshold needed to get into parliament. Should the New Right party of Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister...
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April 11, 2019 - 6:22 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI says in a new document that protections built into the Vatican's legal protections worked in favor of clergy accused of sex abuse to the point of making a conviction "nearly impossible" in past decades. Corriere della Sera on Thursday quoted from the...
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Kashmiri women voters stand in a queue to cast their votes outside a polling station at Shadipora, outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, April 11, 2019. Voters in 18 Indian states and two Union Territories began casting ballots on Thursday, the first day of a seven-phase election staggered over six weeks in the country of 1.3 billion people. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
April 11, 2019 - 3:41 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — At least one person was killed on the first day of polling in India's general elections, which are seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. A local leader of Andhra Pradesh state's ruling Telugu Desam party who police...
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