Religious issues

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Knyaz Alexandar Square, in Sofia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that has taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 05, 2019 - 10:37 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis urged Bulgarians on Sunday to open their hearts and homes to migrants, arguing that a country like Bulgaria, which is losing so much of its population to emigration, should well understand the forces that drive people to seek better lives elsewhere. As he arrived...
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Pope Francis and Bulgaria's president, Rumen Radev review the honor guard as they arrive to the Presidential Palace in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 05, 2019 - 3:48 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Bulgaria (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Pope Francis is urging Bulgarians to open their hearts and homes to migrants, arguing that a country like Bulgaria, which is losing its population to emigration, should well understand the forces that...
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Jenny Teeson, center in white, of Andover, Minnesota, looks on as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signs a bill at the Capitol in St. Paul, on Thursday, May 2, 2019, repealing a Minnesota law that prevented prosecutors from filing sexual assault charges against people accused of raping their spouse. Teeson, testified before legislative committees earlier this year about how her now ex-husband drugged her and made a video of himself raping her while she was unconscious. Prosecutors dropped rape charges because of the old law, and he served just 30 days in jail for invasion of privacy. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)
May 04, 2019 - 2:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows implied a wife's ongoing consent to sex. Three and a...
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May 03, 2019 - 9:41 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general's office will review how all 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in the state handled allegations of child sexual abuse that have resulted in payouts of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims. Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent out letters to the...
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Vice President Mike Pence hugs a congregation member as he visits pastors and congregation at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, which was burned along with two other nearby African American churches, in Opelousas, La., Friday, May 3, 2019. Holden Matthews, who is white, was arrested for arson and other charges in relation to the church burnings. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
May 03, 2019 - 7:24 pm
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence praised the parishioners of three African American churches Friday for the inspiring way they responded to the destruction of their sanctuaries by an arsonist and lamented that attacks on communities of faith have become "all too frequent." Pence and...
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In this Tuesday, April 30, 2019 photo, Rashad Khan is shown outside his Indian restaurant in Boulder, Colo. A lawsuit against a Denver landlord who was recorded refusing to allow a Khan and his father, who are Muslim, to sublease her property for a restaurant has ended in a $675,000 settlement. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
May 03, 2019 - 4:44 pm
DENVER (AP) — A Denver landlord who was recorded telling her tenant to find an "American person ... good like you and me" to sublease her property instead of a Muslim father and son seeking to open their second restaurant must pay the men $675,000 under a settlement. The three men sued last year,...
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May 03, 2019 - 6:50 am
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A pair of Florida teens saw their prayers answered after becoming stranded about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from shore. News outlets report that 17-year-olds Tyler Smith and Heather Brown were swimming at Vilano Beach near St. Augustine during a senior skip day last month...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday May 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 03, 2019 - 5:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Advancing his anti-abortion agenda, President Donald Trump moved Thursday to protect health care workers who object to procedures like abortion on moral or religious grounds. Trump chose the National Day of Prayer to announce the new regulation. "Just today we finalized new...
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May 03, 2019 - 3:28 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's foreign secretary has warned that governments in many parts of the world have failed to take action to slow the persecution of Christians. Jeremy Hunt said on an official visit to Ethiopia that governments have been "asleep on the watch" as anti-Christian actions spread...
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FILE - In this April 29, 2019 file photo, A sign asks for time to grieve at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, Calif. The gunman who attacked the synagogue last week fired his semi-automatic rifle at Passover worshippers after walking through the front entrance that synagogue leaders identified last year as needing improved security. The synagogue applied for a federal grant to better protect that area. The money, $150,000, was approved in September but only arrived in late March. "Obviously we did not have a chance to start using the funds yet," Rabbi Scimcha Backman told The Associated Press.(AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
May 02, 2019 - 8:12 pm
POWAY, Calif. (AP) — Leaders at a Southern California synagogue knew they needed to increase security around their front door a year before a gunman walked through it and opened fire. The Chabad of Poway synagogue sought a $150,000 federal grant to install gates and more secure doors, but it took...
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