Religion News

AP News - Aug 31, 2015 12:26 PM

The last time a pope visited the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary just outside Philadelphia, he got a rousing, even rowdy, rock star welcome. "Viva! Viva Papa!" the seminarians shouted.With the rector's blessings, expect more of the same when Pope ...more

AP News - Aug 21, 2015 9:07 PM

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — One was a college student for whom fighting fires was a summer job. Another had graduated and wanted to make firefighting his career. The third was already a professional firefighter who had gone back to school to earn his master's ...more

AP News - Aug 04, 2015 8:17 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church took another step toward transparency Tuesday with the first published pictures of a small sacred stone it believes founder Joseph Smith used to help translate a story that became the basis of the religion.


AP News - Jul 27, 2015 11:21 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has emb ...more

AP News - Jul 23, 2015 5:27 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five weeks after nine people were slain at a black Charleston church, federal authorities have indicted the suspected shooter on dozens of new charges, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religio ...more

AP News - Jul 22, 2015 9:54 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man accused of killing nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, was motivated by racial hatred and a desire to commit a "notorious attack" when he opened fire inside a historic house of worship last month, accordin ...more

AP News - Jul 18, 2015 7:06 PM

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — The church of a Chicago-area woman found hanged inside a Texas jail cell earlier this week is planning a prayer walk Sunday in her honor as an investigation into her death continues.Authorities say Sandra Bland hanged her ...more

AP News - Jul 13, 2015 5:54 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization's blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual Scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue ...more

AP News - Jun 16, 2015 1:44 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Archbishop John Nienstedt's leadership of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis unraveled over a painful two years.A church archivist accused him of leaving abusive clergy in parishes and church jobs without warning ...more

AP News - Jun 14, 2015 9:45 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S military launched weekend airstrikes targeting and likely killing an al-Qaida-linked militant leader in eastern Libya who has been charged with leading the attack on a gas plant in Algeria in 2013 that killed at least 35 hosta ...more