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United Methodists Confront Possible Split Over LGBT Issues

United Methodists Confront Possible Split Over LGBT Issues

By David Crary | Feb 20
The United Methodist Church will soon decide how to address deep divisions over same-sex marriage and gay ministers serving in the clergy.

Pope's Sex Abuse Prevention Summit Explained

Pope's Sex Abuse Prevention Summit Explained

By Nicole Winfield | Feb 19
Pope Francis is hosting a four-day summit on preventing clergy sexual abuse, a high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops around the world that the problem is global and that there are consequences if they cover it up.

Pope Asks for Prayers for Sex Abuse Summit at Vatican

Pope Asks for Prayers for Sex Abuse Summit at Vatican

Feb 18
Pope Francis is asking for prayers for this week's sex abuse summit at the Vatican, calling abuse an "urgent challenge of our time."

Sex Abuse Survivors to Meet with Vatican Summit Organizers

Sex Abuse Survivors to Meet with Vatican Summit Organizers

By Nicole Winfield | Feb 18
Organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen survivor-activists who have come to Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to date and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders.

Bombshell Book Alleges a Vatican Gay Subculture, Hypocrisy

Bombshell Book Alleges a Vatican Gay Subculture, Hypocrisy

By Nicole Winfield | Feb 18
A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world's largest gay communities, the Vatican.

Vatican Defrocks Former Us Cardinal McCarrick Over Sex Abuse

Vatican Defrocks Former Us Cardinal McCarrick Over Sex Abuse

By Frances D'Emilio and Nicole Winfield | Feb 16
ope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday.

Southern Baptist Leader Sorry He Supported Accused Pastor

Southern Baptist Leader Sorry He Supported Accused Pastor

By Travis Loller | Feb 16
A prominent leader in the Southern Baptist Convention said he was wrong to support a Kentucky pastor accused of covering up sex abuse.

AP Exclusive: Lawsuit Claims Discrimination by Foster Agency

AP Exclusive: Lawsuit Claims Discrimination by Foster Agency

By Meg Kinnard | Feb 15
A Catholic mother says a federally funded South Carolina foster agency abruptly stopped working with her and won't allow her to foster children because she's "not the right kind of Christian."

Naked Pot-Smoking Sect Grows at Indian Hindu Fest

Naked Pot-Smoking Sect Grows at Indian Hindu Fest

Feb 12
At the world's largest pilgrimage in Prayagraj in northern India, tens of millions of Hindu faithful travel to the sacred sangam — the confluence of three holy rivers — to take a dip.

After Being Called Out by Ellen Page, Chris Pratt Defends Church Over Anti-LGBTQ Claims

After Being Called Out by Ellen Page, Chris Pratt Defends Church Over Anti-LGBTQ Claims

Feb 12
Chris Pratt is responding to Ellen Page, who called out the "Guardians of the Galaxy" actor for attending Hillsong Church, which the "Juno" star said is "infamously anti-LGBTQ."

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