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FILE - In this undated photo provided by Bobi Gephart, Gephart and her husband, Nate Gephart, pose for a picture. Bobi says she has felt “overwhelming support” from people all over the world after she confronted Pastor John B. Lowe II, who had confessed to years of adultery. (Courtesy of Bobi Gephart via AP, File)

#ChurchToo revelations growing, years after movement began

Survivors of sexual abuse in churches continue to call for justice, change

 

Pope Francis delivers the Regina Coeli noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, 29, 2002. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope names 21 new cardinals, from India, Mongolia, elsewhere

Majority of picks from outside Europe

 

Rev. Jo Laurence, a Buddhist chaplain, poses for a photo on April 22, 2022 in the garden of a memory care facility in Portland, Ore. before visiting hospice patients to offer spiritual care. Buddhist chaplains like Laurence have become more numerous in hospitals, hospices, and prisons and graduate programs to train them have proliferated across the country. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka) Rev. Jo Laurence, a Buddhist chaplain, speaks about meditation and bodily suffering with hospice patient Skylar Freimann on April 20, 2022 at an assisted living facility in Portland, Ore. Laurence says her approach is increasingly important as more Americans become un-churched or consider themselves spiritual but not religious. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)

Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

 

FILE - Visitors walk outside the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Supreme Court rules against Boston in Christian flag case

Supreme Court rules against Boston in Christian flag case

FILE - Visitors walk outside the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Tariq El- Amin, imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa, addresses the Chicago Interfaith Trolley Tour at the mosque, April 24, 2022, in Chicago. The tour, which took place on Orthodox Easter, was inspired by the convergence of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Baha’i holidays in April. It was a chance to promote interfaith understanding, said organizers. (Bob Smietana/RNS via AP)

Interfaith Trolley offers tour of religion in America

Interfaith Trolley offers tour of religion in America

Tariq El- Amin, imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa, addresses the Chicago Interfaith Trolley Tour at the mosque, April 24, 2022, in Chicago. The tour, which took place on Orthodox Easter, was inspired by the convergence of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Baha’i holidays in April. It was a chance to promote interfaith understanding, said organizers. (Bob Smietana/RNS via AP)

United Methodist bishops acknowledge breakup is imminent

United Methodist bishops acknowledge breakup is imminent

Pope Francis shows a flag that was brought to him from Bucha, Ukraine, during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis kisses Ukrainian flag from ‘martyred’ Bucha

Francis has refrained from citing Russia or Putin by name, keeping with Vatican diplomatic tradition

Pope Francis shows a flag that was brought to him from Bucha, Ukraine, during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Archbishop Richard Smith shares his observations regarding his trip to Rome, in Edmonton on Monday April 4, 2022. Archbishop Smith was part of the delegation that met with the Pope Francis over the Roman Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential school system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Archbishop says pope wants to repeat his residential school apology on Canadian soil

Archbishop of Edmonton says Pope Francis statement last week just the first step on road to healing

Archbishop Richard Smith shares his observations regarding his trip to Rome, in Edmonton on Monday April 4, 2022. Archbishop Smith was part of the delegation that met with the Pope Francis over the Roman Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential school system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A Lebanese woman shops for decorations in preparation for the upcoming Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Monday, March 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Ukraine war casts shadow over Ramadan amid soaring prices

Ukraine war casts shadow over Ramadan amid soaring prices

A Lebanese woman shops for decorations in preparation for the upcoming Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Monday, March 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)
Former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, stands outside St. Peter’s Square at the end of a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Thursday, March 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

‘Never losing hope:’ Former national chief says apology reflects decades-long fight

It was 13 years ago that Phil Fontaine requested an apology from then-Pope Benedict

Former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, stands outside St. Peter’s Square at the end of a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Thursday, March 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, outside St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sunday, March 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

‘Hope for change:’ First Nations delegates meet with Pope Francis

Meeting with the head of the Roman Catholic Church lasted two hours rather than scheduled one

Former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, outside St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sunday, March 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Métis National Council President Cassidy Caron, shown in a handout photo, is part of the upcoming trip to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO- Metis National Council-David Stobbe

‘Always had faith:’ Métis delegates say Vatican visit a step to repair relationship

Métis, First Nation and Inuit delegates flying to Rome for meetings with Pope Francis next week

Métis National Council President Cassidy Caron, shown in a handout photo, is part of the upcoming trip to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO- Metis National Council-David Stobbe
Cristino Bouvette (left), an Indigenous priest, says he often thinks of his grandmother, Amelia Mae Bouvette (right), a residential school survivor, when he considers the Catholic Church’s role in reconciliation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Gerald McMaster

‘Reconciliation was possible:’ Indigenous priest reconciles faith with identity

Unmarked graves at former residential school sites has some pondering role of the church

Cristino Bouvette (left), an Indigenous priest, says he often thinks of his grandmother, Amelia Mae Bouvette (right), a residential school survivor, when he considers the Catholic Church’s role in reconciliation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Gerald McMaster
A child’s dress hung on a cross blows in the wind near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the site in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. The Catholic religious order that operated some residential schools in Canada says it will give researchers access to its archives in Rome. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Oblates to open Rome archives for search of residential school records

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to get full access to records in the Italian city

A child’s dress hung on a cross blows in the wind near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the site in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. The Catholic religious order that operated some residential schools in Canada says it will give researchers access to its archives in Rome. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
St. Jean Baptiste Parish Catholic church is shown in Morinville Alta, on Wednesday June 30, 2021 as firefighters put out hot spots. Alberta is more than doubling the amount of funding for a program it announced last summer for security improvements at religious facilities to protect them from hate crimes and vandalism. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta boosts funding to improve security of churches, religious buildings

Program originally offering $2 million annually will now distribute $5 million

St. Jean Baptiste Parish Catholic church is shown in Morinville Alta, on Wednesday June 30, 2021 as firefighters put out hot spots. Alberta is more than doubling the amount of funding for a program it announced last summer for security improvements at religious facilities to protect them from hate crimes and vandalism. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Al-Zahraa Layek Helmee, center, talks to her mother before she recites at the annual Cairo International Book Fair, in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 4, 2022. Helmee, who started learning the Quran with a tutor shortly after she turned 3 and memorized it at 10, says, “I run into women who tell me they wish they could do the same thing I do but that it’s too late for them now,” she said. “I also meet women who tell me they pray their daughters would grow up to be like me.” (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Amid debate, women lift their voices with Muslim sacred text

Amid debate, women lift their voices with Muslim sacred text

Al-Zahraa Layek Helmee, center, talks to her mother before she recites at the annual Cairo International Book Fair, in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 4, 2022. Helmee, who started learning the Quran with a tutor shortly after she turned 3 and memorized it at 10, says, “I run into women who tell me they wish they could do the same thing I do but that it’s too late for them now,” she said. “I also meet women who tell me they pray their daughters would grow up to be like me.” (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 photo, Loyola University New Orleans President Tania Tetlow speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in New Orleans. The first woman and first layperson to become president of a 110-year-old Jesuit university in New Orleans will make the same history at an older Jesuit university in New York. Loyola University-New Orleans and Fordham University said in news releases Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, that Tetlow will start July 1 as Fordham's next president. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Fordham names first woman and first layperson as president

Fordham names first woman and first layperson as president

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 photo, Loyola University New Orleans President Tania Tetlow speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in New Orleans. The first woman and first layperson to become president of a 110-year-old Jesuit university in New Orleans will make the same history at an older Jesuit university in New York. Loyola University-New Orleans and Fordham University said in news releases Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, that Tetlow will start July 1 as Fordham's next president. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
FILE - Willie McLaurin speaks at the 2020 Kentucky Baptist Pastors’ Conference at Bellevue Baptist Church in Owensboro, Ky., on Nov. 9, 2020. On Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, McLaurin was named the interim president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. He is the first African American to lead one of the denomination's ministry entities in its more than 175-year history. (Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today via AP)

Tenn. pastor, first African American, named to key SBC post

Tenn. pastor, first African American, named to key SBC post

FILE - Willie McLaurin speaks at the 2020 Kentucky Baptist Pastors’ Conference at Bellevue Baptist Church in Owensboro, Ky., on Nov. 9, 2020. On Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, McLaurin was named the interim president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. He is the first African American to lead one of the denomination's ministry entities in its more than 175-year history. (Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today via AP)
Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, comments in a press conference on the expert report on sexual violence against children and young people in the Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising in Munich, Germany, Thursday, Jan.27, 2022. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

German archbishop backs loosening Catholic celibacy rules

German archbishop backs loosening Catholic celibacy rules

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, comments in a press conference on the expert report on sexual violence against children and young people in the Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising in Munich, Germany, Thursday, Jan.27, 2022. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

For tornado-ravaged churches, rebuilding means rethinking

For tornado-ravaged churches, rebuilding means rethinking