Police: Priests attacked at Phoenix church, 1 dies

06/13/2014 10:56 PM EDT
PHOENIX -- A badly injured priest managed to administer last rites to his dying fellow clergyman who was fatally shot in a nighttime attack at their Roman Catholic church in downtown Phoenix as police rushed to the scene after the man also called 911. Authorities had no suspects or solid leads as of Thursday afternoon. 
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Pope dives into Mideast peace with prayer summit at Vatican
06/08/2014 10:31 PM EDT - VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis plunged head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for a remarkable evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last round of U.S.-sponsored negotiations collapsed. Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joked and embraced in the foyer of the Vatican hotel where Full Story

Brunei embraces strict Islamic laws
05/02/2014 10:44 PM EDT - BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) -- Brunei on Thursday embraced a form of Islamic Shariah criminal law that includes harsh penalties, a move slammed by international rights group as a step backward for human rights. The tiny Southeast Asian nation began phasing in a version of Shariah that allows for penalties such as amputation for theft and stoning for adultery. Full Story

Clemson: FFRF ‘misconstrued' facts in complaint against coach
05/02/2014 10:43 PM EDT - COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An attorney for Clemson University wrote that the Freedom From Religion Foundation had misstated the law in its complaint that Tigers coach Dabo Swinney intertwines his Christian religion with the football program. The school's senior associate counsel Erin Swann Lauderdale sent a letter dated April 24 in reply to the FFRF's complaint. Full Story

Religion News in Brief
05/01/2014 10:52 PM EDT - Saturday, May 3 First Baptist Bennington Spring Tag Sale continues BENNINGTON -- The First Baptist Church of Bennington will continue its Spring Tag Sale, which began Friday, on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tag sale features spring and summer clothing, household goods, children's toys, books, etc. Full Story

California girl, 12, among youngest yogis in US
05/02/2014 10:43 PM EDT - ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) -- Jaysea DeVoe, a popular Southern California yoga instructor who leads a weekly class through the lion, monkey, upward-facing dog and other poses, has three years of experience -- and she's only 12 years old. The Encinitas girl recently completed a five-month, 200-hour certification program with two girlfriends, ages 13 and 15, U-T San Diego reported Full Story

Brunei embraces strict Islamic laws
05/01/2014 10:50 PM EDT - BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) -- Brunei on Thursday embraced a form of Islamic Shariah criminal law that includes harsh penalties, a move slammed by international rights group as a step backward for human rights. The tiny Southeast Asian nation began phasing in a version of Shariah that allows for penalties such as amputation for theft and stoning for adultery. Full Story

Sex abuse survivor to papal adviser: Marie Collins
04/04/2014 10:10 PM EDT - VATICAN CITY -- Marie Collins is not your ordinary papal adviser. Sexually assaulted as a child by a hospital chaplain, Collins went onto become a leading Irish activist demanding justice for the victims of priestly abuse and a fierce critic of the Catholic Church's handling of the scandal. Full Story

Pope taps women, victims for sex abuse commission
03/22/2014 10:57 PM EDT - Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, signaling an openness to reach beyond church officials to plot the commission's course and priorities: Half of the members are women, and one was assaulted by a priest as a child. Full Story

Pope Francis is offended by his own popularity
03/05/2014 07:01 AM EST - Pope Francis finds the hype that is increasingly surrounding him "offensive." Full Story

Woman pays fine for climbing into giraffe pen

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A California woman who got kicked in the face after trying to climb into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo has paid a fine and apologized. Full Story
Veteran music agent Peter Grosslight dead at 68

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A longtime Los Angeles music agent who represented such artists as Whitney Houston, the Eagles, Tom Petty and Journey has died. Full Story