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Toronto police investigating second vandalism incident at north-end synagogue

Toronto police investigating second vandalism incident at north-end synagogue

TORONTO — The Toronto police hate crimes unit is investigating after a local synagogue was vandalized for the second time in four weeks.
Georgia's prime minister joins tens of thousands in a march to promote 'family purity'

Georgia's prime minister joins tens of thousands in a march to promote 'family purity'

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia's prime minister joined tens of thousands of people on a march through the capital on Friday to mark the Day of Family Purity, which celebrates so-called traditional family values in the country where animosity toward
Vatican moves to adapt to hoaxes, Internet and overhauls its process for evaluating visions of Mary

Vatican moves to adapt to hoaxes, Internet and overhauls its process for evaluating visions of Mary

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Friday overhauled its process for evaluating alleged visions of the Virgin Mary, weeping statues and other seemingly supernatural phenomena that have marked church history, putting the brakes on making definitive de
French police fatally shoot a man suspected of setting fire to a synagogue

French police fatally shoot a man suspected of setting fire to a synagogue

ROUEN, France (AP) — French police shot and killed a man armed with a knife and a metal bar who is suspected of having started a fire that charred and blackened the insides of a synagogue in the Normandy city of Rouen early Friday, an attack the inte
He feared coming out. Now this pastor wants to help Black churches become as welcoming as his own

He feared coming out. Now this pastor wants to help Black churches become as welcoming as his own

It was daunting when the Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley, at age 22, replaced a beloved pastor who had ministered to one of suburban Boston’s most famed Black churches for 24 years.
The late Rev. Billy Graham is immortalized in a statue unveiled at the US Capitol

The late Rev. Billy Graham is immortalized in a statue unveiled at the US Capitol

A bronze sculpture of the late Rev. Billy Graham was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, with Christianity's most prolific evangelist once known as “America’s Pastor” immortalized in the halls of Congress on behalf of his native North Carolina.
A Palestinian converted to Judaism. An Israeli soldier saw him as a threat and opened fire

A Palestinian converted to Judaism. An Israeli soldier saw him as a threat and opened fire

JERUSALEM (AP) — At first, it seemed like the kind of shooting that has become all too common in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. A Palestinian aroused suspicions and an Israeli soldier killed him.
Police investigating after video suggests woman's hijab removed at Ottawa protest

Police investigating after video suggests woman's hijab removed at Ottawa protest

OTTAWA — The Ottawa police hate crime unit is investigating a video that appears to show a Muslim woman's hijab being torn off at a protest this week.

Afro-Cuban drums, Muslim prayers, Buddhist mantras: Religious diversity blooms in once-atheist Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — The 1959 Castro-led revolution installed an atheist, Communist government that sought to replace the Catholic Church as the guiding force in the lives of Cubans.
Chasing Amy: How Marisa Abela became Amy Winehouse for 'Back to Black'

Chasing Amy: How Marisa Abela became Amy Winehouse for 'Back to Black'

LONDON (AP) — There’s no point asking Marisa Abela to sing Amy Winehouse songs at karaoke. Her friends have already tried and failed. But you can see her sing — and become — Winehouse in the new film “Back to Black,” which opens in the U.S.