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Pennsylvania bishop Sean Rowe elected new leader of Episcopal Church. He's the youngest since 1789

Pennsylvania bishop Sean Rowe elected new leader of Episcopal Church. He's the youngest since 1789

Sean Rowe, a 49-year-old bishop from western Pennsylvania, on Wednesday became the youngest person ever elected as leader of the Episcopal Church.
A Vatican Radio territory in north Rome once blamed for electro-smog will become a solar farm

A Vatican Radio territory in north Rome once blamed for electro-smog will become a solar farm

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis decreed Wednesday that an area of northern Rome, long the source of controversy because of electromagnetic waves emitted by Vatican Radio towers there, will now house a field of solar panels to fuel Vatican City.
Pope calls drug traffickers 'murderers,' blasts liberalization laws as 'fantasy' at UN event

Pope calls drug traffickers 'murderers,' blasts liberalization laws as 'fantasy' at UN event

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced drug traffickers as "murderers" and labeled drug liberalization laws a “fantasy” as he marked the U.N.

Belarus human rights group denounces detention of priest who posted Ukrainian flag on social media

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The prominent Belarusian human rights group Viasna on Tuesday denounced an extension to the detention of a Roman Catholic priest who was jailed after displaying the Ukrainian flag in a social media post.
Israel's military must enlist the ultra-Orthodox. What will that mean for Netanyahu and the war?

Israel's military must enlist the ultra-Orthodox. What will that mean for Netanyahu and the war?

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court unanimously ordered the government to begin drafting ultra-Orthodox Jewish men into the army — a landmark ruling seeking to end a system that has allowed them to avoid enlistment into compulsory military servic
Public funds for religious charter school would be unconstitutional, Oklahoma high court says

Public funds for religious charter school would be unconstitutional, Oklahoma high court says

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped what would have been the first publicly funded religious charter school in the U.S.
Ceremony marks start of rebuilding for Pittsburgh synagogue targeted in antisemitic mass shooting

Ceremony marks start of rebuilding for Pittsburgh synagogue targeted in antisemitic mass shooting

Second gentleman Douglas Emhoff and Pennsylvania Gov.
Israel's high court orders the army to draft ultra-Orthodox men, rattling Netanyahu's government

Israel's high court orders the army to draft ultra-Orthodox men, rattling Netanyahu's government

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously that the military must begin drafting ultra-Orthodox men for compulsory service, a landmark decision that could lead to the collapse of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing
Nepalese spiritual leader ‘Buddha Boy’ convicted of sexual assault on minor

Nepalese spiritual leader ‘Buddha Boy’ convicted of sexual assault on minor

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A court in southern Nepal convicted a controversial spiritual leader known as “Buddha Boy” on charges of sexually assaulting a minor.
On heartland roads, and a riverboat, devout Catholics press on with two-month nationwide pilgrimage

On heartland roads, and a riverboat, devout Catholics press on with two-month nationwide pilgrimage

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — “Bye bye, Jesus!” a child called out as the riverboat chugged away from shore into the Ohio River, a solemn bell tolling amid the thrumming of an old-fashioned sternwheel.