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Missouri auditor dies in 'apparent suicide,' police say

Missouri auditor dies in 'apparent suicide,' police say

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself in what police described as an apparent suicide, minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview.

Vatican whodunit: What happened to books on marriage?

A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican.

Pope promotes ex-sex crimes prosecutor in Malta

Pope Francis has named the Vatican’s former sex crimes prosecutor, Charles Scicluna, as archbishop of his native Malta.

In a first, atheist activist addresses conservative conference

American Atheists and the Conservative Political Action Conference are having a do-over.

3 ways relics and artifacts can help us 'find Jesus'

Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact — relics, as some call them — associated with Jesus?

Islamic State militant 'Jihadi John' named by media

The Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John,” who has been seen in videos of hostages’ beheadings, was identified Thursday (Feb. 26) by the BBC and The Washington Post.

Islamic State refugees grow disgruntled: 'We loved them so much'

Hassan, a chain-smoking 20-year-old from Syria, sits in a cafe across the border from his homeland, one of thousands who escaped the clutches of the Islamic State group.

Separated by violence, Muslims and Buddhists seek to be reunited in Myanmar

Buddhists and Muslims in the central city of Meiktila were separated along faith lines after interreligious violence destroyed roughly 800 homes in 2013. Now residents have petitioned the government to allow them to reintegrate, but some remain skeptical about the neighbors’ prospects for peace.

Activists: Islamic State group now holding 220 Christians in Syria

The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220, activists said Thursday (Feb. 26).

Officer in gay pride parade incident speaks out

Officer in gay pride parade incident speaks out

A former Salt Lake City police officer who was put on leave and later resigned after he objected to riding in the motorcycle brigade at the front of last year’s gay pride parade is speaking out against what he believes was a violation of his religious liberties.

Arkansas panel rejects 'conscience-protection' measure

A proposal to prevent state and local governments from infringing on a person’s religious beliefs failed before an Arkansas legislative panel Wednesday after facing mounting criticism that it was an attempt to justify discriminating against gays and lesbians.

Officer in gay pride parade incident speaks out

Officer in gay pride parade incident speaks out

A former Salt Lake City police officer who was put on leave and later resigned after he objected to riding in the motorcycle brigade at the front of last year’s gay pride parade is speaking out against what he believes was a violation of his religious liberties.

Muslim group: Tennessee lawmaker's Facebook post was racist

The nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization on Wednesday urged Tennessee Republican leaders to repudiate what they consider a racist Facebook post by a GOP state lawmaker.

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:

From competition to compassion, a university president leads the way

Since she was installed as president of Spalding University, Tori Murden McClure has encouraged students and faculty to feed the hungry and repair houses for the needy, helping the Louisville, Ky., school clock in 1.6 million service hours in one year.

New online atlas 'heat-maps' views on abortion, gay marriage, immigration

Anyone from politicians to scholars to the simply curious can now see just how deeply the nation is divided on abortion or same-sex marriage — and discover there’s significant consensus on immigration — with a new online mapping tool.

Religion news in brief

Religion news in brief

US church says missionary kidnapped from Nigerian compound

Jewish extremists suspected of torching mosque near Bethlehem

A West Bank mosque sustained damage Wednesday (Feb. 25) in what Palestinians say was an arson attack carried out by Jewish nationalists.

What ISIS really is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (COMMENTARY)

Less than six months ago, few outside the Middle East knew much about a group called ISIS or ISIL or the Islamic State. It was not till mid-June that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed himself the caliph, and ISIS the territory he ruled.

Vatican seeks to quell Mexican anger over pope's drug remark

Vatican seeks to quell Mexican anger over pope's drug remark

The Vatican sought Wednesday to defuse a diplomatic tiff with Mexico after Pope Francis referred to the possible “Mexicanization” of his native Argentina from drug trafficking, the latest instance of Francis’ casual speaking style getting him into trouble.