Christianity

In this Thursday, March 30, 2017 photo, Juliana Oliveira, a former member of the Word of Faith Fellowship, cries during an interview in Betim, Brazil. "When you are in a cult, you don't know you are in a cult because little by little it all becomes ‘normal,'" said Oliveira. "It's like a frog in a pot of water. By the time it's boiling, he can't jump out." (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
July 25, 2017 - 12:04 am
SAO JOAQUIM DE BICAS, BRAZIL (AP) — An Associated Press investigation has found that the U.S.-based Word of Faith Fellowship church took command of two Brazilian congregations over the course of two decades. It applied a strict interpretation of the Bible and enforced it through rigorous controls...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2008, file photo, Winston Blackmore, the religious leader of the controversial polygamous community of Bountiful located near Creston, British Columbia, Canada, shares a laugh with six of his daughters and some of his grandchildren. Blackmore has been convicted of practicing polygamy after a decades-long legal fight. Blackmore was found guilty Monday, July 24, 2017, by British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Sheri Ann Donegan. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press, via AP, File)
July 24, 2017 - 8:00 pm
CRANBROOK, British Columbia (AP) — Two former leaders of an isolated polygamous community in Canada were convicted Monday of practicing polygamy after a decades-long legal fight, setting up another potential court battle over the constitutionality of Canada's polygamy laws. Winston Blackmore, 60,...
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July 24, 2017 - 6:16 am
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told. Trapped in a...
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Volunteers count the ballots after the poll station closed during a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Venezuela's opposition called for a massive turnout Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's escalating tensions in a nation stricken by widespread shortages and more than 100 days of anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
July 19, 2017 - 1:44 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela, where opponents of President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the constitution have called a general strike for Thursday. (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Residents of Venezuela's capital say they are blocking streets on their...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 file photo, Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi talk to reporters outside the Vatican City from the Perugino gate. Other than St. Peter's Basilica, there's hardly better real estate in this tiny city state than the sprawling penthouse apartment in the Vatican gardens, where the rooftop terrace has in-your-face views of the dome itself and overlooks the Vatican hotel that Pope Francis calls home. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
July 17, 2017 - 1:04 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Other than St. Peter's Basilica, there is hardly better real estate in Vatican City than the sprawling penthouse apartment in the Vatican gardens, where the rooftop terrace has in-your-face views of the dome itself and overlooks the hotel that Pope Francis calls home. The 300-...
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July 15, 2017 - 9:04 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say a Christian teenager has been detained on blasphemy charges for allegedly using derogatory remarks against Islam's prophet Muhammad. Umair Ahmed, a police officer in the town of Kharian in eastern Punjab province, said Saturday that the teenager, 16, was booked...
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July 14, 2017 - 4:14 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Elected officials in North Carolina violated the Constitution by opening meetings with Christian prayers and inviting audience members to join, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a closely watched case that could end up in the Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of...
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FILE - This April 1, 2016 file photo shows a view of the Vatican-run Bambin Gesu' pediatric hospital, in Rome. On Thursday, July 13, 2017 Vatican prosecutors indicted the former president and ex-treasurer of the Vatican-run children's hospital for allegedly diverting money from the hospital's foundation to pay for renovations on a top cardinal's apartment. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, files)
July 13, 2017 - 11:10 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican prosecutors have indicted the former president and the ex-treasurer of the Vatican's children's hospital for allegedly diverting money from the hospital's fundraising foundation to pay for an extensive renovation to a top cardinal's apartment. The indictment released...
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July 12, 2017 - 7:40 am
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The predominantly Roman Catholic island nation of Malta is set to legalize gay marriage, joining much of Western Europe by replacing the traditional "you are now husband and wife" declaration in civil ceremonies with "you are now spouses." The Catholic Church had opposed the...
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July 12, 2017 - 5:16 am
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The predominantly Catholic island nation of Malta is set to legalize gay marriage, joining much of Western Europe by eliminating the traditional "you are now husband and wife" declaration in civil ceremonies and replacing it with "you are now spouses." The Catholic Church had...
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