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2016 trial set for man accused of killing priest

Associated Press

An August 2016 trial date has been set for a homeless ex-convict charged with beating a Catholic priest with a metal rod and fatally shooting another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church.

Kansas City Chiefs free safety Husain Abdullah carries the ball after intercepting a pass and running it back 39 yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

NFL says Abdullah should not have been penalized

- Associated Press

The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.

Catholic priest in Puerto Rico accused of abuse

Associated Press

A Roman Catholic priest in a small town on the west coast of Puerto Rico is being investigated for improper conduct with a minor and has been suspended from his duties, church and government officials said Tuesday.

2 sue Jehovah's Witnesses congregation, say abused

- Associated Press

Two adult sisters filed suit Tuesday against a Jehovah's Witness congregation in Vermont, saying they were molested by a minister when they were minor children and the church did nothing to protect them.

Company seeks $250M from Los Angeles archdiocese

Associated Press

A funeral home company has sued the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for at least $250 million, alleging it was cheated out of a lease deal involving six Roman Catholic cemeteries.

A floodlight illuminates the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, from where the newly elected pope will salute the crowd, at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

First woman appointed to a Vatican congregation joyful

- Catholic News Agency

The first woman ever to be appointed a member of a Vatican congregation explains that "women still have much to give to the Church with their personal charisma."

CORRECTS TO VAUGHAN FOODS  Employees wait in the parking lot as police investigate a shooting at Vaughan Foods on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in Moore, Okla. Police said Friday a man who had been fired from the food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney)

Beheading suspect's conversion surprised family

- Associated Press

Alton Nolen told relatives after his release from prison on drug and assault charges last year that he wanted to focus on getting his life in order.

Pope Francis walks with his pastoral staff as he arrives to attend a Vespers prayer in the Church of Jesus, in Rome, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis: Satan seduces by disguising evil as good

- Catholic News Agency

On Monday's feast of the archangels Pope Francis spoke of the ongoing battle between the devil and mankind, encouraging attendees to pray to the angels, who have been charged to defend us.

KC Bishop Finn under Vatican investigation

- Associated Press

The Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, two years after he was convicted of failing to report suspected abuse.

North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis answers a question from the media during a news conference in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Tillis draws foreign policy focus in NC Senate ad

- Associated Press

U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis began running a statewide TV ad on Monday designed to shift emphasis in his race against incumbent Kay Hagan to foreign policy by accusing her of being inattentive to the threat posed by Islamic State militants.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 photo, radical al-Qaida-linked preacher Abu Qatada, first left, receives a friend, on the day he was released from Jordanian prison after an acquittal on security charges, in Amman, Jordan. Abu Qatada and Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi, two of Jordan's top pro-al-Qaida ideologues held court on the rooftop of a villa whispering to each other and rising occasionally from plastic chairs to greet supporters. The two have denounced some of the Islamic State group's practices as un-Islamic - comments some analysts say have turned the preachers into assets in Jordan's campaign to contain the Islamic State, which is believed to have attracted thousands of followers in Jordan. (AP photo/Mohammad Hannon)

Battle against Islamic State creates new alliances

- Associated Press

On a recent evening, two of Jordan's top pro-al-Qaida ideologues held court on the rooftop of a villa decorated with strings of lights. Sporting shaggy beards and robes, the Muslim preachers whispered to each other and rose occasionally from plastic chairs to greet supporters.

Missouri Supreme Court to hear child abuse case

Associated Press

The state's highest court will hear arguments this week about whether a Springfield man accused of restricting his son's diet and locking him in a bathroom for several days as punishment is guilty of child abuse.

Muslim inmate sues Greene County jail

Associated Press

Another Muslim inmate is suing the Greene County jail, alleging that jailers violated his civil rights by denying him a Quran and a prayer rug and refusing to let him attend Friday prayer services.

The village of Novosvitlivka in eastern Ukraine, where this Orthodox icon is located, which was severely damaged during fighting. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Military chaplains in the trenches of Ukraine

- Catholic News Agency

Since April, Ukraine's eastern provinces have experienced continual military confrontation between its government, and pro-Russian separatists and Russian forces, and more than 3,200 have been killed in the conflict.