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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Kassig Family shows Peter Kassig standing in front of a truck filled with supplies for Syrian refugees. A new graphic video purportedly produced by Islamic State militants in Syria released Sunday Nov. 16, 2014 claims U.S. aid worker Kassig was beheaded. (AP Photo/Courtesy Kassig Family, File)

Hundreds honor Indiana aid worker slain in Syria

- Associated Press

The death of an Indiana aid worker at the hands of Islamic State militants is "barbaric" and is not a true reflection of Islam, a cleric told hundreds of people who gathered Friday for the first of three memorial services honoring the slain man.

Appeals court hears emergency contraceptives case

- Associated Press

Lawyers presented arguments Thursday in a case involving a decision by the state of Washington to force a pharmacy to provide the Plan B emergency contraceptive even if they have moral or religious objections.

School official: Prayer inconsistent with policy

Associated Press

St. Mary Parish school officials say an introductory prayer during a Veterans Day assembly at Morgan City High School last week was inconsistent with a school district policy forbidding mandatory religious activities.

FILE - In this July 30, 2014 file photo, Archbishop John Nienstedt talks with a reporter at his office in St. Paul, Minn. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reported a $9.1 million operating deficit for fiscal year 2014 and reiterated Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, that it is considering filing for bankruptcy as its financial condition has become more uncertain due to the growing potential for more lawsuits by victims of clergy sexual abuse.  (AP Photo/Craig Lassig, File)

Archdiocese reports roughly $9M deficit for 2014

- Associated Press

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reported a $9.1 million operating deficit for fiscal year 2014 and reiterated Thursday it's considering filing for bankruptcy due to the potential for more lawsuits by victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Suit: Crosiers hid priest's past, created nuisance

- Associated Press

A lawsuit filed Thursday by four men who say they were molested by a priest in the 1970s claims a Catholic order created a public nuisance when it failed to warn families that the priest could pose a risk.

Papal official tempers point about accused bishops

- Associated Press

The head of Pope Francis' commission to fight clerical sex abuse is tempering his remarks about accountability for bishops accused of covering up for abusive priests, saying they deserve a fair hearing, too.

3 services set for slain Indiana aid worker

Associated Press

An Indiana aid worker beheaded by Islamic State militants was eulogized Wednesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate while organizers announced three public services for him.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill woman who decided to end her life early under an Oregon law. She died Nov. 1, 2014. The Catholic Church has called Maynard's decision to die "reprehensible," and said physician-assisted suicide should be condemned. Maynard's mother, Debbie Ziegler, issued a sharp written response Tuesday, Nov. 18, saying the Vatican official's comments came as the family was grieving and were "more than a slap in the face."( (AP Photo/Maynard Family, File)

Right-to-die advocate's video out after death

- Associated Press

Nearly three weeks after her death, on what would have been her 30th birthday, Brittany Maynard returned to the national spotlight on Wednesday in a video in which she urges states to pass laws allowing terminally ill people to end their lives on their own terms.

Pope Francis delivers his blessing at the end of a special audience he held for members of Catholic medical associations, in the Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope confirms Philly trip for families conference

- Associated Press

Organizers of the World Meeting of Families for months were coy when asked if Pope Francis would come to Philadelphia for the massive Roman Catholic-sponsored gathering.