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FBI: Explosive detonated at Minnesota mosque

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The FBI was searching for suspects after an explosive device detonated at a suburban Minneapolis mosque as people were preparing for morning prayers, damaging a room but not causing any injuries, authorities and witnesses said. The blast happened at around 5 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 5), at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, according to Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts. Windows of the imam’s office were shattered, either by the blast or by an object thrown through them, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported . One worshipper saw a pickup truck speeding away shortly after the explosion, said Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Britain’s first same-sex marriage celebrated in a Scottish church

LONDON (RNS) — The first gay marriage in an Anglican church in Britain took place this week, a day after Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described the continuing squabbles over same-sex marriage in the worldwide Anglican Communion as “intractable.” The Rev. Markus Dünzkofer of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh, Scotland. The gay couple, known as “Mark and Rick,” had their order of service posted on Facebook, which told people that they were married on Tuesday (Aug. 1) at a service that included the Eucharist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the center of Edinburgh. The Rev. Markus Dünzkofer, rector...

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Nearly 100 sex abuse suits against Catholic priests rock island of Guam

HAGÅTÑA, Guam — It started off innocently: a 15-year-old boy helping out at San Miguel, a local church named for Archangel Michael. There was yardwork and cleaning, followed by invitations to the rectory to eat and watch TV. Soon, there were offers to drink sacramental wine and watch X-rated movies. Then sexual assault. More than 50 times over three years. By the parish priest. Those jarring allegations come from a recent lawsuit claiming assault from 1985 to 1988. It is one of nearly 100 lawsuits that describe rampant child sexual abuse by some of Guam’s most revered men: the Catholic clergy. An investigation by the USA TODAY Network’s Pacific Daily News unearthed allegations of decades of Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Ex-Catholic bishop of Phoenix accused of sex abuse of boy

PHOENIX (AP) — A former bishop who led the Roman Catholic church in metro Phoenix during a worldwide child sexual abuse scandal has been accused of molesting a young boy 35 years ago. Retired Bishop Thomas O’Brien is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing the boy on several occasions at parishes in Phoenix and Goodyear from 1977 to 1982. The Diocese of Phoenix says O’Brien denies the allegation. O’Brien, now 81, led the diocese in Phoenix as it became embroiled in a global scandal that rocked the Catholic church after allegations surfaced in Boston about pedophile priests going unpunished. The Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Gene editing: Gateway to Promised Land, or key to Pandora’s box?

Newly fertilized eggs before gene editing, left, and embryos after gene editing and a few rounds of cell division. Image courtesy of Shoukhrat Mitalipov (RNS) — News that scientists for the first time successfully edited genes in human embryos created a stir this week. In the experiment, outlined in a paper in the journal Nature published Wednesday (Aug. 2), scientists essentially snipped a mutant gene known to cause a heart condition that can lead to sudden death. The work is controversial because it showed that scientists could manipulate life in its earliest stages and that those changes would then be...

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