Israel bars Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City
JERUSALEM (AP) — In an unprecedented measure, Israeli police barred Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday in response to stabbing attacks that killed two Israelis and wounded three others, as Israel's prime minister vowed a "harsh offensive" to counter rising violence.
Pope asserts marriage is forever at start of family meeting
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened a divisive meeting of the world's bishops on family issues Sunday by forcefully asserting that marriage is an indissoluble bond between man and woman. But he said the church doesn't judge and must "seek out and care for hurting couples with the balm of acceptance and mercy."
Pastors at forefront of helping Oregon town cope with grief
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — When pastor Jon Nutter got a text message last Thursday about the shooting at Umpqua Community College and realized how many had been killed or injured, he immediately formed a prayer circle at Starbucks where he was sitting.
Hope fades for finding survivors of Guatemala mudslide
SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala (AP) — Hope faded Sunday for finding any survivors of a mudslide that killed at least 87 people as the smell of rotting bodies spread across the enormous mound of earth and rescuers reported that the buried dwellings they reached were filled with water, suggesting anyone trapped inside would have drowned.