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New Testament printed in Cherokee

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation is for the first time publishing a red-letter edition of the New Testament in the Cherokee language.

The tribe announced Tuesday that its language program translated and published the Bible and sought to correct translation errors made by missionaries to the Cherokee Nation in the 1860s.

The red-letter edition includes the words of Jesus printed in red lettering. This is the first time the Cherokee language Bible has included the lettering.

Plans for an official Cherokee Nation published Old Testament are also in the works. The complete Old Testament has never been fully translated into Cherokee.

Some of the first copies of the New Testament have been presented to local Cherokee ministers in Tahlequah and are to be available soon to the public.

Officer backs use of female guards

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A U.S. Army officer has defended her decision to use female guards at Guantanamo Bay’s top-secret Camp 7, where Muslim prisoners say physical contact with unrelated women violates their religion.

The officer told a court at the base in Cuba that she started to use women to transport prisoners in 2014 due to a shortage of guards. She said that a Muslim cultural adviser said it would be OK because guards were touching male prisoners as part of their duties.

The officer’s name was not disclosed as she testified in a pretrial hearing for five men charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Defense lawyers say the prisoners won’t attend legal meetings to avoid being handled by women. A judge has issued a temporary ban the military is seeking to lift.

— The Associated Press

Diocese bankrupt after sex abuse award

DULUTH, Minn. — A Roman Catholic diocese in northeastern Minnesota has filed for bankruptcy protection after a jury found it partly responsible in a clergy sex abuse case.

The Diocese of Duluth filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Monday.

The diocese says the move was necessary after efforts to reach a resolution with all abuse victims were unsuccessful.

In November, a Ramsey County jury awarded $8.1 million to a man who says he was molested by a priest in northern Minnesota in 1978 when he was a boy. The diocese was held responsible for $4.8 million.

The diocese’s vicar general, the Rev. James Bissonette, says the bankruptcy filing safeguards the diocese’s limited assets while allowing the church’s day-to-day operations to continue.

The diocese has more than 56,000 Catholics in 10 counties of northeastern Minnesota.

— The Associated Press

Girl collects thousands of shoe box presents

SUWANEE, Ga. — A Georgia girl is helping thousands of poor children overseas receive Christmas presents this year.

Nine-year-old Jordyn McNeal used social media to collect 38,000 toys and toiletries that she and her family packed into more than 5,000 shoe boxes for distribution by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse.

The fourth-grader says, “It’s been really hard but really fun.”

The charity led by the Rev. Franklin Graham is sending an estimated 8 million shoe boxes to children in more than 100 countries this Christmas season.

Samaritan’s Purse regional director Phil Barks says, “This is an opportunity to provide them with a simple gift to let them know someone cares.”

— The Associated Press

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