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Polish president visits New Britain, city with Polish ties

Sep. 22, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — The president of Poland was made to a feel right at home during a visit Sunday to a Connecticut city with many residents of Polish descent, who wore red and white T-shirts and waved Polish flags. President Andrzej Duda attended Mass at a Catholic church, visited Central...

Human chain rings German cathedral to demand gender equality

Sep. 22, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — About 800 people have protested gender inequality in the Catholic Church by forming a human chain around Germany's Cologne Cathedral. German news agency dpa reported that many of the protesters were women from an activist group called Maria 2.0. The group is pushing for the Catholic Church in...

A New York diocese filed for bankruptcy. Will others follow?

Sep. 22, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester was the first in New York to seek bankruptcy protection under the weight of new sexual misconduct lawsuits, but lawyers and church leaders say it may not be the last. All eight of the state's Roman Catholic dioceses face financial pressures as a...

Merged New Jersey churches on mission to heal racial divide

Sep. 21, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

MOORESTOWN, N.J. (AP) — When pastors Jonathan Leath and George Bowen decided to merge their congregations they were on a mission to break down barriers and unite people. It wouldn't be easy, and both lost congregants along the way, but they persevered. Now, the community will come together as their merged...

Missionary society to return Ohio land to Wyandotte Nation

Sep. 21, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A Methodist Episcopal Church missionary society is returning 3 acres held in trust for the Wyandotte Nation since members were forced from their homes in 1843. The Blade reports the property that includes a stone church and cemetery is in northern Ohio's Upper Sandusky. A...

Lancaster County Amish teen finds fame on TikTok video app

Sep. 21, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Rebecca Fisher never expected her first video on TikTok, a mobile-only video-sharing app, to go viral. "I wasn't going to post anything (on the app), but then I saw (Pennsylvania) was trending," the 14-year-old Amish girl said. Her first video, which featured Fisher educating viewers...

Virginia jail ends 'God Pod' after Muslim inmates sue

Sep. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia jail has ended a program which inmates dubbed the "God Pod" after a lawsuit alleged the program provided favorable treatment to Christians and discriminated against Muslims. Court documents show the Riverside Regional Jail south of Richmond ended the program on the advice...

Wichita diocese names 15 priests accused of child sex abuse

Sep. 20, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Wichita has published a list naming 15 priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It also on Friday released a letter from Bishop Carl Kemme saying the diocese will soon provide information on the substantiated allegations to the Kansas Bureau of...

FBI offers reward to solve arson fires at 3 El Paso churches

Sep. 19, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The FBI is offering a reward to help identify suspects in arson fires at three Catholic churches in the El Paso area. Authorities say St. Matthew Catholic Church, St. Patrick Cathedral and St. Jude Catholic Church were targeted with incendiary devices in an attempt to start fires at...

Jurors side with diocese in pregnant Missouri teacher's suit

Sep. 19, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jurors ruled against a teacher who alleged that she was fired from a Catholic school in Kansas City, Missouri, because she was pregnant, unmarried and refused to have an abortion. After eight hours of deliberation, the jurors sided Wednesday with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas...