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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, from front to back, Samuel Aquila, archbishop of the Denver diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, Very Rev. Randy Dollins, vicar general, and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser listen about the plan to have a former federal prosecutor review the sexual abuse files of Colorado's Roman Catholic dioceses at a news conference in Denver. Nine more Catholic priests, including one well known for helping Denver's homeless, have been identified as sexually abusing children in Colorado in a follow-up report released Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, by Weiser. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

9 new Catholic priests named in Colorado sex abuse report

Dec. 1, 2020 6:21 PM EST

Nine more Catholic priests, including one well known for helping Denver's homeless, were found to have sexually abused children in an updated report on sex abuse in Colorado's Catholic churches released Tuesday by state Attorney General Phil Weiser. The late Rev. Charles B. Woodrich, known as Father Woody, and...

Exterior view of the monastery of the Franciscan Order in Thuine, Germany, Tuesday, Dec.1, 2020. Church authorities say 76 Catholic nuns have tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak of coronavirus at a Franciscan convent in northwestern Germany. Another 85 nuns received negative test results at the monastery in Thuine, not far from the Dutch border, the convent’s Mother Superior told The Associated Press on Tuesday. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)

76 Franciscan nuns test positive at monastery in Germany

Dec. 1, 2020 11:13 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Seventy-six Catholic nuns have tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak at a Franciscan convent in northwestern Germany, church authorities said Tuesday. Another 85 nuns received negative test results at the monastery in Thuine, not far from the Dutch border, the convent's Mother...

This undated photo provided by the Diocese of Buffalo, shows Bishop Michael William Fisher. The diocese announced Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 that the 62-year-old Washington, D.C. Auxiliary Bishop was appointed by Pope Francis as the new bishop for the troubled Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y. (Jaclyn Lippelmann/Catholic Standard via AP)

New bishop named for troubled Catholic diocese in Buffalo

Dec. 1, 2020 11:12 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A new bishop was named Tuesday for the troubled Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. The diocese announced that 62-year-old Washington, D.C. Auxiliary Bishop Michael William Fisher was appointed by Pope Francis. Fisher’s installation will take place Jan. 15 at the Cathedral of St....

Cardinal George Pell answers' a journalists question during an interview with the Associated Press inside his residence near the Vatican in Rome, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The pope’s former treasurer, who was convicted and then acquitted of sexual abuse in his native Australia, said Monday he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he tried to uncover in the Holy See is now being exposed in a spiraling Vatican corruption investigation. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

AP Exclusive: Cardinal Pell on the Vatican and vindication

Nov. 30, 2020 3:56 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The pope’s former treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, said Monday he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he tried to uncover in the Holy See is now being exposed in a spiraling Vatican corruption investigation. Pell made the comments to The Associated Press...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, file photo, a pedestrian walks past a mural reading:

The Latest: Virus hospitalizations hit record in California

Nov. 29, 2020 5:26 PM EST

LOS ANGELES -- More than 7,400 people are hospitalized for coronavirus in California, the state's highest number yet. The state reported 7,415 coronavirus hospitalizations on Sunday, citing the most recently available data from the previous day. More than 1,700 of those patients were in intensive care units....

Nuns to decide fate of monastery slated for closure

Nov. 29, 2020 5:15 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Catholic monastery in Concord is closing, leaving its five remaining nuns with a decision to make. The Concord Monitor reports the Diocese of Manchester announced last week that it will close the Carmelite Monastery, 74 years after it was founded as a branch of the Carmelites of...

Chicago-area priest investigated for past child sex abuse

Nov. 29, 2020 3:01 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago is investigating allegations that a suburban priest sexually abused children 25 years ago. Cardinal Blase Cupich wrote a letter to parishioners on Saturday saying he asked the Rev. David Ryan to “step aside from ministry” after the archdiocese...

Cardinals sit as Pope Francis celebrates Mass the day after he raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy, at St. Peter's Basilica, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

Pope, with new cardinals, warns church against mediocrity

Nov. 29, 2020 6:31 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, joined by the church’s newest cardinals in Mass on Sunday, warned against mediocrity as well as seeking out “godfathers” to promote one's own career. Eleven of the 13 new cardinals sat near the central altar of St. Peter’s Basilica, where...

Archdiocese of Santa Fe in New Mexico cuts 20 positions

Nov. 28, 2020 3:18 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe in New Mexico is cutting 20 positions and ending publication of its “People of God” magazine. Archbishop John C. Wester announced the layoffs in a letter to parishioners on Monday. “It is impossible to put into words just how much...

Pope Francis leaves at the end of a consistory ceremony where 13 bishops were elevated to a cardinal's rank in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Fabio Frustaci/POOL via AP)

Pope elevates 13 new cardinals then puts them in their place

Nov. 28, 2020 3:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy Saturday and immediately warned them not to use their titles for corrupt, personal gain, presiding over a ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic. Two new “princes” of the...