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In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: Philippines to ease lockdown in Manila next week

May. 28, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Philippine president relaxing lockdown in Manila next week....

FILE - In this Thursday, April 16, 2020 file photo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, left, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, depart after accompanying President Donald Trump as he speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Faith and science are both under unprecedented pressures during a pandemic that’s asked them to deliver comfort or certainty — while at times straining their relationship. But for some leaders of the U.S. pandemic response, the two have worked in concert. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For top U.S. virus experts, faith and science work together

May. 28, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The relationship between faith and science has faced its share of strain during the coronavirus pandemic — but for some scientists leading the nation's response, the two have worked in concert. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins founded a nonprofit focused on...

IKEA manager charged for firing Pole over anti-gay remarks

May. 28, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish prosecutor has charged an IKEA manager with violating the religious rights of an employee sacked for voicing strong objections, within the company, to a corporate event supporting tolerance for LGBT people last year. The Catholic employee at a Polish branch of the Swedish...

Dayanara Nieto cleans windows outside of Janie and Jack, a children's clothing store where she is a salesperson, at The Grove shopping center Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. California moved to further relax its coronavirus restrictions and help the battered economy. Retail stores, including those at shopping malls, can open at 50% capacity. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LA allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

May. 27, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Retail shops and offices were allowed to open Wednesday and the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. announced a plan to resume services as Los Angeles County took another step toward a reopening that seemed hard to imagine a week ago. Los Angeles, which has been proceeding...

Advocate for those abused by priests seek state police probe

May. 27, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An advocate for people abused by priests asked Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday to direct the Louisiana State Police to conduct a statewide investigation of the Catholic church for its role in child sexual abuse cases. Richard Windmann, leader of the state chapter of Survivors Network of...

Hartford Archdiocese to resume weekday services on June 8

May. 27, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford is planning to reopen its parishes to the public for weekday Masses only beginning June 8, with rules for wearing masks and social distancing to guard against the coronavirus, church officials announced Wednesday. The archdiocese released...

Pittsburgh diocese to consolidate 61 parishes into 15

May. 27, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Roman Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh has announced plans to consolidate 61 parishes into 15 new parishes. The mergers, to be completed July 1, will reduce the number of parishes in the diocese of Pittsburgh from 152 to 106. Bishop David Zubik told parishioners in a letter that...

Sprawling Los Angeles archdiocese announces reopening plans

May. 27, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sprawling Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced Wednesday measured steps toward reopening churches and resuming celebration of daily Mass early next month. Archbishop José H. Gomez said in a letter to 288 parishes that they must submit reopening plans under...

Vatican exiles leader of Bose monastic community

May. 27, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican has disciplined another charismatic religious leader, exiling the founder of an Italian monastic community over governance problems. Enzo Bianchi, a Catholic layman who founded the Bose Monastery in northern Italy, had enjoyed the blessing of three popes for his outreach to other...

Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 24, 2020. For the first time in months, well-spaced faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the traditional Sunday papal blessing, casting their gaze at the window where the pope normally addresses the faithful, since the square had been closed due to anti-coronavirus lockdown measures. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

US priest who founded Knights of Columbus to be beatified

May. 27, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The founder of the Knights of Columbus, the influential U.S.-based lay Catholic organization, is moving a step closer to possible sainthood. Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Rev. Michael McGivney, a Connecticut priest who died at age 38 of...