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A worker wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus cleans near a bank's currency advertisement board in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: More virus cases in Seoul as new clusters emerge

Jun. 26, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 51 more confirmed coronavirus cases as new clusters emerge in the densely populated Seoul area where people have been increasingly venturing out despite government warnings against complacency. Thirty-five of the new cases are in the capital region, which is at...

Pope Francis, framed by one the fountains that adorn St' Peter's Square, delivers his blessing as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope prays for Mexico after powerful quake

Jun. 24, 2020 6:15 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is praying for victims of a powerful earthquake in southern Mexico. Francis spoke off the cuff during his weekly general audience on Wednesday to express his solidarity with Mexico. Speaking in his native Spanish, Francis said: “Yesterday a violent earthquake hit the...

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his departure at Munich Airport in Freising, Germany, Monday June 22, 2020. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is returning to the Vatican after a four-day visit to Germany to visit his ailing elder brother. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

Retired pope back at Vatican after German visit to brother

Jun. 22, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican on Monday after a four-day visit to his ailing elder brother in their native Germany in what was his first trip out of Italy since he resigned as pope. Benedict, a Bavarian native, flew from Munich to Rome aboard an Italian air force...

A food delivery worker wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus rides on a street in Beijing, Sunday, June 21, 2020. According to state media reports, nearly one hundred thousand delivery workers have to accept the nucleic acid testing, a countermeasure to prevent the spread of the virus in the capital city. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: New Zealand reports 2 new coronavirus cases

Jun. 21, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand —- New Zealand has reported two new cases of the coronavirus as a trickle of infected people continue to arrive at the border. The country of 5 million people now has nine active cases after having none at all earlier this month. Health officials said Monday that all those cases...

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is pushed in to a bus in a wheelchair, in Regensburg, Germany, Thursday, June 18, 2020.  The Vatican says Emeritus Pope Benedict is in Germany to be with his brother, who is in poor health. Benedict on Thursday arrived in Regensburg, Germany, where his brother, the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, lives, and where “he will spend the necessary time,” the Vatican said in a statement. (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP)

Emeritus Pope Benedict in Germany to be with ailing brother

Jun. 18, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI traveled to his native Germany on Thursday to be by his brother's sickbed and will stay there as long as necessary, the Vatican said. Benedict, 93, arrived in Regensburg, where his 96-year-old brother, the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, lives and was the long-time...

Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher speaks during a press conference to present a document on the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical

Vatican: Climate change efforts go forward even without US

Jun. 18, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican stressed Thursday that the movement to combat climate change is unstoppable and worldwide, although it said it would welcome a U.S. return to the Paris agreement. The Holy See’s foreign minister, Monsignor Paul Gallagher, at a news conference marking five years since...

The Vatican says Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is in Germany to be with his brother, who is in poor health

Jun. 18, 2020 9:12 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is in Germany to be with his brother, who is in poor health.
Pakistani investigators examine at the site of Friday's bomb explosion in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Saturday, June 13, 2020. A powerful bomb exploded at a crowded bazaar in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, killed and wounded some persons, police and government officials said. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: Pakistan’s upward coronavirus spiral continues

Jun. 15, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD __ Pakistan’s upward spiral of new virus infections neared 145,000 Monday amid warnings from political leaders that the numbers could double by the end of June and were likely to hit a stunning 1.2 million by the end of July if Pakistan’s 220 million people continue to flout basic...

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating a Corpus Domini Mass, inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Sunday, June 14, 2020.  (Tiziana Fabi/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francis urges aid to migrants and end to Libya fighting

Jun. 14, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday urged political and military leaders in Libya to end their hostilities and called on the international community to take “to heart” the plight of migrants trapped in the lawless nation. During his weekly blessing overlooking St. Peter’s...

Pope names St Louis archbishop to replace retiring Carlson

Jun. 10, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The newly-appointed head of the Archdiocese of St. Louis vowed Wednesday to be an agent of healing, as the region and the nation continue to react to the death of George Floyd and the threat of the coronavirus. The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis had appointed Springfield,...