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Pope Francis prays to mark start of Italy's holiday season

Dec. 8, 2019 2:24 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis says small gestures can improve a city's life, as he spoke at a religious ceremony to mark the official start of Rome's Christmas season. Francis prayed Sunday at the foot of a towering column topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary. Italians consider Dec. 8 — a national...

Pope names Manila Cardinal Tagle to major Vatican post

Dec. 8, 2019 2:20 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to a major Vatican post, in a move that could boost the Asian prelate's chances of perhaps someday becoming pontiff himself. The Vatican announced Sunday that Tagle, 62, will head the Congregation for the Evangelization of the...

Ukraine faces new challenges in peace talks with Russia

Dec. 8, 2019 6:54 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy sits down Monday for peace talks in Paris with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their first face-to-face meeting, the stakes couldn't be higher. More than five years of fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and...

Rochester diocese request led to beatification delay

Dec. 6, 2019 4:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic diocese of Rochester, N.Y., confirms it made the request for further investigations that prompted the Vatican to take the rare step of delaying Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s journey to sainthood. Sheen, who died in 1979, was best known for his radio and TV preaching. The new...

Albany bishop to address Buffalo diocese after leader quits

Dec. 6, 2019 2:46 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The new interim leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York, will speak publicly following the resignation of the former bishop over his handling of clergy sexual misconduct allegations. WIVB reports Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Buffalo plans to address the public and...

House Speaker Pelosi rebukes reporter: 'Don't mess with me'

Dec. 5, 2019 7:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finger pointing and voice hoarse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday delivered a broadside to a reporter that might well apply to all of impeachment-era Washington: “Don't mess with me." It was a warning scarcely needed among the official set, least of all by President Donald...

Top AP photos of 2019 range from the epic to the intimate

Dec. 5, 2019 11:29 AM EST

Ours is a world of sweeping vistas, and intimate scenes. In 2019, Associated Press photographers captured both. A single Border Protection officer stands in the rain at the border; pieces of heavy equipment, replacing a stretch of border wall, are dwarfed by the open, blue sky. And the bodies of a Salvadoran...

EU climate leadership in doubt as bloc set to miss 2030 goal

Dec. 4, 2019 3:20 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The European Union said Wednesday that it will likely miss its target for reducing greenhouse gases by 2030, dealing a blow to the bloc’s efforts to be a leader in the fight against climate change. The European Environment Agency said existing measures put the EU on course to cut its...

The Latest: Activists in Madrid in garment industry protest

Dec. 4, 2019 2:59 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. Climate Talks in Madrid (all times local): 9 p.m. Police say one person has been arrested after dozens of activists broke into a fashion store in central Madrid to protest about the garment industry’s impact on the environment. In a live online video, the...

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

Dec. 4, 2019 2:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignation and appointed Edward...