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California dioceses expect subpoenas in priest investigation

Dec. 10, 2019 2:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Half of California's Catholic dioceses expect to be subpoenaed by the state attorney general as part of an investigation into whether they have properly handled allegations of sexual abuse by priests, a church spokesman said Tuesday. The subpoenas are expected for the six dioceses...

North Dakota county votes to take limited number of refugees

Dec. 10, 2019 8:33 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota county on Monday voted to accept no more than 25 refugees next year, after initially signaling it would be the first to ban them since President Donald Trump ordered that states and counties should have the power to do so. The 3-2 vote by the Burleigh County Commission,...

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis

Dec. 9, 2019 2:46 PM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due...

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis

Dec. 9, 2019 1:14 PM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due...

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...

Diocese: Priest returned to duty now declared 'unsuitable'

Dec. 8, 2019 12:45 PM EST

Catholic authorities in Philadelphia say a priest formerly returned to ministry following an allegation of sexual abuse has been found unsuitable for ministry following a new allegation. Seventy-four-year-old Reverend Monsignor Joseph Logrip had been placed on administrative leave in January following the new...

Priest accused of having child pornography

Dec. 7, 2019 1:36 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland-area Roman Catholic priest who is accused of having child pornography is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday. Authorities arrested the Rev. Robert McWilliams on Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Strongsville. He's charged with possessing child...

South Louisiana diocese to close elementary school

Dec. 7, 2019 11:37 AM EST

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A Catholic elementary school that has operated for more than 50 years is closing in south Louisiana. Catholic diocese officials said Maria Immacolata Elementary in Houma will close at the end of the current school year. The school has just over 150 students. The Courier reports that...

Queens church leader charged with sexually assaulting boy

Dec. 6, 2019 4:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The spiritual leader of a church in Queens has been charged with sexually assaulting a congregant over a three-year period, starting when the victim was 12, prosecutors said Friday. Bishop Jesé Milagrosa of Our Lady of La Salette Church was arraigned Thursday on charges including...