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Piotr Grabarczyk and his boyfriend Kamil Pawlik, right, from Poland, wait for a taxi outside the airport after Grabarczyk arrived in Barcelona, Spain, early Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Like them, many LGBT people are choosing to leave Poland amid rising homophobia promoted by President Andrzej Duda and other right-wing populist politicians in power. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Polish LGBT people leaving as post-vote mood grows hostile

Aug. 6, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When a right-wing populist party won the right to govern Poland five years ago, Piotr Grabarczyk feared “bad things” might happen to gay men like him and other LGBT people. He sometimes considered leaving the country, but waited. Friends and a job bound Grabarczyk to...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis delivers a speech in front of the Memorial Cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan. Pope Francis on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima by calling for peace and repeating that not only the use of atomic weapons but their mere possession is immoral. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

Pope on Hiroshima: Possession of nuclear weapons "immoral"

Aug. 6, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima by calling for peace and repeating that not only the use of atomic weapons but their mere possession is immoral. Francis sent a message to organizers of the anniversary commemoration, recalling that he had...

This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...

FILE - Paster Bruce Schafer, top right, preaches from a scissor lift during the first of two drive-in Easter services held by Grace Life Church in a parking lot in Monroeville, Pa., Sunday, April 12, 2020. The principle of religious freedom is important to most Americans. But as President Donald Trump touts his support for it during his reelection bid, there are notable fault lines among people of different faiths and political ideologies over what it truly means. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Religious freedom in America: popular and polarizing

Aug. 5, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The principle of religious freedom is important to most Americans. But as President Donald Trump touts his support for it during his reelection bid, there are notable fault lines among people of different faiths and political ideologies over what it truly means. About 8 in 10 Americans...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2005 file photo, a woman prays in front of Sangre de Cristo in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua. The Vatican's top diplomatic envoy in Nicaragua said Monday, August 3, 2020, that he had requested the Nicaraguan government ensure a

Nicaragua police discount arson in fire at cathedral

Aug. 3, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's National Police on Monday declared a fire inside Managua's Metropolitan Cathedral accidental shortly after the Vatican's top diplomatic envoy to the country said he had requested a “serious, careful and transparent investigation.” What the Managua...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. filer, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attends a Mass prior to the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica, formally starting the Jubilee of Mercy, at the Vatican. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a German newspaper reported Monday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Report: Retired Pope Benedict XVI ill after visit to Germany

Aug. 3, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a German newspaper reported Monday. The daily Passauer Neue Presse quoted Peter Seewald, a biographer of the retired pontiff, as saying that the 93-year-old...

Brother Ronald Marin, a 30-year-old layworker from Venezuela, walks along a paved dirt road lined by graves, inside the

Venezuelan does funerals alone in Peru cemetery amid virus

Aug. 3, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Wearing a white robe and shoes worn down by dust, Venezuelan layworker Ronald Marín is the only one who administers funerals in a cemetery far from the capital’s center. At a time when Peruvian authorities calculate that more than a quarter of Lima's population may have been...

FILE - A file photo of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, taken on April 10, 2020. According to U.S.-based monitoring group Recorded Future, the Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers ahead of talks on renewal of a landmark 2018 deal that helped thaw diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Vatican allegedly hacked by China ahead of key talks

Jul. 29, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers ahead of talks on renewal of a landmark 2018 deal that helped thaw diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China, according to a monitoring group. The alleged attacks by...

Correction: Black Catholic History story

Jul. 28, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 25, 2020, about the teaching of Black Catholics’ history in Catholic schools, The Associated Press gave an erroneous figure for the number of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The archdiocese says there are 199 schools. A corrected version of the story...

Faustina Bema, a candidate for Novice of the Sisters of the Holy Family, prays inside a chapel during a retreat at their Mother House in New Orleans, Thursday, July 23, 2020. In the archdioceses of New Orleans and Chicago, top leaders are encouraging their schools to place a new emphasis on teaching about racial justice, as well as the history of Black Catholics. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Correction: Black Catholic History story

Jul. 28, 2020 12:53 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 25, 2020, about the teaching of Black Catholics’ history in Catholic schools, The Associated Press gave an erroneous figure for the number of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The archdiocese says there are 199 schools.