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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2020, file photo, Pope Francis incenses the altar as he celebrates Mass on the occasion of the Christ the King festivity, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. China criticized Pope Francis on Tuesday over a passage in his new book in which he mentions suffering by China’s Uighur Muslim minority group. (Vincenzo Pinto/Pool Photo via AP, File)

China criticizes pope over comment on Uighur Muslim minority

Nov. 24, 2020 5:25 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China criticized Pope Francis on Tuesday over a passage in his new book in which he mentions suffering by China’s Uighur Muslim minority group. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Francis’ remarks had “no factual basis at all.” “People of all...

Today in History

Nov. 23, 2020 6:20 PM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Nov. 29, the 334th day of 2020. There are 32 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 29, 1929, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd, pilot Bernt Balchen, radio operator Harold June and photographer Ashley McKinney made the first airplane flight over the...

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he recited from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

NBA players hailed by pope at Vatican for demanding justice

Nov. 23, 2020 4:36 PM EST

Pope Francis met with NBA players at the Vatican on Monday, lauding them as “champions" and saying he supported their work on social justice. The five players — Marco Belinelli, Sterling Brown, Jonathan Isaac, Kyle Korver and Anthony Tolliver — were joined in the delegation by NBA players'...

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating Mass on the occasion of the Christ the King festivity, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. At the end of the mass a delegation of youths from Panama will hand over the World Youth Day cross to youths from Portugal, where the next World Youth Day will be held in 2023. (Vincenzo Pinto/Pool via AP)

Pope book backs George Floyd protests, blasts virus skeptic

Nov. 23, 2020 10:52 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is blasting COVID-19 skeptics and media organizations that spread their conspiracies in a new book penned during the Vatican’s coronavirus lockdown. In “Let Us...

Today in History

Nov. 23, 2020 12:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 23, the 328th day of 2020. There are 38 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 23, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Nov. 25 a day of national mourning following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On this date: In...

Vehicles line up as healthcare workers help to check-in as citizens are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

The Latest: Washington state sees record hospitalizations

Nov. 22, 2020 9:18 PM EST

SEATTLE — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalized to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high. KOMO-TV reports there were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday. At the Swedish First Hill campus of...

Pope Francis, left, watches as youths from Panama hand over the World Youth Day cross to youths from Portugal, at the end of a Mass celebrated on the occasion of the Christ the King festivity, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The next World Youth Day will be held inPortugal in 2023. (Vincenzo Pinto/Pool via AP)

Amid travel break, pope cheers Lisbon youth jamboree plans

Nov. 22, 2020 6:50 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — With no papal travels abroad this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis is cheering efforts for a youth jamboree, traditionally attended by pontiffs, in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2023. Francis on Sunday presided over a handover ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica involving...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 file photo, Pope Francis attends a inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome. Pope Francis in a videotaped message for a forum of young people in Italy on Saturday Nov. 21, 2020, urged young economists, entrepreneurs and business leaders to promote post-pandemic development models that involve the poor. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Pope: Involve poor people in planning post-pandemic economy

Nov. 21, 2020 4:31 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged young economists, entrepreneurs and business leaders Saturday to promote post-pandemic development models that involve the poor. Francis, in a videotaped message for a forum of young people in Assisi, Italy, said the worst reaction once the coronavirus pandemic ends...

Vatican investigates papal "like" of barely-clad Brazilian

Nov. 20, 2020 1:45 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Vatican is investigating how Pope Francis’ official Instagram account “liked” a photo of a scantily-clad Brazilian model. A Vatican official said Friday the “like” didn’t originate from the Holy See, and as such, the Vatican was working “in...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 file photo, Cardinal Angelo Becciu looks down as he meets the media during a press conference in Rome. The Vatican cardinal sacked by Pope Francis amid a corruption investigation is fighting back, suing an Italian newsmagazine and claiming that his ouster has deprived him of the chance of being pope and will undermine the legitimacy of a future papal election. Cardinal Angelo Becciu is seeking 10 million euros in damages, to be given to charity, in a complaint filed in the Sassari, Sardinia tribunal against L’Espresso, the weekly magazine of Italy’s La Repubblica daily. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Vatican cardinal says ouster deprived him of possible papacy

Nov. 19, 2020 4:05 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Vatican cardinal sacked by Pope Francis amid a corruption investigation is suing an Italian news magazine, claiming that his ruined reputation has eliminated his chances of becoming pope and will undermine the legitimacy of any future papal election. Cardinal Angelo Becciu is seeking 10...