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Vatican financial watchdog now a ‘shell’ after police raid

Nov. 19, 2019 5:41 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A board member of the Vatican’s financial watchdog has resigned in the wake of a Vatican police raid that resulted in the agency’s suspension from the global communications network of financial intelligence units. Marc Odendall, a Swiss-German retired banker, tendered his...

5 things to know about Pope Francis’ visit to Thailand

Nov. 19, 2019 5:19 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis arrives in Thailand on Wednesday for the first visit here by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since St. John Paul II in 1984. Some things to know about the visit and the history of the church in Thailand: IT’S A MORALE BOOSTER Francis is certain to address some of...

Rich in dramatic Catholic history, Nagasaki awaits the pope

Nov. 19, 2019 3:31 AM EST

NAGASAKI, Japan (AP) — It’s fitting that Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, the city where Christianity first took hold in the country and where nearly 500 years later it remains steeped in blood-soaked symbolism, both religious and political. It was here that a...

Vatican’s financial 007 leaves amid fallout from police raid

Nov. 18, 2019 2:55 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency is leaving his post after a raid by Vatican police on the agency’s offices breached the Holy See’s international financial obligations and jeopardized its reputation. Pope Francis thanked Rene Bruelhart for his...

Cypriot president says Pope Francis to visit island in 2020

Nov. 18, 2019 8:59 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president says Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to visit the east Mediterranean island nation next year. President Nicos Anastasiades made the announcement after talks with the pontiff in the Vatican on Monday. In 2020, Cyprus will mark the 60th year of its...

Tolerant Thailand to welcome pope, but martyrs tale haunts

Nov. 17, 2019 11:52 PM EST

SONGKHON, Thailand (AP) — When Pope Francis makes his first trip to Thailand this week, he will be visiting a country that welcomed Roman Catholic missionaries more than five centuries ago and whose Buddhist population remains strikingly tolerant of other religious beliefs. But in 1940, as militarism and...

UN calls for talks to end Bolivia crisis as death toll rises

Nov. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Shadowed by street violence and food shortages, a U.N. envoy is urging the government of Bolivia’s self-proclaimed interim president and supporters of self-exiled leader Evo Morales to begin talks on peacefully resolving a crisis that has already claimed 23 lives, an official...

Rights group: Nicaragua plans charges for detained activists

Nov. 17, 2019 4:48 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Authorities will file charges against a group of anti-government opposition activists, including 13 who were arrested for supporting protesters demanding freedom for people they consider political prisoners, a rights group said Sunday. María Oviedo, a lawyer with the...

Pope’s Asian agenda: Disarmament, martyrs, family reunion

Nov. 17, 2019 9:06 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution. Emphasizing the dignity of...

Pope decries that ‘greed of a few’ worsens poverty of others

Nov. 17, 2019 8:58 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried that the “greed of a few” wealthy people is compounding the plight of the poor before sharing a meal with the jobless and the homeless that has become a tradition of his papacy. Celebrating a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica dedicated to...