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St. Francis Xavier School students and their families walk together in Newark, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, after discussing the Catholic school's permanent closure announced the previous week by the Archdiocese of Newark. Nationwide, more than 140 Catholic schools will not reopen in the fall. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Amid pandemic, future of many Catholic schools is in doubt

Aug. 9, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As the new academic year arrives, school systems across the United States are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Roman Catholic educators have an extra challenge — trying to forestall a relentless wave of closures of their schools that has no end in sight. Already this...

Priest, a seminary rector, slain in El Salvador

Aug. 8, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has been shot to death along a road in El Salvador and church authorities on Saturday called for investigation of the slaying. The church celebrated a Mass on Saturday for the Rev. Ricardo Antonio Cortez, who was rector at the seminary named for...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks before a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Falwell has agreed to take an indefinite leave of absence from his role as president and chancellor of Liberty University, the school announced Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Liberty U's Falwell takes leave after social media uproar

Aug. 7, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. took an indefinite leave of absence Friday as the leader of Liberty University, one of the nation's top evangelical Christian colleges, days after apologizing for a social media post that caused an uproar even among fellow conservatives. The private university in...

A dog of the French rescue team searches for survivors at the scene of this week's massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Three days after a massive explosion rocked Beirut, killing over a hundred people and causing widespread devastation, rescuers are still searching for survivors and the government is investigating what caused the disaster. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Latest: Trump says US help on way for Beirut disaster

Aug. 7, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 2:20 a.m. President Donald Trump has spoken about the explosion in Beirut during calls with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump said Friday that he told Aoun that three large aircraft filled with...

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...

Canadian pastor David Lah, rear,  is escorted by police to a township court for a hearing Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Yangon, Myanmar. The court have sentenced Lah to three months imprisonment after finding him guilty of violating a law intended to combat the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

Canadian pastor guilty of defying Myanmar's coronavirus law

Aug. 6, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced the Canadian pastor of an evangelical church to three months imprisonment after finding him guilty of violating a law intended to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Myanmar-born David Lah was charged with flouting a ban on large gatherings...

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...

First Minster of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster attends former Northern Ireland lawmaker and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume's funeral Mass at St Eugene's Cathedral in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Hume was co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize with fellow Northern Ireland lawmaker David Trimble, for his work in the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Mourners honor Nobel laureate and peace advocate John Hume

Aug. 5, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Mourners remembered activist John Hume on Wednesday, celebrating the visionary politician who devoted his life to peace and forged the agreement that ended violence in his native Northern Ireland. Only close family, friends and a smattering of politicians mourned the Catholic leader at his...