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Davis lifts California Baptist past Bethune-Cookman 87-68

Dec. 15, 2019 12:29 AM EST

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — De'jon Davis had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead five California Baptist players in double figures as the Lancers got past Bethune-Cookman 87-68 on Saturday night. Ferron Flavors Jr. added 15 points for the Lancers. Reed Nottage, Milan Acquaah, and Brandon Boyd each chipped in 12...

Martin scores 20 to lift Rice over Houston Baptist 96-84

Dec. 14, 2019 10:17 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Robert Martin had 20 points as Rice defeated Houston Baptist 96-84 on Saturday night. Drew Peterson had 17 points for Rice (7-4). Chris Mullins added 13 points. Trey Murphy III had 13 points for the hosts. The 96 points were a season best for Rice. Ian DuBose had 29 points for the Huskies...

Robinson lifts New Orleans over Williams Baptist 103-59

Dec. 14, 2019 10:06 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bryson Robinson had 22 points as New Orleans routed Williams Baptist 103-59 on Saturday night. Gerrale Gates had a career-high 19 points and seven rebounds for New Orleans (4-5), which earned its fourth straight home victory. Ahren Freeman added 17 points and Troy Green had 15 points for...

Guatemalan cardinal to visit Mississippi after migrant raids

Dec. 14, 2019 3:54 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Guatemalan cardinal who advocates for migrants will visit Mississippi following immigration raids last summer that prompted 680 arrests. The Rev. Roberto Mena, who pastors some Catholic churches in Mississippi affected by the raids, announced the visit Saturday. Pope Francis...

Cries of abuse in Catholic Church start to be heard in Japan

Dec. 14, 2019 2:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.” Katsumi Takenaka stood at another spot, on another day, holding up his banner that read, “Catholic child sexual abuse in...

Pope honors spiritual father on 50th anniversary as a priest

Dec. 13, 2019 7:43 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis was to mark his 50th anniversary as a priest Friday by paying homage to his spiritual father, a fellow Argentine Jesuit whose teachings on popular piety and discernment have had an enormous influence on the papacy. Francis is scheduled to attend the book launch for a...

Ex-Roman Catholic deacon indicted on child rape charge

Dec. 12, 2019 7:49 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Roman Catholic Church deacon in New Orleans was indicted Thursday on a charge that he raped an altar boy nearly 40 years ago. George Brignac, 84, was charged by a grand jury Thursday with one count of aggravated rape. He was arrested in September. The victim in the case came...

Pastor: Donated toys tainted by meth lab in church playroom

Dec. 12, 2019 5:43 PM EST

BUXTON, Maine (AP) — Christmas toys donated to a Maine church where a meth lab was discovered in the playroom have been contaminated and cannot be given out to children in need, the church's pastor said. Buxton community members donated two large boxes of toys, but for safety sake, the Buxton United...

Catholic dioceses spar over Archbishop Sheen sainthood

Dec. 12, 2019 5:16 PM EST

In an unusual public spat, the Roman Catholic diocese of Peoria, Illinois, is accusing the Rochester, New York, diocese of trying to “sabotage” the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Sheen, who before his death in 1979 was famous for his radio and TV preaching, had been scheduled to be...

Sold to China as a bride, she came home on brink of death

Dec. 12, 2019 11:19 AM EST

MAZAIKEWALE, Pakistan (AP) — Sold by her family as a bride to a Chinese man, Samiya David spent only two months in China. When she returned to Pakistan, the once robust woman was nearly unrecognizable: malnourished, too weak to walk, her speech confused and disjointed. “Don’t ask me about...