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Alleged MS-13 members charged with murder in 2 deaths

Oct. 19, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Two alleged MS-13 gang members have been charged with murder in separate killings of two teenagers who were hacked to death in New York. Josue Figueroa-Velazquez and Kevin Lopez-Morales were arraigned on a grand jury indictment Friday in the deaths of 15-year-old Angel Soler and...

Buffalo Catholic Diocese acknowledges federal inquiry

Oct. 19, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal investigators looking into clergy sexual misconduct collected documents from the Diocese of Buffalo in June but have not been in contact since then, the diocese said. The diocese acknowledged the federal inquiry late Thursday amid reports the Justice Department has opened...

Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pennsylvania church probe

Oct. 19, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move. However, a colleague in Philadelphia is now taking aim at the...

Pope accuser strikes back, blames gay priesthood for abuse

Oct. 19, 2018 10:04 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal is doubling down on his claims, asserting that the "scourge of homosexuality" in the priesthood is responsible for sex abuse and that the Vatican is being hypocritical in refusing to...

Pope indicates willingness to visit North Korea

Oct. 18, 2018 12:36 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis indicated a willingness to visit North Korea during a private audience Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, according to Vatican and South Korean officials. Moon "conveyed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's desire for a papal visit to North Korea," the South...

At Vatican, South Korean leader says he's certain of peace

Oct. 17, 2018 8:51 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — South Korea's president said he was certain peace could be achieved on the Korean Peninsula as he prepared for an audience Thursday with Pope Francis where he's expected to extend an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for Francis to visit. South Korean President Moon Jae-in...

Archdiocese releases names of 'credibly' accused clergy

Oct. 16, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after Washington's archbishop resigned over his handling of sexual abuse allegations, the Archdiocese of Washington released the names of more than two dozen clergy members it says have been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors. The revelation comes just four days after Pope...

Chinese bishops invite pope to visit as they return home

Oct. 16, 2018 8:49 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two Chinese bishops who participated in a Vatican gathering say they have invited Pope Francis to visit China in another sign of improved relations since a landmark agreement was signed over bishop nominations. Bishops Guo Jincai and Yang Xiaoting returned to China this week after...

Pressure building on Vatican to give women vote at synod

Oct. 15, 2018 5:51 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pressure is building on the Vatican to give women the right to vote during its big meetings of bishops, with petitions, protests and persuasion all giving religious sisters hope that they will have their votes heard along with their voices. The issue of women's participation in the...

The Latest: New saint gives Salvadorans 'happiest day'

Oct. 14, 2018 10:53 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Catholic Church canonizations on Sunday (all times local). 4:00 p.m. Thousands of people have gathered in El Salvador's capital to celebrate slain Archbishop Oscar Romero being declared a saint. Church bells pealed in unison throughout the country and large crowds watched...