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Italian populist mixes religious symbols with his politics

Aug. 22, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began his speech to Parliament. He took it out and kissed it again midway through the address, just as Conte began admonishing him for exploiting his Catholic faith for political ends. The interior...

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Aug. 20, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

An Australian appeals court on Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell for molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. Some events in Pell's career and the criminal case: July 16, 1996: Auxiliary Bishop George Pell is appointed Archbishop of Melbourne. He molests two choir...

Today in History

Aug. 16, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2019. There are 137 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. On this date: In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812....

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Aug. 14, 2019 10:37 PM EDT

An Australian court will rule next Wednesday on the appeal for Cardinal George Pell on his five convictions for molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. Some events in Pell's career and the criminal case: July 16, 1996: Auxiliary Bishop George Pell is appointed Archbishop of Melbourne. He...

Catholicism ingrained in daily life on US island of Guam

Aug. 9, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A towering white cathedral built on the site of Guam's first church dominates the skyline of Hagåtña, the sleepy capital of this American territory. It is a symbol of Catholicism on an island closer to Tokyo than Honolulu, where the faith is part of daily life. More than 85%...

Guam's ex-archbishop shielded culture of clergy sex abuse

Aug. 9, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

AGAT, Guam (AP) — Walter Denton wanted to grow up to be just like Father Tony Apuron, until the night he says the parish priest raped him in a church rectory. The pastor sent the sobbing 13-year-old altar boy away with a warning: "If you say anything to anybody, no one will believe you." Denton told his...

In his own words: Ex-Cardinal's letters to abuse victims

Aug. 6, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — At first glance, the handwritten postcards and letters look innocuous, even warm, sometimes signed off by "Uncle T." or "Your uncle, Father Ted." But taken in context, the correspondence penned by disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to the young men he is accused of sexually...

Cardinal Ortega, former archbishop of Havana, dies at 82

Jul. 26, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, a sugar worker's son who oversaw the first papal visit to Cuba, helped lower barriers to believers in the communist country and played a role in mediating improved U.S.-Cuba ties, died Friday at age 82. His death was announced by his successor, Havana...

Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert says

Jul. 20, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A genetics expert retained by the family of a girl who went missing in 1983 said Saturday that a cavernous underground space near a Vatican cemetery holds thousands of bones that appear to be from dozens of individuals, both "adult and non-adult." The expert, Giorgio Portera, said the...

Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens as bones are found

Jul. 13, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee took yet another twist Saturday following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery. The Vatican said it had discovered two sets of bones under a stone slab that will be formally opened next...