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Italy's Catholic establishment faults Salvini for rosary

May. 20, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday defended his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy's Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend. Salvini brandished a rosary and entrusted Italy to...

Pope urges foreign media to use power of press to seek truth

May. 18, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news. In an audience with the Foreign Press Association in...

Today in History

May. 18, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, May 18, the 138th day of 2019. There are 227 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 18, 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, endorsed "separate but equal" racial segregation, a concept renounced 58 years later by Brown v. Board of Education...

Poland airs tougher sex abuse penalties amid church crisis

May. 14, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Tuesday vowed tougher punishments for those who sexually abuse minors after a new film spurred the country into grappling with the problem of abuse by priests. The documentary "Tell No One" has triggered soul searching in the deeply Catholic country since it...

Documentary about pedophile priests shakes up Poland

May. 13, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new documentary revealing cases of sexual abuse by priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one cleric to leave priestly life. "Tell No One," a film financed through a crowdfunding...

Pope: It's OK to organize pilgrimages to Bosnian shrine

May. 12, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given Roman Catholic faithful his OK to make pilgrimages to a Bosnian shrine where children said the Virgin Mary appeared to them, but the Catholic Church hasn't yet authenticated their vision, the Vatican said Sunday. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said in a...

Today in History

May. 12, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2019. There are 233 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On May 12, 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift. On this date: In 1780, during the...

Pro-LGBT poster with revered icon stirs Poland

May. 7, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Rights groups and government critics in Poland protested Tuesday after police temporarily detained a human rights activist for putting up posters depicting the country's most revered Catholic icon with the LGBT rainbow on the halos of Mary and baby Jesus. Prosecutors in the central...

Pope in Bulgaria says refugees need love; Orthodox stay away

May. 6, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis told refugees Monday in Bulgaria's showcase refugee center that they are bearing the "cross of humanity," as he pressed his call for the migrant-skeptic Balkan country to welcome poor and desperate foreigners with love. On his second and final day in Bulgaria, Francis...

Longest-running housing discrimination case outlives judge

May. 5, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge who worked until his recent death at age 96 left a historic trail of groundbreaking legal opinions. But one case outlived Damon Keith: the longest-running housing discrimination lawsuit in the United States. Keith declared in 1971 that Hamtramck, a tiny Detroit-area...