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Today in History

Oct. 16, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2019. There are 76 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba. On...

Ex-death row inmate from Scotland again accused of threats

Oct. 11, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) — A Scotsman who was released after two decades on Ohio's death row has again been charged with threatening a former assistant prosecutor. The Lima News reports Ken Richey pleaded not guilty on Thursday to retaliation charges. A message seeking comment was left with his attorney. It's the...

Pope seeks 'courageous' debate over Amazon priest shortage

Oct. 7, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged South American bishops on Monday to speak "courageously" at a high-profile meeting on the Amazon, where the shortage of priests is so acute that the Vatican is considering ordaining married men and giving women official church ministries. Francis opened the work of...

Today in History

Oct. 6, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Oct. 6, the 279th day of 2019. There are 86 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 6, 1939, in a speech to the Reichstag, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler spoke of his plans to reorder the ethnic layout of Europe — a plan which would entail settling the...

Pope's visit to Thailand will also be a family reunion

Sep. 13, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

UDON THANI, Thailand (AP) — Catholics in Thailand are celebrating the official announcement of the first papal visit in 35 years, but one 77-year-old nun in a far-flung corner of the country has a connection that makes the occasion particularly special. Pope Francis is due to arrive in Thailand on Nov. 20...

The Latest: Nagasaki archbishop welcomes Francis' visit

Sep. 13, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Thailand and Japan in November (all times local): 3 p.m. Nagasaki Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, who heads the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan, has welcomed Pope Francis' upcoming visit, saying he and others in the Japanese church have been...

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Sep. 13, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November for a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country. The Vatican confirmed the Nov. 19-26 trip, and its diplomatic representative in Thailand,...

Pope says US critics use 'rigid' ideology' to mask failings

Sep. 10, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Tuesday he wasn't afraid of a U.S. Catholic Church schism led by his conservative critics, but sees a "rigid" ideology opponents use to mask their own moral failings has already infiltrated the American church. Francis said during an airborne news conference...

Today in History

Sep. 10, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History. Today is Tuesday, Sept. 10, the 253rd day of 2019. There are 112 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 10, 1813, an American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. (Afterward, Perry sent the...

Pope warns of economic 'idols' in visit to Mauritius

Sep. 9, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Mauritius' ethnic and religious diversity on Monday during a daylong trip to the Indian Ocean nation, but he also urged the government to resist pursuing an "idolatrous economic model" that sacrifices people for profit. Francis spent the final day of his...