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Battle of wills: Tiny order of French nuns takes on Vatican

Dec. 8, 2018 9:36 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has an unusual dilemma on its hands after nearly all the nuns in a tiny French religious order threatened to renounce their vows rather than accept the Holy See's decision to remove their superior. The sisters argue that the Vatican commissioners sent to replace their...

Today in History

Dec. 1, 2018 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2018. There are 30 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus; the incident sparked a year-long...

Madison Bishop Morlino dies at 71 from apparent heart attack

Nov. 25, 2018 4:58 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison Bishop Robert C. Morlino, whose backing of conservative Catholic Church teachings often put him at odds with liberal members of his Wisconsin diocese, has died. He was 71. Morlino died Saturday night at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, the diocese said in a statement. Diocese...

Pope to meet with young inmates, AIDS patients in Panama

Nov. 20, 2018 12:47 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is confirming Pope Francis will travel to Panama in January for the Catholic Church's big youth rally, and says he'll also spend time there with juvenile delinquents and people suffering from AIDS. History's first Latin American pope will be making his first visit to Central...

As design element, ode to passion, big books are great gifts

Nov. 13, 2018 3:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Whether as a design element or an ode to a passion or hobby, coffee table books have it covered, especially as holiday gifts. Splashy, special interest books are in abundance this time of year and may seem extravagant when self-purchased. That's exactly why wrapping them up and handing them...

Pope OKs beatification for US brother slain in Guatemala war

Nov. 8, 2018 1:28 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decreed that an American religious brother, James Miller, was killed out of hatred for the Catholic faith during Guatemala's civil war and can be beatified. Miller is the second American slain in Guatemala to move a step closer to possible sainthood in recent years. The...

Today in History

Oct. 31, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2018. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 31, 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two Sikh (seek) security guards. On this date: In 1517, Martin Luther sent his 95...

Discovery of bones near Vatican embassy revives 1983 mystery

Oct. 30, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Tuesday that human bones were found during renovation work near its embassy to Italy, reviving talk about one of the Holy See's most enduring mysteries — the fate of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee who disappeared in 1983. In the latest twist in a...

Sinead O'Connor announces conversion to Islam

Oct. 26, 2018 4:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has announced she has converted to Islam and said she has changed her name to Shuhada' Davitt. The 51-year-old has been posting selfies of herself wearing hijabs on Twitter in recent days, as well as a video in which she sang the Azan, or call to prayer. She...

Former Catholic priest gets 20 years in child rape case

Oct. 23, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

A 76-year-old former Catholic priest who already has served jail time for molesting boys in Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison in South Carolina for raping boys from a middle school four decades ago. Wayland Yoder Brown wore his priest collar while attacking the boys, then prayed the rosary with...