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Guilty plea by leader of polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border is at risk of being thrown out

Apr. 12, 2024 20:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A guilty plea by the leader of an offshoot polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border is at risk of being thrown out due to an unmet condition of his deal that hinged on whether others charged in the case also would plead guilty. Under the terms of Samuel...

A priest from France accused of sexually assaulting children in the Canadian Artic has died

Apr. 12, 2024 18:39 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Joannes Rivoire, a priest from France who was accused of sexually abusing Inuit children when he served at the mission in their Canadian Arctic community, has died after a long illness, officials said Friday. The Oblates of Lacombe Canada and the Oblate Province of...

Chaldean patriarch returns to Baghdad after nine months of self-imposed exile amid political dispute

Apr. 12, 2024 09:18 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A prominent Iraqi Christian religious leader who left Baghdad amid a political dispute last year returned to the capital this week at the invitation of the country’s prime minister after nine months of self-imposed exile in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region. ...

Pope will travel to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in longest trip of papacy

Apr. 12, 2024 07:18 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Singapore in September, the Vatican announced Friday, confirming the longest trip of Francis’ papacy that is sure to test his health, stamina and mobility. The Vatican confirmed the Sept. 2-13...

Pope Francis to travel in September to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in longest trip of papacy

Apr. 12, 2024 06:09 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis to travel in September to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in longest trip of papacy.

Argentine court blames Iran and Hezbollah for deadly 1994 Jewish center bombing

Apr. 12, 2024 05:04 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s highest criminal court reported a new development Thursday in the elusive quest for justice in the deadliest attack in the country's history — the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center headquarters — concluding Iran had planned the attack and...

13 men plead not guilty to role in Brooklyn synagogue tunnel scuffle

Apr. 12, 2024 00:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirteen members of the Hasidic Jewish community pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from their alleged role in a dispute over an illegal tunnel built beneath a historic Brooklyn synagogue. The defendants, many of them international students from...

Portuguese Catholic Church announces it will compensate victims of sex abuse

Apr. 11, 2024 12:01 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Portuguese Catholic Church said Thursday it has unanimously agreed to pay some form of compensation to victims of sex abuse by clergy. The country's Bishops Conference said after a four-day general assembly meeting at the Fatima shrine that it will set up a fund...

A bus carrying pilgrims crashes in southwest Pakistan, killing 17 people and injuring 16

Apr. 11, 2024 03:27 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bus carrying pilgrims crashed into a deep ditch in southwest Pakistan, killing 17 people and injuring 16 others, officials said Thursday. They were travelling to a revered religious site in Baluchistan late Wednesday, the first day of Eid Al-Fitr...

Brazil's Yanomami leader asks the Pope to support President Lula in reversing damage to the Amazon

Apr. 10, 2024 21:28 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met Wednesday with a leader of Brazil’s Yanomami people, who asked for papal backing for President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ’s efforts to reverse decades of exploitation of the Amazon and better protect its Indigenous peoples. Davi Kopenawa, a...