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The Latest: Gillibrand: It's 'immoral' to separate families

Jun. 20, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for an end to the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families, calling the practice "immoral." In remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday, Gillibrand cited an Associated...

Pope backs US bishops who called border separations immoral

Jun. 20, 2018 2:42 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is backing the Catholic bishops in the United States who have condemned the practice of separating children from their parents after families are caught crossing the U.S-Mexico border illegally. Francis was asked about the family-separation policy during an interview with...

Leaders of largest US black denomination decry separations

Jun. 20, 2018 1:52 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The United States' largest black denomination has convened its annual meeting in Oklahoma City, and its leaders are denouncing the separation of immigrant children from families at the border. The Rev. Jerry Young, who is president of the National Baptist Convention USA, criticized...

The Latest: Reports: Europe to toughen migrant checks

Jun. 20, 2018 1:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on global migration and World Refugee Day (all times local): 7 p.m. European governments are reportedly planning tougher checks at train and bus stations as part of efforts to stop asylum-seekers from traveling freely across the continent's open borders. German media reported...

Methodists, prosecutors scold Sessions over border policy

Jun. 20, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 600 members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' church have denounced him over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the border. Members of the United Methodist Church from across the country...

Cardinal McCarrick, ex-archbishop, hit with abuse claim

Jun. 20, 2018 11:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry and faces further punishment over a "credible" allegation that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago, the church said Wednesday. The allegation against...

Vatican promises to hear more abuse complaints in Chile

Jun. 19, 2018 2:25 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A papal envoy looking into clerical sexual abuse is leaving Chile, but he says the Vatican will continue collecting testimony from people who allege they were sexually abused. Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna says investigating such cases "is a duty of justice." He spoke at a news...

Young to Vatican: Let's talk about gay and gender issues

Jun. 19, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

VATCAN CITY (AP) — Young people have told the Vatican in a survey that they want the church to concretely discuss gay and gender issues. The Vatican had solicited input from the young regardless of their religious views to help prepare for a gathering of bishops in Rome in October. The monthlong gathering...

Australian bishop to be sentenced next month for cover-up

Jun. 19, 2018 12:59 AM EDT

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — A prosecutor told an Australian court on Tuesday that the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse must be jailed to send a message that such institutional cover-ups will no longer be tolerated. Newcastle Magistrate Robert...

Church suspends talks to ease Nicaragua political crisis

Jun. 18, 2018 8:50 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's Roman Catholic hierarchy has suspended a dialogue with the government aimed at ending a two-month political crisis. The Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua says the government has not met an agreed requirement to formally invite the United Nations High Commissioner for...