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Pastor talks of breakdown in Turkey, but also forgiveness

Oct. 19, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The American pastor recently released after two years of confinement in Turkey said Friday that he suffered a breakdown during his time in prison and was put on anti-anxiety medication. Andrew Brunson said he was deprived of books — even a Bible — for long stretches...

Alleged MS-13 members charged with murder in 2 deaths

Oct. 19, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Two alleged MS-13 gang members have been charged with murder in separate killings of two teenagers who were hacked to death in New York. Josue Figueroa-Velazquez and Kevin Lopez-Morales were arraigned on a grand jury indictment Friday in the deaths of 15-year-old Angel Soler and...

Buffalo Catholic Diocese acknowledges federal inquiry

Oct. 19, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal investigators looking into clergy sexual misconduct collected documents from the Diocese of Buffalo in June but have not been in contact since then, the diocese said. The diocese acknowledged the federal inquiry late Thursday amid reports the Justice Department has opened...

Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pennsylvania church probe

Oct. 19, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move. However, a colleague in Philadelphia is now taking aim at the...

The Latest: Clergy abuse investigated in Buffalo, New York

Oct. 19, 2018 10:58 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on federal investigations of clergy abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Pennsylvania is not the only state where federal prosecutors are investigating clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. An investigation of the Buffalo Diocese in New York...

Christian leaders urge Israeli PM to nix church lands bill

Oct. 19, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christian leaders in Jerusalem are urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop a bill that the churches say would allow the state to appropriate land sold to buyers. Orthodox, Catholic and Armenian church leaders wrote a letter to Netanyahu on Friday saying the vote...

Pope accuser strikes back, blames gay priesthood for abuse

Oct. 19, 2018 10:04 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal is doubling down on his claims, asserting that the "scourge of homosexuality" in the priesthood is responsible for sex abuse and that the Vatican is being hypocritical in refusing to...

Federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

Oct. 18, 2018 10:27 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims' advocates say is the first such probe ever launched by the U.S. Justice...

The Latest: 3 Pennsylvania dioceses confirm federal probe

Oct. 18, 2018 8:09 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's investigation into child sexual abuse in the Pennsylvania Catholic Church (all times local): 3 p.m. Three of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses say they have received subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice. Two people familiar with...

All Illinois Catholic dioceses targeted in sex abuse lawsuit

Oct. 18, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Three men and one woman who say they were sexually abused by priests decades ago filed a lawsuit Thursday against every diocese in Illinois for an alleged ongoing scheme to cover up sexual assault by priests. The lawsuit was filed in Chicago by attorney Jeff Anderson, who has represented...