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New Mexico diocese to cease Sunday Mass amid virus surge

Oct. 23, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the oldest Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States will again be foregoing Sunday Mass indefinitely as New Mexico marks its latest surge of COVID-19 cases. Archbishop John C. Wester is directing churches within the northern New Mexico diocese to cease regular Mass...

Judge cancels Amish brothers' probation, sends to prison

Oct. 23, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

MARSHFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two Amish brothers who were convicted of molesting a 13-year-old girl are headed to prison for 15 years for violating their probation. The Springfield News-Leader reports that a small group of anti-sex abuse demonstrators picketed Thursday at the hearing in which a Webster County...

Pope Francis, right, greets bishops at the end of his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Fiasco over pope's cut civil union quote intensifies impact

Oct. 23, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The world premiere of a documentary on Pope Francis was supposed to have been a bright spot for a papacy locked down by a pandemic and besieged by a corruption scandal, recalling Francis’ glory days traveling the world to bless the oppressed. But the red carpet rollout of...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, Pope Francis puts on his face mask as he attends an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome. Pope Francis has been warned of potential exposure to COVID-19 after a Vatican diplomat was infected, Australian media reported on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, the Holy See’s ambassador to Australia, had a face-to-face meeting with Francis at the Vatican on Oct. 6, less than two weeks before testing positive to COVID-19 in Australia, Nine News reported. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Media report pope met COVID-19 infected bishop at Vatican

Oct. 23, 2020 7:36 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Pope Francis has been warned of potential exposure to COVID-19 after a Vatican diplomat was infected, Australian media reported on Friday. Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, the Holy See’s ambassador to Australia, had a face-to-face meeting with Francis at the Vatican on Oct....

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2020, file photo, Australian Cardinal George Pell waves as he arrives at Rome's international airport in Fiumicino. Australian state police said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 it was not investigating the transfer of money from the Vatican to Australia, throwing doubt on Italian media speculation that it might be linked to the overturned convictions of Cardinal George Pell for child sex abuse. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Australian police not investigating Vatican money transfer

Oct. 22, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian state police said Friday they're not investigating the transfer of money from the Vatican to Australia, throwing doubt on Italian media speculation that it might be linked to the overturned convictions of Cardinal George Pell for child sex abuse. Italian newspaper...

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Poland's top court rules out abortions due to fetal defects

Oct. 22, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s top court ruled Thursday that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional, shutting a major loophole in the predominantly Catholic country's abortion laws that are among the strictest in Europe. Two judges in the 13-member...

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, Mauro Cioffari, left, puts a wedding ring on his partner Davide Conti's finger as their civil union is being registered by a municipality officer during a ceremony in Rome's Campidoglio Capitol Hill. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday, Oct. 21 2020 at the Rome Film Festival. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

Mexico broadcaster: Pope's civil union quote not broadcast

Oct. 22, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican television broadcaster confirmed Thursday that Pope Francis’ bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions were made during a May 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety. Broadcaster Televisa said Thursday that the emphasis of its interview was on...

White teen sentenced; planned to kill black churchgoers

Oct. 22, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A white 17-year-old girl was sentenced Thursday to four years in juvenile detention for planning to stab north Georgia churchgoers to death because they were Black. The girl pleaded guilty to attempted murder as part of a plea agreement and was sentenced in Gainesville, Georgia,...

Catholic bishops extend dispensation from Mass obligation

Oct. 22, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday extended a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation until further notice. The bishops issued a statement citing “the continued increase of COVID-19 cases in our state” for extending...

COVID-19 outbreak centered on Maine church grows again

Oct. 22, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

BROOKS, Maine (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak centered around a Maine church in the small town of Brooks is continuing to grow, public health officials said. The focal point of the outbreak is Brooks Pentecostal Church, and it grew from 46 cases to 49 on Thursday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and...