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Pope Francis listens to a priests introducing the group of faithful attending the weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Divided reactions in US as pope backs same-sex civil unions

Oct. 21, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LGBTQ Catholics and their allies in the U.S. welcomed Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions, the first time he’s done so as pontiff, while some prominent members including a bishop said Wednesday that he was blatantly contradicting church teaching. Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence,...

Duncanville boys, girls lead Texas prep basketball rankings

Oct. 21, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) — Texas High School Basketball Coaches Association preseason basketball rankings: BOYS PUBLIC CLASS 6A 1. Duncanville; 2. Richardson; 3. Humble Summer Creek; 4. SA Wagner; 5. Waxahachie; 6. Wylie ; 7. Houston Bellaire; 8. Odessa Permian; 9. Humble Atascocita; 10. Killeen Ellison;...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett listens during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of a private Christian school that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain openly gay and lesbian teachers weren’t welcome in the classroom. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

Barrett was trustee at private school with anti-gay policies

Oct. 21, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain that openly gay and lesbian teachers weren’t welcome in the classroom. The policies that discriminated against...

Pope Francis lights a candle for peace during an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the square outside Rome's City Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Masked pope, faith leaders pray for peace and pandemic's end

Oct. 20, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A masked Pope Francis welcomed religious leaders to a socially-distanced interfaith peace prayer Tuesday, appealing for a unified international effort to work for peace and an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu leaders stood for a minute of...

Leaders of Texas 6A rankings unchanged with 3 of top 5 idle

Oct. 19, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine and TexasFootball.com’s high school rankings after Week 8, distributed by The Associated Press. CLASS 6A Rank School (Record) Week 8 Prev rank 1 Galena Park North Shore (4-0) W: Manvel, 49-14 1 2 Duncanville (1-1) Idle 2 3 Katy (3-0) Idle 3 4 Austin Westlake...

Today in History

Oct. 19, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 19, the 293rd day of 2020. There are 73 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 19, 1781, British troops under Gen. Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, as the American Revolution neared its end. On this date: In 1765, the Stamp...

Today in History

Oct. 16, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 16, the 290th day of 2020. There are 76 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1968, American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos sparked controversy at the Mexico City Olympics by giving “Black power” salutes during a...

Duncanville holds at No. 2 in 6A after loss to Florida power

Oct. 12, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine and TexasFootball.com’s high school rankings after Week 7, distributed by The Associated Press. CLASS 6A Rank School (Record) Week 7 Prv rank 1 Galena Park North Shore (3-0) W: Willis, 48-21 1 2 Duncanville (1-1) L: IMG Academy (Fla.), 41-14 2 3 Katy (3-0) W:...

Denton Ryan stays atop Texas 5A D-I after crosstown victory

Oct. 5, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine and TexasFootball.com’s high school rankings after Week 6, distributed by The Associated Press. CLASS 6A Rank School (Record) Week 6 Prv rank 1 Galena Park North Shore (2-0) W: Klein Collins, 30-23 1 2 Duncanville (1-0) W: Dallas South Oak Cliff, 41-3 2 3 Katy...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich greet Cardinal Raymond Burke, right, as they attend the

Pompeo urges Vatican to condemn human rights abuses in China

Sep. 30, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Vatican on Wednesday to join the United States in denouncing violations of religious freedom in China, saying the Catholic Church should be at the forefront in the fight to insist on basic human rights there. Pompeo made the appeal at a conference...