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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2013, file photo, Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki tells a news conference in Warsaw, Poland. Sources close to the family say that Penderecki died Sunday at the age of 86 after a “long and serious illness.”  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

Polish composer, conductor Krzysztof Penderecki dies at 86

Mar. 29, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Krzysztof Penderecki, an award-winning conductor and one of the world’s most popular contemporary classical music composers whose works have featured in Hollywood films like “The Shining” and “Shutter Island,” died Sunday. He was 86. In a statement...

Sister Maris Stella Vaugham teaches a religion class at the St. John Paul II Catholic School in Phoenix, Ariz., on Feb. 26, 2020. In the western suburbs of Phoenix, enrollment is surging at this new Catholic high school built to serve a fast-growing, heavily Hispanic community. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-MIlls)

US Hispanic Catholics are future, but priest numbers dismal

Mar. 14, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maria Chavira, a senior administrator in the Diocese of Phoenix, says Spanish-speaking Catholic parishes in her area are “bursting at the seams” and celebrates the emergence of Hispanics as the largest ethnic component of the church nationwide. Throughout the Southwest, where...

Sister Maris Stella Vaugham teaches a religion class at the St. John Paul II Catholic School in Phoenix, Ariz., on Feb. 26, 2020. In the western suburbs of Phoenix, enrollment is surging at this new Catholic high school built to serve a fast-growing, heavily Hispanic community. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-MIlls)

US Hispanic Catholics are future, but priest numbers dismal

Mar. 14, 2020 9:02 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maria Chavira, a senior administrator in the Diocese of Phoenix, says Spanish-speaking Catholic parishes in her area are “bursting at the seams” and celebrates the emergence of Hispanics as the largest ethnic component of the church nationwide. Throughout the Southwest, where...

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Mar. 10, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court on Wednesday began hearing an appeal by Cardinal George Pell against his convictions for molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. Some events in Pell's career and the criminal case: July 16, 1996: Auxiliary Bishop George Pell is...

FILE - This Aug. 29, 2008 file photo shows Nicaraguan priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal in his home while under house arrest, in Managua, Nicaragua. Cardenal has died on Sunday, March 1, 2020, according to his personal assistant Luz Marina Acosta. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet and priest, dies at 95

Mar. 1, 2020 5:14 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Ernesto Cardenal, the renowned poet and Roman Catholic cleric who became a symbol of revolutionary verse in Nicaragua and around Latin America, and whose suspension from the priesthood by St. John Paul II lasted over three decades, died Sunday. He was 95. Known for his trademark...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, Pope Francis gives his speech during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The Vatican on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020  released a speech by Pope Francis where told the scandal-marred Legion of Christ religious order it still has a long road of reform ahead, making clear that 10 years of Vatican-mandated oversight didn’t purge it of the toxic influences of its pedophile founder. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope tells scandal-marred Legion they still haven't reformed

Feb. 29, 2020 9:05 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis told the Legion of Christ religious order Saturday it still has a long road of reform ahead, making clear that 10 years of Vatican-mandated rehabilitation hadn't purged it of the toxic influences of its pedophile founder. In a prepared speech, Francis told the...

In this Feb. 7, 2020, photo, converted Catholic Priest Joshua Whitfield, left, his daughter Zoe-Catherine, 5, and the rest of his family stand behind their chairs to say grace before dinner in north Dallas. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Father Josh: A married Catholic priest in a celibate world

Feb. 14, 2020 2:12 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The priest wakes up at 4 a.m. on the days he celebrates the early Mass, sipping coffee and enjoying the quiet while his young children sleep in rooms awash in stuffed animals and Sesame Street dolls and pictures of saints. Then he kisses his wife goodbye and drives through the empty suburban...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis attends a feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, at the Vatican. Pope Francis will mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto by visiting a southern Italian region where decades of toxic-waste dumping by the mob have polluted the environment and sickened its people. The diocese of Acerra announced Francis’ May 24 visit on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope to visit Malta on May 31 in first foreign trip of 2020

Feb. 10, 2020 8:55 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit the Mediterranean island nation of Malta on May 31, the Vatican said Monday, confirming the Pope's first foreign trip for the year. Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna said he expected the visit would highlight the need for Malta to welcome migrants, despite its...