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TikTok of Mississippi baby playing with kitten goes viral

Dec. 05, 2021 00:15 AM EST

SUMRALL, Miss. (AP) — When Emily Hixon shot video of her daughter, Sojourner, playing with a kitten the family had rescued, she never dreamed it would go viral one day. Hixon, of Sumrall, said she heard the kitten mewing in a small shed by Sumrall High School, thinking...

In democracy's birthplace, pope warns of populist threats

Dec. 04, 2021 14:43 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that the “easy answers” of populism and authoritarianism are threatening democracy in Europe and called for fresh dedication to promoting the common good rather than narrow, nationalist interests. Arriving in...

Protesting Orthodox priest heckles Pope on Greece visit

Dec. 04, 2021 11:49 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis was heckled by an elderly Greek Orthodox priest on Saturday as he arrived for a meeting with the head of the country’s Orthodox Church, evidence of the lingering distrust between some Orthodox and Catholics 1,200 years after Christianity was cleaved in...

Hong Kong's new Catholic bishop hopes to foster healing

Dec. 04, 2021 06:27 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The new head of Hong Kong's Catholic diocese expressed hope Saturday that he could foster healing in a congregation and a city divided by the continuing fallout from massive anti-government protests in 2019. Bishop Stephen Chow spoke to the gathered...

Indiana's Black churches work to combat mental health crisis

Dec. 04, 2021 00:10 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — On a Sunday morning in Anderson, almost 30 years ago, the Rev. Dwight Holland was on assignment as pastor at his second church when he noticed a young woman crying. He asked her to come into his office. “What she ended up...

Clergy abuse survivor Saviano lauded at funeral for courage

Dec. 03, 2021 13:00 PM EST

Phil Saviano was a clergy sex abuse survivor whose courage to go public and resolve to hold abusers and their enablers accountable inspired and strengthened survivors from around the world, his brother said at his funeral Mass on Friday. Saviano, who died Sunday at age 69...

Vatican takes in 12 migrants as pope denounces indifference

Dec. 03, 2021 11:52 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday denounced the “culture of indifference” that the West shows migrants as the Vatican confirmed that at least a dozen asylum-seekers would be transferred from Cyprus to Italy in a gesture of solidarity with European countries that have...

Nashville Christmas concert to benefit homeless returns

Dec. 03, 2021 04:05 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The annual Nashville Unlimited Christmas concert to benefit homeless services provider Room in the Inn will take place on Tuesday. This is the 22nd year for the concert at the downtown Christ Church Cathedral. Musical guests this year include...

Portugal experts to study church sex abuse, not investigate

Dec. 02, 2021 13:39 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The lay head of a new Portuguese Catholic Church committee on child sex abuse urged victims Thursday to come forward but stressed his group's task is to study what has happened, not launch formal investigations. The Independent Committee for the...

A weary pope urges Greek, Turkish Cypriots to heal division

Dec. 02, 2021 13:35 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday urged Greek Cypriots and the breakaway Turkish Cypriots to resume talks on reunifying the Mediterranean island nation, saying threats and shows of force were only prolonging the “terrible laceration” its people have endured for nearly a...