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FILE - In this May 30, 2018 file photo, Cleveland Catholic Diocese Bishop Nelson Perez talks during an interview in Cleveland. The Vatican announced Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, that Perez will become the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, making him the first Hispanic archbishop to lead the region’s 1.3 million-member flock. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer via AP, File)

Cleveland bishop named Philadelphia’s next archbishop

Jan. 23, 2020 10:04 AM EST

The bishop of Cleveland will become the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Vatican announced Thursday, making him the first Hispanic archbishop to lead the region’s 1.3 million-member flock. A news conference was scheduled Thursday morning to introduce Nelson Perez. He will succeed...

This July 31, 2019 photo shows Stillwater Christian School parents Jeri Anderson and Kendra Espinoza at Woodland Park in Kalispell, Mont.  The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits. Advocates on both sides say the outcome could be momentous because it could lead to efforts in other states to funnel taxpayer money to religious schools. (Casey Kreider/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

Supreme Court seems favorable to religious education funding

Jan. 22, 2020 3:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared ready Wednesday to reinvigorate a Montana scholarship program and make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The court was sharply divided along ideological lines in arguments over a provision in...

Eva Umlauf poses for a photo in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Umlauf was only two years old when she was liberated from Auschwitz. She does not have any conscious memories from her early childhood in the Nazi death camp, but even so the nightmarish experience has cast a dark shadow over her entire life. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Auschwitz survivor who was just 2 at liberation nurses scars

Jan. 22, 2020 8:51 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Only 2 years old and so ill she had to stay on for weeks after liberation, Eva Umlauf was one of the youngest prisoners to be freed from Auschwitz. Although she has no conscious memories stretching so far back, her early childhood in the Nazi death camp was to cast a dark shadow over her...

Nathan Dalley, left, shakes hands with Republican Utah Rep. Craig Hall following a news conference about the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children, now banned in Utah Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Dalley under went so-called conversion therapy. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Discredited conversion therapy banned in conservative Utah

Jan. 22, 2020 1:15 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it. Supporters navigated a winding path to passage and some dissent remains, but barring it in Utah could give a boost to...

Notre Dame cathedral is pictured in Paris, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin who is overseeing the reconstruction of the fire-devastated Notre Dame Cathedral told French broadcaster CNews on Sunday that

Notre Dame renovation chief says rebuild won't be rushed

Jan. 22, 2020 11:31 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French army general in charge of rebuilding fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris says renovation work will begin in earnest later this year. Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin told a French parliament commission Wednesday that workers are still securing the structure. Concerns persist that...

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FILE - In this May 30, 2018 file photo, Cleveland Catholic Diocese Bishop Nelson Perez talks during an interview in Cleveland. The Vatican announced Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, that Perez will become the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, making him the first Hispanic archbishop to lead the region’s 1.3 million-member flock. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer via AP, File)

Cleveland bishop named Philadelphia’s next archbishop

Jan. 23, 2020 10:04 AM EST

The bishop of Cleveland will become the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Vatican announced Thursday, making him the first Hispanic archbishop to lead the region’s 1.3 million-member flock. A news conference was scheduled Thursday morning to introduce Nelson Perez. He will succeed...

CAPTION CORRECTION:CORRECTS MOTHER'S NAME: Yaffa Issachar, left, mother of Naama, who is imprisoned in Russia on drug possession charges, meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. (Heidi Levine, Pool via AP)

The Latest: Charles: Holocaust lessons 'searingly' relevant

Jan. 23, 2020 9:33 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on the gathering in Jerusalem of dozens of world leaders for the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Britain’s Prince Charles says the “lessons of the Holocaust...

U.N. Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee speaks during a press conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The top United Nations official who deals with human rights in Myanmar said Thursday that the international community must continue to put pressure on the Southeast Asian nation to follow any decision by the International Court of Justice regarding its treatment of minority Rohingya Muslims. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)

Top UN official says Myanmar must follow order on Rohingya

Jan. 23, 2020 9:24 AM EST

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — A top United Nations official who deals with human rights in Myanmar said Thursday that the international community must continue to put pressure on the Southeast Asian nation to follow any decision by the International Court of Justice regarding its treatment of minority Rohingya...

Vatican rejoins financial intelligence network after raid

Jan. 23, 2020 9:19 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A global network of financial intelligence units has readmitted the Holy See after a two-month suspension sparked by a Vatican police raid on the Vatican's financial watchdog agency. The Holy See said Thursday that the Egmont Group had revoked its suspension after Vatican prosecutors...

Yasmin Ullah, a member of the Rohingya community, is all smiles as she walks out of the International Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, after the court ordered Myanmar take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya. The United Nations' top cour issued a decision on a request by Gambia. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Rohingya hail UN ruling ordering Myanmar to prevent genocide

Jan. 23, 2020 9:08 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' top court on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people, delivering a sweeping legal victory for the Muslim minority. The ruling came despite appeals last month by Myanmar's civilian leader...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah stand with President Vladimir Putin at Netanyahu official residence in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. Presidents , prime ministers and royalty from around the world who arrived in Israel for the two-day World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. (Heidi Levine/Pool photo via AP)

World leaders rally in Jerusalem against anti-Semitism

Jan. 23, 2020 8:42 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of world leaders gathered Thursday in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating rising modern-day anti-Semitism — a politically charged event that has been clouded by rival national interpretations of the genocide. Russian...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019 file photo, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.  Egypt’s president has called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting terrorism.

El-Sissi dubs Egypt 'oasis of stability' amid clampdown

Jan. 23, 2020 8:34 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said Thursday his country has become “an oasis of security and stability” under his rule, amid reports of a new clampdown on dissent in the lead-up to the eighth anniversary of the 2011 pro-democracy uprising. El-Sissi, who became president...

Burkina Faso to arm civilians in fight against extremists

Jan. 23, 2020 8:04 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's parliament has approved legislation allowing the military to use civilian volunteers in the fight against Islamic extremism, a decision that underscores how outnumbered soldiers are amid rising attacks across the West African country. The tactic is not...

Pope accepts Charles Chaput's resignation as Philadelphia archbishop; Bishop Nelson Pérez of Cleveland to succeed him.

Jan. 23, 2020 7:25 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pope accepts Charles Chaput's resignation as Philadelphia archbishop; Bishop Nelson Pérez of Cleveland to succeed him.
President Donald Trump gestures upon arrival at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Washington, from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

10 Things to Know for Today

Jan. 23, 2020 7:19 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. DEMOCRATS FACE RISKS AND LIMITS IN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL No matter how overwhelming the evidence confronting Trump, it becomes less compelling to both the Senate and a deeply divided America when presented again...