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Pope Francis sides with Peruvian villagers who accused Catholic group of trying to steal their land

Apr. 13, 2024 18:01 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday sided with a group of Peruvian villagers who have complained that companies linked to a powerful South American church group have tried to evict them from their land using lawsuits and obscure land titling schemes. In a video recorded...

Vatican complains after French court rules in favor of nun dismissed from religious order

Apr. 13, 2024 16:14 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Holy See said Saturday it formally protested to France after a court there ruled that a former high-ranking Vatican official was liable for what the court determined to be the wrongful dismissal of a nun from a religious order. The Lorient tribunal on April 3 ruled...

As a landmark United Methodist gathering approaches, African churches weigh their future.

Apr. 13, 2024 08:11 AM EDT

The United Methodist Church lost one-fourth of its U.S. churches in a recent schism, with conservatives departing over disputes on sexuality and theology. Now, with the approach of its first major legislative gathering in several years, the question is whether the church can avert a...

Guilty plea by leader of polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border is at risk of being thrown out

Apr. 12, 2024 20:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A guilty plea by the leader of an offshoot polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border is at risk of being thrown out due to an unmet condition of his deal that hinged on whether others charged in the case also would plead guilty. Under the terms of Samuel...

A priest from France accused of sexually assaulting children in the Canadian Artic has died

Apr. 12, 2024 18:39 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Joannes Rivoire, a priest from France who was accused of sexually abusing Inuit children when he served at the mission in their Canadian Arctic community, has died after a long illness, officials said Friday. The Oblates of Lacombe Canada and the Oblate Province of...

Chaldean patriarch returns to Baghdad after nine months of self-imposed exile amid political dispute

Apr. 12, 2024 09:18 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A prominent Iraqi Christian religious leader who left Baghdad amid a political dispute last year returned to the capital this week at the invitation of the country’s prime minister after nine months of self-imposed exile in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region. ...

Pope will travel to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in longest trip of papacy

Apr. 12, 2024 07:18 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Singapore in September, the Vatican announced Friday, confirming the longest trip of Francis’ papacy that is sure to test his health, stamina and mobility. The Vatican confirmed the Sept. 2-13...

Pope Francis to travel in September to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in longest trip of papacy

Apr. 12, 2024 06:09 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis to travel in September to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in longest trip of papacy.

Argentine court blames Iran and Hezbollah for deadly 1994 Jewish center bombing

Apr. 12, 2024 05:04 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s highest criminal court reported a new development Thursday in the elusive quest for justice in the deadliest attack in the country's history — the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center headquarters — concluding Iran had planned the attack and...

13 men plead not guilty to role in Brooklyn synagogue tunnel scuffle

Apr. 12, 2024 00:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirteen members of the Hasidic Jewish community pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from their alleged role in a dispute over an illegal tunnel built beneath a historic Brooklyn synagogue. The defendants, many of them international students from...