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West Virginia diocese to discuss 'future leadership'

Jul. 23, 2019 1:52 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese says it's set to discuss its "future leadership," 10 months after the resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston says a news conference is scheduled Tuesday at the diocese offices in Wheeling. A diocese...

House fire devours Baptist church in Savannah, Georgia

Jul. 22, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A house fire spread to a house of worship next door, all but destroying the First Metropolitan Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia. Savannah Fire Rescue firefighters responding to a two-story house fire late Sunday found the flames had already spread to the First Metropolitan Baptist...

Pope: Moon landing inspires progress on justice, environment

Jul. 21, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is hoping that the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk inspires efforts to help our "common home" on Earth. Francis told the public in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, the day after the anniversary of the July 20, 1969, lunar landing, that the feat achieved an...

Matthew Ministry provides free clothing for the needy

Jul. 20, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — For nearly 20 years, one Corbin woman has faithfully helped to clothe the community, volunteering countless hours of service. Cheryl Robinson spends much of her time in a small old house on the corner of Fourth and Poplar Streets, across from Central Baptist Church in Corbin. If you...

Former West Virginia bishop disciplined by pope

Jul. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis has issued disciplinary action against a former West Virginia bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said Friday. The diocese posted the pope's decision on its website, saying former bishop Michael Bransfield can't live within the diocese, can't...

70 Catholics arrested in DC protest over migrant treatment

Jul. 19, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Catholics gathered in the nation's capital to protest the federal government's treatment of migrants, and about 70 sisters, clergy and parishioners were arrested. The Washington Post reports protesters armed with photos of migrant children who died in federal custody recited...

Syrian refugee indicted on charges he plotted to bomb church

Jul. 18, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal grand jury is accusing a Syrian refugee of plotting to bomb a Christian church in Pittsburgh to inspire Islamic State of Iraq followers. The jury handed up a three-count indictment Wednesday against 21-year-old Pittsburgh resident Mustafa Mousab Alowemer. He's charged with...

Across US, clergy mobilize to support vulnerable migrants

Jul. 18, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

So far this week, an anticipated nationwide sweep has not materialized at the expected magnitude. Yet the mere prospect of such action has prompted legions of pastors, rabbis and their congregations across the United States to stand ready to help vulnerable immigrants with offers of sanctuary and other services....

Philippine police file sedition case against vice president

Jul. 18, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police filed sedition and other criminal complaints Thursday against the vice president, three opposition senators, four Roman Catholic bishops and other critics of President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly plotting to destabilize his administration. Vice President Leni...

Pope Francis names British-born Matteo Bruni as spokesman

Jul. 18, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named a new Vatican spokesman Thursday, tapping Matteo Bruni, the British-born official who has handled media logistics for papal trips, in the latest shakeup of the Vatican's communications operations. Bruni takes over from Alessandro Gisotti, who became interim spokesman...