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The Latest: Tweet recalls queen's loving anniversary speech

Apr. 10, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

Events and reaction from around the world to mark the death of Prince Philip at age 99: LONDON — The Twitter account of Britain's royal family has featured a tribute Queen Elizabeth II gave to Prince Philip for the couple's 50th wedding anniversary. ...

Today in History

Apr. 10, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 10, the 100th day of 2021. There are 265 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 10, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey purchased the contract of...

Green Bay pastor appointed to serve the Diocese of Duluth

Apr. 08, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth could finally have a new bishop in place next month following the 2019 death of its longtime leader and the resignation of his chosen replacement. The Very Rev. Daniel Felton, a longtime pastor in the Diocese of...

Today in History

Apr. 08, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, April 8, the 98th day of 2021. There are 267 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 8, 1864, the United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S....

Hans Kueng, dissident Catholic theologian, dies at 93

Apr. 06, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Hans Kueng, a Roman Catholic theologian who was an early colleague and friend of the future Pope Benedict XVI but later fell foul of the Vatican for challenging church doctrine and became a vocal critic of the pontiff, has died. He was 93. Kueng died...

AP PHOTOS: Holy Week muted but joyful for world's Christians

Apr. 06, 2021 02:08 AM EDT

Christians around the globe celebrated Holy Week in face masks and observing social distance guidelines as the coronavirus pandemic dramatically altered the sacred Easter season for a second straight year. In places with ongoing concerns about the spread of the virus,...

Hymns through masks: Christians mark another pandemic Easter

Apr. 04, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions. From vast Roman Catholic...

In Easter speech, pope calls wars in pandemic 'scandalous'

Apr. 04, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis in his traditional Easter Sunday address denounced as “scandalous” how armed conflicts continue to rage even as the coronavirus pandemic has triggered severe social and economic suffering and swollen the ranks of the poor. Francis...

Myanmar anti-coup protesters launch 'Easter egg strike'

Apr. 04, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar, adept at finding themes to tie together protests nationwide, took to the streets holding painted eggs in a nod to the Easter holiday on Sunday. In the biggest city of Yangon, one group marched through the Insein...

Pope urges hope amid 'darkness' of pandemic in Easter vigil

Apr. 03, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged his coronavirus-weary flock to not lose hope even through the continued “dark months” of the pandemic as he celebrated a scaled-back Easter vigil service in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday. Due to social-distancing norms, only about...