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Photos of migrant father and daughter spark global anguish

Jun. 26, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the Vatican to the U.S. Congress and campaign trail, expressions of anguish, empathy and outrage poured out Wednesday over the photos of a migrant father and young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico to enter the United States without legal...

Pope expresses sadness over image of drowned father, child

Jun. 26, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed sadness over the fate of the father and young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to cross into the United States. "With immense sadness, the Holy Father has seen the images of the father and his baby daughter who drowned in the Rio...

American cardinal severs ties with Bannon-linked group

Jun. 25, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A conservative American cardinal distanced himself Tuesday from former White House adviser Steve Bannon and severed ties with a Bannon-linked institute that wants to train future populist leaders in Europe. Cardinal Raymond Burke said in a statement Tuesday that he was terminating his...

Indiana school firing gay teacher to keep archdiocese ties

Jun. 24, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis archbishop has forced a Catholic high school to fire a gay teacher, just days after another school in the city defied a similar order despite church officials saying they would no longer recognize it as Catholic. Cathedral High School announced Sunday that it's...

Vatican sex abuse office looking for more canonists

Jun. 21, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican office that handles clergy sex abuse is looking for help to process what a top official says is a steady stream of cases that arrive every day from around the world. Monsignor John Kennedy, head of the discipline section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,...

Pope seeks more freedom in theology, dialogue with Islam

Jun. 21, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Friday for a reform of the way theology is taught in Catholic schools, saying students must learn about dialogue with Judaism and Islam, and that overall there must be greater freedom in theological research and academic pursuits. The Jesuit pope made the call during...

Today in History

Jun. 20, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, June 20, the 171st day of 2019. There are 194 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 20, 1921, U.S. Rep. Alice Mary Robertson, R-Okla., became the first woman to preside over a session of the House of Representatives. On this date: In 1782, Congress...

Vatican formally opens debate on married priests in Amazon

Jun. 17, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican formally opened debate Monday on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass. The call for study on the proposal was contained in the working document,...

Pope dons helmet to enter earthquake-hit cathedral in Italy

Jun. 16, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

CAMERINO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis donned a white firefighter's safety helmet Sunday to enter a damaged cathedral during a visit to central Italy, where he gave encouragement to people still struggling three years after devastating earthquakes struck. Francis traveled to the town of Camerino, which was...

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean auxiliary bishop

Jun. 14, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the auxiliary bishop of the Chilean capital city just 24 days after he appointed him to the post, church officials said Friday. Bishop Carlos Eugenio Irarrázabal had become embroiled in controversy after he recently said there were no...