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Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert says

Jul. 20, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A genetics expert retained by the family of a girl who went missing in 1983 said Saturday that a cavernous underground space near a Vatican cemetery holds thousands of bones that appear to be from dozens of individuals, both "adult and non-adult." The expert, Giorgio Portera, said the...

Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens as bones are found

Jul. 13, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee took yet another twist Saturday following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery. The Vatican said it had discovered two sets of bones under a stone slab that will be formally opened next...

No bones found in Vatican tombs searched for missing girl

Jul. 11, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The tombs of two 19th-century German princesses were pried open at a tiny Holy See cemetery Thursday and turned out to be completely empty, dashing any expectations they held the remains of a teenager who vanished in 1983 after leaving her family's Vatican City apartment. Emanuela...

Iconic glass-paned church converted to Catholic cathedral

Jul. 10, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — An iconic glass-paned church in Southern California that once housed a booming televangelist ministry has been transformed into a cathedral to give the region's Catholics a long-awaited and much larger place to congregate and pray. The landmark, with a facade made up of nearly...

Today in History

Jul. 5, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, July 5, the 186th day of 2019. There are 179 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley's first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee; the song he recorded was "That's All Right." On this date: In...

Tombs to be opened in Vatican City in 1983 missing teen case

Jul. 2, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a new twist to one of Italy's most persistent mysteries, a pair of tombs in a tiny cemetery in Vatican City will be opened next week to determine if they contained the remains of a 15-year-old girl who vanished in Rome in 1983. Relatives of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican...

The Latest: 4 family members among Texas plane crash victims

Jul. 1, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a deadly small plane crash at a Dallas-area airport (all times local): 8 p.m. Church officials say two teenagers who attended Dallas-area Roman Catholic schools were among the 10 people killed in a fiery Texas plane crash along with their mother and stepfather. The Catholic...

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...

Poland: Statue of priest accused of abuse removed

Jun. 12, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A statue featuring a Polish priest suspected of child sex abuse was removed from the grounds of a major Catholic pilgrimage site in central Poland, days ahead of a meeting between Polish bishops and the Vatican's sex crimes investigator. Rev. Eugeniusz Makulski, who oversaw the...

Pope apologizes for history of discrimination against Roma

Jun. 2, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

BLAJ, Romania (AP) — Pope Francis apologized Sunday to the Roma ethnic minority for their history of discrimination in Europe and paid homage to Romanian Catholics persecuted during communist rule as he wrapped up his third and final day with a message of forgiveness. Francis reached out to the minorities...