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Polish church condemns beating of Jewish effigy in Poland

Apr. 22, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Catholic Church in Poland poured scorn Monday on an anti-Semitic ritual enacted over the Easter holiday that involved an effigy of Judas represented by a stereotypical Jew being hanged, burned and beaten. Residents, among them children, beat and burned the effigy in Pruchnik, a...

The Latest: University of Notre Dame to donate $100,000

Apr. 16, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris' Notre Dame cathedral (all times local): 8 p.m. The president of the University of Notre Dame said the school will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of Notre Dame cathedral following a devastating fire. The Rev. John Jenkins announced the...

Today in History

Apr. 16, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2019. There are 259 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 16, 2007, in one of America's worst school attacks, a college senior killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech before taking his own life. On this date: In 1789,...

Today in History

Apr. 13, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2019. There are 262 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 13, 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. (The astronauts managed to return safely.) On this...

Japan Catholic Church to begin investigating sex abuse cases

Apr. 11, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Catholic Church in Japan is preparing to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests, including accusations from 20 years ago, officials said Thursday. The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Japan said it has established a committee in each diocese to take claims and...

Pope invites foreign press association to Vatican next month

Apr. 10, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who travels with journalists aboard the papal plane, is expanding his reach when he meets with members of Italy's 400-strong foreign press association at the Vatican on May 18. The Argentine-born Francis, the first pope from Latin America, occasionally gives interviews to...

Vatican opens its own probe in decades-old missing girl case

Apr. 10, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican has for the first time opened its own investigation into the case of Emanuela Orlandi, a 15-year-old Vatican citizen who disappeared in the summer of 1983. The Orlandi family's lawyer, Laura Sgrò, confirmed the probe on Wednesday. She told The Associated Press that "the...

Today in History

Apr. 2, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2019. There are 273 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II died in his Vatican apartment at age 84. On this date: In 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint....

Pope in Morocco: Walls, fear-mongering won't stop migration

Mar. 30, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Pope Francis praised Morocco as a model of religious moderation and migrant welcome as he kicked off a trip to the kingdom Saturday, warning that border walls and fear-mongering won't stop people from exercising their rights to seek a better life elsewhere. King Mohamed VI welcomed...

Renaming of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum criticized

Mar. 28, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California's $69 million sale of naming rights for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is being criticized as dishonoring the historic stadium's dedication as a memorial to soldiers who fought and died in World War I just a few years before it opened. USC announced...