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Verbal attack on French philosopher new anti-Semitism jolt

Feb. 17, 2019 5:22 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — An upsurge in anti-Semitism in France reached a climax this weekend with a torrent of hate speech directed at a distinguished philosopher during a march of yellow vest protesters, adding to questions about the radicalized fringes of the movement hidden within French society and troubling the...

Nicaragua: New talks explored but opposition sets conditions

Feb. 17, 2019 5:11 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega's government announced it held talks on restarting a long-stalled dialogue following political violence that left more than 300 dead last year, but the proposal was swiftly met with a raft of preconditions from opposition groups and civil society Sunday....

Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver action

Feb. 17, 2019 1:29 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Roman Catholics who were sexually abused by clergy are insisting that decisive actions to confront the decades-long problem of pedophile priests and church cover-ups must come out of an upcoming Vatican summit. A founding member of the advocacy group Ending Clergy Abuse, Peter Isely,...

In Nigeria's tight election, Christian vote is seen as key

Feb. 17, 2019 12:44 PM EST

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Ask worshippers at St. Charles Catholic Church what they want most from Nigeria's presidential election, and the answer is peace. "We don't want any more bloodshed in Nigeria," said Everistus Suburu, vice chairman of the church in the northern state of Kano. "We are tired of (Islamic...

Pope asks for prayers for sex abuse summit at Vatican

Feb. 17, 2019 6:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is asking for prayers for this week's sex abuse summit at the Vatican, calling abuse an "urgent challenge of our time." He has summoned bishops to Rome to help him chart a way forward after decades of abuse by priests and prelates and the systematic cover-ups of that by...

The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'

Feb. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local): 12:20 a.m. The archbishop of Boston says the Vatican's decision to defrock former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is an important step for "administering justice" for McCarrick's crimes. Cardinal Sean...

McCarrick's rise through church hierarchy began as altar boy

Feb. 16, 2019 5:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's rise through the Catholic Church hierarchy, during which he established a reputation as a globe-trotting human rights advocate before being brought down by sex abuse scandals, began as an altar boy in New York City. McCarrick, who recently became the...

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

Feb. 16, 2019 4:12 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate's apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior. The announcement Saturday,...

Trump emergency declaration faces fights in the courts

Feb. 16, 2019 6:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced near-universal agreement....

Trump declaration faces uncertain fate in coming court fight

Feb. 15, 2019 10:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border Friday and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced near-universal...