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Kentucky city's Catholic archbishop is battling cancer

Jul. 15, 2019 4:34 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Catholic archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky, has announced that he's battling bladder cancer. Seventy-two-year-old Joseph Kurtz has served as archbishop since 2007. He says he will undergo at least 12 weeks of immunotherapy and chemotherapy before having surgery to remove his...

Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps

Jul. 14, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation. A Chicago priest talked during his homily about the compassion...

Catholic order releases names of members accused of abuse

Jul. 14, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore-based Catholic religious order that sponsors schools across the U.S. has released a list of dozens of members accused of sexually abusing children. The list released Friday by the Xaverian Brothers includes two current members "with a credible or established offense." The...

Colombian bishop hopes holy water will curb city's crime

Jul. 13, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

BUENAVENTURA, Colombia (AP) — A Catholic bishop in Colombia hopes holy water will curb violence in a city struggling with crime and corruption. Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya traveled on a fire truck to some of Buenaventura's most crime-ridden neighborhoods on Saturday, sprinkling water that he...

Man at center of French soul-searching on life support dies

Jul. 11, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French man who was in a vegetative state for 11 years while his wife and parents disagreed over his continued medical care died Thursday, and a prosecutor quickly ordered an autopsy and an investigation. Vincent Lambert, 42, died in a hospital east of Paris nine days after doctors stopped...

Indiana teacher fired for same-sex marriage sues archdiocese

Jul. 10, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A teacher who was fired from his job at a Catholic high school because he's in a same-sex marriage is suing the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for interfering in his teaching contract. The teacher, Joshua Payne-Elliott, sued the archdiocese Wednesday in Marion County court, seeking...

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...

Sistine Chapel Choir director quits after funding scandal

Jul. 10, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Sistine Chapel Choir director in the wake of a funding scandal. The Vatican said Wednesday that Monsignor Massimo Palombella will be temporarily replaced by Monsignor Marcos Pavan, currently in charge of the boys' division of what's...

Catholic school to help fired teacher find new job

Jul. 9, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney says a Catholic high school teacher fired for being in a same-sex marriage has reached a settlement in which the Indianapolis school will help the teacher with future employment options. Attorney Kathleen DeLaney announced the settlement with Cathedral High School in a news...

Vatican lifts French archbishop's immunity in groping probe

Jul. 8, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Vatican said Monday it has decided to lift the diplomatic immunity of its ambassador to France, who is accused of groping and inappropriate touching by multiple men. The announcement followed the French Foreign Ministry saying earlier in the day that it "received confirmation from the Holy...