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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 11, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Spike protein...

Vatican regulates lay movements to prevent governance abuses

Jun. 11, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican took steps Friday to better regulate Catholic lay religious movements by imposing term limits on their leaders and requiring internal elections to be representative of their memberships. The Vatican’s laity office cracked down on the largely...

Pope taps South Korean to head Vatican office for priests

Jun. 11, 2021 08:20 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has tapped a South Korean bishop to lead the Vatican office responsible for the world’s 400,000 Catholic priests, in the second major appointment of an Asian prelate to the Holy See during his papacy. Monsignor Lazarus You Heung-sik, currently...

Woman wanted by Vatican asks Italian government to intervene

Jun. 10, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Lawyers for an Italian intelligence analyst wanted by the Vatican on embezzlement-related charges have asked Italy's government to press papal prosecutors to decide whether to put her on trial or archive the case. In a June 8 registered letter and an email...

Pope rejects German cardinal's resignation, urges reform

Jun. 10, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis refused Thursday to let German Cardinal Reinhard Marx resign over the sex abuse scandal in the German Church, but said a process of reform was necessary and that every bishop must take responsibility for the “catastrophe” of the crisis. ...

Pope Francis blesses UEFA officials ahead of Euro 2020

Jun. 10, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met with UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin and other soccer officials on Thursday to offer his blessings before the European Championship kicks off in Rome. Euro 2020, which was postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic,...

Sardinia charity linked to ousted Vatican cardinal searched

Jun. 09, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian police searched the offices of a Sardinian charity and diocese on Wednesday on behalf of Vatican prosecutors who are investigating a once-powerful cardinal on alleged embezzlement charges. Lawyers for Cardinal Angelo Becciu said in a statement that...

Vatican's financial crimes prosecution hurt by inexperience

Jun. 09, 2021 06:43 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — European evaluators warned Wednesday that the Vatican’s efforts to investigate and prosecute financial crimes were suffering from understaffing and inexperience, as well as the mistaken belief that its own cardinals and bishops were immune to criminal conduct. ...

Severely injured high school hockey player graduates

Jun. 06, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island teen who suffered a severe spinal cord injury during a hockey game has graduated from his Catholic school in Massachusetts. A.J. Quetta attended the graduation ceremony for Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro on Friday and...

Pope voices 'pain' over Canadian deaths, doesn't apologize

Jun. 06, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his pain over the discovery in Canada of the remains of 215 Indigenous students of church-run residential schools and pressed religious and political authorities to shed light on “this sad affair.” But he didn’t offer the apology...