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Cardinal clothing accessories are seen on display in the window of the Gammarelli clerical clothing shop, in Rome, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The consistory to elevate new cardinals scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28, in the time of coronavirus is like nothing the Holy See has ever seen. A handful of soon-to-be cardinals are in protective coronavirus quarantine, including African-American, Cardinal-designate Wilton Gregory, archbishop of Washington who explained that a U.S.-based ecclesiastical tailor took his measurements while he was still in Washington and sent them to Gammarelli, which then made them to order and sent them to Santa Marta hotel where he is undergoing the quarantine. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

New cardinals quarantine in pope's hotel ahead of ceremony

Nov. 27, 2020 10:08 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel was built to sequester cardinals during papal elections. It's now sequestering soon-to-be cardinals in town for this weekend’s ceremony to get their red hats: A handful are in protective coronavirus quarantine, confined to their rooms on Vatican...

Pope backs Argentine women's opposition to abortion bill

Nov. 27, 2020 5:32 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is encouraging Argentine women who are protesting a proposed new law to legalize abortion, saying the protection of life is above all a matter of human ethics. In the letter to the women dated Nov. 22, the Argentine pope wrote: “Is it fair to eliminate a human life to solve...

Rabbi attacked at knifepoint by woman assailant in Vienna

Nov. 27, 2020 4:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A rabbi was attacked at knifepoint in Vienna by a woman who ripped the Jewish skullcap from his head and yelled an anti-Semitic threat before fleeing, police in the Austrian capital said Friday. The incident occurred Thursday afternoon when the woman, described as about 50 years old and...

Minnesota National Guard chaplains bow during a prayer after a time of devotion Oct. 19, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. The role of faith leaders who serve as National Guard chaplains has grown more crucial, and more challenging, as thousands of soldiers and airmen, most of them in their 20s, have been increasingly deployed not only in long-lasting overseas wars but in civil unrest across a deeply polarized United States, including the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Guard chaplains reflect on Floyd protests, lessons learned

Nov. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Reflecting on a polarized nation in the throes of a bitterly fought election, Stephanie Christoffels started the communal prayer at a fall training of her fellow Minnesota National Guard chaplains by reminding them of Christianity’s two greatest commandments: to love God and...

FILE - This Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 file photo shows Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio as Pope Francis, right, arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The longtime head of the Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn said Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, that a ruling by the Supreme Court that barred New York from enforcing certain restrictions on religious services in areas hit hard by the coronavirus is a “good decision” that guarantees constitutional protections for the free exercise of religion. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool, File)

Brooklyn bishop hails ruling, says diocese in line with pope

Nov. 27, 2020 7:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime head of the Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn said Friday that a ruling by the Supreme Court that barred New York from enforcing certain restrictions on religious services in areas hit hard by the coronavirus is a “good decision” that guarantees constitutional...

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Federal court halts part of Beshear's COVID-19 school orders

Nov. 27, 2020 7:14 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — A federal court halted Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's recent coronavirus-related suspension of in-person classes at religious schools, a victory for state Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Beshear has appealed the ruling to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and asked for an...

FILE - This Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 file photo shows Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio as Pope Francis, right, arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The longtime head of the Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn said Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, that a ruling by the Supreme Court that barred New York from enforcing certain restrictions on religious services in areas hit hard by the coronavirus is a “good decision” that guarantees constitutional protections for the free exercise of religion. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool, File)

Brooklyn bishop hails ruling, says diocese in line with pope

Nov. 27, 2020 7:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime head of the Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn said Friday that a ruling by the Supreme Court that barred New York from enforcing certain restrictions on religious services in areas hit hard by the coronavirus is a “good decision” that guarantees constitutional...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 file photo, a thick blanket of early morning fog partially shrouds the skyscrapers of the Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers districts of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Travel agencies in countries across the Middle East and Africa say the United Arab Emirates has temporarily halted issuing new visas to their citizens, a so-far unexplained ban on visitors amid both the coronavirus pandemic and as the UAE normalizes ties with Israel. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Travel agents in Mideast, Africa say UAE is blocking visas

Nov. 27, 2020 12:47 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Travel agencies in countries across the Middle East and Africa say the United Arab Emirates has temporarily halted issuing new visas to their citizens, a so-far unexplained ban on visitors amid both the coronavirus pandemic and the UAE's normalization deal with Israel. ...

Canadian prosecutor won't file more charges in polygamy case

Nov. 27, 2020 11:50 AM EST

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — A special prosecutor in Canada has declined to approve any further charges against people associated with the community of Bountiful, British Columbia, where a fundamentalist sect practices polygamy. The decision from special prosecutor Peter Wilson brings the matter to a...

Cardinal clothing accessories are seen on display in the window of the Gammarelli clerical clothing shop, in Rome, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The consistory to elevate new cardinals scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28, in the time of coronavirus is like nothing the Holy See has ever seen. A handful of soon-to-be cardinals are in protective coronavirus quarantine, including African-American, Cardinal-designate Wilton Gregory, archbishop of Washington who explained that a U.S.-based ecclesiastical tailor took his measurements while he was still in Washington and sent them to Gammarelli, which then made them to order and sent them to Santa Marta hotel where he is undergoing the quarantine. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

New cardinals quarantine in pope's hotel ahead of ceremony

Nov. 27, 2020 10:08 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel was built to sequester cardinals during papal elections. It's now sequestering soon-to-be cardinals in town for this weekend’s ceremony to get their red hats: A handful are in protective coronavirus quarantine, confined to their rooms on Vatican...

Minnesota National Guard chaplains bow during a prayer after a time of devotion Oct. 19, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. The role of faith leaders who serve as National Guard chaplains has grown more crucial, and more challenging, as thousands of soldiers and airmen, most of them in their 20s, have been increasingly deployed not only in long-lasting overseas wars but in civil unrest across a deeply polarized United States, including the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Guard chaplains reflect on Floyd protests, lessons learned

Nov. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Reflecting on a polarized nation in the throes of a bitterly fought election, Stephanie Christoffels started the communal prayer at a fall training of her fellow Minnesota National Guard chaplains by reminding them of Christianity’s two greatest commandments: to love God and...

Pope backs Argentine women's opposition to abortion bill

Nov. 27, 2020 5:32 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is encouraging Argentine women who are protesting a proposed new law to legalize abortion, saying the protection of life is above all a matter of human ethics. In the letter to the women dated Nov. 22, the Argentine pope wrote: “Is it fair to eliminate a human life to solve...

Rabbi attacked at knifepoint by woman assailant in Vienna

Nov. 27, 2020 4:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A rabbi was attacked at knifepoint in Vienna by a woman who ripped the Jewish skullcap from his head and yelled an anti-Semitic threat before fleeing, police in the Austrian capital said Friday. The incident occurred Thursday afternoon when the woman, described as about 50 years old and...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk through a shopping street in Osaka, western Japan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

The Latest: Emperor's New Year greeting cancelled in Japan

Nov. 26, 2020 10:02 PM EST

TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Naruhito and his family will not offer their New Year greetings from the palace balcony due to concerns over the country’s struggles with a resurgence of coronavirus infections. The Imperial Household Agency said in a statement Friday that the annual greetings on Jan. 2 will...

Mexican president presents 'ethical guide' book of precepts

Nov. 26, 2020 7:19 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Few world leaders talk about morals and ethics as much as Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and on Thursday he presented an “Ethical Guide for the Transformation of Mexico.” López Obrador took office two years ago pledging government austerity...