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Couple killed in limo crash mourned in church where they wed

Oct. 15, 2018 7:51 PM EDT

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — Four months after they were married at St. Mary's Church in Amsterdam, Erin and Shane McGowan were remembered there by hundreds of friends and relatives grieving their death in a limousine crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York. The Albany Times Union reports that a funeral...

The Latest: New saint gives Salvadorans 'happiest day'

Oct. 14, 2018 10:53 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Catholic Church canonizations on Sunday (all times local). 4:00 p.m. Thousands of people have gathered in El Salvador's capital to celebrate slain Archbishop Oscar Romero being declared a saint. Church bells pealed in unison throughout the country and large crowds watched...

In El Salvador, slain archbishop long seen as saint

Oct. 12, 2018 1:31 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Bespectacled, smiling and with close-cropped hair, the late Archbishop Oscar Romero's visage gazes kindly from postage stamps, handmade busts on sale at the San Salvador cathedral, even from a huge black-dot mural on the side of the Foreign Ministry. On Sunday in the...

Change-of-plea set for man accused of attacking priest

Oct. 12, 2018 8:47 AM EDT

TOWNER, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with attacking a priest in North Dakota is scheduled to change his not guilty plea. Forty-three-year-old Chad Legare, of Alexandria, Minnesota, is accused of assaulting the Rev. Robert Wapenski Jan. 30 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Anamoose, in a...

Egypt court sentences 17 to death for attacking Christians

Oct. 11, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 Islamic militants to death for involvement in deadly attacks on Christians, a rights lawyer said. The court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria also issued life sentences to 19 defendants and sentenced another nine to 15 years in prison...

2 teachers killed by suspected extremists in northern Kenya

Oct. 10, 2018 10:55 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says two non-Muslim teachers have been killed in a bombing by suspected Islamic extremists at the Somali border. The attack early Wednesday by suspected al-Shabab extremists exacerbates a teacher shortage in counties along the Somali border. Al-Shabab fighters have...

The Latest: Over 1,000 honor limo crash victims at vigil

Oct. 8, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on a limousine crash in upstate New York that killed 20 people (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Over 1,000 people have jammed a riverside park to honor the victims of a limo crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York. Some relatives of the dead shed tears as local officials...

'Miracle' woman says El Salvador's Oscar Romero a saint

Oct. 5, 2018 9:07 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A Salvadoran woman whose unexpected recovery from a life-threatening condition was deemed a miracle, paving the way for the upcoming canonization of the late Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, said Friday she's convinced he is a saint. Speaking days before a planned...

Algeria approves beatification service for slain Catholics

Oct. 1, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian authorities say the country's president has approved a December beatification ceremony for seven Trappist monks and 12 other Catholics who were killed during a bloody civil war in the 1990s. Religious Affairs Minister Mohamed Aissa said President Abdelaziz Bouteflika agreed...

Illinois man pleads guilty to charges

Sep. 25, 2018 11:03 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An 18-year-old Illinois man facing conspiracy and weapons allegations has pleaded guilty to the charges. Ellis Mack of Clarence entered his plea Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats and violence and unlawful possession of a machine gun. U.S. Magistrate...