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Workers wearing face masks spray disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus in front of Myungsung Church in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The number of new virus infections in South Korea jumped again Wednesday and the U.S. military reported its first case among its soldiers based in the Asian country, with his case and many others connected to a southeastern city with an illness cluster. (Yun Dong-jin/Yonhap via AP)

Globe battles virus as cases multiply outside China

Feb. 26, 2020 2:36 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Crews scrubbed everything from money to buses, military bases were on high alert and quarantines were enforced Wednesday from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to a remote island in the Pacific, as the world worked to halt the fast-spreading virus that for the first time counted...

Pope Francis kisses a child in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican before leaving after his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Caution, cancellations mark Ash Wednesday in time of virus

Feb. 26, 2020 11:45 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated the Ash Wednesday ritual kicking off the Catholic Church's Lenten season in traditional fashion, while other Masses in northern Italy were canceled over fears of the new coronavirus. Francis and a long line of priests, bishops and cardinals processed through...

This Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 photo shows Bartlomiej Kolatek, general manager of Kolatek's Bakery in Chicago. For many of Polish decent, both in the U.S. and beyond, Tuesday is Paczki Day. It's the kickoff to Lent, the 40 days of fasting and prayer Catholics and many Christians in liturgical traditions observe leading up to Easter. This week, Kolatek's Bakery alone will sell 25,000 paczki, a bready dough fried and stuffed with jams or custard.     (Emily McFarlan Miller/RNS via AP)

Before Lent begins, Paczki Day brings Chicagoans together

Feb. 25, 2020 11:02 PM EST

CHICAGO (RNS) — Lidia Kieca bought her paczki last Thursday (Feb. 20), when Paczki Day is celebrated in Poland. Kieca also bought some Monday to send overnight to her adult daughter in Nashville, Tennessee, where she said the traditional Polish pastries are harder to find. And she was back at the bakery on...

Allentown Diocese priest sentenced for groping 17-year-old

Feb. 25, 2020 11:33 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has been sentenced for groping a 17-year-old parishioner and sending her lewd photos and a video. The Rev. Kevin Lonergan was sentenced Monday to one to two years in prison for indecent assault, The Morning Call reported. Authorities say...

Video shows man tackling deacon during Saturday evening mass

Feb. 25, 2020 7:57 AM EST

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A man was captured on surveillance video tackling a deacon who was conducting a Saturday evening service at a Florida church. Security video from the church shows the man sitting in a front pew at St. Coleman Catholic Church on Pompano Beach on Saturday evening while the deacon...

FILE - This is a Jan. 27, 2020 file photo of The Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples.  The justices will review an appeals court ruling that upheld the city's decision to stop placing children with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's agency because it would not permit same-sex couples to serve as foster parents.  (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Justices to hear Philly dispute over same-sex foster parents

Feb. 24, 2020 6:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples, a big test of religious rights on a more conservative court. The justices will review an appeals court ruling that upheld the city's decision to...

From Left, Geraldine Dubourt, Francis Hart, Marie Ogitchida, Mikayla Maxwell and Michelle Dauphinais Echols stand on the steps of the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre, S.D. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Lawmakers killed a bill that would have given survivors of childhood sexual abuse a two-year window to sue organizations in which abuse occurred. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

S. Dakota kills bill from survivors of Catholic school abuse

Feb. 24, 2020 5:32 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Louise Aamot Charbonneau couldn't make her annual trip to the South Dakota Legislature this year to confront lawmakers with her story of surviving childhood rape and abuse at the hands of priests and nuns at a boarding school for Native Americans during the 1950s and 1960s. The...

Priest accused of sexual assault pleads not guilty

Feb. 24, 2020 1:22 PM EST

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting one boy and groping another has pleaded not guilty. Jaime Marin-Cardona, 51, of Danbury, pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to child and illegal sexual contact, the Danbury News-Times...

Performers from the Grande Rio samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Rio Carnival schools make plea for end of religious abuse

Feb. 24, 2020 12:41 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As the Grande Rio Samba school rolled its Carnival float onto Rio de Janeiro's parade grounds, people aboard unfurled a massive fan-shaped banner reading “RESPECT MY AXÉ” to the roaring crowd. Axé is the vital cosmic force in the Afro-Brazilian religion...

Justices throw out seizure of church assets in Puerto Rico

Feb. 24, 2020 10:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a court order to seize assets belonging to the Roman Catholic archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to pay pension benefits for Catholic school teachers. The justices said in an unsigned opinion that a Puerto Rico court lacked the authority to issue...