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Former West Virginia bishop disciplined by pope

Jul. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis has issued disciplinary action against a former West Virginia bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said Friday. The diocese posted the pope's decision on its website, saying former bishop Michael Bransfield can't live within the diocese, can't...

70 Catholics arrested in DC protest over migrant treatment

Jul. 19, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Catholics gathered in the nation's capital to protest the federal government's treatment of migrants, and about 70 sisters, clergy and parishioners were arrested. The Washington Post reports protesters armed with photos of migrant children who died in federal custody recited...

Kansas priest charged with possessing child pornography

Jul. 18, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas priest has been charged with one count of possessing child pornography. The Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, said in a news release Thursday that it reported Christopher Rossman to authorities in September 2016 after learning he had accessed inappropriate content on his...

Philippine police file sedition case against vice president

Jul. 18, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police filed sedition and other criminal complaints Thursday against the vice president, three opposition senators, four Roman Catholic bishops and other critics of President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly plotting to destabilize his administration. Vice President Leni...

Pope Francis names British-born Matteo Bruni as spokesman

Jul. 18, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named a new Vatican spokesman Thursday, tapping Matteo Bruni, the British-born official who has handled media logistics for papal trips, in the latest shakeup of the Vatican's communications operations. Bruni takes over from Alessandro Gisotti, who became interim spokesman...

Diocese of Tucson to hold discussion on migrant housing

Jul. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson's Catholic leadership is planning to meet with local government officials about where the city can temporarily house migrants seeking asylum. Catholic Community Services, an organization under the Diocese of Tucson, has asked city and county leaders to discuss the matter...

Former Texas priest gets prison for sexually abusing child

Jul. 16, 2019 9:39 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury has sentenced a former Roman Catholic priest to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting an altar server over several years. An El Paso County jury sentenced Miguel Luna. Jurors had found the 69-former priest guilty Monday of several charges that include six counts of...

Priest facing OUI charge placed on leave by diocese

Jul. 16, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island priest facing drunken driving charges has been placed on administrative leave by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. The diocese in a statement Monday said the Rev. Jacek Ploch "is not permitted to minister as a priest" while on leave. The 38-year-old Ploch was...

Priest donates to miners affected by Blackjewel bankruptcy

Jul. 15, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A priest in Kentucky handed out more than $20,000 on Monday to miners struggling to pay bills after the coal company they work for filed for bankruptcy protection. People crowded Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Harlan as Father Jim Sichko signed checks for more than 100 miners who are...

Rhode Island priest faces drunken driving charge

Jul. 15, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest is facing a drunken driving charge after police say he struck and injured a pedestrian. Police say 38-year-old Jacek Ploch struck the pedestrian crossing a Warwick street at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The victim was taken to the hospital with what police called an...