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Italy's church acknowledges looming tax bill after ruling

Nov. 15, 2018 1:58 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's Catholic Church says it will open talks with the government to respond to a European Court of Justice ruling that says Italy has the right to recover millions of euros in property taxes. The Luxembourg-based court on Nov. 6 overturned a 2012 decision by the European Commission that ...

Italy's bishops respond to long-ignored clergy sex abuse

Nov. 15, 2018 11:55 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy's Catholic bishops are declaring a new era of transparency and truth about clergy sex abuse, as awareness of the scandal that has convulsed much of the Catholic world begins to take hold in a country where it was long ignored. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian...

Amish farmer seeks pardon by Trump for mislabeling products

Nov. 15, 2018 8:16 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An Amish farmer in Kentucky is asking President Donald Trump for a pardon after he was sentenced to six years in federal prison for mislabeling homemade herbal products. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Wednesday that 58-year-old Samuel Girod filed his petition with the U.S....

Attackers target church in Ukraine amid religious split

Nov. 15, 2018 4:54 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Ukrainian Orthodox Church says unknown attackers hurled Molotov cocktails at the landmark St. Andrew's Church in the capital Kiev and assaulted a priest. The attack followed a move by the Patriarch of Constantinople to pave the way for the independence of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine...

Catholic bishops' meeting nears end, no vote on abuse plan

Nov. 14, 2018 9:07 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops made clear their frustrations Wednesday as a national assembly focused on clergy sex-abuse neared its conclusion without strong new steps to combat the multifaceted crisis. Avoiding any direct confrontation with the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Castle on the square: Sand to star in Vatican Nativity scene

Nov. 14, 2018 2:12 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Sand castles are coming to the Vatican. The Vatican said Wednesday its Nativity scene this year will be built from sand and sculpted by an international set of artists. About 700 tons of sand will be shipped to St. Peter's Square for the sculpture, which will be the centerpiece of the...

Lebanese civil war rivals end decades of hostility

Nov. 14, 2018 12:47 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Two rival Lebanese Christian leaders reconciled Wednesday ending four decades of enmity triggered by a massacre of dozens during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war. Samir Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces group, and Sleiman Frangieh of the Marada Party shook hands and kissed each other on the...

Italian priest who doubted Francis excommunicated for heresy

Nov. 14, 2018 12:33 PM EST

ROME (AP) — An Italian Catholic priest who considers Pope Francis an antipope and claims to have supernatural communications with angels, saints and the Madonna has been excommunicated. The archdiocese of Monreale, Sicily said the Rev. Alessandro Minutella was informed Tuesday of his excommunication for...

Pope warns against telling lies, says 'to gossip is to kill'

Nov. 14, 2018 5:23 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing gossip as a form of "terrorism" and is warning the faithful against telling lies. Francis explored the Catholic commandment against "bearing false witness" during his Wednesday general audience. He warned the faithful in a chilly St. Peter's Square that "We...

Spokesman: No charges for Bernie Sanders' wife in land deal

Nov. 13, 2018 5:50 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Vermont have closed their investigation into a college land deal involving the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and decided not to charge her, a spokesman for the couple said Tuesday. Jane Sanders was informed by the U.S. attorney's office that she would not be...