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Vatican financial watchdog now a ‘shell’ after police raid

Nov. 19, 2019 5:41 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A board member of the Vatican’s financial watchdog has resigned in the wake of a Vatican police raid that resulted in the agency’s suspension from the global communications network of financial intelligence units. Marc Odendall, a Swiss-German retired banker, tendered his...

5 things to know about Pope Francis’ visit to Thailand

Nov. 19, 2019 5:19 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis arrives in Thailand on Wednesday for the first visit here by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since St. John Paul II in 1984. Some things to know about the visit and the history of the church in Thailand: IT’S A MORALE BOOSTER Francis is certain to address some of...

Rich in dramatic Catholic history, Nagasaki awaits the pope

Nov. 19, 2019 3:31 AM EST

NAGASAKI, Japan (AP) — It’s fitting that Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, the city where Christianity first took hold in the country and where nearly 500 years later it remains steeped in blood-soaked symbolism, both religious and political. It was here that a...

Escobar carries North Florida past Trinity Baptist 115-39

Nov. 18, 2019 11:00 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — J.T. Escobar had 23 points as North Florida routed Trinity Baptist 115-39 on Monday night. Carter Hendricksen had 19 points for North Florida (4-1), which earned its fourth straight victory. Wajid Aminu added 13 points and three blocks. Ryan Burkhardt had 12 points for the hosts....

Kennedy leads McNeese St. past Arlington Baptist 103-51

Nov. 18, 2019 10:52 PM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Shamarkus Kennedy had 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting with 11 rebounds and McNeese defeated Arlington Baptist 103-51 on Monday night. Sam Baker had 18 points for McNeese State (2-4), Dru Kuxhausen added 16 points and Truman Moore 12. Tra Mallard had 11 points for the Patriots....

Vatican’s financial 007 leaves amid fallout from police raid

Nov. 18, 2019 2:55 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency is leaving his post after a raid by Vatican police on the agency’s offices breached the Holy See’s international financial obligations and jeopardized its reputation. Pope Francis thanked Rene Bruelhart for his...

Cypriot president says Pope Francis to visit island in 2020

Nov. 18, 2019 8:59 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president says Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to visit the east Mediterranean island nation next year. President Nicos Anastasiades made the announcement after talks with the pontiff in the Vatican on Monday. In 2020, Cyprus will mark the 60th year of its...

Tolerant Thailand to welcome pope, but martyrs tale haunts

Nov. 17, 2019 11:52 PM EST

SONGKHON, Thailand (AP) — When Pope Francis makes his first trip to Thailand this week, he will be visiting a country that welcomed Roman Catholic missionaries more than five centuries ago and whose Buddhist population remains strikingly tolerant of other religious beliefs. But in 1940, as militarism and...

UN calls for talks to end Bolivia crisis as death toll rises

Nov. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Shadowed by street violence and food shortages, a U.N. envoy is urging the government of Bolivia’s self-proclaimed interim president and supporters of self-exiled leader Evo Morales to begin talks on peacefully resolving a crisis that has already claimed 23 lives, an official...

Kanye West talks about serving God during visit with Osteen

Nov. 17, 2019 6:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he’s no longer in the service to fame and money but “in service to God.” West spoke to a packed crowd of about 16,000 people...