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Vatican sex abuse office looking for more canonists

Jun. 21, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican office that handles clergy sex abuse is looking for help to process what a top official says is a steady stream of cases that arrive every day from around the world. Monsignor John Kennedy, head of the discipline section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,...

Pope seeks more freedom in theology, dialogue with Islam

Jun. 21, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Friday for a reform of the way theology is taught in Catholic schools, saying students must learn about dialogue with Judaism and Islam, and that overall there must be greater freedom in theological research and academic pursuits. The Jesuit pope made the call during...

Vatican rejects gender change to alarm of LGBT Catholics

Jun. 10, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican issued an official document Monday rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual "complementarity" of men and women to make babies. The document, published during LGBT Pride Month, was immediately denounced by LGBT Catholics as...

Vatican corrects omission in pope's quote about McCarrick

May. 29, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican communications office on Wednesday corrected the Italian transcript of Pope Francis' comments about disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Earlier, it had omitted Francis' claim that he didn't remember if he had been told in 2013 of McCarrick's penchant for sleeping with...

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick, others flouted 2008 restrictions

May. 28, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Email correspondence shows disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was placed under Vatican restrictions in 2008 for sleeping with seminarians, but regularly flouted those travel rules with the apparent knowledge of Vatican officials under Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. The email...

Italy's Catholic establishment faults Salvini for rosary

May. 20, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday defended his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy's Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend. Salvini brandished a rosary and entrusted Italy to...

Today in History

May. 15, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 15, the 135th day of 2019. There are 230 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 15, 1930, registered nurse Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard an Oakland-to-Chicago flight operated by Boeing Air Transport, a forerunner of...

Today in History

May. 12, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2019. There are 233 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On May 12, 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift. On this date: In 1780, during the...

Today in History

May. 11, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, May 11, the 131st day of 2019. There are 234 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 11, 1996, an Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board. On this date:...

Today in History

May. 10, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, May 10, the 130th day of 2019. There are 235 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela took the oath of office in Pretoria to become South Africa's first black president. On this date: In 1611, Sir Thomas Dale arrived in the Virginia...