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Today in History

Apr. 16, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2019. There are 259 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 16, 2007, in one of America's worst school attacks, a college senior killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech before taking his own life. On this date: In 1789,...

Retired Pope Benedict wades into clergy sex abuse debate

Apr. 11, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

Pope Benedict XVI has ventured out of retirement to publish an essay blaming the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. His analysis was immediately criticized as "catastrophically irresponsible" — a conflict with efforts by his...

Today in History

Mar. 26, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 26, the 85th day of 2019. There are 280 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 26, 1979, a peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH'-kem BAY'-gihn) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and witnessed by President Jimmy...

Today in History

Mar. 20, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 20, the 79th day of 2019. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 5:58 p.m. Eastern time. Today's Highlight in History: On March 20, 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the deadly chemical sarin...

Today in History

Mar. 19, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 19, the 78th day of 2019. There are 287 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 19, 1945, during World War II, 724 people were killed when a Japanese dive bomber attacked the carrier USS Franklin off Japan (the ship was saved). Adolf Hitler ordered...

Catholic Church cardinals implicated in sex abuse, cover-ups

Mar. 7, 2019 3:17 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The conviction of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to report a known pedophile priest to police deepens the crisis confronting an already discredited Catholic Church hierarchy. The verdict handed down by magistrates Thursday shows the church's once-untouchable "princes"...

Correction: Vatican-Pius XII story

Mar. 5, 2019 7:25 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story March 4 about Pope Francis opening Vatican archival documents on World War II-era Pope Pius XII to researchers, The Associated Press incorrectly cited the year Rabbi Arthur Schneier started leading a New York synagogue. Schneier has been senior rabbi of Park East Synagogue...

Today in History

Feb. 28, 2019 12:31 AM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2019. There are 306 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 28, 1942, the heavy cruiser USS Houston and the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth were attacked by Japanese forces during the World War II Battle of Sunda Strait; both...

Legal loophole may be closing for bishops who hide sex abuse

Feb. 23, 2019 2:59 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The legal loopholes that have allowed Catholic bishops to escape sanction when they cover up clergy sex abuse cases may be closing. Two U.S. cardinals have confirmed that the Vatican is working on a "clarification" to a 2016 law that was supposed to hold bishops and religious superiors...

Today in History

Feb. 22, 2019 12:06 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2019. There are 312 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 22, 1997, scientists in Scotland announced they had succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly." (Dolly, however, was later put down after a short...