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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2017 file photo, Mons. Giovanni Angelo Becciu presides over an eucharistic liturgy, at the St. John in Latheran Basilica, in Rome. The powerful head of the Vatican's saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, has resigned from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandal

Sep. 24, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The powerful head of the Vatican's saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, resigned suddenly Thursday from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly. The Vatican provided no details on why Pope Francis accepted...

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German bishops set up system for larger sex abuse payments

Sep. 24, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Catholic Church in Germany is setting up a new system to compensate survivors of sexual abuse by clergy that will provide for payments of up to about 50,000 euros ($58,400) to each victim. Victims will be able to apply for payments under the new system starting Jan. 1, the head of the...

Today in History

Sep. 19, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 19, the 263rd day of 2020. There are 103 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 19, 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died 2½ months after being shot by Charles Guiteau; Chester Alan Arthur became...

Today in History

Sep. 18, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 18, the 262nd day of 2020. There are 104 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 18, 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which created a force of federal commissioners charged with returning escaped slaves to their owners. On this...

Today in History

Sep. 17, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 17, the 261st day of 2020. There are 105 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. ...

Today in History

Sep. 16, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 16, the 260th day of 2020. There are 106 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Sept. 16, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and draft-evaders. On this date: In 1630, the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. filer, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attends a Mass prior to the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica, formally starting the Jubilee of Mercy, at the Vatican. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a German newspaper reported Monday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Report: Retired Pope Benedict XVI ill after visit to Germany

Aug. 3, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a German newspaper reported Monday. The daily Passauer Neue Presse quoted Peter Seewald, a biographer of the retired pontiff, as saying that the 93-year-old...