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Today in History

Aug. 16, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2019. There are 137 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. On this date: In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812....

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Aug. 14, 2019 10:37 PM EDT

An Australian court will rule next Wednesday on the appeal for Cardinal George Pell on his five convictions for molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. Some events in Pell's career and the criminal case: July 16, 1996: Auxiliary Bishop George Pell is appointed Archbishop of Melbourne. He...

Australian court to rule next week on Cardinal Pell's appeal

Aug. 14, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian court will announce its verdict next week on the appeal of the most senior Catholic clergyman to be found guilty of child sex abuse. Cardinal George Pell could walk free if the judges acquit him of the five convictions for molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more...

Over 400 sex abuse suits filed as litigation window opens

Aug. 14, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, schools and hospitals, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein are some of the targets named in a flurry of sex abuse lawsuits filed Wednesday in New York as the state began accepting cases once blocked by the statute of limitations. Hundreds of...

New York sex abuse cases: A look at lawsuits filed Wednesday

Aug. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A look at some of the organizations named as defendants in child sexual abuse lawsuits filed in New York on Wednesday, as that state opens a one-year window allowing for the filing of civil molestation cases once blocked by the statute of limitations: ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH: Each of the...

Today in History

Aug. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2019. There are 139 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 14, 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced that Imperial Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II. On this date: In 1900, international forces,...

Mexican Cardinal Sergio Obeso Rivera dies aged 86

Aug. 12, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Catholic authorities in Mexico said that Cardinal Sergio Obeso Rivera has died at the age of 86. The Episcopal Conference of Mexico said Monday that the cardinal from Veracruz state spent 65 years as a priest and was president of the conference for three terms. The Episcopal Conference...

Disgraced Cardinal Pell investigated over letter from jail

Aug. 10, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian authorities said Saturday that they are investigating a letter circulated on social media to see whether it was written by disgraced Cardinal George Pell, which would be in violation of prison rules. Pell, 78, is the highest-ranking Catholic cleric to be found guilty of child sex...

Catholicism ingrained in daily life on US island of Guam

Aug. 9, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A towering white cathedral built on the site of Guam's first church dominates the skyline of Hagåtña, the sleepy capital of this American territory. It is a symbol of Catholicism on an island closer to Tokyo than Honolulu, where the faith is part of daily life. More than 85%...

Ship carrying migrants stranded while waiting for safe port

Aug. 9, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A Spanish humanitarian ship has been stuck in the Mediterranean Sea for more than a week because no European government will offer safe harbor to the 121 migrants on board, and the vessel faces a fine of up to 1 million euros if it enters Italian waters. The Open Arms was idle for an eighth...