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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...

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Nov. 12, 2019 8:33 PM EST

Australia's highest court on Wednesday agreed to hear an appeal by Cardinal George Pell of his 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...

Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

Nov. 9, 2019 3:04 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. Such reforms have been pushed for decades by many German bishops and lay groups who hope it can lead to the...

After bishops call for married priests, pope urges new ways

Oct. 27, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — On the heels of a landmark call by Amazon region bishops for married men to become priests, Pope Francis on Sunday exhorted Catholics to be open to fresh ways of evangelization, saying the church must "open new roads for the proclamation of the Gospel." He also cautioned against...

Pope asks forgiveness for theft of Amazon statues

Oct. 25, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked forgiveness Friday from Amazonian bishops and tribal leaders after thieves stole indigenous statues from a Vatican-area church and tossed them into the Tiber River in a bold show of conservative opposition to history's first Latin American pope. Francis insisted that...

Today in History

Oct. 16, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2019. There are 76 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba. On...

Ex-death row inmate from Scotland again accused of threats

Oct. 11, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) — A Scotsman who was released after two decades on Ohio's death row has again been charged with threatening a former assistant prosecutor. The Lima News reports Ken Richey pleaded not guilty on Thursday to retaliation charges. A message seeking comment was left with his attorney. It's the...

Pope seeks 'courageous' debate over Amazon priest shortage

Oct. 7, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged South American bishops on Monday to speak "courageously" at a high-profile meeting on the Amazon, where the shortage of priests is so acute that the Vatican is considering ordaining married men and giving women official church ministries. Francis opened the work of...

Today in History

Oct. 6, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Oct. 6, the 279th day of 2019. There are 86 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 6, 1939, in a speech to the Reichstag, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler spoke of his plans to reorder the ethnic layout of Europe — a plan which would entail settling the...