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Pope Francis arrives in Congolese capital to begin six-day visit to Congo, South Sudan

Jan. 31, 2023 08:58 AM EST
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis arrives in Congolese capital to begin six-day visit to Congo, South Sudan.

Broken baby Jesus statues flood restorers ahead of feast day

Jan. 31, 2023 08:35 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — It is Maximinio Vertiz’ busy season. Dozens of beloved but worn and broken baby Jesus figurines will pass through this 49-year-old craftsman’s hands, restoring them in time for their annual pilgrimage to church for a Candlemas blessing. Holding a putty knife...

Police ask court to ban protest at Cardinal's Sydney funeral

Jan. 31, 2023 05:44 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police plan to ask a judge to ban gay rights protesters from demonstrating outside the funeral of Cardinal George Pell in Sydney on Thursday due to public safety concerns. Pell, who was once considered the third-highest ranking cleric in the...

Pope's Africa trip spotlights conflict, and church's future

Jan. 31, 2023 05:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is opening a six-day visit to Congo and South Sudan on Tuesday, aiming to bring a message of peace to two countries riven by poverty, conflict and what Francis has called a lingering “colonialist mentality” that still considers Africa ripe for exploitation. ...

Turkey begins child abuse trial that put spotlight on sects

Jan. 30, 2023 10:14 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The parents and husband of a woman who was forced into marriage when she was just six years old went on trial in Turkey on Monday on charges of child and sexual abuse, in a case that has shone a spotlight on the country's religious sects. The woman — now aged 24...

Pope taps Chicago native in Peru to lead bishops' office

Jan. 30, 2023 07:00 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday named an American-born missionary in Peru, Bishop Robert Francis Prevost, to take over the Vatican’s powerful bishops’ office from the retiring Canadian who has recently been accused of sexual misconduct. Prevost, a...

Indonesian Muslims protest Quran burning in Sweden

Jan. 30, 2023 05:13 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of Indonesian Muslims marched to the heavily guarded Swedish Embassy in the country’s capital on Monday to denounce the recent desecration of Islam’s holy book by far-right activists in Sweden and the Netherlands. Waving white flags bearing...

Tyre Nichols case revives calls for change in police culture

Jan. 29, 2023 21:26 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An unarmed Black man dies after a videotaped beating by police. The officers involved are fired. After a thorough review of the evidence, criminal charges are swiftly filed against the offending officers. Investigation, accountability and charges. ...

Concerns over prayer breakfast lead Congress to take it over

Jan. 29, 2023 10:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Prayer Breakfast, one of the most visible and long-standing events that brings religion and politics together in Washington, is splitting from the private religious group that had overseen it for decades, due to concerns the gathering had become too divisive. ...

Emhoff says somber Auschwitz visit key to antisemitism work

Jan. 29, 2023 04:00 AM EST

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Doug Emhoff, the husband of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, said he was deeply moved by a “solemn and sad” visit to the former site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, describing it Saturday as an important part of his work combating antisemitism for the Biden...