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Vatican closes 2020 with shortfall, but better than forecast

Jul. 24, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican closed out 2020 with a deficit of 66.3 million euros ($78 million), which was better than projected and even lower than pre-pandemic 2019, according to figures released Saturday. The Vatican’s economy minister, the Rev. Juan Antonio...

Tanzania receives 1st batch of COVID-19 vaccines

Jul. 24, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania on Saturday received its first batch of 1 million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the U.S. government. Tanzania had been among the few countries in Africa yet to receive vaccines or start inoculating its...

Mormon temple opening to public for first time since 1974

Jul. 24, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) — Millions who drive along the Capital Beltway in Maryland each year see the six dramatic white marble spires soaring hundreds of feet into the air, one topped by a trumpet-blowing golden angel, marking the D.C. region’s Mormon temple. But very few of them are allowed...

U of Louisiana System program aims to cultivate diversity

Jul. 24, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — JaCaleb Smith worked at a trampoline park during his first semester studying chemical engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Along with his summer job at Home Depot, his earnings went to pay for college, but he still wondered if he should — or could...

Chief wants Kansas site included in unmarked graves search

Jul. 23, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

The leader of an American Indian tribe is concerned that a former Kansas boarding school will be left out of a federal initiative seeking to determine whether thousands of Native American children were buried at schools across the country in the 1800s and early 1900s. ...

China's Xi visits Tibet amid rising controls over religion

Jul. 23, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region’s traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernized infrastructure. State media...

California church leader held for alleged child sex abuse

Jul. 23, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) — The co-founder and “'apostle” of a Southern California church was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a child for years, beginning when she was 9 years old, authorities said Friday. Puredi Hillary, 67, of Rancho Cucamonga, was...

Utah recognizes early Mormon settlers during Pioneer Day

Jul. 23, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — People in Utah are gathering to celebrate the state's history and recognize early Mormon pioneers who trekked west in search of religious freedom. Pioneer Day is a beloved only-in-Utah holiday every July 24 that features parades, rodeos, fireworks...

Man pleads guilty to kidnapping, killing young Amish woman

Jul. 23, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A man who led authorities to the remains of a young Amish woman in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty Friday to kidnapping and killing her. Justo Smoker, 35, pleaded guilty in Lancaster County to third-degree murder, kidnapping and other offenses in the...

Jewish artifacts stolen during Holocaust now in US custody

Jul. 23, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A trove of religious artifacts stolen from Jewish synagogues and homes in Europe during the Holocaust are now in the hands of U.S. authorities who plan to return them to their communities of origin. The authorities announced this week they had recovered...