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Pope praises Latvia's Christian roots in enduring occupation

Sep. 24, 2018 3:32 AM EDT

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Pope Francis has traveled to the Baltic nation of Latvia to recognize its suffering under Soviet and Nazi occupation and to encourage the Christian faith that endured there. On the third day of his Baltic pilgrimage, Francis was attending an ecumenical prayer service Monday in the...

Chicago archbishop removes priest who burned rainbow banner

Sep. 23, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The archbishop of Chicago has removed a priest as head of a North Side church after he burned a rainbow banner, angering the LGBT community. The Chicago Tribune reports that Cardinal Blase Cupich (BLAYZ' SOO'-pich) announced Rev. Paul Kalchik's removal in a recent letter to parishioners and...

Pope warns Lithuanians against rebirth of anti-Semitism

Sep. 23, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Pope Francis warned against historic revisionism and any rebirth of anti-Semitism that fueled the Holocaust as he marked the annual remembrance Sunday for Lithuania's centuries-old Jewish community that was nearly wiped out during World War II. Francis began his second day in the...

Vatican, China make breakthrough deal on bishop appointments

Sep. 22, 2018 1:11 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and China said Saturday they had signed a "provisional agreement" over the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that stymied diplomatic relations for decades and aggravated a split among Chinese Catholics. The deal resolved one of the major sticking points in...

The Latest: Pope quips "I am the devil" next to John Paul

Sep. 22, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Baltic countries (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Pope Francis has acknowledged that his reputation pales a bit compared to St. John Paul II — at least as far as Poles are concerned. Greeting journalists Saturday en route to Lithuania,...

Pope battered by abuse scandal gets warm welcome in Baltics

Sep. 22, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Lithuanians lined the narrow streets of the Old Town of Vilnius and cheered Saturday as Pope Francis' popemobile passed by, an exuberant greeting that must have been welcome to a pope battered by new revelations in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse...

Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments, says it hopes for greater bilateral collaboration

Sep. 22, 2018 6:16 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments, says it hopes for greater bilateral collaboration.

Fugitive New Mexico priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

Sep. 21, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fugitive priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse has been returned to New Mexico to face charges after being arrested in Morocco last year, federal officials said Friday. Arthur J. Perrault, 80, a former Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Santa...

Pennsylvania dioceses consider victims' compensation fund

Sep. 21, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses said late Friday they are willing to set up a victims' compensation fund as they face the prospect that state lawmakers will give victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to sue the church. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference...

Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics

Sep. 21, 2018 10:45 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades. Francis' 25th foreign visit comes a quarter of a century after St. John Paul II made the first papal visit to the former Soviet Union...