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Nuns and faithful gather in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Pope Francis has cheerfully greeted people in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, as he resumed his practice of speaking to the faithful there for the first time since lockdown began in Italy and at the Vatican in early March. Instead of the tens of thousands of people who might have turned out on a similarly brilliantly sunny day like this Sunday, in pre-pandemic times, perhaps a few hundred came to the square, standing well apart from others or in small family groups. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Latest: Italy records 355 new virus cases, 75 deaths

May. 31, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Italy registers 355 new cases, 75 more deaths. —...

Pope Francis delivers his blessing from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Francis celebrated a Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, albeit without members of the public in attendance. He will then went to his studio window to recite his blessing at noon to the crowds below. The Vatican says police will ensure the faithful gathered in the piazza keep an appropriate distance apart. (Vatican News via AP)

Pope: Pull together, avoid pessimism in this coronavirus era

May. 31, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is cautioning against pessimism as many people emerge from coronavirus lockdowns to lament that nothing will ever be the same. During Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark Pentecost Sunday, Francis noted a tendency to say “nothing will return as...

In this photo taken on Thursday, May 28, 2020, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church priest, Father Yaroslav Rokhman wearing protective gear to protect against coronavirus, poses for a photo at a hospice in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.  Rokhman, a priest in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, is pleased to be able to return to performing one of a cleric's most heartfelt duties. As the coronavirus pandemic's grip on Ukraine slowly recedes, priests received permission on May 22 to again hold services and visit the sick. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

With masks and gloves, Ukraine's priests return to duties

May. 31, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

IVANO-FRANKIVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Wearing a white biohazard suit, a face shield and a blue mask over his mouth and nose, the Rev. Yaroslav Rokhman is hard to recognize as a priest when he visits terminally ill patients at a Ukrainian care center. But his words still bring comfort to the dying. Rokhman, a...

A group of people protesting the death of George Floyd yell at a line of police officers on a downtown street in Fargo, N.D., Saturday, May 30, 2020. The protest turned violent shortly after when police fired tear gas canisters in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Several people damaged buildings and vehicles and threw rocks and water bottles at officers. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

Peaceful protest over Floyd's death turns ugly in Fargo

May. 31, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — What started out as a peaceful march through Fargo to protest the death of George Floyd turned ugly Saturday night when protesters damaged buildings and vehicles in the city's downtown after a two-hour, face-to-face showdown with police. The violence followed a day of speeches honoring...

Workers wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus in a class at a high school in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea reports 27 new virus cases

May. 30, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea reports 27 new virus cases, including 21 from...

Pope Francis waves as he leaves after a rosary in Vatican gardens Saturday, May 30, 2020. Pope Francis is reciting a special prayer for the end of the coronavirus pandemic surrounded by a representative sampling of people on the front lines in his biggest post-lockdown gathering to date. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, pool)

Pope presides over virus prayer in hint normalcy returning

May. 30, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis prayed Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic and the development of a vaccine as he presided over an outdoor gathering that signaled a semblance of normalcy returning to the Vatican after a coronavirus lockdown lasting more than two months. Francis was joined in the...

Some Old Order Mennonites feel called to return to church

May. 30, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. (AP) — For the first time in weeks, kids played in the church cemetery. Nearby, a group of men in their 20s reflected on what it meant to gather again during the pandemic. “Human health is important,” one of them said. “But ultimately, spiritual health is more...

Amish stay abreast, make changes but maintain traditions

May. 30, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — On the sunny side of a steep hill in Sinking Valley, Reuben Peachey led his horse-drawn plow over an empty field. Peachey, a young, thin man with a corn-colored hat, light-brown beard and plain dress, ambled from his equipment to ask how long the interview might take. Peachey is one of...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives before President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. A divided Supreme Court on Friday, May 29, 2020, rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Roberts joined the court's four liberals in turning away a request from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California, in the San Diego area. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP, File)

Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services

May. 30, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John...

A worker marks socially distanced spots in a parking lot for parishioners, due to the coronavirus outbreak, outside St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Chelsea, Mass., Friday, May 29, 2020. Masses, which were stopped in March due to fears of spreading the coronavirus, will resume this weekend. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Officials cite mistakes as CDC removes coronavirus guidance

May. 29, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials removed some coronavirus reopening tips for religious organizations only hours after posting them late last week, deleting guidance that discouraged choir gatherings and the use of shared communion cups. A federal health official on Friday said the Centers for Disease...