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Thousands of abortion opponents march in San Francisco

Jan. 25, 2020 5:49 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of people who want to outlaw abortion marched across downtown San Francisco on Saturday in the 16th annual Walk for Life. The event, which included a Roman Catholic Mass and a rally near City Hall, came three days after the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v....

FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013 file photo, Cardinal Robert Sarah, of Guinea, walks in St. Peter's Square after attending a cardinals' meeting, at the Vatican. Retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote the book,

Cardinal at center of 2 Popes storm doubles down on celibacy

Jan. 25, 2020 1:01 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican cardinal at the center of a storm over a book about celibacy and the Catholic priesthood is denouncing the “brutality” of criticism directed at him and his collaborator, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. In an interview with Italian daily newspaper Il Foglio published...

Emergency crews work the scene of a fatal crash involving a charter bus and car on the AA highway in Campbell County, Ky., Saturday,  Jan. 25, 2020. Campbell County police say a charter bus filled with Covington Catholic students was coming from the March for Life in Washington, D.C., when the bus driver hit a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle died.  (Albert Cesare/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Covington Catholic bus involved in fatal crash in Kentucky

Jan. 25, 2020 11:50 AM EST

CALIFORNIA, Ky. (AP) — A charter bus carrying students from a Catholic high school collided with a car Saturday morning in northern Kentucky, killing the car's driver, police said. The crash on the AA Highway in Campbell County happened around 7:20 a.m. as the bus was bringing Covington Catholic High...

Struggling Minnesota church to develop new programming

Jan. 25, 2020 10:46 AM EST

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — A struggling Minnesota church is temporarily closing one of its campuses and asking its parishioners to worship at a second location as it develops new programming to attract more people. Grove United Methodist Church is closing its Cottage Grove campus in June, with plans to...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, the sun lights the buildings behind the entrance of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland. World leaders will gather twice to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp _ once on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Jerusalem and again on Jan. 27 at the Auschwitz site in southern Poland. The fact that there will be two competing ceremonies reflects how politically charged World War II remains for nationalist governments in Russia and Poland. (Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Europe's bishops mark Auschwitz anniversary denouncing hate

Jan. 25, 2020 9:59 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Europe's Catholic bishops are marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with a statement denouncing anti-Semitism and the “manipulation" of the truth for political aims. The statement was released on Saturday, also in a Hebrew version, two days ahead of the...

Columbus diocese task force examining sexual abuse policies

Jan. 25, 2020 9:01 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus has taken steps to examine its policies regarding the sexual abuse of minors with the creation of a task force, and has hired a law firm to determine whether more names should be added to a list of credibly accused priests. The diocese in the...

In this picture taken Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, a Christ statue overlooks El Alto, a city adjoining the capital city La Paz, Bolivia. Ancestral indigenous practices became more visible during the presidency of Evo Morales, who recognized the Andean earth deity Pachamama. While Bolivians are divided on former President Morales' legacy, the interim President Jeanine Añez wants to make the Bible front and center in public life. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Bolivia religious debate: The Bible vs Andean earth deity

Jan. 24, 2020 9:16 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Hoisting a large leather Bible above her head, Bolivia’s new interim president delivered an emphatic message hours after Evo Morales fled under pressure, the end of a nearly 14-year presidency that celebrated the country’s indigenous religious beliefs like never before....

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, a New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the playing field before an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. The Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

NFL’s Saints fight to shield emails in Catholic abuse crisis

Jan. 24, 2020 7:00 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis. Attorneys...

President Donald Trump speaks at a March for Life rally, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump, a late convert to cause, attends anti-abortion rally

Jan. 24, 2020 6:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump vowed to stand with anti-abortion activists Friday as he became the first sitting president to speak at the March for Life, an annual gathering that is one of the movement's highest profile and most symbolic events. “Today as President of the United States, I...

Amish man sentenced to prison for sexually abusing girls

Jan. 24, 2020 5:32 PM EST

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — An elderly Amish man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing four girls for years is facing 38 to 76 years in prison in Pennsyvlania, even though the judge acknowledged Friday that the length of the sentence is largely symbolic given the man's age. David Stoltzfus Smucker, 75, pleaded...