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Italy's Catholic establishment faults Salvini for rosary

May. 20, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday defended his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy's Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend. Salvini brandished a rosary and entrusted Italy to...

Pope urges foreign media to use power of press to seek truth

May. 18, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news. In an audience with the Foreign Press Association in...

Pope Francis appoints Malta-born priest as Las Cruces bishop

May. 16, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Pope Francis has appointed a Malta-born priest as the new head of the Diocese of Las Cruces. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the Vatican announced this week Francis named Peter Baldacchino as Las Cruces bishop. Baldacchino replaces Bishop Oscar Cantú who was reassigned as the...

Detroit-area Catholics curbing organized sports on Sundays

May. 15, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church in southeastern Michigan plans to stop its youth sports activities on Sundays in an effort to focus on rest and worship. The Archdiocese of Detroit announced the policy on Wednesday. It's expected to be implemented this fall by the Catholic High School League and...

Pope gives joyride to migrant kids newly arrived in Italy

May. 15, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis gave a joyride in his popemobile Wednesday to eight migrant children who recently arrived in Italy from Libya, in his latest gesture to show solidarity with asylum-seekers and those on society's margins. Francis picked up the kids, who hail from Syria, Nigeria and Congo, at...

Victims of clergy abuse to sue Vatican, seek abusers' names

May. 13, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five men who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were minors are planning to sue the Vatican and are demanding the names of thousands of predator priests they claim have been kept secret by the Holy See. In a Monday news release announcing the lawsuit,...

Power play: Papal aide's manhole act angers Italy's Salvini

May. 13, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has taken aim at a Vatican cardinal who climbed into a utility manhole to restore electricity to squatters in a state-owned building, pitting far-right Italian politics against Pope Francis' humanitarian agenda. Salvini was incensed by the take-charge...

Documentary about pedophile priests shakes up Poland

May. 13, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new documentary revealing cases of sexual abuse by priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one cleric to leave priestly life. "Tell No One," a film financed through a crowdfunding...

Papal aide restores Rome building's power to help homeless

May. 12, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis' almsgiver has gone down a Rome manhole to restore electricity for hundreds of homeless people living in an unused state-owned building. Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski told Italian news agency ANSA he went underground and flipped a power switch Saturday in a "desperate gesture"...

Pope: It's OK to organize pilgrimages to Bosnian shrine

May. 12, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given Roman Catholic faithful his OK to make pilgrimages to a Bosnian shrine where children said the Virgin Mary appeared to them, but the Catholic Church hasn't yet authenticated their vision, the Vatican said Sunday. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said in a...