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Volcanic ash cloud halts flights to and from Spanish island

Sep. 26, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

LA PALMA, Canary Islands (AP) — A massive cloud of ash prevented flights in and out of the Spanish island of La Palma on Sunday as molten rock continued to be flung high into the air from an erupting volcano. No flights arrived or departed, despite emergency workers...

California to replace toppled statue with memorial to tribes

Sep. 24, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than a year after protesters toppled a statue of a Spanish missionary on the grounds of the California Capitol, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Friday to replace it with a memorial for the state's Native Americans. A statue of Father...

Canadian Catholic bishops apologize for residential schools

Sep. 24, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Catholic bishops in Canada apologized Friday “unequivocally” to Indigenous peoples for the suffering endured in residential schools, just as Pope Francis prepares to meet with Indigenous leaders at the Vatican later this fall. The institutions...

Pope retains German archbishop criticized over abuse scandal

Sep. 24, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Pope Francis has decided to leave in office a prominent German archbishop who faced criticism for his handling of the church's sexual abuse scandal, but the pontiff also gave the cleric a “spiritual timeout” of several months after he made “major errors" of...

In German election, hunger strikers seek climate promises

Sep. 23, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — After three-and-a-half weeks on a hunger strike, Henning Jeschke is frail and gaunt, but determined to go on, still hoping to pressure the three candidates for chancellor of Germany into meeting him for a debate about the climate crisis ahead of Sunday's general election. ...

A Polish bishop punished over abuse cover-up has died

Sep. 23, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Edward Janiak, a retired Roman Catholic bishop from Poland punished this year by the Vatican for the alleged cover-up of sex abuse of minors by other priests, has died. He was 69. The Kalisz diocese where Janiak had served as bishop said he died...

'Some wanted me dead:' Pope acknowledges right-wing critics

Sep. 21, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has acknowledged his increasingly vocal conservative critics, saying their “nasty comments” were the work of the devil and adding that “some wanted me dead” after his recent intestinal surgery. Francis made the comments during a Sept. 12...

German cleric defends pope's decision to keep archbishop

Sep. 20, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the German Bishops’ Conference on Monday defended the pope’s decision to allow the archbishop of Hamburg to stay on at this post, despite being faulted for his handling of sexual abuse allegations. Limburg Bishop...

Pope to bishops: Listen to abuse victims for sake of church

Sep. 18, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged European bishops on Saturday to listen to survivors of clergy sexual abuse and consider them partners in reform, warning that their failure to do so risks the very future of the Catholic Church. Francis issued a videomessage to Central...

Many faith leaders say no to endorsing vaccine exemptions

Sep. 17, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

As significant numbers of Americans seek religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates, many faith leaders are saying: Not with our endorsement. Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said Thursday that while some people may have medical reasons for...