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G7 leaders vow to help Brazil fight fires, repair damage

Aug. 25, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm. French President Emmanuel...

Will populist politics undo a renaissance at Italy's Uffizi?

Aug. 13, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — To protect the masterpieces at the Uffizi Galleries, the Florence museum's director climbed a ladder and hurled an employee's bicycle down at a sheet of glass specially made to keep prized pieces such as Botticelli's "Spring" and "Birth of Venus" safe from vandals. The nearly...

In his own words: Ex-Cardinal's letters to abuse victims

Aug. 6, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — At first glance, the handwritten postcards and letters look innocuous, even warm, sometimes signed off by "Uncle T." or "Your uncle, Father Ted." But taken in context, the correspondence penned by disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to the young men he is accused of sexually...

Pope encourages priests disheartened by sex abuse fallout

Aug. 4, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday sent a new letter to priests worldwide offering encouragement in light of the global sex abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church. In a nearly 5,000-word letter sent on the feast day of St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests, the pope on Sunday...

Pope prays for victims of 3 US mass shootings in a week

Aug. 4, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is offering prayers for the dead and the injured in three U.S. mass shootings this week. Francis told a crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly Angelus blessing Sunday that "I am spiritually close to the victims of the episodes of violence that have bloodied...

Vatican: Bones in our cemetery too old to be missing girl's

Jul. 28, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Holy See says hundreds of bones found in an underground repository near a Vatican cemetery are too old to be from a 15-year-old girl who disappeared in 1983. The Vatican said Sunday that examinations of the bones and thousands of bone fragments determined that all dated from before...

Pope to nations: Act fast to stop more migrant deaths at sea

Jul. 28, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is appealing for swift, decisive action by governments so that more migrants don't die at sea. Francis on Sunday bowed his head in silent prayer for the migrants, perhaps as many as 150, who perished last week in the Mediterranean Sea in shipwrecks of smugglers' boats near...

Vatican: Retired Benedict XVI makes day-trip to Roman hills

Jul. 26, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Benedict XVI, the 92-year-old former pontiff, has made an unscheduled day trip to the Alban hills near Rome. The Vatican on Friday said Emeritus Pope Benedict, who relinquished the papacy due to physical frailty, traveled a day earlier to Castel Gandolfo, which is home to the Vatican...

Pope names deputy spokeswoman as women make Vatican gains

Jul. 25, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named a Brazilian journalist, Christiane Murray, as his deputy spokeswoman Thursday, in the latest important appointment boosting the presence and prestige of women at the Vatican. Murray, 57, joined Vatican Radio in 1995 and since 2018 has been helping prepare for the...

Pope taps Baltimore Auxiliary Brennan to lead West Virginia diocese following ex-bishop's sexual harassment, spending

Jul. 23, 2019 6:04 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope taps Baltimore Auxiliary Brennan to lead West Virginia diocese following ex-bishop's sexual harassment, spending.