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Polish president visits New Britain, city with Polish ties

Sep. 22, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — The president of Poland was made to a feel right at home during a visit Sunday to a Connecticut city with many residents of Polish descent, who wore red and white T-shirts and waved Polish flags. President Andrzej Duda attended Mass at a Catholic church, visited Central...

Human chain rings German cathedral to demand gender equality

Sep. 22, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — About 800 people have protested gender inequality in the Catholic Church by forming a human chain around Germany's Cologne Cathedral. German news agency dpa reported that many of the protesters were women from an activist group called Maria 2.0. The group is pushing for the Catholic Church in...

A New York diocese filed for bankruptcy. Will others follow?

Sep. 22, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester was the first in New York to seek bankruptcy protection under the weight of new sexual misconduct lawsuits, but lawyers and church leaders say it may not be the last. All eight of the state's Roman Catholic dioceses face financial pressures as a...

Wichita diocese names 15 priests accused of child sex abuse

Sep. 20, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Wichita has published a list naming 15 priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It also on Friday released a letter from Bishop Carl Kemme saying the diocese will soon provide information on the substantiated allegations to the Kansas Bureau of...

FBI offers reward to solve arson fires at 3 El Paso churches

Sep. 19, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The FBI is offering a reward to help identify suspects in arson fires at three Catholic churches in the El Paso area. Authorities say St. Matthew Catholic Church, St. Patrick Cathedral and St. Jude Catholic Church were targeted with incendiary devices in an attempt to start fires at...

Jurors side with diocese in pregnant Missouri teacher's suit

Sep. 19, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jurors ruled against a teacher who alleged that she was fired from a Catholic school in Kansas City, Missouri, because she was pregnant, unmarried and refused to have an abortion. After eight hours of deliberation, the jurors sided Wednesday with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas...

Catholic bishops ask Parson to halt upcoming execution

Sep. 19, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's four Catholic bishops are asking Gov. Mike Parson to spare the life of a convicted killer whose execution is approaching. Russell Bucklew faces execution Oct. 1 for killing Michael Sanders in Cape Girardeau County in 1996. The Southeast Missourian reports that the...

Illinois opens 24 new investigations of alleged clergy abuse

Sep. 18, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has opened 24 new investigations into alleged misconduct by Catholic priests amid concerns that cases turned over by the Archdiocese of Chicago weren't properly reviewed. The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday that the archdiocese...

Lawyer: Chicago archdiocese paid $80M to clients of law firm

Sep. 17, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $80 million to 160 victims of sexual abuse by clergy represented by a single law firm since 2001, the lawyer who heads the Minnesota-based firm told reporters Tuesday. According to a statement issued later by the archdiocese, it has paid...

Providence Diocese reports steep decline in parishioners

Sep. 17, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Diocese of Providence says Catholic churches across the state have experienced a steep decline in the number of parishioners in recent years. Rhode Island is one of the most heavily Catholic states. WPRI-TV reports the diocese released statistics from 2000 to 2018 earlier this...