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Poland's vaccines chief not ruffled by church objections

Apr. 15, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's top vaccination official said Thursday he did not see any obstacle to the country's inoculation program from the “moral” reservations expressed by the powerful Catholic Church about two vaccines. Poland's Episcopate bioethical team on...

Former priest charged with sexually abusing children near LA

Apr. 14, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Catholic priest has been charged with sexually assaulting four children while serving at two Los Angeles area churches two decades ago, prosecutors said Wednesday. Christopher John Cunningham faces 12 counts of committing lewd acts upon a...

South Carolina sued by private schools who want public money

Apr. 14, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of private schools is suing South Carolina, saying the racist past of a state constitutional amendment prohibiting spending public money on religious or private schools means it should be overturned. The Liberty Justice Center filed its...

Unaccompanied children from border arrive in Pennsylvania

Apr. 14, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — About 150 unaccompanied children found at the southern border of the U.S. have arrived in northwestern Pennsylvania and will be housed at a dormitory at the Pennsylvania International Academy. The children landed Tuesday night at Erie...

Pope asks US bishop to resign after cover-up investigation

Apr. 13, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A bishop in Minnesota resigned Tuesday at the request of Pope Francis after he was investigated by the Vatican for allegedly interfering with past investigations into clergy sexual abuse, officials said. The Vatican said Francis accepted the resignation of...

3 Catholic parishes in Warwick will merge as priest retires

Apr. 12, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Three Catholic parishes in Warwick will merge as the priest that has led two of the parishes retires. St. Catherine and St. Francis of Assisi parishes will join Saints Rose and Clement Parish, the Diocese of Providence announced Monday, citing a...

Remains of priest considered for sainthood coming to Kansas

Apr. 12, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The remains of the Rev. Emil Kapaun, a Catholic priest who died in a prison camp during the Korean War, will be returned to his native Kansas, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita announced Monday. Kapuan, of Pilsen, is being considered for sainthood by...

Rioters ignore pleas for calm as violence flares in Belfast

Apr. 09, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

BELFAST (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland deployed water cannons for the first time in six years Thursday as they tried to disperse protesters who hurled stones, fireworks and gasoline-filled bottles at officers during another night of violence in Belfast. The violence...

'How many of us will be left?' Catholic nuns face loss, pain

Apr. 09, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — At the front desk, the kindly nun who greeted visitors is missing, and in the chapel, where stained glass paints the walls with pastels, she no longer waves hello from the last pew on the left. In the convent’s living room, Sister Mary Evelyn Labik isn’t resting...

New Mexico latest state to adopt medically assisted suicide

Apr. 08, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has become the latest state to provide a legal pathway for terminally ill patients to choose when and how they die. On Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act, named for a New Mexico...