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Canada First Nation finds possible burial sites at school

Jan. 25, 2022 22:39 PM EST

WILLIAMS LAKE, British Columbia (AP) — A First Nation in Canada says a preliminary geophysical investigation has identified 93 possible burial sites around the site of a church-run boarding school. Chief Willie Sellars of the Williams Lake First Nation said Tuesday that excavation...

Pope calls for day of prayer for peace for Ukraine

Jan. 23, 2022 07:02 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his concern over “rising tensions” in Ukraine that threaten peace, and called for political talks that put at the center “human brotherhood instead of partisan interests." “I am following with concern the rising tensions...

2 priests, 2 lay people beatified in El Salvador

Jan. 22, 2022 22:12 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church beatified two priests and two lay people Saturday, all victims of right-wing death squads during El Salvador’s civil war. The Rev. Rutilio Grande, a Jesuit priest killed alongside friends Manuel Solorzano and teenager...

Pope vows justice for abuse victims after Ratzinger faulted

Jan. 21, 2022 09:53 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Friday to provide justice to victims of clergy sexual abuse and German authorities called for further investigation after an independent audit faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI for having botched four cases of abuse when he was archbishop of Munich, Germany. ...

Report on sexual abuse in German diocese faults retired pope

Jan. 20, 2022 20:48 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany's Munich diocese on Thursday faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI's handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s. The law firm that drew up the report said Benedict strongly denies any wrongdoing. ...

Vatican includes group backing women's ordination on website

Jan. 20, 2022 10:13 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The Vatican has included a group that advocates for women’s ordination on a website promoting a two-year consultation of rank-and-file Catholics, indicating that Pope Francis wants to hear from all Catholics during the process. The inclusion of the Women’s...

Pope to soon declare 37th doctor of the church: St. Irenaeus

Jan. 20, 2022 08:34 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A 2nd-century saint known as a bridge between eastern and western Christianity took another step Thursday toward being declared a doctor of the church, one of the highest honors in the Catholic Church. The head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, Cardinal Marcello...

Knights of Malta warn Vatican reforms risk their sovereignty

Jan. 19, 2022 10:24 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A top leader of the Knights of Malta, an ancient aristocratic Catholic order that provides humanitarian aid around the world, warned the group’s members on Wednesday that the Holy See’s latest proposals to reform the order threaten its internationally recognized status as a...

Pope on prisons: No inmate should ever be deprived of hope

Jan. 19, 2022 08:46 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a plea on behalf of prison inmates Wednesday, saying they should never be deprived of hope and always be given the opportunity to redeem themselves. In remarks at his weekly public audience at the Vatican, Francis told the faithful that “we...

Vatican No. 2 and deputy both positive for COVID

Jan. 18, 2022 08:05 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican secretary of state and his deputy have both tested positive for the coronavirus, Vatican officials said Tuesday. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who serves as the Vatican's secretary of state and the pope's No. 2, has “very light” symptoms, while...