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Sex abuse allegations against a deceased cardinal add to the German church's troubles

Sep. 25, 2023 10:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A scandal centering on sexual abuse allegations against a long-deceased cardinal has created a “very difficult situation” for the troubled Catholic Church in Germany, a top German bishop said Monday, hours after a statue of the late cleric was removed from its perch outside...

Pope blames weapons industry for Russia-Ukraine war and 'martyrdom' of Ukrainian people

Sep. 24, 2023 17:05 PM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday labeled the weapons industry as being a key driver of the “martyrdom” of Ukraine’s people in Russia’s war, saying even the withholding of weapons now is going to continue their misery. Francis appeared to refer to...

Ideological rifts among U.S. bishops are in the spotlight ahead of momentous Vatican meeting

Sep. 24, 2023 08:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Early next month, the Vatican will open an unprecedented gathering of Catholic clergy and laypeople from around the world. The synod is intended to be a collegial, collaborative event, though the agenda includes divisive issues such as the role of women in the church and the...

National Cathedral replaces windows honoring Confederacy with stained-glass homage to racial justice

Sep. 23, 2023 14:47 PM EDT

The landmark Washington National Cathedral unveiled new stained-glass windows Saturday with a theme of racial justice, filling the space that had once held four windows honoring Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The new windows depict a march for justice by...

Pope Francis insists Europe doesn't have a migrant emergency and challenges countries to open ports

Sep. 23, 2023 12:31 PM EDT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Pope Francis challenged French President Emmanuel Macron and other European leaders to open their ports to people fleeing hardship and poverty, insisting Saturday that the continent isn't facing a migration “emergency” but rather a long-term reality that governments...

A court in China sentences a famed Uyghur scholar to life in prison, foundation says

Sep. 23, 2023 05:12 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A prominent Uyghur scholar specializing in the study of her people’s folklore and traditions has been sentenced to life in prison, according to a U.S.-based foundation that works on human rights cases in China. Rahile Dawut was convicted on charges of endangering...

India-Canada tensions shine light on complexities of Sikh activism in the diaspora

Sep. 23, 2023 02:04 AM EDT

The shocking accusation this week by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that India may have been behind the assassination of a Sikh separatist leader in British Columbia has raised several complex questions about the nature of Sikh activism in the North American diaspora. Canada...

California bishop acquitted in first United Methodist court trial of its kind in nearly a century

Sep. 22, 2023 21:04 PM EDT

A United Methodist Church court acquitted a California bishop Friday of all charges in the first trial of one of the church’s bishops in nearly a century. Bishop Minerva Carcaño, the first Latina bishop in the denomination and a prominent voice on behalf of immigrants, faced four...

Pope decries indifference toward migrants, as he prays for the dead in the French port of Marseille

Sep. 22, 2023 15:14 PM EDT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Pope Francis blasted the “fanaticism of indifference” that greets migrants seeking a better life in Europe, as he arrived Friday in the Mediterranean port of Marseille amid a new influx of would-be refugees from Africa that has sparked a backlash from some of...

Pope blasts 'fanaticism of indifference' that world shows migrants, as he prays for dead in French port of Marseille

Sep. 22, 2023 12:38 PM EDT
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Pope blasts 'fanaticism of indifference' that world shows migrants, as he prays for dead in French port of Marseille.