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FILE - In this July 29, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis answers reporters questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on the journey back from Brazil. Pope Francis' famous quip “Who am I to judge?” ,  en route home from his first papal trip, could go a long way toward explaining his initial attitude toward Theodore McCarrick, the defrocked and disgraced American cardinal who was the subject of a two-year Vatican investigation that was released last week on Nov. 9, 2020.(AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool, file)

AP Analysis: 'Who am I to judge?' might explain pope's view

Nov. 18, 2020 11:37 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis' famous remark “Who am I to judge?” could go a long way toward explaining his initial attitude toward Theodore McCarrick, the defrocked and disgraced American cardinal who was the subject of a two-year Vatican investigation that was released last week. Francis uttered...

Doctor Elisabetta Teti wears a protective suit as she walks before starting the first round of visit in a sub-intensive COVID-19 unit of the Tor Vergata Polyclinic Hospital, in Rome, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

AP PHOTOS: Virus ward doctor runs from dawn to dark in Italy

Nov. 13, 2020 5:27 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Dr. Elisabetta Teti recalls the nightmare weeks when the coronavirus first erupted in Italy and girds herself for what her life will be like through the coming winter if tens of thousands of Italians are still getting diagnosed with COVID-19 and hundreds are dying every day. Teti, an...

FILE - In this Jan.4, 2018 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, left, greets Apostolic Nuncio to France Luigi Ventura, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Multiple men have accused Archbishop Luigi Ventura of groping and inappropriate touching, and the Vatican’s former ambassador to France goes on trial Tuesday Nov. 10, 2020, for alleged sexual misconduct. (Yoan Valat, Pool via AP, File)

Pope's ex-envoy tried in Paris for sex assaults, without him

Nov. 10, 2020 3:22 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A sexual assault trial for the Vatican’s former ambassador to France went ahead without him Tuesday after he produced a doctor's note saying it was too dangerous for him to travel from Rome to Paris in the midst of France's resurgent coronavirus epidemic. Lawyers for the accusers of...

Italy, France consider giving Tunisia migrant boat alerts

Nov. 6, 2020 3:45 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy and France are considering deploying sea or air craft to alert Tunisia to the departure of clandestine boats ferrying migrants north to Italian shores, like the young Tunisian man who is the chief suspect in a fatal knife attack at a French church last week, the Italian interior minister...

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks by workers smoking outside a retailed shop under renovation at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The majority of the people in the capital city are still wearing masks in outdoor areas even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, while the coronavirus is still surging across the globe with an ever-rising death toll. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China suspends entry for residents of Britain

Nov. 4, 2020 11:53 PM EST

BEIJING — China is suspending entry for most foreign passport holders who reside in Britain, reacting to a new surge of coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom. The suspension covers those holding visas or residence permits issued prior to Nov. 3, with exceptions for diplomats and some others. Foreign...

Sri Lankan health workers take a swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka postpones school reopening for virus

Nov. 2, 2020 11:46 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have extended the school holidays for two more weeks, postponing the opening of classes amid a surge of COVID-19 patients from two clusters in Colombo and the capital’s suburbs. Schools had been scheduled to reopen Nov. 9, but the government announced...

Over 70 ICC nations support court and oppose US sanctions

Nov. 2, 2020 10:13 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 70 nations voiced strong opposition Monday to what they consider threats to the International Criminal Court and decried sanctions on its top officials, issuing a statement that did not name any country but was clearly aimed at the U.S. They declared that “any attempt...

From left, Rosetta Sannelli, director of the Kineo Movie for Humanity Award, director Evgeny Afineevsky, Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the dicastery of Communication, and Monsignor Ruiz, secretary of the dicastery, pose for a photo respecting the social distancing during the award ceremony at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Director Evgeny Afineevsky was awarded with Kineo prize Thursday for the movie

Vatican breaks silence, explains pope's civil union comments

Nov. 2, 2020 11:32 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis’ comments on gay civil unions were taken out of context in a documentary that spliced together parts of an old interview, but still confirmed Francis’ belief that gay couples should enjoy legal protections. The Vatican secretariat of state issued...

Protective masks are burned by supporters of Brazilian President Bolsonaro during a rally in favor of Bolsonaro's position that no one will be forced to use them and eventually get a coronavirus vaccine, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.1, 2020. Brazil has confirmed more than 159,000 deaths from the virus, the second highest in the world, behind only the U.S. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

The Latest: Brazil protesters oppose vaccine mandate

Nov. 1, 2020 5:51 PM EST

SAO PAULO — Protesters have gathered in Brazil’s two biggest cities to demonstrate against any mandate for the taking of a coronavirus vaccine, supporting a rejection campaign encouraged by President Jair Bolsonaro in opposition to the advice of most health professionals. A small group of people...

Women wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a moving bus on a street in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China says latest outbreak appears contained

Oct. 28, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

BEIJING — Officials in the northwestern China region of Xinjiang say they believe they have contained the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak. Xinjiang reported 23 new confirmed cases Thursday, all involving people who had initially tested positive but displayed no symptoms. It was the second...