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Pittsburgh diocese to consolidate 61 parishes into 15

May. 27, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Roman Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh has announced plans to consolidate 61 parishes into 15 new parishes. The mergers, to be completed July 1, will reduce the number of parishes in the diocese of Pittsburgh from 152 to 106. Bishop David Zubik told parishioners in a letter that...

Associate Pastor Sharon Rogers poses for a portrait with a cross at Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Algonquin, Ill., Sunday, May 24, 2020. “The church is not a building, the church is people,” said Rogers, explaining why parents had embraced the idea of an outdoor service for their children's upcoming confirmation ceremony. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Pandemic disrupts rites of passage for many devout families

May. 27, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For many religious families across the United States, the coronavirus has disrupted their most anticipated traditions – the rites of passage that mark their adolescent children’s full entry into their congregations. With most houses of worship halting large in-person services...

In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, a Montenegrin army helicopter flies near Montenegro Airlines Embraer E195LR sits on the tarmac at the Golubovci airport, near Podgorica, Montenegro.  Serbia's authorities Wednesday May 27, 2020, have banned Montenegro's national carrier from operating flights from Belgrade after the small Adriatic state excluded Serbian citizens from a list of countries with which it will reopen its borders after declaring an end to the coronavirus epidemic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia bans Montenegro flights amid escalating tensions

May. 27, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian authorities have banned Montenegro’s national carrier from operating flights out of Belgrade after the small nation's government excluded Serbia from a list of countries with which Montenegro will reopen its borders after declaring an end to its coronavirus outbreak....

Vatican exiles leader of Bose monastic community

May. 27, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican has disciplined another charismatic religious leader, exiling the founder of an Italian monastic community over governance problems. Enzo Bianchi, a Catholic layman who founded the Bose Monastery in northern Italy, had enjoyed the blessing of three popes for his outreach to other...

Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 24, 2020. For the first time in months, well-spaced faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the traditional Sunday papal blessing, casting their gaze at the window where the pope normally addresses the faithful, since the square had been closed due to anti-coronavirus lockdown measures. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

US priest who founded Knights of Columbus to be beatified

May. 27, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The founder of the Knights of Columbus, the influential U.S.-based lay Catholic organization, is moving a step closer to possible sainthood. Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Rev. Michael McGivney, a Connecticut priest who died at age 38 of...

St. Cloud diocese in Minnesota to pay abuse victims $22.5M

May. 27, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud in Minnesota will pay sexual abuse victims $22.5 million and file for bankruptcy, according to a settlement agreement. Some 70 people say they were abused by 41 priests in cases that date back to the 1950s. If the bankruptcy plan is...

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Jan. 17, 2020,  Montengro's old flag is waved during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia. Montenegro, the first European country to declare itself free of the coronavirus infection, plans to open its borders to citizens of several European countries except for former ally Serbia,  drawing angry reaction from Serbian officials Tuesday May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, FILE)

Serbia criticizes Montenegro for keeping border ban on Serbs

May. 26, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro, the first European country to declare itself free of the coronavirus, plans to open its borders to citizens of several European countries except for former ally Serbia — drawing angry reaction Tuesday from Serbian officials. Montenegro’s prime minister...

The Church of the Nativity that was closed as a preventive measure against the coronavirus is seen in Bethlehem, West Bank, Friday, March 6, 2020. The Palestinian tourism ministry said it's closing the storied Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, as a precaution.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Bethlehem Nativity Church reopens after coronavirus closure

May. 26, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Bethlehem's storied Church of the Nativity reopened to visitors on Tuesday, after a nearly three-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The church, built over the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born, was closed on March 5 as the first cases of the virus were...

Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 25, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...