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Queen Elizabeth II back at castle following hospital visit

Oct. 22, 2021 08:00 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was back at Windsor Castle on Friday and in good spirits after revelations that she spent the night in a London hospital earlier this week. Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old British monarch went to the private King...

Rolovich lawyer calls coach's firing 'unjust and unlawful'

Oct. 20, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich's termination for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination was unlawful and an attack on his Catholic faith, his attorney said Wednesday. Attorney Brian Fahling also said in a statement that Rolovich intends to take legal...

Retired pope hopes to soon join friends in 'the afterlife'

Oct. 20, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has said he hopes to soon join a beloved professor friend in “the afterlife,” in a sign that the 94-year-old pontiff is not only accepting his eventual death but welcoming it. Benedict penned an Oct. 2 letter to a German priest,...

Pope praises freedom of children after boy gets a skullcap

Oct. 20, 2021 07:24 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday praised the “spontaneity and freedom” of children after a young boy approached him during his weekly general audience and motioned that he wanted the pope’s white skullcap. A good-humored Francis kept the boy by his...

Puppet Little Amal arrives in UK after journey across Europe

Oct. 19, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A giant puppet of a Syrian refugee child created to symbolize millions of displaced children landed Tuesday on the coast of southeast England on the last leg of a 5,000-mile (8,000-kilometer) journey across Europe from the border of Syria. The 11.5-foot...

Portugal honors diplomat who saved thousands from Nazis

Oct. 19, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal paid official homage Tuesday to Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat who during World War II helped save thousands of people from Nazi persecution, by placing a tomb with his name in the country’s National Pantheon. Leading...

New Crookston bishop says sexual abuse victims are priority

Oct. 18, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — The new bishop of the Crookston diocese said Monday he has learned important lessons about how the Roman Catholic church should respond to abuse by priests. Bishop Andrew Cozzens replaced Bishop Michael Hoeppner, who resigned earlier this year at...

Pope decries attacks in Norway, Afghanistan and England

Oct. 17, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried recent deadly attacks in Norway, Afghanistan and Britain, expressing closeness to the families of victims and calling violence “a defeat for everyone.” “Last week various attacks were carried out, for example in...

Biden to meet with Pope Francis to discuss COVID-19, climate

Oct. 14, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet Pope Francis when he visits the Vatican later this month as part of a five-day swing through Italy and the U.K. for global economic and climate change meetings. Biden plans to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the...

Judge blocks Baltimore from banning Catholic group's rally

Oct. 13, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

Baltimore city officials can’t ban a conservative Roman Catholic media outlet from holding a prayer rally at a city-owned pavilion during a U.S. bishops’ meeting next month, a federal judge has ruled, saying the First Amendment right to free speech is “at the heart of this case." ...