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Pope gives West Virginia diocese new leader after scandal

Jul. 23, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia diocese following a scandal over the former bishop's sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. The 72-year-old Brennan replaces Bishop Michael...

The Latest: Vatican names new leader of W. Virginia diocese

Jul. 23, 2019 6:08 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the leadership changes at West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese (all times local): 6:10 a.m. Pope Francis has named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia diocese following a scandal over the former bishop's sexual...

Former West Virginia bishop disciplined by pope

Jul. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis has issued disciplinary action against a former West Virginia bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said Friday. The diocese posted the pope's decision on its website, saying former bishop Michael Bransfield can't live within the diocese, can't...

70 Catholics arrested in DC protest over migrant treatment

Jul. 19, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Catholics gathered in the nation's capital to protest the federal government's treatment of migrants, and about 70 sisters, clergy and parishioners were arrested. The Washington Post reports protesters armed with photos of migrant children who died in federal custody recited...

Philippine police file sedition case against vice president

Jul. 18, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police filed sedition and other criminal complaints Thursday against the vice president, three opposition senators, four Roman Catholic bishops and other critics of President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly plotting to destabilize his administration. Vice President Leni...

Pope Francis names British-born Matteo Bruni as spokesman

Jul. 18, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named a new Vatican spokesman Thursday, tapping Matteo Bruni, the British-born official who has handled media logistics for papal trips, in the latest shakeup of the Vatican's communications operations. Bruni takes over from Alessandro Gisotti, who became interim spokesman...

Priest donates to miners affected by Blackjewel bankruptcy

Jul. 15, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A priest in Kentucky handed out more than $20,000 on Monday to miners struggling to pay bills after the coal company they work for filed for bankruptcy protection. People crowded Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Harlan as Father Jim Sichko signed checks for more than 100 miners who are...

Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps

Jul. 14, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation. A Chicago priest talked during his homily about the compassion...

Catholic order releases names of members accused of abuse

Jul. 14, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore-based Catholic religious order that sponsors schools across the U.S. has released a list of dozens of members accused of sexually abusing children. The list released Friday by the Xaverian Brothers includes two current members "with a credible or established offense." The...

Colombian bishop hopes holy water will curb city's crime

Jul. 13, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

BUENAVENTURA, Colombia (AP) — A Catholic bishop in Colombia hopes holy water will curb violence in a city struggling with crime and corruption. Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya traveled on a fire truck to some of Buenaventura's most crime-ridden neighborhoods on Saturday, sprinkling water that he...