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Divisions turn Belgium into Europe’s worst virus hot spot

BUIZINGEN, Belgium (AP) — Small, yet so divided, Belgium has been hit hard again by the pandemic, and now presents some of the most...

Poland’s leader wants churches defended, condemns protests

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s powerful ruling party leader urged his supporters Tuesday to defend the predominantly Catholic nation's churches, potentially setting the stage...

Vatican broadens seminary abuse trial amid negligence claims

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican criminal tribunal agreed Tuesday to broaden a sex abuse trial involving the Holy See's youth seminary beyond two...

‘We’re working on it:’ Pope’s COVID advisers and the mask

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis’ decision to forgo wearing a mask has been noticed, with some concern, by the commission of Vatican experts he...

Angry women block traffic across Poland over abortion ban

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women’s rights activists and many thousands of supporters held a fifth day of protests across Poland on Monday, defying pandemic...

Pope names 13 new cardinals, including 1st Black US prelate

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black...

Poles protest abortion ban in churches and on streets

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women's rights activists furious over a tightening of Poland's already restrictive abortion law staged protests outside and inside churches Sunday,...

Black D.C. archbishop’s rise marks a historic moment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory is set to become the first Black U.S. prelate to assume the rank of cardinal in...

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any...

Fiasco over pope’s cut civil union quote intensifies impact

ROME (AP) — The world premiere of a documentary on Pope Francis was supposed to have been a bright spot for a papacy locked...

Poland’s top court rules out abortions due to fetal defects

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s top court ruled Thursday that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional, shutting a major...

Mexico broadcaster: Pope’s civil union quote not broadcast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican television broadcaster confirmed Thursday that Pope Francis’ bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions were made during a May...

White teen sentenced; planned to kill black churchgoers

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A white 17-year-old girl was sentenced Thursday to four years in juvenile detention for planning to stab north Georgia churchgoers...

Vatican, China extend bishop agreement over US opposition

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and China extended a controversial accord on bishop nominations Thursday over strong opposition from the White House and...

Mixed Philippine reaction on pope nod on gay civil unions

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions drew mixed reactions Thursday in the Philippines, Asia’s bastion of Catholicism, with a...

Judge throws out extortion charges against megachurch leader

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Citing insufficient evidence, a judge on Wednesday threw out extortion charges against the leader of a Mexican megachurch but left...

Divided reactions in US as pope backs same-sex civil unions

LGBTQ Catholics and their allies in the U.S. welcomed Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions, the first time he’s done so as pontiff,...

Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers...

Pope reverts to mask-less old ways amid growing criticism

ROME (AP) — A day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service, Pope Francis was back to his...

Italy probes why women’s names mark aborted fetuses’ graves

ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors and the government’s privacy watchdog are investigating how the names of women who miscarried or had abortions ended up...

Most US clergy avoid hellfire threats over abortion politics

James Altman is a Roman Catholic priest in Wisconsin, little known outside his parish until a few weeks ago. Robert Jeffress is the high-profile...

Archbishop performs exorcism to cleanse protest site

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — The archbishop of San Francisco performed a short exorcism ceremony Saturday outside a Catholic church where protesters had earlier...

Nebraska Sen. Sasse rips Trump over COVID-19, foreign policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse told Nebraska constituents in a telephone town hall meeting that President Donald Trump has “flirted with...

Woman close to Vatican cardinal arrested in corruption probe

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's latest corruption scandal already had all the elements of a spy thriller: One cardinal who was fired during...

Pope apologizes for keeping distance as virus cases spike

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis apologized to the faithful Wednesday for not being able to greet them and shake their hands as Italy...

Vatican trial for sex abuse in pope’s youth seminary opens

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A trial opened Wednesday in the Vatican’s criminal tribunal for two priests, one accused of sexually abusing an altar boy...

Bipartisan Christian group forms super PAC to oppose Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of prominent Christians from both sides of the aisle, including a past faith adviser to former President Barack Obama,...

The Latest: Day 2 of Barrett confirmation hearings wraps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): ...

Takeaways: Barrett is reticent as Dems focus on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett faced her first day’s worth of questions Tuesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee, and it...

White evangelicals hope to keep changing Texas red for Trump

PLANO, Texas (AP) — As parishioners at the evangelical church in the Dallas suburbs gathered for Sunday services, they walked past two tables of...

The Latest: Senate panel schedules 1st Barrett vote Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): ...

Louisiana’s back-to-back hurricanes: Future unsure for many

CAMERON, La. (AP) — Michele Vincent’s home was largely intact in spite of hurricanes Laura and Delta. But tears streamed down her face as...

Vatican putting 2 priests on trial accused of abuse, coverup

ROME (AP) — Two priests are going on trial in the Vatican’s criminal tribunal this week, one accused of sexually abusing an altar boy...

4 Swiss Guards test positive as COVID-19 penetrates Vatican

ROME (AP) — Four Swiss Guards have tested positive for coronavirus and were showing symptoms, the Vatican said Monday, as the surge in infections...

Graham, Harris share spotlight as Barrett hearings begin

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are vowing a quick confirmation for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, as the party — undeterred by coronavirus...

Ex-members of religious group mixed on Barrett nomination

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s affiliation with the Christian community People of Praise is drawing scrutiny because of what former members and observers...

Her words: Amy Coney Barrett on faith, precedent, abortion

Some notable quotes from Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor and current judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S....

Five things to know about court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confirmation hearings begin Monday for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. If confirmed, the 48-year-old appeals court judge...

No ‘dogma’: Democrats walk tightrope on Barrett’s faith

WASHINGTON (AP) — “The dogma lives loudly within you.” ...

Amid NYC protests, Orthodox Jews urge new virus-era dialogue

After months of grappling with a pandemic that has walloped New York's Orthodox Jewish communities, prompting changes to holidays, mourning and prayers, new limits...

Businesses shut in effort to contain virus in NYC hot spots

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of businesses and schools in New York City neighborhoods where coronavirus cases have spiked were closed Thursday by order...

Pope commits to clean finances amid scandal in backyard

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis told European anti-money laundering experts Thursday that the Vatican was committed to “clean finance,” as he denounced financial speculation...

For Coptic Church, changes, questions after priest ouster

For 17 years, Sally Zakhari said she told priests and leaders in the Coptic Orthodox Church her childhood nightmare — how a Coptic priest...

Pope: Market capitalism has failed in pandemic, needs reform

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has proven that the “magic theories” of market capitalism have failed and that the world...

Amid pandemic challenges, houses of worship show resiliency

The coronavirus pandemic has posed daunting challenges for houses of worship across the U.S., often entailing large financial losses and suspension of in-person services....

Trump, Biden appeal to Catholics at virtual charity dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden appealed to the nation's Roman Catholic voters on Thursday during a charity...

Pompeo, Vatican clash over China after tensions spill out

ROME (AP) — The U.S. and the Vatican butted heads over China on Thursday as the Holy See chafed at U.S. Secretary of State...

Barrett opposed ‘abortion on demand,’ raising doubts on Roe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett signed a 2006 newspaper ad sponsored by an anti-abortion group in which she said she...

Suburban NY diocese files for bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

A Roman Catholic diocese in New York City's suburbs Thursday became the largest in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy, seeking relief from a torrent...

Faith groups decry Trump’s plans for record low refugee cap

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Refugee advocates, including faith-based groups that President Donald Trump is courting in his re-election bid, called on Congress Thursday to...

Vatican releases financial, budget data amid scandal

ROME (AP) — The Vatican released a detailed budget, balance sheet and earning statement for the first time Thursday as it sought to reassure...

Cardinal Pell returns to Vatican mired in financial scandal

ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, who left the Vatican in 2017 to face child sexual abuse charges in Australia, returned to Rome on...

Pompeo urges Vatican to condemn human rights abuses in China

ROME (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Vatican on Wednesday to join the United States in denouncing violations of religious...

Orthodox church petitions UN over Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Greek Orthodox Church of the United States said Tuesday it is petitioning United Nations experts to coerce Turkey into...

Poland rejects international criticism over LGBT rights

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish leaders on Monday rejected suggestions that LGBT people are deprived of any of their rights in the country, after...

Church says Cardinal Pell returning to Vatican in crisis

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for...

Her words: Amy Coney Barrett on faith, precedent, abortion

Some notable quotes from Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor and current judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S....

Trump caps judiciary remake with choice of Barrett for court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary...

Trump taps ’eminently qualified’ Barrett for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal...

If Barrett joins, Supreme Court would have six Catholics

Roman Catholics account for a bit more than 20% of the U.S. population, yet they are on track to hold six of the Supreme...

Trump expected to announce conservative Barrett for court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as...

Vatican cardinal pushes back after pope fires him in scandal

ROME (AP) — A powerful Vatican cardinal who was sacked by Pope Francis in an astonishing twist to the Vatican's latest financial scandal pushed...

Nobel laureate refuses local honor over Poland’s LGBT ‘rift’

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Nobel Prize-winning writer Olga Tokarczuk has declined an honorary citizenship from the region of Poland where she lives because she...

Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandal

ROME (AP) — The powerful head of the Vatican's saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, resigned suddenly Thursday from the post and renounced his rights...

Politics mixes with law as Trump closes in on court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is infusing deliberations over his coming nomination of a new Supreme Court justice with political meaning as he...

German bishops set up system for larger sex abuse payments

BERLIN (AP) — The Catholic Church in Germany is setting up a new system to compensate survivors of sexual abuse by clergy that will...

Trump works to win over Catholic voters on abortion issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Wednesday to sign an executive order that would require health care providers to provide medical care to...

In battleground states, Catholics are a pivotal swing vote

For decades, Roman Catholic voters have been a pivotal swing vote in U.S. presidential elections, with a majority backing the winner — whether Republican...

High court front-runner Amy Coney Barrett hailed by right

CHICAGO (AP) — A front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a federal appellate...

Evangelicals at base of Trump hopes for Pennsylvania repeat

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s homestretch push to repeat his razor thin victory in Pennsylvania four years ago won't happen without white...

Pelosi to church: ‘Follow science’ on COVID-19 restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Friday against the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco's criticism of COVID-related restrictions, saying he...

Pope seeks to ‘liberate’ Virgin Mary from the Mafia

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican think tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized...

Group appeals US judge’s Idaho transgender sports ban ruling

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservative Christian group is appealing a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked an Idaho law banning transgender women from...

What’s in a name? At the Vatican, a debate on inclusiveness

ROME (AP) — The Vatican responded Wednesday to criticism that the title of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on the post-COVID world is sexist, saying...

Restorers uncover new details in a Michelangelo Pieta

ROME (AP) — A restoration of one of Michelangelo’s sculptures of the Madonna and Christ has uncovered previously unknown details, including the artist's tool...

With Vatican FM in Belarus, pope urges respect for protests

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged political leaders to listen to protesters and heed their calls for political and social change, an apparent...

US election spotlight mostly bypasses mainline Protestants

NEW YORK (AP) — The images were vivid: President Donald Trump brandishing a Bible outside an Episcopal church in Washington that had been boarded...

Vatican urges return to in-person Mass as soon as possible

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Saturday it was “necessary and urgent” to return to in-person Masses as soon as anti-coronavirus measures permit. ...

The Latest: NYC teachers union will block school reopening

NEW YORK — The New York City teachers union warns it won’t let the nation’s largest school district reopen for in-person classes this month...

Government agreed, Montenegro to keep pro-Western course.

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The leaders of the three main opposition groups in Montenegro signed a coalition agreement Wednesday to form the next government...

Pope uses mask, sanitizer as he appeals for public health

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis wore a face mask and used hand sanitizer Wednesday as he appealed for the faithful to look out...

Priest tapped as Duluth, Minnesota bishop resigns amid probe

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A priest recently tapped by Pope Francis to become a bishop for a northern Minnesota diocese has resigned after an...

Pope: Gossiping is “plague worse than COVID”

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a “plague worse than COVID” that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church. ...

Pope set to make first trip since pandemic to saint’s town

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is next month set to make what would be his first visit outside Rome since Italy was put...

Nevada governor mulls church changes as court battle resumes

RENO, Nev. (AP) —...

Serbia denies meddling in tense Montenegro election

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) —...

Pope prays for Lebanon during 1st public audience in months

VATICAN CITY (AP) —...

Montenegro opposition claims election victory in tight vote

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) —...

Montenegro parliamentary vote tests pro-Western ruling camp

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) —...

Christians: Let’s unite in pandemic to fight injustices

VATICAN CITY (AP) —...

Latin America’s evangelical churches hard hit by pandemic

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) —...

Falwell says he’s resigned from Liberty University

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) —...

Mormon choir Christmas concert cancelled due to pandemic

SALT LAKE CITY (AP)...

Takeaways from the final night of the Democratic convention

A convention without a...

Takeaways from the final night of the Democratic convention

A convention without a...

Democrats tap array of faith leaders to speak at convention

The Episcopal bishop of...

Zimbabwe’s Catholic bishops accuse government of abuses

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) —...

Mormons cool to Trump are finding new influence in Arizona

MESA, Ariz. (AP) —...

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