Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press | Posted Aug 29th - 9:51am
The former papal envoy to the Dominican Republic, who went on trial at the Holy See this summer for alleged sexual abuse of minors, died of a heart attack, according to initial autopsy results, the Vatican said Saturday.
Greg Moore, Associated Press | Posted Aug 25th - 7:01pm
A group of clergy sexual abuse victims called Tuesday for an independent commission to investigate molestation accusations that are sealed as part of a bankruptcy case involving the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press | Posted Aug 28th - 6:31am
The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the highest-ranking Holy See official to ever be charged with sexually abusing young boys, was found dead Friday as he awaited trial, the Vatican said.
A well-known Chinese Christian lawyer had been out of contact for almost two days after being taken away by government workers in an eastern province where local authorities are under a deadline to remove the Christian symbol, the cross, from church roofs, his colleague said Thursday.
The Mormon church — the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units — is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the announcement after getting assurances they can appoint troop leaders according to their own religious and moral values. The Mormon religion opposes gay marriage and believes homosexual activity is a sin.
Brady McCombs, Associated Press | Posted Aug 26th - 2:41pm
The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization's decision to allow gay troop leaders — preventing what would have been a thundering blow to the national association.
A bankruptcy reorganization plan filed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee would add 33 victims to the group receiving payouts for clergy abuse. But advocates for those victims claim that the reorganization would hide documents on abuse by priests who haven't been publicly identified before.
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press | Posted Aug 25th - 8:50am
The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said Tuesday he expects Pope Francis will call on the U.S. to rediscover the fundamental values "that made our nation great" — especially its long history of welcoming foreigners — when he visits next month and becomes the first pope to address Congress.
Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press | Posted Aug 25th - 6:01am
The Islamic State group released propaganda images Tuesday that purport to show militants laying explosives in and then blowing up the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra.