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Pope accepts resignation of LA bishop accused of misconduct

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 5:08am

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday.

AP PHOTOS: Turkey's whirling dervishes honor Sufi poet

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 1:51am

Every December, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the central Turkish city of Konya for 10 days of ceremonies and events commemorating the death of the 13th-century Islamic scholar, poet and Sufi mystic Jalaladdin Rumi.

US reviews report of imports from forced labor in China camp

Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:09pm

The U.S. government said Tuesday that it is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese internment camp where ethnic minorities are sewing clothes that have been shipped to the U.S. market.

Victims, accountability on agenda at pope's sex abuse summit

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:32am

The Vatican on Tuesday released the first details of Pope Francis' upcoming high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit, making clear that bishops attending the gathering must reach out to victims before they get to Rome and that accountability is very much on the agenda.

Pope shakes up Vatican communications operations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:27am

Pope Francis announced Tuesday a shakeup of the Vatican's communications operations, replacing the longtime editor of the Holy See newspaper and naming a prominent Italian journalist to coordinate the editorial line of all Vatican media.

Pope to politicians: Unacceptable to blame migrants for evil

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:03am

Pope Francis says political speeches that harangue migrants and the poor are "unacceptable."

US sportswear traced to factory in China's internment camps

Dake Kang, Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 4:44pm

Chinese men and women locked in a mass detention camp where authorities are "re-educating" ethnic minorities are sewing clothes that have been imported all year by a U.S. sportswear company.

Catholic diocese posts list of priests accused of child sex abuse in Utah

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Dec 17th - 4:09pm

The Diocese of Salt Lake City posted on its website Monday a list of all Catholic clergy against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse involving minors have been reported since 1950.

Vatican urged to reveal status of ousted US archbishop

Nicole Winfield and Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 11:57am

A prominent U.S. archbishop is asking the Vatican for answers about the status of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by his predecessor, who was forced to resign in 2015.

US sportswear traced to factory in China's internment camps

Dake Kang, Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 11:18am

Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China's far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside.

Onetime Indian politician convicted in 1984 anti-Sikh riots

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 2:32am

An Indian court on Monday convicted a former politician for his role in riots that swept India in 1984, leaving thousands of Sikhs dead in bloody pogroms, and sentenced him to life in prison.

Locked away, forgotten: Muslim Uighur wives of Pakistani men

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 11:14pm

The last time Chaudhry Javed Atta saw his wife was over a year ago — the Pakistani trader in dried and fresh produce was leaving their home in northwestern China's heavily Muslim Xinjiang region to go back to his country to renew his visa.

Pope accepts resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary bishop Alexander Salazar, accused of misconduct with a minor in 1990s

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 4:13am

Pope accepts resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary bishop Alexander Salazar, accused of misconduct with a minor in 1990s.

Human rights court rules against Greece in Sharia law case

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 3:38am

Greece violated a prohibition on discrimination by applying Islamic religious law to an inheritance dispute among members of the country's Muslim minority, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Wednesday.

Parents demand removal of priest who criticized son's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 9:47am

The parents of a Michigan teenager who died by suicide will ask the local archdiocese to remove the priest who questioned whether their son would go to heaven during his funeral.

Organizers of Vatican summit on sex abuse prevention warn credibility of church in jeopardy, urge listening to victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:21am

Organizers of Vatican summit on sex abuse prevention warn credibility of church in jeopardy, urge listening to victims.

Putin decries prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 1:29am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to look into the reported persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses.

The Latest: Ex-archbishop denies claim, welcomes probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 3:19pm

The Latest on a U.S. archbishop's request to address sexual misconduct allegations against former St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt (all times local):

Jesuit province releases names of accused abusers

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 10:44am

The Roman Catholic Jesuit province serving much of the eastern United States on Monday released the names of Jesuit priests who face "credible or established" accusations of sexual abuse of minors dating to 1950.

Park won't honor slaveholder, angering Irish cultural groups

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 9:34am

Citing his slave-owning past, a Virginia town outside DC has officially decided not to name a refurbished park after one of its founding fathers in a move that's fostered accusations of anti-Catholic and anti-Irish bias.