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Pope to China Catholics: Make gestures showing communion

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:12am

Pope Francis urged Chinese Catholics on Wednesday to show they are in full communion with the Holy See, amid what appears to be another stall in the Vatican's longstanding attempts to reach a deal with Beijing over bishop nominations.

Australian archbishop steps down after cover-up conviction

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 3:04am

An Australian archbishop said Wednesday that he will stand aside but does not intend to resign after becoming the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse.

Rights group: Rohingya insurgents massacred Myanmar Hindus

Todd Pitman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 10:04pm

Myanmar's army was not the only group that slaughtered civilians in the country's volatile west last year, Amnesty International said in a new report accusing ethnic Rohingya insurgents of massacring dozens of Hindus during an escalation of a long-running communal conflict in Rakhine state.

Trump rallies abortion opponents to vote for Republicans

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:36pm

President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a rallying call to opponents of abortion, encouraging them to head to the polls to elect conservative lawmakers.

Danish govt: Minister's views on fasting Muslims are her own

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:38pm

Assertions by Denmark's immigration minister that Muslims fasting for Ramadan pose a safety hazard in some jobs do not represent the views of the country's government, a spokeswoman for the ruling coalition said Tuesday.

Pope to host more Chile abuse victims, 5 of them priests

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 2:54pm

Pope Francis is planning to meet with more victims of Chile's most notorious predator priest, a sign he isn't finished hearing about the "system of abuse" that flourished in a parish that produced dozens of priests over the years.

LDS Church moves 169 missionaries out of Nicaragua due to 'growing political instability'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:59pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday it is transferring 169 missionaries serving in Nicaragua because of “growing political instability” in the country.

Correction: Denmark-Minister-Ramadan story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:16am

In a story May 21 about a Danish minister's comments on Ramadan, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Denmark's government has been formed of only Liberal Party representatives since 2015. In November 2016, Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen expanded his Liberal Party government into a three-way coalition with the center-right Liberal-Alliance and the Conservative Party.

Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:38am

An Australian archbishop on Tuesday became the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse in a test case that holds to account church hierarchy that kept silent in the face of an international pedophile crisis.

Indian archbishop urges Catholics to pray for democracy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:32am

The archbishop of New Delhi has waded into Indian politics, urging Catholics to pray for democracy and marginalized people ahead of national elections next year, bringing a quick rebuke from the ruling party.

Syrian army, police celebrate recapturing all of Damascus

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:40am

Syrian government forces raised their flag over the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus on Tuesday as state media promoted what it said was the "liberation" of the last quarters of the capital from rebels and Islamic State group militants.

Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:59pm

An Australian archbishop on Tuesday became the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse and faces a potential two years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Pope laments 'hemorrhaging' of priests and nuns in Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 3:10pm

Pope Francis voiced alarm Monday at the "hemorrhaging" of nuns and priests in Italy and Europe, saying God only knows how many seminaries, monasteries, convents and churches will close because fewer people are being called to lives of religious service.

The Latest: Maduro celebrates re-election, urges dialogue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:26pm

The latest on Sunday's presidential election in Venezuela (all times local):

Sushi-making co-pilot, Nazarene pastors among Cuba victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 6:20pm

The co-pilot who loved to cook and was fond of inviting his colleagues over for sushi. An Argentine couple who had dreamed of vacationing in Cuba in their retirement. Evangelical pastors returning from a conference.

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 1:52pm

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, has sought to reassure Iraqis about their next government, saying it will be "inclusive" and mindful of their needs.

4 guilty in French Quarter attack on Unitarian visitors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 4:25am

Two Boston men who were attacked and robbed in New Orleans' French Quarter one night during a Unitarian convention asked a judge to show leniency to their attackers.

CORRECTS: An Australian archbishop has become most senior cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 7:06pm

CORRECTS: An Australian archbishop has become most senior cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse. (Corrects APNewsAlert that said archbishop was charged; he has been convicted of a charge that was filed earlier. )

Argentine priest sentenced to 25 years for child molestation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 1:47pm

An Argentine court has sentenced a Catholic priest to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing seven seminary students who were 10 to 14 years old at the time.