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Pope urges China's Catholics to unify after bishop deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:47am

Pope Francis is urging China's divided Catholic community to come together in communion, as he seeks to heal decades of estrangement following a landmark deal with Beijing over bishop nominations.

New federal charges filed in California synagogue shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 5:01pm

New federal charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of opening fire in a Southern California synagogue, killing one person and wounding three others.

Wilton Gregory installed as new archbishop of Washington

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 1:04pm

The Rev. Wilton D. Gregory was installed Tuesday as the seventh archbishop of Washington following a pair of high-profile sexual abuse cases that ensnared his two predecessors.

Amended sex abuse suit filed against W.Va. Catholic diocese

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 12:28pm

West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese failed to publicly disclose decade-old allegations of sexual abuse of a student involving a Catholic school teacher, the state's attorney general said Tuesday.

Accused New Zealand mosque shooter charged with terrorism

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 11:17pm

New Zealand police on Tuesday filed a terrorism charge against the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques.

In Alabama, Sanders makes appeal to Deep South black voters

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 4:38pm

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made an appeal Monday to black voters in the Deep South, stopping at a historically African American church and calling health care a "human right" that he equated to the civil rights movement.

The Latest: Austrian leader expects far right to quit gov't

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 10:53am

The Latest on the video scandal that's rocked the Austrian government (all times local):

The Latest: State: Suspect aimed to kill white churchgoers

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 9:47am

The Latest on the trial of man charged in a 2017 Tennessee church shooting (all times local):

President Nelson meets with New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted May 20th - 8:45am

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern welcomed President Russell M. Nelson to her office Monday.

Chicago police seek suspect in arson attempt at synagogue

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 5:47am

Chicago police are stepping up patrols at synagogues as well as Jewish schools and businesses after an attempted arson at a synagogue and vandalism near others.

Iraqi Shiite figures warn US-Iran war could 'burn' Iraq

Bassem Mroue and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 4:49am

Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, just as it is on the path to recovery.

The Latest: Saudi says Yemen rebels launch new drone attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 2:14am

The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):

Brazilian fatally stabs girlfriend, shoots 3 dead at church

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 8:23pm

A man knifed his girlfriend to death in her home Tuesday, then went to a Baptist church and opened fire with a pistol, killing three more people, authorities said.

The Latest: Agency investigating case of baby cut from womb

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 3:31pm

The Latest on the strangling death of a pregnant woman whose baby was cut from her womb (all times local):

States sue over rule allowing clinicians to refuse abortions

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 12:26pm

Two dozen states and municipalities sued the federal government Tuesday to stop a new rule that lets health care clinicians decline to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs.

Vatican financial watchdog boasts steady progress on reform

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 7:10am

The Vatican's financial watchdog says that after nearly 10 years of reforms, the Holy See has a "fully functioning" system of financial regulation and intelligence that is increasingly integrated into the global financial system.

New York in court to bar move of Sheen remains to Peoria

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 6:23am

Officials of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria say their counterparts in the Archdiocese of New York are trying to halt the transfer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's remains to Illinois.

Pittsburgh won't enforce gun controls until suits resolved

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 12:14pm

A county judge ordered Pittsburgh on Friday not to enforce firearms restrictions inspired by the deadly synagogue shooting in the city until lawsuits filed by gun owners are resolved, a decision reached after all parties agreed to the stay.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he wants to fire interior minister over video scandal that's rocked government

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 10:43am

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he wants to fire interior minister over video scandal that's rocked government .

Italy's Catholic establishment faults Salvini for rosary

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted May 20th - 9:51am

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday defended his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy's Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend.