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Pope: Priestly abuse scandals driving Catholic faithful away

Nicole Winfield and Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 9:44am

Pope Francis conceded Tuesday that priestly sex abuse scandals are outraging the Catholic faithful and driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations.

German bishops apologize for thousands of sex abuse cases

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 6:17am

A top German bishop has apologized for thousands of sexual abuse cases that took place inside the Catholic Church in Germany, according to a devastating report released Tuesday that concludes at least 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014.

The Latest: Pope says church judged unfairly on sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 3:39am

The latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Baltics (all times local):

Priest accused of child sex abuse behind bars pending trial

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 12:23am

A former New Mexico priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse will await trial behind bars, a federal judge decided Tuesday, as his accusers in the audience applauded.

US: Myanmar military led 'extreme' violence against Rohingya

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 4:45pm

A U.S. government investigation has found that Myanmar's military targeted Rohingya civilians indiscriminately and often with "extreme brutality" in a coordinated campaign to drive the minority Muslims out of the country.

Pope praises Latvians for keeping faith during occupation

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 1:33am

Pope Francis praised Latvians on Monday for persevering through the horrors of Soviet and Nazi occupation, persecution and exile, and urged them to keep their Christian faith alive as subsequent generations confront new oppressions today.

The Latest: Pope visits ex-KGB headquarters in Lithuania

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 9:54am

The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (all times local):

The Latest: Pope visits ex-KGB headquarters in Lithuania

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 3:17am

The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (all times local):

Pope warns Lithuanians against rebirth of anti-Semitism

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 12:33am

Pope Francis warned against historic revisionism and any rebirth of anti-Semitism that fueled the Holocaust as he marked the annual remembrance Sunday for Lithuania's centuries-old Jewish community that was nearly wiped out during World War II.

Settlements reached in Native American foster care abuse cases against church

Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 5:18pm

Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct church foster care program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, a lawyer said.

Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 4:26am

The Vatican on Saturday announced it had signed a "provisional agreement" with China aimed at defusing tensions over the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that stymied diplomatic relations for decades.

Greek court convicts 2 over 'religious' museum oil attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 1:46pm

A Greek court has given four-year suspended prison sentences to two Bulgarian women who smeared centuries-old artifacts in three Athens museums with frying oil for apparently religious reasons.

2-year window for clergy abuse lawsuits sent to state Senate

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 10:13am

The state House overwhelmingly passed a proposal Tuesday to give victims of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania an opportunity to file lawsuits over claims that would otherwise be too outdated to pursue, but a key Senate leader said the current draft had "glaring problems" that required more work.

Watchdog urges Egypt to reverse seizure of newspaper

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 10:10am

A press freedoms group has called on Egyptian authorities to reverse their decision to take over a daily newspaper a day after security forces stormed its headquarters.

Hearing set for man seeking sanctuary in Michigan church

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 3:22pm

A hearing has been scheduled in federal court on the status of an Albanian man seeking sanctuary from deportation in a Detroit church.

Archbishop: Maryland AG investigating records in abuse probe

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 2:39pm

Maryland's attorney general is delving into records of the Baltimore archdiocese as part of an investigation into child sex abuse, the latest U.S. state seeking confidential church files since a Pennsylvania grand jury released an explosive report alleging widespread abuse and a cover-up scandal.

Romania patriarch urges clergy to promote traditional family

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 9:11am

The leader of Romania's influential Orthodox Church has urged clergy to promote the traditional family ahead of a vote on whether to change the constitution to specify that marriage can only be a union between a man and a woman.

A list of projects public can vote on for preservation money

Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 10:53pm

A preservation group is inviting the public to vote on 20 sites across the country that showcase the nation's diversity and the fight for equality as part of a $2 million historic preservation campaign. The locations are:

Ex-health minister tapped to lead Austrian opposition

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 4:36am

Austria's main opposition party is set to make a former health minister its new leader after ex-Chancellor Christian Kern announced his departure.