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Pope urges ‘prudent’ choices as hospital weathers new storm

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 6:48am

Pope Francis has urged the Vatican’s pediatric hospital to make “prudent” choices as it expands to welcome more patients.

Parole rejected for Charles Manson follower after 50 years

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 1:15pm

A third consecutive California governor is blocking parole for a former follower of late cult leader Charles Manson who has been in prison for decades for two of the Manson family’s slayings in the 1960s.

AP Interview: Evo Morales wants UN mediation in Bolivia

E. Eduardo Castillo, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 10:17pm

Bolivia’s Evo Morales called for the United Nations, and possibly Pope Francis, to mediate in the Andean nation’s political crisis following his ouster as president in what he called a coup d’etat that forced him into exile in Mexico.

Christian pregnancy centers to offer women contraceptives

Clarice Silber, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 10:04pm

Planned Parenthood gave up roughly $60 million when it left a federal family planning program this year in opposition to a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.

Sri Lankans seek security in post-Easter attack election

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 9:34pm

Worries about Islamic extremism will be paramount for many Sri Lankan voters while others hope to block former leaders accused of human rights violations from returning to power in Saturday’s presidential election, the country’s first national polls since last Easter’s deadly suicide attacks.

Want to receive a daily service idea this Christmas season? Latter-day Saints have you covered

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Nov 14th - 10:41am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will send text message or email prompts with suggestions for daily acts of service to anyone who signs up.

AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: Americans struggle to ID true facts

Nicholas Riccardi and Hannah Fingerhut, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 6:24am

In a sharply divided country, here's something many Americans agree on: It's hard to know what's a true and honest fact.

Pope taps fellow Jesuit as Vatican’s finance minister

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 5:13am

Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a fellow Jesuit to be the Vatican’s finance minister, filling a crucial position left vacant for more than two years after Cardinal George Pell left Rome to stand trial on sex abuse charges in his native Australia.

Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 4:21am

Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online.

Catholic bishops’ new anti-abuse hotline to be ready soon

David Crary and Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 3:34pm

A new national hotline to report sexual misconduct accusations against Catholic bishops in the U.S. could be operating by the end of February, three months ahead of the deadline set by Pope Francis.

Bishop who investigated sex abuse accused of sex abuse

Michael Rezendes, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 11:34am

A Roman Catholic bishop named by Pope Francis to investigate the church’s response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a child, an attorney for the alleged victim notified the church this week.

Vatican youth seminary scandal grows with new abuse claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 12:18am

A scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls.

Chicago gang leader accused of trying to help Islamic State

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 10:11am

A purported street-gang leader from suburban Chicago who became radicalized in prison faces federal charges accusing him of seeking to provide money to Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Polish archbishop banned for abuse of clerics dies at 84

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 3:43am

Juliusz Paetz, the former Roman Catholic archbishop of Poznan in Poland who was banned from active service after allegations he sexually abused young priests and clerics, has died. He was 84.

Egyptian woman fights unequal Islamic inheritance laws

Noha Elhennawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 11:11pm

An Egyptian woman has taken her fight against unequal Islamic inheritance laws to Egypt’s top constitutional court.

El Salvador questions child molestation ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 5:32pm

Church and civic groups in El Salvador are expressing outrage after a court reduced a sexual abuse charge against a judge to a misdemeanor.

Virginia pastor acquitted in West Virginia sex abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 11:41am

A Virginia pastor has been acquitted of charges that he sexually abused a girl under the age of 12 in West Virginia.

Iran's top leader grants mass jail pardon on Islamic holiday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 7:27am

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pardoned thousands of prisoners including 32 activists and others being held on “security” charges.

Tunisia elects new parliament speaker from Islamist party

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 11:49am

The longtime leader of Tunisia’s Islamist party Ennahdha has been elected speaker of the North African country’s new parliament.