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Pope Francis lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest, poet

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:54am

Pope Francis has lifted the suspension imposed in 1983 on Nicaraguan priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal, the Vatican's ambassador to Nicaragua said in a statement Monday.

Israeli police arrest 5 Palestinians at flashpoint holy site

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:16am

Israeli police say they have arrested five Palestinians for allegedly "causing a disturbance" at a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site.

French judge refuses to block Catholic sex scandal movie

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 7:29am

A French judge refused Monday to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex scandal.

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 11:08pm

The organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen abuse victims who have descended on Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to the crisis and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders, officials said Monday.

Nicaragua: New talks explored but opposition sets conditions

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:23pm

President Daniel Ortega's government announced it held talks on restarting a long-stalled dialogue following political violence that left more than 300 dead last year, but the proposal was swiftly met with a raft of preconditions from opposition groups and civil society Sunday.

Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver action

Frances D'Emilio and Trisha Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:08pm

Roman Catholics who were sexually abused by clergy are insisting that decisive actions to confront the decades-long problem of pedophile priests and church cover-ups must come out of an upcoming Vatican summit.

In Nigeria's tight election, Christian vote is seen as key

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 9:59am

Ask worshippers at St. Charles Catholic Church what they want most from Nigeria's presidential election, and the answer is peace.

Pope asks for prayers for sex abuse summit at Vatican

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 4:28am

Pope Francis is asking for prayers for this week's sex abuse summit at the Vatican, calling abuse an "urgent challenge of our time."

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

Frances D'Emilio, Nicole Winfield and Trisha Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:20am

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate's apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior.

The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 5:08am

The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local):

Trump declaration faces uncertain fate in coming court fight

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 3:08pm

Let the lawsuits begin.

Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 1:12pm

Washington state lawmakers advanced a measure Friday that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles as the Pacific Northwest struggles with an outbreak of the contagious virus.

Omar's edgy Israel tweet no surprise to some back home

Steve Karnowski and Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 10:49am

As Ilhan Omar's political star was rising last year on her way to becoming one of the first Muslim women in Congress, several Minnesota Jewish leaders invited her to talk privately about past statements they considered anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. Gathering at a state senator's home, they hoped to get a better sense of her views while expressing their concerns.

Latter-day Saint missionaries can now call home every week

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Feb 15th - 10:05am

Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can now call and text their families every week, church officials said Friday.

AP Exclusive: Foster agency sued for turning down Catholic

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 10:04am

A South Carolina mother is accusing a federally funded foster agency of not working with her because she's Catholic.

Vatican: US prelate accused of abuse not at high court

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:09am

The Vatican says a Holy See lawyer who appeared on a list of American priests credibly accused of sexual abuse isn't currently at the Catholic church's supreme court, where he holds a top position.

Southern Baptist leader sorry he supported accused pastor

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 3:58pm

A prominent leader in the Southern Baptist Convention says he was wrong to support a Kentucky pastor accused of covering up sex abuse.

66 killed in Nigerian state before presidential election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 11:28am

Authorities in Nigeria's Kaduna state are reporting at least 66 deaths in a wave of violence just before the country's presidential election.

Security guard arrested in shooting outside LA synagogue

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 10:28am

Police arrested a security guard on suspicion of shooting a self-described First Amendment activist after the two engaged in a videotaped confrontation outside a Los Angeles synagogue and school.

World Jewish Congress concerned about neo-Nazism in Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 9:14am

The World Jewish Congress is voicing concern about the rise of far-right activities across Europe attempting to promote anti-Semitism, hatred, xenophobia, and Nazi glorification among young people.