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Russian city cancels cathedral construction after protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 11:18am

The governor of Russia's Urals region says a plan to build a Russian Orthodox cathedral in a popular park will be cancelled after protests that drew nationwide attention.

Polish bishops admit they haven't done enough to stop abuse

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 9:06am

Poland's bishops acknowledged on Wednesday that they have not done enough to prevent clerical abuse of minors and said there are "no words" to describe their shame about sex scandals involving priests.

Austria: Interim ministers sworn in after video scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 5:34am

Austria's president on Wednesday swore in new, technocratic ministers to replace politicians from the far-right Freedom Party who left the government following a scandal surrounding its leader.

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):

Austria: photos of Holocaust survivors defaced in Vienna

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:18am

Photos of Holocaust survivors exhibited on a central Vienna street have been defaced with swastikas, drawing condemnation from political and Jewish leaders.

Michigan priest facing allegation of misconduct with minor

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:07am

A priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is on administrative leave while church officials investigate an allegation of misconduct with a minor.

Kansas Christian school founder acquitted of child sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:21am

The co-founder of a suburban Kansas City school has been found not guilty of child sexual abuse charges.

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 .