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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.

The Latest: Pope quips "I am the devil" next to John Paul

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 3:49am

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Baltic countries (all times local):

Pope battered by abuse scandal gets warm welcome in Baltics

Nicole Winfield and Pietro By Cristofaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 12:17am

Tens of thousands of Lithuanians lined the narrow streets of the Old Town of Vilnius and cheered Saturday as Pope Francis' popemobile passed by, an exuberant greeting that must have been welcome to a pope battered by new revelations in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse scandal.

Evangelicals push Senate Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 12:29pm

Evangelical activists want Republican leaders to act more forcefully to send Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, expressing skepticism about the decades-old allegations of sexual assault levied against the federal judge. The political flashpoint is playing out only weeks before midterm elections in which conservative voters will be critical to the GOP drive to maintain control of Congress.

Rural Texas town council approves Muslim cemetery plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 11:43am

Leaders of a rural Texas town have approved design plans for a Muslim cemetery three years after the project was met with derision and claims that it was a precursor to a mosque or an extremist training center.

Fugitive New Mexico priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

Mary Hudetz and Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 10:49am

A fugitive priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse has been returned to New Mexico to face charges after being arrested in Morocco last year, federal officials said Friday.

Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics

Nicole Winfield and Liudas Dapkus, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 6:55am

Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades.

Pope lets more bishops go as part of Chile sex abuse fallout

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 5:04am

Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignations of two more bishops in Chile, as fallout mounted from widespread sex abuse scandals there.

Report: Benedict defends 'emeritus pope' title to critic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 3:28am

A German newspaper that quoted letters by Benedict XVI hitting back at criticism of his 2013 resignation said Friday that he was responding to a conservative German cardinal who took issue with his decision to take the title "emeritus pope."

5 years after mall Kenya attack, al-Shabab's threat grows

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 1:38am

Five years after al-Shabab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Kenya's capital, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead, analysts say the Somalia-based extremist group has been pushed down Africa's east coast as far as Mozambique as its regional threat expands.

Catholic priest in Slovakia challenges celibacy rules

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 1:05am

A priest in the conservative Roman Catholic stronghold of Slovakia has challenged the church's celibacy rules, voicing his dissent at a time when clerical celibacy is once again a topic of debate amid ongoing sex abuse scandals.

Empty places at the table: Uighur children missing in China

Yanan Wang and Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 7:41pm

Chinese authorities are placing the children of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities into dozens of state-run orphanages across the far western Xinjiang region, as around 1 million adults in their families are sent to internment camps.

China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west

Yanan Wang and Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 20th - 7:33pm

The Chinese government has turned four of Meripet's children into orphans, even though she and her husband are alive.

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.

Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments, says it hopes for greater bilateral collaboration

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 4:16am

Vatican announces deal with China on bishop appointments, says it hopes for greater bilateral collaboration.

Pennsylvania dioceses consider victims' compensation fund

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 3:32pm

Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses said late Friday they are willing to set up a victims' compensation fund as they face the prospect that state lawmakers will give victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to sue the church.

The Latest: Fugitive priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 12:28pm

The Latest on the arrest of a fugitive priest from New Mexico on child sexual abuse charges (all times local):

Rivals for Georgia governor clash on 'religious freedom' law

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 11:19am

The candidates running to become Georgia's next governor are clashing over whether the state should pass a law offering protection for citizens acting on religious belief.

Pakistan urges China to ease pressure on Muslims minority

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 21st - 2:51am

Pakistan is urging China to ease pressures on the country's Muslim minority amid warnings by rights groups that the Uighurs in China face restrictions on religious activities and mass detentions in so-called "re-education camps."