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Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 21st - 6:14pm

Three booming cheers of "Banzai!" rang out Tuesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as Naruhito formally declared his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne as the nation's 126th emperor.

Grand jury declines to indict monsignor in consent case

Nicole Winfield and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 21st - 5:32pm

A Texas grand jury has declined to indict the onetime deputy to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo on charges he sexually assaulted a married woman in a case that raised questions about consent in the #MeToo era.

Man charged in church shooting accused of assaulting lawyer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 21st - 3:21pm

A man charged with shooting a New Hampshire church pastor and bride during a wedding has been accused of assaulting his attorney during a jailhouse meeting.

Man accused of killing Iowa pastor pleads not guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 21st - 11:10am

A man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he beat a pastor to death outside a central Iowa church.

Library removes Sikh memorial after criticism from India

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 21st - 9:34am

A Connecticut library has removed a memorial to Sikhs killed in India 35 years ago after a protest telephone call from the Indian Consulate in New York.

Thieves steal Amazon fertility statues as synod nears end

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 21st - 7:16am

Pope Francis' controversial meeting on the Amazon took a criminal twist Monday after thieves stole indigenous fertility statues from a Vatican-area church and tossed them into the Tiber River.

Hong Kong leaders apologize for water cannon use at mosque

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 20th - 10:11pm

Hong Kong officials apologized to Muslim leaders Monday after riot police sprayed a mosque and bystanders with a water cannon while trying to contain turbulent weekend pro-democracy demonstrations in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Body of US Rep. Cummings will lie in state at Capitol

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 11:15am

The body of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol next week.

Millions march in Iraq in annual Arbaeen Shiite pilgrimage

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Hadi Mizban, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 4:44am

Millions of pilgrims made their way on foot to the Iraqi city of Karbala on Saturday for the Shiite pilgrimage of Arbaeen, regarded as the largest annual public gathering in the world.

Cummings remembered as a mentor to many in Baltimore

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 2:39pm

The top prosecutor in Baltimore knew exactly where to go for guidance after she made the decision to file charges in an explosive case involving the death of a black man in police custody. She called Rep. Elijah Cummings, her trusted adviser and friend.

After deadly shooting, Pittsburgh synagogue plans reopening

Ramesh Santanam, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 8:03am

Leaders of the Pittsburgh synagogue where worshippers were fatally shot last year want to rebuild and renovate the building, turning it into what they hope will be a "center for Jewish life in the United States" and a symbol against hatred.

Vatican denies risk of default over structural deficit

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

A top Vatican administrator is denying the Holy See risks default over its structural deficit, saying claims in a new book about possible financial ruin are overblown.

Priest pleads guilty again to sexually abusing children

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 21st - 2:50pm

A former North Carolina Episcopal priest who was previously imprisoned for child sexual abuse has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexually abusing children in a different case.

Judge OKs $40M settlement with Duluth diocese

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 21st - 2:32pm

A federal judge has approved a $40 million settlement between the Diocese of Duluth and dozens of people who say they were abused as children by priests.

Boise priest defrocked after child pornography conviction

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 21st - 1:42pm

The Vatican has defrocked an Idaho priest who was convicted of possessing violent and extreme child pornography last year.

Sri Lanka presidential hopeful vows probe into Easter blasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 20th - 3:32am

A former Sri Lankan defense chief who is a front-runner in next month's presidential election says he'll order a fresh probe into the Easter Sunday blasts that killed 263 people by appointing a presidential commission if he wins.

Afghan village bury its dead after mosque bombing kills 62

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 19th - 3:52am

Funerals are being held in eastern Afghanistan for the victims of Friday's deadly bomb blast in a village mosque which killed 62 people during prayers.

Report: Diocese of Lansing mishandled 1990 sexual abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 2:07pm

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing says an independent investigator determined that the diocese failed to investigate allegations that a priest had sexually assaulted a man at a boxing training camp decades ago.

Federal attorneys file petition in SC church attack ruling

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 9:30am

Federal attorneys have asked that a three-judge panel's decision allowing survivors and relatives of victims in a racist attack at a South Carolina church to sue the government should be reheard by the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.