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'The whole world will see it': Crafting the papal chair

Kathia Martinez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:33am

A handful of carpenters were putting the finishing details on a towering cedar chair, detailed with carvings and crowned by a triangular pediment.

Vatican insists no reports of sexual abuse against Argentine

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 7:13am

The Vatican is insisting that there were no accusations of sexual abuse against an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis when he resigned suddenly in 2017 and was promoted to a job at the Vatican.

Inmates at Panama youth prison anticipate visit from pope

Juan Zamorano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 10:05pm

More than 100,000 young people are expected to show up in Panama City when Pope Francis visits from Jan. 23-27 for World Youth Day. At a detention center about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away there are 144 more who can't make the trip, locked up for serious crimes including murder — so the pontiff is going to them.

Australia urges Indonesia to respect Bali bombing victims

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 9:26pm

Australia's prime minister said on Tuesday he would be disappointed if radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir were released from prison early and urged Indonesia to show respect for the victims of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that the firebrand preacher inspired.

Filipino Muslims vote on autonomy after long peace effort

Joeal Calupitan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 5:53pm

Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants.

The Latest: Teen in video says he sought to calm tension

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 12:44pm

The Latest on videos showing Kentucky students in a confrontation at a Native American at a rally in Washington (all times local):

Tornados inflict damage in Alabama town, Florida Panhandle

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 10:49am

Homes, businesses, government offices and churches were among the buildings badly damaged or demolished when tornadoes struck central Alabama over the weekend.

Pope mourns Mediterranean shipwrecks that claimed 170 lives

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 5:09am

Pope Francis has expressed sorrow over the lost lives of 170 migrants who drowned in recent days in the Mediterranean Sea.

Pope prays for peace in Colombia after police academy attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 4:41am

Pope Francis has prayed for peace in Colombia after the Bogota bombing at a police academy.

Ex-deputy to Argentine bishop says Vatican knew of misdeeds

Almudena Calatrava, Natacha Pisarenko and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 4:03am

The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited "obscene" behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told The Associated Press, undermining Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse were only made a few months ago.

The Latest: Man says students wound up singing with him

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 3:37pm

The Latest on videos showing Kentucky students mocking a Native American at a rally in Washington (all times local):

Students in 'MAGA' hats mock Native American after rally

Adam Beam and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 3:07pm

A diocese in Kentucky apologized Saturday after videos emerged showing students from a Catholic boys' high school mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a rally in Washington.

3 charged with planned explosive attack on Muslim community

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:06am

Three men were charged with plotting to attack a rural upstate New York Muslim community with explosives, authorities said Tuesday.

Norway's coalition government announces enlarged Cabinet

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 4:45am

Norway's center-right government has announced an enlarged Cabinet after the Christian Democrats joined the ruling coalition.

Shutdown and disunity themes of MLK celebration in Atlanta

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 4:41pm

A commemorative service for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that was nearly imperiled by the federal government shutdown occurred Monday morning at a church called King's "spiritual home."

Victims of mass shootings at church, synagogue meet

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 12:13pm

Members of a congregation from a Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 died in a mass shooting by an anti-Semitic gunman last fall have traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to worship with members of the church where nine black worshippers died in 2015 at the hands of a white supremacist.

Victims of mass shootings at church, synagogue meet

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 11:58am

Members of a congregation from a Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 died in a mass shooting by an anti-Semitic gunman last fall have traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to worship with members of the church where nine black worshippers died in 2015 at the hands of a white supremacist.

Shutdown and disunity themes of MLK celebration in Atlanta

Ben Nadler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:07am

A commemorative service for Martin Luther King Jr. that was nearly imperiled by the federal government shutdown was held Monday morning in Atlanta at a church called King's "spiritual home."

Nepal police search for 5 missing followers of 'Buddha Boy'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 2:12am

Police in Nepal are searching for five missing followers of a spiritual leader who is believed by devotees to be a reincarnation of Buddha, officials said Monday.

Israeli leader visits Africa to restore relations with Chad

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 12:16am

Israel and Chad restored diplomatic relations after nearly 50 years as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the central African nation on Sunday.