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Pope honors Rome's legacy of integration over centuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 26th - 5:15am

Pope Francis has crossed the Tiber River for a visit to Rome's city hall, paying homage to an ancient city that integrated diverse peoples over centuries of its existence.

The Latest: Vatican editor denies interfering in women's mag

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 26th - 5:03am

The Latest on the resignation of the editorial board at the Vatican's women's magazine (all times local):

Austrian far-right activist probed over ties to NZ suspect

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 26th - 3:35am

Austria's leader called Tuesday for authorities to "ruthlessly" investigate possible ties between an Austrian nationalist group and the alleged Christchurch mosque gunman, after it emerged that a prominent far-right activist in the Alpine nation had received a donation in the suspected shooter's name.

APNewsBreak: Founder, board of Vatican women's magazine quit

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 26th - 2:09am

The founder and all-female editorial board of the Vatican's women's magazine have quit after what they say was a Vatican campaign to discredit them and put them "under the direct control of men," that only increased after they denounced the sexual abuse of nuns by clergy.

Pakistan places 2 Hindu girls in protection after conversion

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 26th - 1:40am

A Pakistani court placed two teenage sisters from the minority Hindu community in a government shelter on Tuesday as authorities launched an investigation into whether the girls were abducted and forced to convert and marry two Muslim men.

Hundreds mourn girl whose body was dumped on hiking trail

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 25th - 6:49pm

Most had never met her, didn't even know her name until they saw it on the news.

Vatican negotiator reveals decades-long path to China deal

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 25th - 1:55pm

The Vatican official who negotiated a landmark agreement between the Holy See and China on bishop nominations said Monday that the path to normalizing Catholic life in the country "is still long" but that a new future is now possible.

'Egg Boy' teen defends egging anti-Muslim Australian senator

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 25th - 4:31am

An Australian teen known around the world as "Egg Boy" conceded on Monday that egging a far-right senator was not the right thing to do, but said the gesture united a world reeling from a white supremacist's alleged massacre of 50 Muslims in New Zealand.

The Latest: Mosque attacks to get top-level inquiry

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 25th - 12:39am

The Latest on the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand (all times local):

New Zealand to probe role of spies, guns in mosque attacks

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 10:42pm

New Zealand will hold a top-level inquiry into the massacre of 50 people at two Christchurch mosques that will look into what roles semi-automatic guns, social media and intelligence agencies had preceding the attacks.

Harris sends message to old-guard: Every era has its end

Hunter Woodall and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 3:29pm

California Sen. Kamala Harris sent a subtle signal to the old-guard of Democratic politics that every era has its end.

Slain teen's mother joins supporters at vigil

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 2:48pm

The mother of a black teenager fatally shot by a white police officer outside Pittsburgh told supporters at a vigil that she was glad to see her son's life celebrated at a place that meant so much to him.

Pope Francis prays for Nicaragua, victims in African attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 7:01am

Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for the victims of attacks in Nigeria and Mali, and for the success of talks underway in Nicaragua aimed at solving a yearlong political crisis in the country.

Banning of manifesto raises free speech debate in N. Zealand

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 6:13am

New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned the 74-page manifesto written and released by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

Is it terrorism? Post NZ attack, Muslims see double standard

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 4:03am

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been hailed on social media by Muslims around the world for her response to two mosque shootings by a white nationalist who killed 50 worshippers. She wore a headscarf at the funerals in line with Islamic custom and swiftly reformed gun laws.

Thousands attend New Zealand vigil to honor 50 mosque dead

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 12:13am

Thousands of people gathered in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday to listen to prayers, songs and speeches at a vigil to remember the 50 people killed in a terrorist attack on two mosques.

Founder, editorial board of Vatican women's magazine quit citing climate of distrust after nun abuse articles

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 26th - 2:01am

Founder, editorial board of Vatican women's magazine quit citing climate of distrust after nun abuse articles.

German conservatives advocate creating 'European FBI'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 25th - 8:38am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc is advocating stepping up security cooperation among European Union nations to create what it calls a "European FBI."

New Mexico archbishop again denounces 'Santa Muerte'

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 8:36am

A New Mexico archbishop is renewing his call for Catholics to stop worshipping the skeleton folk saint known as La Santa Muerte, or "Our Lady of Holy Death."