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Feds: Priest blamed sex abuse on cancer he didn't have

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 12:23am

A former New Mexico priest, who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse and once blamed his behavior on a cancer diagnosis which prosecutors say he didn't have, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

US: Myanmar military led 'extreme' violence against Rohingya

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 4:45pm

A U.S. government investigation has found that Myanmar's military targeted Rohingya civilians indiscriminately and often with "extreme brutality" in a coordinated campaign to drive the minority Muslims out of the country.

Pope praises Latvians for keeping faith during occupation

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 1:33am

Pope Francis praised Latvians on Monday for persevering through the horrors of Soviet and Nazi occupation, persecution and exile, and urged them to keep their Christian faith alive as subsequent generations confront new oppressions today.

The Latest: Pope visits ex-KGB headquarters in Lithuania

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 9:54am

The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (all times local):

The Latest: Pope visits ex-KGB headquarters in Lithuania

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 3:17am

The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (all times local):

Pope warns Lithuanians against rebirth of anti-Semitism

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 12:33am

Pope Francis warned against historic revisionism and any rebirth of anti-Semitism that fueled the Holocaust as he marked the annual remembrance Sunday for Lithuania's centuries-old Jewish community that was nearly wiped out during World War II.

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.

Hearing set for man seeking sanctuary in Michigan church

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 3:22pm

A hearing has been scheduled in federal court on the status of an Albanian man seeking sanctuary from deportation in a Detroit church.

Archbishop: Maryland AG investigating records in abuse probe

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 2:39pm

Maryland's attorney general is delving into records of the Baltimore archdiocese as part of an investigation into child sex abuse, the latest U.S. state seeking confidential church files since a Pennsylvania grand jury released an explosive report alleging widespread abuse and a cover-up scandal.

Romania patriarch urges clergy to promote traditional family

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 9:11am

The leader of Romania's influential Orthodox Church has urged clergy to promote the traditional family ahead of a vote on whether to change the constitution to specify that marriage can only be a union between a man and a woman.

A list of projects public can vote on for preservation money

Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 10:53pm

A preservation group is inviting the public to vote on 20 sites across the country that showcase the nation's diversity and the fight for equality as part of a $2 million historic preservation campaign. The locations are:

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):