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Pope shakes up Vatican communications operations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:27am

Pope Francis announced Tuesday a shakeup of the Vatican's communications operations, replacing the longtime editor of the Holy See newspaper and naming a prominent Italian journalist to coordinate the editorial line of all Vatican media.

Pope to politicians: Unacceptable to blame migrants for evil

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:03am

Pope Francis says political speeches that harangue migrants and the poor are "unacceptable."

US sportswear traced to factory in China's internment camps

Dake Kang, Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 4:44pm

Chinese men and women locked in a mass detention camp where authorities are "re-educating" ethnic minorities are sewing clothes that have been imported all year by a U.S. sportswear company.

Catholic diocese posts list of priests accused of child sex abuse in Utah

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Dec 17th - 4:09pm

The Diocese of Salt Lake City posted on its website Monday a list of all Catholic clergy against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse involving minors have been reported since 1950.

Vatican urged to reveal status of ousted US archbishop

Nicole Winfield and Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 11:57am

A prominent U.S. archbishop is asking the Vatican for answers about the status of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by his predecessor, who was forced to resign in 2015.

Chinese internment camp factory sends sportswear to US

Dake Kang, Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 11:18am

Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China's far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside.

Onetime Indian politician convicted in 1984 anti-Sikh riots

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 2:32am

An Indian court on Monday convicted a former politician for his role in riots that swept India in 1984, leaving thousands of Sikhs dead in bloody pogroms, and sentenced him to life in prison.

Locked away, forgotten: Muslim Uighur wives of Pakistani men

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 11:14pm

The last time Chaudhry Javed Atta saw his wife was over a year ago — the Pakistani trader in dried and fresh produce was leaving their home in northwestern China's heavily Muslim Xinjiang region to go back to his country to renew his visa.

Brazil police say faith healer has turned himself in

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 2:44pm

A celebrity faith healer accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women turned himself in Sunday to authorities in Brazil's central state of Goias, after spending almost a day as a fugitive, police said.

Kids at a Vatican charity give Pope Francis a birthday cake

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 7:24am

Children who frequent a Vatican pediatric dispensary have given Pope Francis a birthday cake, a day before he turns 82.

New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 6:19am

In his first liturgy as head of the freshly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius called Sunday for Ukrainians to unite under the new church and pray for peace in Ukraine.

The Latest: Ukraine Orthodox OKs break with Russian church

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 9:30am

The Latest on the split between Orthodox Churches in Ukraine and Russia (all times local):

Organizers of Vatican summit on sex abuse prevention warn credibility of church in jeopardy, urge listening to victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:21am

Organizers of Vatican summit on sex abuse prevention warn credibility of church in jeopardy, urge listening to victims.

Putin decries prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 1:29am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to look into the reported persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses.

The Latest: Ex-archbishop denies claim, welcomes probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 3:19pm

The Latest on a U.S. archbishop's request to address sexual misconduct allegations against former St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt (all times local):

Jesuit province releases names of accused abusers

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 10:44am

The Roman Catholic Jesuit province serving much of the eastern United States on Monday released the names of Jesuit priests who face "credible or established" accusations of sexual abuse of minors dating to 1950.

Park won't honor slaveholder, angering Irish cultural groups

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 9:34am

Citing his slave-owning past, a Virginia town outside DC has officially decided not to name a refurbished park after one of its founding fathers in a move that's fostered accusations of anti-Catholic and anti-Irish bias.

Pope hopes new UN global pact sparks compassion for migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 16th - 5:20am

Pope Francis is expressing hope that the new U.N. global pact on safe, orderly migration spurs solidarity toward migrants.

Ukrainian Orthodox leaders have approved the creation of a unified Church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 15th - 9:23am

Ukrainian Orthodox leaders have approved the creation of a unified Church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate .