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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.

AP Exclusive: Vatican knew of Argentine bishop misconduct

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.

A scaled-down, but still angry, Women's March returns

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 10:30am

Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women's March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump's White House.

AP Analysis: Climactic events in 1979 shaped modern Mideast

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 3:04am

Revolutionaries in the streets give way to black-and-white images of blindfolded American hostages. Two enemies sign a peace deal after years of hostilities. And one of the world's two superpowers invades its southern neighbor, launching a bloody, decade-long conflict.

UN experts: Fuel from Iran is financing Yemen rebels' war

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 9:44pm

Fuel is being shipped illegally from Iran to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen to finance their war against the government, and both sides are violating international law with their military campaigns and arbitrary detention of rivals, U.N. experts said in a new report.

Russians plunge into icy waters to mark feast of Epiphany

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:17pm

Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers.

New attorneys general to continue investigating clergy abuse

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:08am

Newly inaugurated state attorneys general said they plan to continue investigations of clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic church as thousands of victims reach out to state hotlines and online systems to report past abuse.

Myanmar army ordered to take offensive against Arakan Army

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 6:11am

Myanmar's military announced Friday that the Arakan Army, a Buddhist rebel group in Rakhine state, has been classified a terrorist organization after mounting a flurry of recent attacks.

Road to snowed-in Austrian nuns cleared, but they stay put

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 6:22am

Authorities on Thursday cleared the road to reach 30 Catholic nuns whose Alpine convent was cut from the outside world by heavy snowfall for more than 10 days.

Militants kidnap Christian man in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 6:07am

Islamic militants on Thursday kidnapped a Christian man traveling in a communal taxi in the turbulent north of Egypt's Sinai peninsula, according to security officials, an incident that raises the specter of renewed attacks on minority Christians in the region after a two-year lull.

Israeli leader visits Africa to restore relations with Chad

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the central African nation of Chad on Sunday to officially restore relations after nearly 50 years.

Wisconsin diocese considers investigation of child sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 2:27pm

The Madison, Wisconsin, Diocese is considering an investigation into the number of substantiated allegations against clergy of sexual abuse of minors.

Noah's Ark park battles advocacy group over school visits

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 1:48pm

A theme park depicting an ark as described in the Bible is battling with an advocacy group over whether public school field trips to the attraction are legal.

AG: New Jersey priest arrested after sex abuse hotline call

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 9:15am

Authorities say the arrest of a New Jersey priest on sexual assault charges dating back almost three decades came just two days after a call to the state's clergy abuse hotline.

Pope puts Sistine choir under aide's eye after scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 7:09am

Pope Francis has put a close aide in charge of the Sistine Chapel Choir following a funding scandal.

Women's March returns to DC amid shutdown and controversy

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 12:24am

The third annual Women's March is returning to Washington this week amid inclement weather, ideological schisms and the longest government shutdown in American history.

Women's March returns to DC amid shutdown and controversy

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:31pm

The third annual Women's March is returning to Washington this week amid inclement weather, ideological schisms and the longest government shutdown in American history.

Suspected Muslim rebels storm Thai temple, kill 2 monks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:29pm

Gunmen presumed to be Muslim insurgents stormed a Buddhist temple in southern Thailand, killing two monks and wounding two others, police said Saturday.