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Pope dons helmet to enter earthquake-hit cathedral in Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 5:37am

Pope Francis donned a white firefighter's safety helmet Sunday to enter a damaged cathedral during a visit to central Italy, where he gave encouragement to people still struggling three years after devastating earthquakes struck.

Notre Dame celebrates 1st Mass since devastating April fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 7:55pm

The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.

Notre Dame celebrates 1st Mass since devastating April fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 5:25am

The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean auxiliary bishop

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 2:22pm

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the auxiliary bishop of the Chilean capital city just 24 days after he appointed him to the post, church officials said Friday.

Alabama sheriff charged with scamming food bank, church

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 12:25pm

An Alabama sheriff was arrested Friday and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of scamming a food bank and his own small-town church to pocket thousands under an old law that let state sheriffs profit from feeding prisoners.

The Latest: Oil firms commit to 'meaningful' carbon pricing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 7:56am

The Latest on a Vatican summit on climate change (all times local):

Major oil companies commit to carbon pricing at Vatican

Nicole Winfield and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 6:06am

Some of the world's major oil producers pledged Friday to support "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid "perpetrating a brutal act of injustice" against the poor and future generations.

Vatican investigator of child sex abuse meets Polish bishops

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 3:50am

The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, met with Poland's Catholic bishops on Friday to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish church admitted knowing about hundreds of cases over the years where priests abused minors.

Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 13th - 4:12pm

The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge who set his trial for next May.

Bishops OK anti-abuse steps, but skeptics seek tougher moves

David Crary and Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 13th - 3:13pm

Under intense public pressure, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops approved new steps this week to deal more strongly with the clergy sex-abuse crisis. But activists and others say the moves leave the bishops in charge of policing themselves and potentially keep law enforcement at arm's length.

The Latest: NY ends religious exemptions to vaccine mandates

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 13th - 2:35pm

The Latest on legislation to eliminate a religious exemption to New York state's vaccine requirements (all times local):

Funeral service held for 2 of Cyprus killer's 7 victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 13th - 11:13am

Senior Greek Orthodox priests have presided at the funeral service of a mother and daughter who were among the seven people a military officer confessed to killing in Cyprus.

New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 13th - 10:33am

New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.

Israeli court upholds Orthodox church land sales to settlers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 13th - 6:43am

Israel's Supreme Court has ruled against the Greek Orthodox Church in a long-running legal battle over the sale of three properties in predominantly Palestinian parts of Jerusalem's Old City to a Jewish settler group.

Ex-priest in molestation case returned to Arizona from Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 2:17pm

A former Catholic priest who fled from Arizona to Italy in 2003 after being indicted on child molestation charges has been returned to the state.

German court lifts city's ban on burkini swimsuits

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 5:33am

A German court has lifted a city's ban on the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit used by some Muslim women.

Jury reaches partial verdict in trial of Benghazi militant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 13th - 3:55pm

A federal jury has reached a partial verdict in the case against a Libyan militant accused of playing an instrumental role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

Councilman seeks change to hookah bar liquor license rule

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 13th - 10:58am

A city councilman in Nebraska is working to replace an ordinance that would require the Muslim owners of a new hookah lounge to serve alcohol in violation of their faith.

German court says Catholic Church can keep billions secret

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 13th - 10:06am

A court in the western city of Cologne has ruled that Germany's richest Catholic archdiocese doesn't have to reveal what it does with the billions it receives from taxpayers each year.