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Pope Francis condemns prostitution as torture

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:09am

Pope Francis asked forgiveness Monday for all Christians who buy sex from women, saying men who frequent prostitutes are criminals with a "sick mentality" who think that women exist to be exploited.

Leonard Bernstein, social activist, is focus of new exhibit

Kristen By Groot, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:42am

In October 1979, Leonard Bernstein received a fan letter from a high school humanities teacher. Helen Morgan wrote to the celebrity composer-conductor-pianist in hopes he could share the theme that guided his compositions — something she could pass along to her students for inspiration.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi welcomed to Australia amid protests

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:34am

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was feted in Australia with a military honor guard and 19-gun salute Monday as part of a state visit that has provoked protests over her response to her country's violent campaign against Rohingya Muslims.

Scottish cardinal who recused himself from conclave dies

Danica Kirka and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:24am

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the first cardinal in history to recuse himself from a papal election over a personal scandal, has died, his archdiocese in Scotland said Monday. He was 80 and had suffered from a heart ailment.

Women in Poland protest plans to tighten anti-abortion law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:50am

Women across Poland are protesting in front of bishops' residences after the influential Roman Catholic Church urged the government to ban abortion.

Southeast Asia leaders use Australia meet to talk NKorea

Trevor Marshallsea, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 7:42pm

Australia's prime minister said Southeast Asian leaders were using their meeting Sunday to discuss the "deadly threat" posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Polish archbishop criticizes priest wishing Francis death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 5:39pm

Poland's leading archbishop deplored on Sunday comments by a senior conservative priest who had wished Pope Francis a quick death if he does not open to "wisdom."

Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope's letter

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 4:26pm

Stung by accusations of spreading "fake news," the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it.

Pope visits Italy's south to honor popular saint, Padre Pio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 5:54am

Pope Francis on Saturday traveled to southern Italy to honor a hugely popular Italian saint, Padre Pio, praying silently before a glass display case holding the mystic monk's body in a shrine town that draws millions of pilgrims each year.

Vatican convicts ex-Guam archbishop accused of abuse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 1:34am

The Vatican on Friday removed the suspended Guam archbishop from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after convicting him of some charges in a sex abuse trial.

German minister questions Islam's place in the country

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 3:26pm

Germany's new interior minister said Friday he doesn't consider Islam to be a part of Germany, a position that puts him at odds with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the central question of migration.

The Latest: Ex-Guam archbishop appealing sex abuse verdict

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 3:24pm

The Latest on the Vatican convicting suspended Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron of some charges in a sex abuse trial (all times local):

Myanmar forces Burman culture on minorities, erases identity

Denis D. Gray, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 3:48am

From the age of 5, when she entered a government school in Myanmar, Stella Naw learned about the triumphs of Burman kings and heroes, recited Burman poems and performed Burman dances at school ceremonies.

Ethnic Uighurs protest Chinese security crackdown

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 15th - 9:26pm

Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group held demonstrations in cities around the world to protest a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of their people into detention and political indoctrination centers.

Muslim engineer sues after Kansas flap over Malaysian flag

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:19pm

A Muslim aerospace engineer has sued the Spirit Boeing Employees Association for religious discrimination stemming from a party at a lake in Wichita, Kansas.

School board will debate settlement in teachers-cult lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 8:23am

A school board will debate a proposed settlement of a lawsuit that accuses four educators of "indoctrinating" three sisters into a religious cult that celebrates death.

Police: Teen who stabbed 3 had been monitored

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 8:18pm

A Florida teenager accused of fatally stabbing a 13-year-old boy during a fight about his religion during a sleepover had been monitored by federal and other authorities for months, police said.

Lawsuit: Police forced Muslim women to remove head coverings

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 4:03pm

Two arrested Muslim women who said the police department forced them to remove their religious head coverings and pose for mugshots sued the city on Friday to try to change the practice.

St. Louis high school band gets surprise visit from the pope

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 1:59pm

A group of 45 band students from a Jesuit high school in St. Louis didn't know they'd get a surprise visit from Pope Francis when they recently performed at the Vatican.