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Cardinal Theodore McCarrick punished over abuse finding

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 2:16pm

The retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., whose sexual misconduct with adults led to previously undisclosed legal settlements, has been removed from public ministry and faces further punishment over a "credible" allegation that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago, the church announced Wednesday.

Pope backs US bishops who called border separations immoral

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:12pm

Pope Francis backed the Catholic bishops in the United States who condemned the practice of separating children from parents after families are caught crossing the U.S-Mexico border illegally, according to an interview published Wednesday.

AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 9:16am

Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it's not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so.

United Methodist Church chides Sessions over border policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:14am

More than 600 members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' church are denouncing him over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the border.

India takes direct control in Kashmir after alliance ends

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 6:38am

India's federal government took direct control of Kashmir state Wednesday after the ruling Hindu nationalist party ended its long-troubled alliance there with a Kashmiri political party.

Vatican promises to hear more abuse complaints in Chile

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:26pm

A papal envoy looking into clerical sexual abuse is leaving Chile, but he says the Vatican will continue collecting testimony from people who allege they were sexually abused.

Moment of silence held for attack near London mosque

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 5:36am

Grieving family members joined community leaders Tuesday for a moment of silence to remember a man who died and a dozen others who were injured last year when a jobless man drove his van into a crowd leaving evening prayers during Ramadan.

Dozens missing after ferry sinks in Indonesia's Lake Toba

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:57am

Rescuers searching Tuesday for dozens of people missing after a ferry sank on Indonesia's Lake Toba found bags, jackets, an ID card and other items in the waters but no new survivors, casting a tragic pall over holidays marking the end of the Muslim holy month.

Australian bishop to be sentenced next month for cover-up

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:00pm

A prosecutor told an Australian court on Tuesday that the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse must be jailed to send a message that such institutional cover-ups will no longer be tolerated.

Church suspends talks to ease Nicaragua political crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 6:52pm

Nicaragua's Roman Catholic hierarchy has suspended a dialogue with the government aimed at ending a two-month political crisis.

The Latest: Hungary asked to delay vote on 'Stop Soros' bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 2:46pm

The Latest on the immigration debate in Europe (all times local):

US urges Russia to release political and religious prisoners

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 2:02pm

The Trump administration urged Russia on Monday to release what it called a growing number of political and religious prisoners, warning that President Vladimir Putin's government was turning to "old Soviet practices" to deny rights to detainees.

LDS Church to significantly revise hymnbooks, asks for original submissions

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:49am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will significantly revise its hymnbook and children’s songbook and is asking members and nonmembers to submit original music for consideration.

Afghan Sikh leader holds out hope for dwindling minority

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 1:12am

Avtar Singh Khalsa will represent Afghanistan's tiny Sikh and Hindu minority in the next parliament, where he says he hopes to serve the entire country.

Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 10:24pm

Jewish artifacts, including ancient parchment torahs from one of the world's oldest synagogues, have gone missing from the Syrian capital amid the tumult of ongoing civil war, with some precious items reportedly surfacing abroad.

Iran arrests lawyer for criticizing execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:21pm

An Iranian lawyer has been arrested for "spreading lies" after saying on social media that a Sufi executed this week was wrongfully convicted.

Leaders of largest US black denomination decry separations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:53am

The United States' largest black denomination has convened its annual meeting in Oklahoma City, and its leaders are denouncing the separation of immigrant children from families at the border.

Europol says homegrown jihadis behind most 2017 attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 9:20am

Europol says armed jihadis plotted or carried out more attacks in Europe last year than in 2016, with a total of 33 attacks either planned or executed.

Vatican, Mexico lament children suffer most from migration

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 7:29am

The Vatican and Mexico are lamenting how children "are suffering the most" from forced migration, as the Trump administration comes under increasing criticism for its policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Swiss Guards to get place of honor during pope's Swiss trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 6:06am

The Vatican's Swiss Guards are getting a place of honor in Pope Francis' upcoming day trip to their native Switzerland.