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Vatican makes new overtures on eve of China's Xi Italy visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 8:57am

The Vatican is greeting the visit to Italy of Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week with a new round of overtures and says the "door is always open" to dialogue.

Erdogan again airs attack video at rally despite criticism

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 8:41am

Ignoring widespread criticism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday again showed excerpts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people in mosques in New Zealand, to denounce what he called rising hatred and prejudice against Islam.

Pope nixes French cardinal resignation after cover-up

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 7:54am

Pope Francis has declined to accept the resignation of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin as archbishop of Lyon after he was convicted of failing to report a known predator priest to police, the Vatican said Tuesday.

French minister attends memorial of Jewish school attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 7:04am

Amid a recent rise in anti-Semitic acts in France, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has attended a ceremony in Toulouse to mark the 2012 attack on a Jewish school that killed four people.

The Latest: Internet firms add NZ video to shared database

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 3:17am

The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local):

New Zealand leader vows to deny notoriety to mosque gunman

Kristen Gelineau and Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 8:03pm

He took away New Zealand's innocence, along with 50 precious lives. And in exchange, the country's prime minister vowed to take away the one thing the gunman so clearly craves: fame.

NY self-help guru pleads not guilty to child porn charges

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 11:21am

The spiritual leader of an upstate New York self-help group pleaded not guilty on Monday to newly filed child pornography charges at a hearing where it became clear that his co-defendants are trying to avoid going to trial with him next month.

New Zealand's darkest day: 36 minutes of terror

Nick Perry, Kristen Gelineau and Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 8:39am

On March 15, New Zealand changed. Some are calling it a loss of innocence, a reminder that distance doesn't bring protection against violence. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to change gun laws and investigate what went wrong. This is how 36 minutes of terror unfolded, according to witness accounts and livestream video.

Supreme Court won't intervene in oldest US synagogue dispute

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 7:53am

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday in a fight over control of the nation's oldest synagogue and its religious bells worth millions, leaving in place a ruling that the Rhode Island synagogue will remain the property of a New York congregation.

Brother's teasing proved prophetic before NZ mosque shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 4:19am

Aya Al-Umari never got the chance to say goodbye to her brother Hussein before he was killed in a mass shooting at Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. But she wonders if he had a premonition.

French cardinal convicted in sex abuse scandal to meet pope

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 3:29am

French cardinal Philippe Barbarin is meeting with the pope after having been convicted by a French court of failing to report a known pedophile priest to police.

The Latest: Spy agency says no threats ahead of massacre

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 7:43pm

The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local):

NZ leader vows to 'absolutely deny' mosque gunman a platform

Kristen Gelineau and Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 6:29pm

The white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare Tuesday that she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his racist views.

Israel's Supreme Court bans Jewish extremist from election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 12:58pm

Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday banned the leader of a Jewish ultranationalist party from running in the country's April elections.

Vatican: Pope declines to accept resignation of French cardinal convicted of failing to report pedophile

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 7:39am

Vatican: Pope declines to accept resignation of French cardinal convicted of failing to report pedophile .

Bishop in Mississippi: 'deeply sorry' for clergy sex abuse

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 3:27am

A Catholic diocese in Mississippi is releasing names of clergy members it says have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.

Trump says media trying to blame him for NZ massacre

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 8:12am

President Donald Trump says he is unfairly being blamed for the New Zealand mosque massacre.

Man accused of threatening, intimidating at a Phoenix mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 9:37pm

A man has been arrested for allegedly threatening and intimidating members of a northwest Phoenix mosque.

Catholic Church criticizes amnesty proposal in El Salvador

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 5:10pm

Catholic Church leaders in El Salvador have condemned a proposal being considered by lawmakers that would grant amnesty to those who committed serious crimes during the country's civil conflict in the 1980s and early 1990s.