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Egypt prosecutors probing monk's death in desert monastery

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 4:45am

Egypt's Coptic church said Wednesday that prosecutors are investigating the death of a monk who had until recently served in a monastery northwest of Cairo where the abbot was killed in July.

Pope urges Chinese Catholics to trust, reconcile after deal

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 2:47am

Pope Francis urged Chinese Catholics on Wednesday to trust him and make concrete gestures of reconciliation following a landmark deal over bishop appointments that is aimed at ending decades of estrangement between the Vatican and Beijing.

South Asia opposition candidates win on anti-China message

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 1:03am

Three Muslim-majority South Asian countries have elected leaders who campaigned on a promise to temper Beijing's growing influence, but analysts say reducing China's foothold won't be easy because of the billions of dollars spent and invested already.

Bankruptcy court OKs settlement for clergy sex abuse victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 4:38pm

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has approved a reorganization plan for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that will compensate victims of clergy sex abuse.

The Latest: US judge orders priest held on abuse charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 12:54pm

The Latest on a former New Mexico priest who fled the U.S. decades ago (all times local):

Pope: Priestly abuse scandals driving Catholic faithful away

Nicole Winfield and Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 9:44am

Pope Francis conceded Tuesday that priestly sex abuse scandals are outraging the Catholic faithful and driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations.

German bishops apologize for thousands of sex abuse cases

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 6:17am

A top German bishop has apologized for thousands of sexual abuse cases that took place inside the Catholic Church in Germany, according to a devastating report released Tuesday that concludes at least 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014.

The Latest: Pope says church judged unfairly on sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 3:39am

The latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Baltics (all times local):

Priest accused of child sex abuse behind bars pending trial

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 12:23am

A former New Mexico priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse will await trial behind bars, a federal judge decided Tuesday, as his accusers in the audience applauded.

US: Myanmar military led 'extreme' violence against Rohingya

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 4:45pm

A U.S. government investigation has found that Myanmar's military targeted Rohingya civilians indiscriminately and often with "extreme brutality" in a coordinated campaign to drive the minority Muslims out of the country.

The Latest: Pope asks for reconciliation in Chinese church

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 4:16am

The Latest on the agreement between China and the Catholic Church on the appointment of bishops (all times local):

Pope urges all Chinese Catholics to trust, reconcile after landmark bishop deal in new letter to faithful

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 4:07am

Pope urges all Chinese Catholics to trust, reconcile after landmark bishop deal in new letter to faithful.

2 held in Denmark suspected of buying drones for IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 3:48am

Danish authorities arrested two people Wednesday under Denmark's anti-terror laws on suspicion of buying drones bound for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

Turkey detains 39 over links to US-based cleric

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 26th - 2:52am

Turkey's state-run news agency says police have detained at least 39 people, including military officers, over their suspected links to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016.

Illinois man pleads guilty to charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 9:04pm

An 18-year-old Illinois man facing conspiracy and weapons allegations has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Greek court convicts 2 over 'religious' museum oil attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 1:46pm

A Greek court has given four-year suspended prison sentences to two Bulgarian women who smeared centuries-old artifacts in three Athens museums with frying oil for apparently religious reasons.

2-year window for clergy abuse lawsuits sent to state Senate

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 10:13am

The state House overwhelmingly passed a proposal Tuesday to give victims of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania an opportunity to file lawsuits over claims that would otherwise be too outdated to pursue, but a key Senate leader said the current draft had "glaring problems" that required more work.

Watchdog urges Egypt to reverse seizure of newspaper

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 25th - 10:10am

A press freedoms group has called on Egyptian authorities to reverse their decision to take over a daily newspaper a day after security forces stormed its headquarters.

Hearing set for man seeking sanctuary in Michigan church

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 3:22pm

A hearing has been scheduled in federal court on the status of an Albanian man seeking sanctuary from deportation in a Detroit church.

Archbishop: Maryland AG investigating records in abuse probe

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 2:39pm

Maryland's attorney general is delving into records of the Baltimore archdiocese as part of an investigation into child sex abuse, the latest U.S. state seeking confidential church files since a Pennsylvania grand jury released an explosive report alleging widespread abuse and a cover-up scandal.