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The Latest: Hong Kong Catholics suspend Masses over virus

February 13, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on a new virus that originated in China (all times local):7:30 p.m.The Catholic diocese in Hong Kong has announced that Masses will be suspended for two weeks amid the spread of the new virus.In a brief video announcement,...

Arizona church sued over decades-old abuse allegations

By JACQUES BILLEAUD | February 12, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — Two children were sexually abused by Catholic priests about 40 years ago in an Arizona parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix covered up the problem, according to newly filed lawsuits.Both lawsuits were brought Monday under...

Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document

By NICOLE WINFIELD | February 12, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has divided the Catholic Church and emboldened his conservative...

Head of German Catholics says he’ll step down at end of term

February 11, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — The Roman Catholic cardinal who leads the German Bishops' Conference said Tuesday he plans to step down at the end of his term in March.Cardinal Reinhard Marx, 66, said in a letter to fellow bishops in Germany that he would not seek a...

Saints owner denies team had role in clergy sex abuse list

By JIM MUSTIAN | February 10, 2020

The owner of the New Orleans Saints said Monday that the NFL team played no role in determining which priests would be named in the list of “credibly accused” clergy published by the area's Roman Catholic Church.Gayle Benson, a devout Catholic who...

Pope to visit Malta on May 31 in first foreign trip of 2020

February 10, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit the Mediterranean island nation of Malta on May 31, the Vatican said Monday, confirming the Pope's first foreign trip for the year.Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna said he expected the visit would highlight...

Pope to visit Italian region poisoned by toxic waste dumping

By NICOLE WINFIELD | February 8, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto by visiting a southern Italian region where decades of toxic-waste dumping by the mob have polluted the environment and sickened its people.The diocese of Acerra...

Pope’s Amazon document due Wednesday amid married priest row

By NICOLE WINFIELD | February 7, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will release his eagerly-awaited document on the Amazon next Wednesday, with attention focused on whether he will approve calls by the region's bishops to ordain married men to address a priest shortage there.Speculation...

Legion elects U.S. superior amid new abuse, cover-up crisis

By NICOLE WINFIELD | February 7, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Legion of Christ religious order, discredited years ago by its pedophile founder, has elected an American priest as its new superior as it seeks to recover from new sex abuse and cover-up scandals that have renewed calls for...

States use Catholic clergy abuse lists to screen applicants

By CLAUDIA LAUER and MEGHAN HOYER | February 6, 2020

In the wake of revelations that scores of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living unsupervised in communities across the country, state officials face a quandary: Should they screen former clergy...

Vatican seeks to explain absence of aide after book scandal

By NICOLE WINFIELD | February 5, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican sought Wednesday to explain the absence of a key member of Pope Francis' protocol team following his role in a controversial book on priestly celibacy co-written by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.The Vatican press office...

Pope defrocks founder of another Latin America-based order

By NICOLE WINFIELD | February 5, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Another founder of a Catholic religious movement has been defrocked for sexual misconduct and abusing his power, the latest in a string of purportedly orthodox, charismatic priests who turned out to be predators.Pope Francis defrocked...