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Moving faith: Mexican town’s saint feast lives in Minnesota

By GIOVANNA DELL'ORTO | February 4, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In Midwestern boots or bare feet in sandals, the faithful walked in procession down a snow-covered street here, keeping the rhythm of festive music and carrying paintings of St. Paul, the patron saint of their hometown of Axochiapan,...

Catholic Church orders more inquiry into Minnesota bishop

February 4, 2020

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — Roman Catholic Church leaders in Rome authorized more investigation into claims that a northern Minnesota bishop interfered with past investigations into clerical sexual misconduct with children, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and...

Nationalists in Rome cheer Brexit, honor Pope John Paul II

By NICOLE WINFIELD | February 4, 2020

ROME (AP) — European and American nationalists attending a conference Tuesday in Rome cheered Brexit, warned of left-wing “totalitarianism” and waxed nostalgic about St. John Paul II's papacy and the “glorious revolution” that brought down communism.The...

Abu Dhabi marks interfaith effort a year after Pope’s visit

February 3, 2020

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Interfaith leaders gathered on Monday in Abu Dhabi to mark one year since Pope Francis' historic trip to the Arabian Peninsula, a visit that saw leading Muslim clerics gather alongside the pope to promote co-existence.The...

Quarantines await Europeans flown home amid virus outbreak

February 1, 2020

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European governments ramped up flights Saturday to bring their citizens back from China amid the outbreak of a new virus that has sickened thousands of people.A German air force plane arrived in Frankfurt carrying 128 passengers...

Key witness could be in doubt in landmark church retrial

By MARYCLAIRE DALE | January 31, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aging monsignor who was the first U.S. church official ever tried and sent to prison over his handling of priest-abuse complaints could soon be retried in the 2011 case with one thing missing — the victim.The only accuser whose...

Judge allows AP to be heard in dispute over Saints emails

By JIM MUSTIAN | January 31, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge ruled Friday that The Associated Press may be heard in a court dispute over whether to release hundreds of confidential emails that detail the New Orleans Saints' behind-the-scenes public relations work to help area Roman...

Pope chats at Vatican with president of Argentine homeland

January 31, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis chatted privately at the Vatican with the president of his native country, Argentina, on Friday.President Alberto Fernandez and Francis, the first pope from Latin America, spoke for about 45 minutes in the pontiff's...

Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo: Bankruptcy imminent

By CAROLYN THOMPSON | January 30, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo faces near certain bankruptcy after posting a $5 million loss in 2019, and with a barrage of lawsuits from the clergy misconduct scandal still pending, according to a financial report released...

Ex-priest charged with sex assault against child in 1989

January 30, 2020

DITTMER, Mo. (AP) — A former Catholic priest has been arrested at a Missouri facility that provides a home for disgraced clergy, accused of sexually assaulting a child in North Texas 31 years ago.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 78-year-old...

NFL’s Saints accused of helping shape clergy sex abuse list

By JIM MUSTIAN | January 30, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints say they only did “minimal” public relations work on the area’s Roman Catholic sexual abuse crisis, but attorneys suing the church allege hundreds of confidential Saints emails show the team's involvement...

Appeals court acquits French cardinal of sex abuse cover-up

By NICOLAS VAUX-MONTAGNY | January 30, 2020

LYON, France (AP) — A French appeals court on Thursday threw out a lower court ruling convicting a French cardinal of covering up the sexual abuse of minors in his flock, a decision culminating a drama that has produced angst for the Roman Catholic...