Nobel laureate refuses local honor over Poland's LGBT 'rift'

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Nobel Prize-winning writer Olga Tokarczuk has declined an honorary citizenship from the region of Poland where she lives because she would have had to share the honor with a Roma...

Japan Catholic Church sued for damages in alleged sex abuse

TOKYO (AP) — A woman has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church's unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually re...

Top Vatican official denies fraud allegations, accuses Pope of firing him

A senior Vatican official, accused of financial fraud, launched an astonishing attack on the Pope on Friday, claiming he had been forced out of his job. The Holy See released a short statement on Thu...

German bishops set up system for larger sex abuse payments

BERLIN (AP) — The Catholic Church in Germany is setting up a new system to compensate survivors of sexual abuse by clergy that will provide for payments of up to about 50,000 euros ($58,400) each. ...

Pope seeks to ''liberate" Virgin Mary from the Mafia

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican think tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary for their own i...

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Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 18, the 262nd day of 2020. There are 104 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. ...

Official says Polish 'LGBT-free zones' have no place in EU

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official strongly denounced the stigmatization of LGBT people by authorities in Poland, saying on Wednesday that “LGBT-free zones” that have been declared in parts...

Vatican wants to open office in Beijing despite ties with Taiwan: Jesuit magazine

UPDATE Sept. 16, 7:00 p.m. with reaction MOFA: TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — While the Vatican remains Taiwan’s only official European ally, the Holy See has been seeking to open a permanent r...

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Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 16, the 260th day of 2020. There are 106 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Se...

Michigan Catholic priest compared BLM to 9/11 attackers

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in suburban Detroit is apologizing after a fellow priest likened Black Lives Matter to the people responsible for the 9/11 attacks. ...

With Vatican FM in Belarus, pope urges respect for protests

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged political leaders to listen to protesters and heed their calls for political and social change, an apparent reference to protests in Belarus against the country'...

Filipino cardinal and papal aide, Cardinal Tagle, has virus

ROME (AP) — One of Pope Francis’ top collaborators and a future papal contender, Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Vatican said Friday. ...

JPMorgan: some customers, employees misused COVID programs

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase said Tuesday that a number of its employees and customers may have abused the Paycheck Protection Program and other coronavirus stimulus programs. The ...

Pope: Gossiping is "plague worse than COVID"

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a “plague worse than COVID” that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church. Francis strayed from his prepared text to do...

Facebook stops Frenchman from streaming his own death

Facebook has said it will block a terminally ill Frenchman from broadcasting his own death on the social media platform. Alain Cocq is refusing to take food, drink and medicine after President Emmanu...