Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. Such r...

Chilean Catholic church looted by vandals as protests rage

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Hooded protesters in Chile looted a Roman Catholic church near the main gathering site of massive demonstrations in the capital over inequality. An Associated ...

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Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2019. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Today's Highlight in History: ...

Biden's communion denial highlights faith-politics conflict

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest's denial of communion to Joe Biden in South Carolina on Sunday illustrates the fine line presidential candidates must walk as they talk about their faiths...

AP Explains: A look at Franco and why he is being exhumed

MADRID (AP) — The body of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco is being exhumed Thursday from the grandiose mausoleum at the Valley of the Fallen before being transferred to a more discreet, private resting...

Sri Lanka presidential hopeful vows probe into Easter blasts

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A former Sri Lankan defense chief who is a front-runner in next month's presidential election says he'll order a fresh probe into the Easter Sunday blasts that killed 263 peo...

Catholic church urges Angola to declare a drought emergency

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Catholic church in Angola is urging the government to declare a state of emergency over the drought that has affected at least 1 million people in the country's south. ...

Law gives child sex assault victims more time to file suits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits, joining several states in expanding the statute of limitations for victim...

Bridgewater stays unbeaten as Saints beat Jaguars 13-6

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater found Jared Cook for a 4-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and the New Orleans Saints held on to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-6 on Sunday and ...

Pope canonizes John Henry Newman, unifier in a divided world

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is canonizing Cardinal John Henry Newman, the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an immensely influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican and Catholic chur...

Holy See values relations with Taiwan: Vice President Chen

The Holy See attaches importance to its relations with Taiwan and the recent agreement reached between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops merely shows Pope Francis' efforts to imp...

Catholic Church launches environment network for Mesoamerica

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico and six Central American countries have launched a network to coordinate efforts to benefit the environment and indigenous people in the region. ...

NZ bishop resigns over ‘unacceptable’ sexual relationship

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted a New Zealand bishop’s resignation over what church officials said was “completely unacceptable” sexual behavior with a young woman. Pal...

How AP conducted its investigation into accused priests

In assessing the status of formerly active priests and clergy members from the Roman Catholic Church, The Associated Press started with the official lists published by dioceses and religious orders na...

100s of accused priests living under radar with no oversight

Almost 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious auth...