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Unfazed by danger and power, Guatemalan cardinal keeps up fight for migrants and the poor

Unfazed by danger and power, Guatemalan cardinal keeps up fight for migrants and the poor

HUEHUETENANGO, Guatemala (AP) — As more than 100 men carrying an elaborate float of Jesus halted before him, Cardinal Álvaro Ramazzini lost no time in calling for social justice — the hallmark of the Catholic bishop’s decades-long frontline ministry.
Vatican complains after French court rules in favor of nun dismissed from religious order

Vatican complains after French court rules in favor of nun dismissed from religious order

ROME (AP) — The Holy See has formally protested to France after a French court ruled that a former high-ranking Vatican official was liable for what the court determined to be the wrongful dismissal of a nun from a religious order.
As a landmark United Methodist gathering approaches, African churches weigh their future.

As a landmark United Methodist gathering approaches, African churches weigh their future.

The United Methodist Church lost one-fourth of its U.S. churches in a recent schism, with conservatives departing over disputes on sexuality and theology.
Guilty plea by leader of polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border is at risk of being thrown out

Guilty plea by leader of polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border is at risk of being thrown out

PHOENIX (AP) — A guilty plea by the leader of an offshoot polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border is at risk of being thrown out due to an unmet condition of his deal that hinged on whether others charged in the case also would plead guilty.
Priest accused of sex assaults against children in Nunavut dies in France

Priest accused of sex assaults against children in Nunavut dies in France

A priest accused of sexually abusing Inuit children in Nunavut decades ago has died in France after a long, undisclosed illness.
Chaldean patriarch returns to Baghdad after nine months of self-imposed exile amid political dispute

Chaldean patriarch returns to Baghdad after nine months of self-imposed exile amid political dispute

BAGHDAD (AP) — A prominent Iraqi Christian religious leader who left Baghdad amid a political dispute last year returned to the capital this week at the invitation of the country’s prime minister after nine months of self-imposed exile in northern Ir
Pope will travel to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in longest trip of papacy

Pope will travel to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in longest trip of papacy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Singapore in September, the Vatican announced Friday, confirming the longest trip of Francis’ papacy that is sure to test his health, stamina and mobility.
Argentine court blames Iran and Hezbollah for deadly 1994 Jewish center bombing

Argentine court blames Iran and Hezbollah for deadly 1994 Jewish center bombing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s highest criminal court reported a new development Thursday in the elusive quest for justice in the deadliest attack in the country's history — the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center headquarters — con
13 men plead not guilty to role in Brooklyn synagogue tunnel scuffle

13 men plead not guilty to role in Brooklyn synagogue tunnel scuffle

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirteen members of the Hasidic Jewish community pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from their alleged role in a dispute over an illegal tunnel built beneath a historic Brooklyn synagogue.
Manitoba premier says legislature prayer may be changed to be more inclusive

Manitoba premier says legislature prayer may be changed to be more inclusive

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is looking to change the daily prayer at the legislature to make it more reflective of the province’s residents, including people of different faiths, atheists and those who believe in secularism in the public spher