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Bolivia’s Catholic Church acknowledges being ‘deaf’ to sex abuse victims

By Associated Press — May 26, 2023
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The statement comes amid the fallout from the case involving a late Spanish Jesuit priest, Alfonso Pedrajas.

Priest killed in Mexico; 9th slain in country in past 4 years

By Associated Press — May 24, 2023
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The priest had been assigned to the Capacho parish in Huandacareo just one month earlier.

Los Angeles Dodgers reinstate gay ‘nun’ group for Pride Night award

By Associated Press — May 23, 2023
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After "much thoughtful feedback," the team also apologized to the group and the LGBTQ+ community, friends and families.

Bolivian Catholic priest accused of abusing seminary students

By Associated Press — May 22, 2023
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Milton Murillo, a Catholic parish priest in the southern region of Tarija, was sent to pre-trial detention for three months.

Vatican’s Caritas Internationalis gets new leadership team after papal firings

By Associated Press — May 16, 2023
ROME (AP) — Alistair Dutton, currently chief executive of the Scottish chapter of Caritas, previously served as humanitarian director for the confederation of 162 national chapters that is one of the most visible aid groups around the world.

German court convicts, fines Jesuit priest over climate protest

By Associated Press — May 16, 2023
BERLIN (AP) — The district court in Munich handed down its verdict in the case of the Rev. Joerg Alt after he participated in a road blockade in the Bavarian capital on Oct. 28.

Dust to dust? New Mexicans fight to save old adobe churches

By Associated Press — May 1, 2023
CORDOVA, New Mexico (AP) — Besides their history, these churches anchor a uniquely New Mexican way of life for their communities, many of which no longer have schools or stores, and struggle with chronic poverty and addiction.

Hong Kong bishop hopes for closer ties with Beijing diocese

By Associated Press — April 20, 2023
BEIJING (AP) — Chow's five-day trip to Beijing is the first visit by Hong Kong’s bishop in nearly three decades and came two weeks after Vatican News, the news portal of the Holy See, reported that China had unilaterally appointed a new bishop to Shanghai.

Minneapolis OKs dawn Muslim prayer call, 1st for big US city

By Associated Press — April 17, 2023
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council unanimously agreed Thursday to amend the city's noise ordinance, which had prevented dawn and late evening calls at certain times of the year due to noise restrictions,

Pope renews call to pray for peace celebrating Easter Monday

By Associated Press — April 10, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — At the end of the prayer, the pontiff recalled the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought an end to decades of violent conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.

Dalai Lama apologizes after video shows him kissing boy

By Associated Press — April 10, 2023
DHARAMSALA, India (AP) — Social media users condemned his behavior, but a statement from the Buddhist leader said, “His Holiness often teases people he meets in an innocent and playful way, even in public and before cameras."

Pope Francis skips Good Friday at Colosseum in chilly Rome

By Associated Press — April 8, 2023
ROME (AP) — It was the first time a pontiff was a no-show at the Colosseum Way of the Cross procession since 2005, when Pope John Paul II's health was in decline.

Ex-principal of Jewish school found guilty of sexual abuse

By Associated Press — April 5, 2023
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Malka Leifer, 56, a Tel Aviv-born mother of eight, was convicted on 18 counts, including rape, and acquitted of nine other charges.

Catholic system pulls out of Connecticut hospital merger

By Associated Press — March 17, 2023
PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) — The proposed merger had raised concerns about the fate of reproductive health in the mostly rural region.

Pope renews cabinet of cardinal advisers, adds new members

By Associated Press — March 7, 2023
(AP) — Among the new cardinal named to the council are Cardinal Gérald C. Lacroix, archbishop of Quebec and Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, archbishop of Luxembourg and general rapporteur of the Synod of Bishops.
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