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Student groups show support for Minnesota college president

By Associated Press — January 27, 2023
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Several student groups at a Minnesota college that dismissed an adjunct art instructor for showing an image of the Prophet Muhammad to her class say they do not want the school's embattled president to resign.

Pope makes plea for end of violence, start of talks in Peru

By Associated Press — January 24, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Protests engulfing Peru began last month after then-President Pedro Castillo, Peru’s first leader with a rural Andean background, was impeached and imprisoned for trying to dissolve Congress.

Pope, ahead of Congo visit, sends prayers for church bombing

By Associated Press — January 19, 2023
ROME (AP) — Sunday's bombing in Kasindi, a town in North Kivu province, killed at least 14 people and injured more than 60.

Cardinal Pell will be interred in Sydney crypt in February

By Associated Press — January 19, 2023
SYDNEY (AP) — Pell will lie in St. Mary’s from Feb. 1 before he is interred in the cathedral’s crypt the next day, Sydney’s Catholic Archdiocese said in a statement.

Islamic State claims church bombing in east Congo; 14 dead

By Associated Press — January 18, 2023
KASINDI, Congo (AP) — Islamic extremists claimed responsibility for a bombing of a church in eastern Congo as authorities said Monday that the toll from Sunday's attack had risen to at least 14 dead.

Bulgarians celebrate Epiphany with traditional rituals

By Associated Press — January 6, 2023
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Thousands of young men are plunging into rivers and lakes across Bulgaria to retrieve crucifixes, in an old ritual marking the feast of Epiphany.

Former Paris archbishop target of sexual assault probe

By Associated Press — January 4, 2023
PARIS (AP) — Michel Aupetit, who unexpectedly resigned in December 2021 after admitting to an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012, denies any wrongdoing, his lawyer said.

Scrutiny of Ukraine church draws praise, fear of overreach

By Associated Press — December 12, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday announced measures primarily targeting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is one of two major Orthodox churches in Ukraine following a 2019 schism.

Ukraine bans religious organizations with links to Russia

By Associated Press — December 5, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Friday banned the activities of religious organizations “affiliated with centers of influence” in Russia and said it would examine the links between the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches.

Vatican Swiss Guard slayings back in spotlight with new book

By Associated Press — December 1, 2022
(RNS) — The mother of a Swiss Guard member accused of fatally shooting his commander hopes the Vatican might be ready to acknowledge that its original investigation was flawed.

China vows more ‘friendly consensus’ amid Vatican complaints

By Associated Press — November 29, 2022
BEIJING (AP) — Beijing and the Vatican are once again tangling over the prickly issue of appointing Chinese bishops.

Far-right Ben-Gvir to be Israel’s national security minister

By Associated Press — November 26, 2022
JERUSALEM (AP) — Giving the sensitive role to Ben-Gvir raises concerns of a further escalation in Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

Pope visits immigrant father’s hometown for birthday party

By Associated Press — November 21, 2022
PORTACOMARO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis made a rare personal getaway Saturday to his father’s birthplace in northern Italy for the first time since ascending the papacy to celebrate the 90th birthday of a family member.

Bullet holes found at building next to old German synagogue

By Associated Press — November 18, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — Four bullet holes were found in the door of a former rabbi's residence that adjoins an old synagogue in the German city of Essen.

Thomas Cahill, popular history writer, dead at 82

By Associated Press — October 27, 2022
(AP) — In his million-selling “How the Irish Saved Civilization,” Cahill cited Ireland's crucial — and unappreciated — preservation of classical texts after the fall of the Roman Empire.
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