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Vatican investigator meets with Chilean sex abuse victims

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:12:49 GMT2018-02-20T21:12:49Z

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The Vatican's sex abuse investigator on Tuesday began a series of meetings in Chile with abuse victims and others who have opposed the appointment of a bishop accused of covering up for the country's most notorious pedophile priest....



Pastor's stance on homosexuality triggers consequences

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:08:45 GMT2018-02-20T17:08:45Z

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia pastor's support for homosexuality could get her church voted out of local and state Baptist groups....



Philippine rebel chief: Marawi attackers plotted 2nd city

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:44:11 GMT2018-02-20T11:44:11Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Islamic State group-linked militants planned but failed to attack another southern Philippine city shortly after troops crushed their siege of Marawi last year, the leader of the country's largest Muslim rebel group said Tuesday....



Oklahoma lawmaker delays resolution seeking judge's removal

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:57:21 GMT2018-02-19T17:57:21Z

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma lawmaker isn't pushing for a vote on a resolution to oust a judge who approved probation for a man who admitted raping a 13-year-old Texas girl at a church camp in southern Oklahoma....



Pope backs down, OKs resignation of divisive Nigerian bishop

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:25:28 GMT2018-02-19T13:25:28Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis backed down Monday and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his diocese, setting a precedent that could have repercussions in Chile and elsewhere when papal authority is challenged....



IS claims responsibility for church shooting in Russia

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:20:23 GMT2018-02-19T10:20:23Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Islamic State group on Monday claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on churchgoers in Russia's predominantly Muslim Dagestan region....



Vatican investigator meets with Chile abuse victim in NYC

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:39:22 GMT2018-02-17T22:39:22Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A key victim in the Chilean sex abuse scandal said he felt his story was finally heard after an hours-long meeting with a Vatican sex-crimes investigator on Saturday, the same day Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission amid criticism of how he is handling the scandal....



Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid skepticism

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:17:35 GMT2018-02-17T13:17:35Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members Saturday, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse....



Polish Jews stunned, scared by eruption of anti-Semitism

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:01:09 GMT2018-02-17T13:01:09Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Matylda Jonas-Kowalik has spent most of her 22 years secure in the belief that she would never know the discrimination, persecution or violence that killed or traumatized generations of Polish Jews before her. She once thought the biggest problem that young Jewish Poles like herself faced was finding a Jewish boyfriend or girlfriend in a country dominated by Catholics....



Sheriff didn't pursue sex case against Texas church gunman

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:52:49 GMT2018-02-16T23:52:49Z

HOUSTON (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies didn't pursue a sexual assault investigation against the gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church, even though the woman reporting it signed a complaint detailing the alleged attack, according to records released Friday....