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World Jan 26Italians vote in 2 regions; Salvini eyes return to power
Right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini is telling Italians who are voting in two regions to use their ballots to help his anti-migrant party return to national power. Results, expected early Monday, of the voting for governor and regional legislatures could…
World Oct 27After bishops call for married priests, pope urges new ways
On the heels of a bold call by Amazon region bishops for married men to become priests, Pope Francis is urging openness to new ways, and in a possible slap at conservative critics who fear he is weakening the Catholic…
World Aug 18Migrants jump off rescue boat to try to reach Italian island
Several migrants jumped into the sea from a Spanish rescue boat Sunday in a thwarted bid to reach shore in Italy, where the government's hard-line interior minister has refused to let the 107 passengers disembark.
Arts Jul 19Dutch painting stolen by Nazi soldier returned to Florence museum
"Flower Vase" is a masterpiece by Jan van Huysum, famed for his exquisitely detailed paintings depicting flowers.
World Jun 29Migrant aid ship captain arrested; Italy police boat rammed
The German captain of a humanitarian rescue ship with 40 asylum-seekers aboard rammed an Italian border police motorboat as she docked at a tiny Mediterranean island Saturday in defiance of Italy's anti-migrant interior minister and was immediately arrested as jeering…
World Mar 04Vatican to open archives on World War II-era Pius XII, Pope says
Declaring that the church "isn't afraid of history," Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by Jews of staying silent on the Holocaust…
World Feb 16Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse
Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday.
World Sep 15Pope paying tribute in Sicily to priest slain by Mafia
Pope Francis appealed to Mafiosi to renounce their quests for power and money as he visited Sicily on Saturday to honor a priest slain by mob henchmen for trying to protect youths from the evil clutches of organized crime.
World Aug 16Vatican is in ‘shame and sorrow’ over abuses in Pennsylvania
The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children. Pope Francis wants to eradicate "this tragic horror."…
Nation Jul 28U.S. prelate McCarrick resigns from College of Cardinals
Pope Francis has accepted U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick's offer to resign from the College of Cardinals following allegations of sexual abuse.