Pope discusses his health, his critics and future of papacy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he hasn’t considered issuing norms to regulate future papal resignations and plans to continue for as long as he can as bishop of Rome, despite a wave of criticism from some top-ranking conservative cardinals and bishops about his papal priorities. In his first interview since Dec. 31 death … Read more

The AP Interview: Pope Francis: Homosexuality not a crime

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church. “Being homosexual isn’t a crime,” Francis said during an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. Francis … Read more

The AP Interview: Pope Francis: ‘Homosexuality not a crime’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church. “Being homosexual isn’t a crime,” Francis said during an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. Francis … Read more

Babies in Tigray dying at 4 times pre-war levels, study says

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Babies in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are dying in their first month of life at four times the rate before the war cut off access to most medical care for over 5 million people, according to the most sweeping study yet of how mothers and children are suffering. Women are dying … Read more

Prolonged drought brings famine, death and fear to Somalia

By CARA ANNA October 5, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-world-news-droughts-animals-africa-1c16ab8f57268ee2043861326a65d09d DOLLOW, Somalia (AP) — A man in a donkey cart comes wheeling through the dust, carrying two small, silent boys. The sky is overcast. It could rain. It won’t. It hasn’t been for a very long time. Mohamed Ahmed Diriye is 60 years old, and he’s completing … Read more