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A gardener puts away his tools as he wraps up for the day backdropped by a mural featuring the late Archbishop Oscar Romero and Rev. Rutilio Grande in the Plaza de Los Martires or Martyrs Square, in El Paisnal, El Salvador, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Grande, a Jesuit priest who inspired St. Oscar Romero and was himself a victim of El Salvador’s right-wing death squads, will be beatified Saturday along with two Salvadorans who were killed with him. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

2 priests, 2 lay people beatified in El Salvador

- Associated Press

The Roman Catholic Church beatified two priests and two lay people Saturday, all victims of right-wing death squads during El Salvador's civil war.

FILE - Pope Francis, right, hugs Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI prior to the start of a meeting with elderly faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany’s Munich diocese on Thursday faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI’s handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Pope vows justice for abuse victims after Ratzinger faulted

- Associated Press

Pope Francis vowed Friday to provide justice to victims of clergy sexual abuse and German authorities called for further investigation after an independent audit faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI for having botched four cases of abuse when he was archbishop of Munich, Germany.

Members of the Women's Ordination Conference group stage a protest in front of St. Peter's Basilica, in Rome, on Oct. 17, 2011. The Vatican has included a group that advocates for women’s ordination on a website promoting its two-year consultation of rank-and-file Catholics in the latest sign that Pope Francis wants to hear from all Catholics during the process. The Women’s Ordination Conference has launched a “Let Her Voice Carry” campaign in conjunction with the Vatican’s 2023 “synod” or gathering of the world’s bishops. In the run-up to the meeting, the Vatican has asked dioceses, religious orders and other Catholic groups to embark on listening sessions to hear from ordinary Catholics about their needs. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Vatican includes group backing women's ordination on website

- Associated Press

The Vatican has included a group that advocates for women's ordination on a website promoting a two-year consultation of rank-and-file Catholics, indicating that Pope Francis wants to hear from all Catholics during the process.

Congregation Beth Israel Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, facing camera, hugs a man after a healing service Monday night, Jan. 17, 2022, at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas. Cytron-Walker was one of four people held hostage by a gunman at his Colleyville, Texas, synagogue on Saturday. (Yffy Yossifor/Star-Telegram via AP, File)

Jewish leaders renew antisemitism fight after hostage case

- Associated Press

Although the FBI initially said the man who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was focused on an issue "not specifically related to the Jewish community," the captor voiced beliefs that Jews controlled the world and had the power to arrange the release of a prisoner, survivors said after their escape.